New to us 16' Scamp - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-10-2007, 12:17 PM   #1
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Headed to Idaho and picked up a very nice clean 16' Scamp.
92 with front bunk and side bathroom - all means a bit lighter hitch weight than some of the newer loaded units with side din front bathroom which we originally thought we wanted. Lighter hitch is better for us.

The trailer was very well cared for and it appears to have not been used much at all and has been kept covered for a better part of its life.

We hit head on winds coming out of Idaho through the Columbia River area and well beyond. Dust storms and tumbleweed flying at us! Gusting well into the 70's in places if not higher. At one point it was blowing so hard we were going down a very steep hill and the max speed we could get was 30 MPH without using the gas. Then we hit a snowstorm in the pass and then a parking lot on the I5 through Seattle rush hour - the TV and trailer had no problems at all through any of this. The new Tekonsha Prodigy brake control worked well. We were able to cruse at 65 MPH very comfortable with no sway action at all, even when we had winds hitting from the side. Very happy with this comb.

Only a couple of minor things we want to fix up/improve on the trailer and look forward to hearing the collective words of wisdom when I post on those later.

Carol

PS of our total 24 hours of driving time we did not see a single egg on the road - only 1 T@B.
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Old 04-10-2007, 12:45 PM   #2
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Carol,

Do you have an equalizer hitch on that? The combination looks very good, nice and level.

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Old 04-10-2007, 05:29 PM   #3
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Do you have an equalizer hitch on that? The combination looks very good, nice and level.

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Hi Nancy. No equalizer on it. The trailer cames in at 1565lbs dry and the car can take up to 3000lbs. We were pretty happy with the way it leveled. My better halfs thinks that the trailer may have been riding a touch to high up front and want's to try a different receiver next time out. I thought it was level. It was close enough that we needed a level to decide who was right, which in my books makes it level enough! We did not have one with us but I will be sure to bring one next time to keep the debate down. =:-O The only limits we have to really watch with this combo is the cars hitch weigh limit is 200lbs. Dry the trailer is 140lbs. The trailer has few storage options up front (only the small areas under the front bunk) so with care in loading we hope to be able to keep it balanced and the hitch weight within that limit. Will weigh it the first few times out to see how we do in the real world. We are use to camping out of our kayakes so we have light equipment and are good a packing light and no plans to add a microwave, TV etc. Hoping to get by with this comb as we are happy with the gas milage and the tow. We saw much larger tv's and trailers on the highway - yup they were traveling a bit faster in heavy head winds on the really big hills but some of them were all over the road and looked down right scary... we felt rather smug with our little ride.

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Old 04-10-2007, 06:00 PM   #4
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congrats on your new-to-you egg!! Glad you got home safely....
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:08 AM   #5
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Glad you got home safe and sound. Looking forward to seeing some pictures of campouts too.

Let the memories begin!
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