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Old 05-21-2017, 04:09 PM   #21
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My 2013 (before the last change) Tacoma V6, four door and the Scamp 19D is what I have and I am very happy with it. They also say not to tow a 5th wheel, but I am sure they never heard of a 5th wheel weighing less than 3000 lbs. My tongue weight is about 600 lbs, give or take. That leaves plenty of capacity for the two of us and a lot of junk in the bed and on the back seat.

Mounting the ball a couple of inches behind or ahead of the axle will make little difference. When it is mounted 3 feet behind, then you have the questions about WDH, sway control, etc.

The Tacoma can make a U-turn in three lanes easily, and with full steering, the cab is still about a foot from the Scamp loft. You better watch it if you are backing up, jack-knifing is a different story. In a rough, uneven campground, you also need to pay more attention.

My Reese ball mount worked out so that the front rail uses the bed mounting bolts, the rear one is bolted to the bed, but I have a steel bracket connecting to the middle pair of bed mounting bolts. The Tacoma has the composite bed, that I think is as tough as the thin steel they might use, or better, and it will never get weakened by rust.

The Scamp people will definitely tell you it is no problem to tow with the Frontier, and it is true, but ask how they would mount the hitch, etc.

So, not the answer you are looking for, but encouragement.
Actually, Paul, yours one of the best answers I've gotten so far. Many of them have been off topic. Is your tacoma a short bed or a long bed?
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:23 PM   #22
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Might give Scamp a call as they set these trucks up to pull their trailers. They probebly have more experience with pit falls more than everyone else. But remember they dont sell many of these 19 footers in compairison to the number of truck vairations.
Thanks. I've been planning to call them.
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:26 PM   #23
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For me towing ability & safety ranks far higher on the list of desireable attributes in a tow vehicle than fuel mileage but to be fair , we have a small commuter vehicle and a designated tow vehicle.
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Old 05-21-2017, 05:22 PM   #24
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Towed Scamp 5er with a 2007 Frontier 2wd 6' bed

We towed a Scamp 19 with a Frontier Crewcab with the longer bed and never had any problems. I strongly suggest going with the 6' bed as I put a slight crease in the back of the Frontier cab by jackknifing the combo. The longer bed allowed installing a large toolbox in the front of the bed, which was handy for securing a variety of gear. The longer bed makes the truck more useful for hauling without the trailer. We liked the Frontier a lot, but replaced it with an F150 when we upgraded to an Escape 5.0TA, which we felt needed the greater payload.

If the camper bed size is an issue for your wife, you should definitely have her try out the Scamp bed. I'm 5'11" and was never comfortable sleeping crossways in the Scamp loft, waking up with my feet against the window. We put in a fullsize mattress lying front to back, which solved the problem.

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Towed Scamp 5er with a 2007 Frontier 2wd 6' bed

We towed a Scamp 19 with a Frontier Crewcab with the longer bed and never had any problems. I strongly suggest going with the 6' bed as I put a slight crease in the back of the Frontier cab by jackknifing the combo. The longer bed allowed installing a large toolbox in the front of the bed, which was handy for securing a variety of gear. The longer bed makes the truck more useful for hauling without the trailer. We liked the Frontier a lot, but replaced it with an F150 when we upgraded to an Escape 5.0TA, which we felt needed the greater payload.

If the camper bed size is an issue for your wife, you should definitely have her try out the Scamp bed. I'm 5'11" and was never comfortable sleeping crossways in the Scamp loft, waking up with my feet against the window. We put in a fullsize mattress lying front to back, which solved the problem.

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Old 05-22-2017, 08:04 AM   #26
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Actually, Paul, yours one of the best answers I've gotten so far. Many of them have been off topic. Is your tacoma a short bed or a long bed?
Mine is the short bed. With the long bed, you could probably clear the cab even at 90 degrees angle, but I don't see much of an advantage in that.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:20 AM   #27
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Actually, Paul, yours one of the best answers I've gotten so far. Many of them have been off topic. Is your tacoma a short bed or a long bed?
...and, yes, thanks for the compliment!
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:32 AM   #28
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Hi John,

I purchased a Scamp 19 two years ago and had the same concern as you do as far as placing the hitch behind the axle.
I use a 1994 Silverado (reg. cab, long bed) to tow and because of the length of the bed, the hitch had to be placed about 4 inches behind the axle. In two years of numerous trips with this set-up I can tell you that placing the hitch in this location has had absolutely no impact whatsoever on the towing or stability of this set-up. I think this would certainly be the case with a Frontier (much newer than what I use and likely more powerful than my Silverado) as well. I believe the low gross weight of the Scamp 19 makes this setup ideal for towing. I hardly even feel the trailer when I'm towing it and there has not been one time when I felt any sway (which is what I was most concerned about when I discovered I had to place the hitch behind the axle).
Hope this helps, though I obviously can't address your second question about the short-bed.
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Old 07-28-2020, 05:50 PM   #29
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John: did you ever figure this out?
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Old 07-28-2020, 06:40 PM   #30
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John: did you ever figure this out?
John hasn't logged in for over a year. You might want to try PMing him as this may generate an email notification that he is more likely to see.
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It doesn't look like John got an answer (at least, not on this thread) but, just in case someone searches and finds this in the future, a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado crew cab with the short (61.2") bed tows a Scamp 19'er with no clearance problems.
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Thanks. That is good to know as we look at options.
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