Mid-size truck recommendation for 5th Wheel towing?

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Mid-size truck recommendation for 5th Wheel towing?

We picked up a used 19' 5th wheel using a '99 Chevy 1500 that we inherited. We already felt ambivalent about the truck, but now it needs unexpected work so we're looking for something else. We're partial to Japanese vehicles, and want a mid-size pickup. The Honda Ridgeline has a goofy bed (and Scamp does not approve of using them) and the Toyota Tacoma has a composite bed, which hitch manufacturers recommend against installing in. I know that some people do this, but it looks like it's pretty difficult to do it right, and my local RV/trailer repair guy is sticking to general hitch guidelines.

That leaves me with the Nissan Frontier, which I'm just starting to research.

Anyone out there have experience with any of these three models towing the 5th wheel with advice or recommendations? We would want a crew cab and ideally 4x4.

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The Canyon, Tacoma and Frontier will all do a great job towing a S-19. The problem is there are no out of the box specific hitch rail kits for these trucks. A lot of hitch shops won't install the universal rail kits. I don't know if it is a liability issue, or they can't think out of the box and fabricate a hitch set up or they are just plain lazy. I have seen all three of these trucks tow 5er Scamps and Escapes. You need to ask your hitch man what truck of these three he can install a hitch in.I bet  if you deal with this guy he will insist on you getting a 1500 or 150. Been through this on the Escape Forum. IMO You are going to have a hitch installer issue not a hitch issue since universal rails can be fabricated for any of these trucks.

I have over 50K mi. towing a Scamp 5er with a 2007 Frontier, so I have a little experience with mid size towing. I recently moved up to a larger 1500 (and larger bumper pull trailer).  The larger truck rides better, has more room and in most cases have a higher payload and you get just as good gas mileage. Downside is parking. Bottom line you may be better off going with a 150/1500 and put a $100 set of lift blocks over your axle if your Scamp is newer than 2010. 

Good Luck

Eddie

 

  

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The Canyon and Tacoma have a couple of years since a redesign so the bugs should be worked out by now. The last major design change of the Frontier was 2005 I guess if it works good why change it. Ford is bringing back the Ranger but never buy a vehicle until second or third year after redesign. Best thing to do is check out the truck forums. Just be aware people with no  issues do usually post to Vehicle Forums. Usually they have a towing and hitch subforum which you can gain a lot of info. on hitches.

Eddie 

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Thanks for the advice!

Thanks for the advice!