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Old 02-08-2006, 07:51 AM   #1
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Just bought a Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, short bed. V6. Will it tow Scamp 5th wheel or is bed too short for clearance? Anyone have any thoughts? Must have a long bed??
I am new to fiberglass campers. Have had several mini motorhomes.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:14 AM   #2
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Hi Betty!

Welcome to FGRV! I don't have direct experience (yet) pulling a Scamp 5th wheel with a short bed pickup, but I'm headed to Spokane in a couple of weeks to pick up a Scamp 5th wheel with an S-10 4door short bed pickup that has been a towing combo for several years now.

It's apparently a combo that worked well for the current owners, so I'd not think, if your Nissan is otherwise equipped for the load (trailer towing package) that it would cause you any problems!

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Old 02-08-2006, 08:18 AM   #3
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I tow a Scamp 5th wheel with a Mazda 4L-V6 extended cab with the 6ft bed. Makes a good tow combination. I get 17mpg @ 65mph with the trailer in tow. Photo was taken last week in the north Georgia Mountains at Amicalola Falls State Park.
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:26 AM   #4
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:52 PM   #5
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There are two recent topics in this forum also related to "fifth wheel" trailers and truck compatibility. Even the parts not dealing specifically with the Scamp or Frontier explore some of the issues and options, so I think they're worth reading. There are probably earlier ones to be found, too.

bigfoot 5th wheel, weight?
5er towing question, Can I do it?

One of the details that comes up in these discussions is that "short box" isn't very specific, because there are all sorts of lengths - even in the same brand - and it's not the length of the box that matters: it's the distance from the back of the cab to the hitch position, which ideally is no further back than the axle. It would be nice to have the cab-to-axle distance for all the trucks people are considering (for instance, Paul's Tacoma SR5 is 36") and the required clearance for each trailer.

Lacking any more specific measurement, it looks like the Scamp 19' coupler is ahead of the front of the body so it could be turned a full 90 degrees with a clearance of half the trailer width, or about 40".

The S-10 in that photo from Roger has about the shortest cab-to-axle space in production, so either the Scamp is limited in turning angle, or the hitch is behind the axle (as Benny suggested in another topic), or the coupler is extended forward, or perhaps some compromise of two or more of these options. Looks promising for the Frontier...
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I too live in the Ozarks and I am looking to buy a Scamp 5th wheel. Interested in selling?
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I too live in the Ozarks and I am looking to buy a Scamp 5th wheel. Interested in selling?
If you're asking about Roger's 5th wheel, he sold it months ago.
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