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Old 04-03-2013, 04:40 PM   #15
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My very first back up of an utility trailer took a lot of...headaches without ramming into a parking car on the street. After a lot of practices, the last time I back up my Trillium by myself into my rear, narrow, paved driveway without.....a scratch, it took times and several jumps in and out of the driver seat to look, though. Now I install rear backup alarm, big, popped up moon-roof towing mirror(from 18wheeler) with floodlight for...more peace of the....coconut. Anyway, welcome to the forum, there are a lot of excellent inputs in this forum. Cheer!
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:57 PM   #16
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Thanks so much for the welcome...hope I don't have to go through all that..but live and learn!
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:29 AM   #17
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Hello from Co. After years of wanting to RV again, I bought a used 16'ft Scamp travel trailer...It has been 20 yrs since I backed up my travel trailer. !
Congratulations and as we say in Texas "grabbing the bull by the horns".

Here is perhaps one of the best two minute videos you can watch on trailering (until the next one comes along). You wont be dissapointed.

The Scoop - How to Back Up A Travel Trailer - YouTube
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:18 PM   #18
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Thanks Mike..oh can you recall when you first took your scamp out! Woohoo!! I got so happy I didn't want to take it to the shop!! Took back road so I could experience curves, hills,bumps, holes, bikers, elk, photographers just to mention a few.It handled fantastic no strain on the car whatsoever! Then to hwy and handled great! When I got to the dealer's didn't have to back- up. But unhooked and remembered first lesson chalks behind the wheels not a moment to soon! Did great! Question they say electric hitch can't be put on or a fantastic fan..any input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you brake in tomorrow. I may get the Scamp back tomorrow too! Hope so!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:29 PM   #19
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There are very few things that can't be done. But it may be difficult, and expensive. The Fantastic fan requires a 14" vent. If your scamp has a 9" vent, then the hole needs to be cut bigger to install the fan. I am not sure what you mean by an electric hitch.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:31 PM   #20
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Oops forgot..thanks about video and will watch..lots and lots of practice. The technique looks easier.thanks again!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:33 PM   #21
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The Fantastic Fan doesn't have to replace the passive vent that's at the rear of the trailer. A number of folks have put the power vent closer to the front... like across from the door. It will require a new hole in the roof. The benefit is "cross ventilation." You leave the passive vent open and the power vent blowing out... and it draws cool air into the trailer across the rear bed/dinette... unless it's hot out! . That's my plan... the benefit is you get cool air without a fan blowing on you.

If you want an electric tongue jack.... a plate will (probably) need to be welded on the tongue with appropriate holes and the manufacturers jack removed.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #22
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My brain fog/excitement meant electric jack! Going to wait on sway bar it handled good don't plan to put a lot of weight in it! Any thoughts?
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:48 PM   #23
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Electric jack maybe on the back burner for now handled the jack pretty good considering..thank you for your support and info!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:52 PM   #24
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Anita, consider the manual tongue jack extra exercise
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:57 PM   #25
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Yes.right now it seems easy enough just had a few surgeries that may tell me differently..will see!
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:20 PM   #26
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Go for the manual jack. IMO the electric one is not needed. Spend that money on something else. just a thought.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:42 AM   #27
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Agree, electric jack is not worth it. The fan on the other hand, that is half as effective as air conditioning, at on quarter the cost, and 1% of the power draw. A must, if you ask me.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #28
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I agree think Fantastic Fan a must..the RV place here doesn't appear to want to install so will probably have to find someone in Farmington NM! Thanks Again!
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