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Old 09-23-2013, 03:55 AM   #15
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My 1995 Toyota T100 with 3.4 V6 has a tow rating of 5,200 pounds. It has a 3.91 rear axle ratio and 4 speed auto. trans. w/ overdrive lockout feature. It has a DrawTite Class III receiver. I don't forsee any problems towing a 17' Casita as long as I don't have to do much physical labor. We will do most of our towing at low elevation (less than 1,000' MSL) and no big mountains. It performed flawlessly in the past, just turned 100,000 miles, and does not show its age. I actually prefer tongue weight on the heavy side over too light, as with past experience towing stuff such as dbl. axle UHaul, I experienced fishtailing when it was unloaded. I think I saw where an electric tongue jack is available for a Casita. Do any of you guys have one?
I like the looks of the Scamp, but I also like the fact that I am fairly close to the Casita factory in Texas. However, the Scamp 5th wheel model should be a breeze to tow; but we have a canoe/kayak rack on our truck and that wouldn't work with a 5th wheel.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:55 AM   #16
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I used to tow a 4,000 pound boat and trailer with a 300 pound tongue weight, so that doesn't bother me too much. 10% of towed weight for tongue weight used to be the rule of thumb, so I guess 300 pounds is a little more than 10% of a Casita. If necessary, it's pretty easy to have leaf springs arched or add a leaf on a pickup truck with leaf spring rear suspension.

Even cheaper and easier to add air bags that can be inflated when needed. They also don't affect the ride when unloaded. I have air bags on my van and truck, wouldn't trade them anything.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:05 AM   #17
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... I think I saw where an electric tongue jack is available for a Casita. Do any of you guys have one?
I installed an electric tongue jack and love it, no more cranking. It actually has the capacity to lift (unweight) the back of the truck when the trailer is connected, this allows me to attach the WDH bars by hand without needing the bar and also confirms the ball and latch are holding securly.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:12 AM   #18
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We have an electric jack as well. It is very convenient.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:14 AM   #19
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, so I guess 300 pounds is a little more than 10% of a Casita. .
Allen, 300lbs may be a little light depending on which Casita model you choose.

If you haven't seen it already there is a thread on the forum called Trailer Weights in the Real World which is a great resource that will give you a better idea of what you can expect the trailer to weigh once loaded up for camping.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:10 PM   #20
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I actually prefer tongue weight on the heavy side over too light, as with past experience towing stuff such as dbl. axle UHaul, I experienced fishtailing when it was unloaded.
The U-Haul problem may have been a symptom of the tandem axle design: if the tongue is a bit too low, the load shifts significantly from the trailing axle up to the leading axle, leaving the trailer on "tiptoes" and relatively unstable, as if it had a single axle mounted too far forward. Been there, done that.

Single-axle trailers are much less sensitive to tongue height, and every moulded fiberglass travel trailer model in current or recent production under 19' overall length is a single-axle design.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #21
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I have towed single and tandem axle boat trailers and always found the tandem axle trailers to be more stable and easier to back up, but maybe that's just me.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #22
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I like the looks of the Scamp, but I also like the fact that I am fairly close to the Casita factory in Texas.
Although they don't clearly label the photos in their website, Casita makes both 16' and 17' models and shows both; the 16' (the one with the curved door) is very much like a Scamp. By very much, I mean the Scamp 16' is a stretched copy of a Boler 13', and the Casita 16' is a copy of the Scamp 16'.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:11 PM   #23
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My 1995 Toyota T100..

... I actually prefer tongue weight on the heavy side ...
One of the limitations of the T100 was that it came in only one wheelbase (122"), which is short even by current midsize truck standards. The overhang beyond the rear axle is long to fit in enough box, so hitch weight really levers load off the front axle onto the rear axle; I would watch the rear axle load if increasing the weight on the hitch.

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Even cheaper and easier to add air bags that can be inflated when needed.
I think air bags are great, and help the truck handle high rear axle load due to hitch weight; however, keep in mind that they do not increase the axle weight rating at all.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:17 PM   #24
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I have towed single and tandem axle boat trailers and always found the tandem axle trailers to be more stable and easier to back up, but maybe that's just me.
Properly setup, tandem axles do increase stability - the two axles are always fighting each other when you turn, so they are always trying to keep the trailers going straight. They problem is only when you let them go nose-down... that was what I thought might have been the issue with the fishtailing U-Haul.

I don't get how backing up a tandem is better - the stupid things just resist turning. It may be that for most people with single-axle and tandem-axle experience, the tandems are the longer trailers (they're bigger, which is why they have another axle), and longer trailers are indeed easier to control in reverse. I rented a tandem-axle U-Haul recently which was not much shorter than our Boler: it wasn't particularly easy (nor difficult) to back up.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:25 PM   #25
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My 1995 Toyota T100 with 3.4 V6 has a tow rating of 5,200 pounds. It has a 3.91 rear axle ratio and 4 speed auto. trans. w/ overdrive lockout feature. It has a DrawTite Class III receiver. I don't forsee any problems towing a 17' Casita as long as I don't have to do much physical labor. We will do most of our towing at low elevation (less than 1,000' MSL) and no big mountains. It performed flawlessly in the past, just turned 100,000 miles, and does not show its age.
Allen

I have had 2 different 1st Gen. Tundra Long Beds that I have towed a 17' Casita with.
The first was the same engine as in your T100 in a basic 2wd work truck and the second the V8 4wd truck.
The 3.4 has no problem towing the Casita but the V8 has even less problem with it.

I towed all over the place with the 3.4,through Colorado and from STL to S.Florida repeatedly in all kinds of weather.
I was always a little nervous beforehand but never had any troubles at all.

The Tundra is a longer wheelbase heavier duty truck but the engine is up to it either way.

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Old 10-18-2013, 08:06 AM   #26
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We found a 2005 Casita 17' SD 500 miles from home, went and got it, towed it back home with no problems.
We have only spent 4 nights in it and are still learning. The only problems I have had are the contrary stabilizers under the rear and figuring out the elec. operation of the water heater.
I have a crew coming next week to install a 20x20x10' high aluminum canopy to park it under. We are happy campers.
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