As to the need to lift a Scamp
19, we have an unlifted 01 Deluxe which has been upgraded to 14" tires
but the axle
is original so likely a little sag there due to age. The tow is a 2012 4WD Tacoma double cab short (60") bed with the TRD Offroad package and the hitch is a homemade affair attached to directly to the frame using the Tacoma's six stock bed bolts.
Approximate specs on my setup:
48" from ground to top of truck bed before hooking up
47" from ground to top of truck bed with camper hooked up
7" from top of ball to top of truck bed.
3" from top of truck bed to bottom of camper nose when hooked up
25" from cab to center of hitch ball
2" from center of hitch ball to center of rear axle
(ball is to rear of axle)
42" from center of hitch ball to back center of rear bumper
63" cab width
65" bumper width
The camper tows level or slightly nose down if I have the Honda 3k genset and a cooler in the bed and extra spare tires
and fuel cans on the truck roof rack (expo mode). I can make ninety degree plus turns with no cab or bumper interference and have not yet found a dip or hill steep enough to cause a bed to camper clearance issue (but I do watch this closely).
I also have an 05 1/2 ton Chevy 4WD extended cab and, although the bed is longer and wider, its not any higher. Newer trucks do appear to be somewhat taller but I think Scamp
is putting lift blocks (2"??) or at least offering them as an option now so, if you're buying new, this may not be much of an issue.
Obviously comfort is a personal decision. I'm 6'4" and on the wrong side of 250# but the front bath layout works quite well for us (and it helps that Cindy is still around her acquisition specs some forty years ago). We picked up one of the Trav-a-Sak bedding systems a while back before they went under and its still holding up nicely.
Having said all this, the 5.0 TA is still our dream trailer. Hang onto the hotrod.