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Towing Scamp 19 5th Wheel

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Jimmie, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Aug 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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    Jimmie

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    I'm looking to buy a brand new Tacoma for the purpose of towing a Scamp 19
    5th Wheel. Specs:
    Approximate weight 2400-2900
    3500 pound torsion axle
    Hitch weight 400 pounds
    Includes hitch with 2” ball

    Can anyone give me the best vehicle and configuration info to do this?

    I would like to have an automatic transmission, dual cab. Is this feasible?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Aug 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM
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    RyanLikesTacos

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    totally feasable. scamp has an interesting "5th wheel"! i tow my 16 foot scamp like a dream in my 2011 sport double cab. you wont have any problems.
     
  3. Aug 23, 2013 at 5:43 AM
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    ATHiker

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    What type of hitch does the Scamp use? Is it a typical fifth wheel hitch?
     
  4. Aug 23, 2013 at 6:43 AM
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    campthewestcoast

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    Power extend/retract towing mirrors,brake controller,30amp charging system for TT,snug top camper
    Get the tow package, AT, dual cab with the long bed(6' bed) for the 5th wheel.
     
  5. Aug 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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    The Scamp company will install the hitch for us.

    What is "AT"?

    Thanks for the info.

    PS, this is his wife doing the posting and leg work...I need to learn about all this stuff!
     
  6. Aug 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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    Spindifferent

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    My understanding is that 5th wheel and gooseneck towing is not recommended for the Tacoma.

    From the 2013 owners manual:

    Taco OM.jpg
     
  7. Aug 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM
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    taco206

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    The Scamp 19 doesn't use a "real" fifth wheel hitch like a 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck, so dont let that scare you off. By real I mean a full drop in huge hitch like a Reese 16k. Scamp uses a simple set up. Side support brackets with a bar running across with a ball attached. And the bar is removable.

    A Tacoma V6 double cab with either the short or long bed would be great for the Scamp 19. Theres pics all over the internet of smaller and weaker trucks towing them.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Aug 28, 2013 at 4:37 AM
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    huachuca

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    Ms Jimmie, we've towed our 02 Scamp fiver for three years now. First with an 05 and now a 12 Tacoma. 4WD double cabs, automatic, TRD Offroad package with the factory hitch option for both. This combo comes only with the short (60") bed but the ideal mounting location for the hitch is directly above the rear axle and that's exactly where mine is. Clearance is such that I can back under the hitch with the lowered tailgate still an inch or so from the propane tank cover. Secure the hitch, set the safety chains, close the tailgate, plug in the lights/brakes, raise the landing gear and you're good to go in less than five minutes.

    The TRD package or 4WD aren't needed but they sure give you more options when you get where you're going. AT = automatic transmission.

    The Scamp will weigh a bit more than the factory tells you. Plan on 3300-3500 lbs in camping trim but that's not a problem for the Tacoma. You can also easily make your own hitch but I've heard the new setup from Scamp works with the composite bed. Some pictures of my Scamp and the 05 http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/towing/223474-modified-gooseneck-19-scamp.html

    Al
     
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