Bought and weighed a 2011 13' Scamp - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-16-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Bought and weighed a 2011 13' Scamp


I was lucky enough to find a like new 2011 Scamp 13' with everything I was looking for: toilet/shower, A/C, brakes, awning, and more. The previous owner had not used any of the appliances or the toilet/shower. She had just slept in it.

My tow vehicle is a 2011 VW Golf TDI. I wanted to stay as close to half the curb weight of 3100 pounds as possible. I had spoken with Scamp as I was planning on ordering a new one. I was told the total weight of a new one with A/C, toilet/shower, awning, brakes, and more options would be under 1500 pounds.

I took the Scamp I just bought and had it weighed. It weighed 1760 with nothing added to it and nothing in it. Wow! I was surprised by that. That's almost a 20% overage.

Luckily my car pulls it just fine.

I'm looking forward to getting out and about in my new Scamp.


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Old 06-16-2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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If you want a realistic towing weight add another 400 to 600lbs to what it weighed in at to cover your personal stuff and food etc... not kidding!

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Old 06-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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that could be the difference between dry and wet weight, i.e. adding in propane tanks and propane and a battery vs shipping weight from factory.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:56 PM   #4
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You need to check your owner's manual for towing capacities.
I would almost be willing to bet that if the manual says you can tow that much weight there's a trailer brakes required statement and a transmission oil cooler. Those things are good ideas for safety and long transmission life.
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response! I bought the OEM european hitch and had it installed. It replaces the bumper and is rated at 3300 pounds. Brakes are required and I do have a brake controller installed. No need for a transmission cooler, it's a manual.
Thanks again,
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