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Old 03-15-2014, 07:04 PM   #21
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I do. Metal bits, wood bits, concrete bits and bits of bits.
I've even got an unopened set of bits from Can Tire. Sealed in cellophane.
No hole before its time.
The only bit I don't have is the one I need.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:42 PM   #22
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This question of stinger/ball location makes me wonder about where mine is. The stinger which Escape provided for my '96 Tahoe seems extended too far out. What you see is what I got --there is only one hole for a pin.

If I were to drill a second hole and close the gap, wouldn't that be best?
Yes, the closer the ball is to the rear axle - without anything hitting - the better. This is commonly done, although as Baglo correctly points out, ball mounts are available in various lengths so it may be possible to find a shorter one and avoid drilling a large hole in steel.

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I was also thinking about boring another hole through the bar to bring the ball closer to the back of the TV. Anybody know of a reason not to do so?
No. Some vehicles need more ball mount extension for clearance (such as to clear the bumper or an overhanging spare tire). If everything fits with the mount moved forward, I don't know of any reason not to do that.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:07 PM   #23
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I'm a current Scamp owner. I also have an A.R.E canopy on my truck (the entire backend hinges up {gullwing} to get to the front of the bed) to lift up without hitting the jack on my Scamp, the Stinger has(d) to be longer than the standard close-to-the-hitch everyone is talking about. The Stinger I have is about 8" longer than the standard... about the same length that cpaharley NOW has for his 21' I haven't noticed ANY PROBLEMS due to the extra length of the Stinger... and I've towed my 16' Scamp Deluxe with this for more than a decade. YMMV
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:20 PM   #24
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The Stinger I have is about 8" longer than the standard... about the same length that cpaharley NOW has for his 21' I haven't noticed ANY PROBLEMS due to the extra length of the Stinger... and I've towed my 16' Scamp Deluxe with this for more than a decade. YMMV
Obviously, the 21' Escape is longer and heavier than the 16' Scamp, and so both tongue weight and control are larger issues. Also, Donna's truck is as long in wheelbase as any tug used by an Escape owner, and much longer than most; the proportion of rear-axle-to-ball length to wheelbase length is the critical dimension.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:55 PM   #25
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The only extra stinger I don't want is the one I don't need. I saw them pix of Jim's 21 hitched to an extended stinger and if you must have it because of your tow, etc., fine and good but frankly, seeing that long gap bothers me. Just do not like the look of it. I mean, it's like who do you want up on the line on your football team? Guys with long necks, or short ones?
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When I bought my first used Tacoma it had been used by an ardent fisherman. It had a very long (to me) stinger on it. When I asked why it was so long, he said it made it easier to swing his boat trailer into tight spaces and gave him more maneuverability when backing. His boat and trailer were fairly light with relatively light tongue weight to deal with.
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I do. Metal bits, wood bits, concrete bits and bits of bits.
I've even got an unopened set of bits from Can Tire. Sealed in cellophane.
No hole before its time.
The only bit I don't have is the one I need.
Most of mine are missing the 1/8" bit - seems to be the size I break the most often . Then when it go to buy one, Menards will have whole sets on sale for barely any more then one 1/8" so......
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I thought all the fish were in Minnesota.
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I thought all the fish were in Minnesota.
That's what the Minnesotans will tell you ....
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The reason for my new stinger was an increase in capacity. The old unit had a 500/5000 lb and a 6000 ball capacity, and was 1" too short. When I did use a weight distribution set up, it extended a lot further than this one. The new unit has 1000/10,000 capacity with a new 8,000 ball. and is 1" longer than the old set up. I believe I'm at the same length that the Andersen w/d hitch is set up for but will verify that when I install it. Perhaps someone who has the Andersen can give the length from hole in receiver to ball middle. The Andersen is rated even higher.
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