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Old 09-01-2013, 02:56 PM   #29
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Ben Franklin said it best. If you say if you can or can't you're right!
I agree with the sentiment, but this quote is generally attributed to Henry Ford.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:57 PM   #30
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Don't think for even a second that you can tow a 17' Scamp with your old GTO... because they never made 17' Scamps, only 13s and 16s! But other than that, yes definitely go for it! The GTO probably has a heavier frame than a lot of today's pickups. If you get it into reliable running condition and feel confident that it will take you there and back, then by all means rig that baby up to tow, hook up, and GO GO GO in your GTO.

Now if it were a vintage slant-6 Dodge Dart with 3 on the tree, I might have second thoughts...
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:08 PM   #31
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I just looked up the value of your GTO. WOW. If it were mine, I'd sell it, then buy a brand new vehicle and a trailer with the money. But that's just me....
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #32
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Roger. I just read this on one of Lisa's post and was appropriate.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

I'm familar with towing a Scamp 16 and would be glad to answer any questions about our Scamp and experiences.

I tow with a unibody, manual transmission, 180 hp, 162 ft-lbs torque 2004 Honda CRV. We have towed all over North America without any issues.

The Scamp 13 and the Scamp 16 both have the same frontal area and in that sense, an important one, they are similar to tow. The Scamp 16 and 13 (our son has one) both tow beautifully.

Our Scamp is now 22 years old and our son's 36 years old. If maintained, repaired, upgraded it seems, like your GTO, Scamps can last a lifetime or longer.
You both have really made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been so long since sombody like you have given me such a positive repore. I just can't thank you enough! I guess I am speachless. I thought people like you didnt exist. I will take you up on your offer of advice. If I am going to get one its going to be a 16 footer. I want a frig not a ice box. I have a Motor Cycle that is in beautiful shape. I can't find anybody that wants to ride and it just sits in the shop and collects dust. I think I am going to put it up to trade for a scamp. If I can find sombody to trade this will really put me in gear I will be really motivated! I know how to do RV repair so if it needs some work that is not a problem as long as its not structure problems.

Thank you so much you guys you have really inspired me!
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #33
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Wow, that vintage of Goat is "Prime" Especially with the tri 389.

This guy has been connecting car and trailers together for 40 years. May want to check out his site for some tips. Can-Am RV Centre | Your Towing Experts

Luv those vintage cars towing trailers.....

PS.... sure the GTO will tow a glass trailer but it is the details of the connection and set up which will contribute to the success of the project.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:59 PM   #34
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I just looked up the value of your GTO. WOW. If it were mine, I'd sell it, then buy a brand new vehicle and a trailer with the money. But that's just me....
Sure sell it and buy a truck with Chinese parts and some parts Made in Mexico and probably put together in Mexico or................

Drive down the road in an American Made Muscle car with American made componets and Built with American Pride! Pull up to the light and smell that excess raw fuel coming out of a 400 Pontiac big block with a lumpy lump Isky cam. The smell of unburnt fuel comming out smells so good! I know what your thinking you been sniffing way to much unburnt fuel! LOL

I have a very nice 3/4 Ton truck that my Uncle bought new that I have put thousands of dollars into. I also have a Nomad Trailer built back in the 80s I would rather have that truck and trailer than the crap they put together today. The iside of the Nomad is all solid wood. And it tow so beautfully! I got flow masters on the truck and you can hear that old truck blasting up the canyons and I roll the window down and just listen to them loud exhaust system. Music to my ears guys music to my ears.

So no I am not getting rid of the Goat I would kick my self in the butt for the rest of my life.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:06 PM   #35
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Don't think for even a second that you can tow a 17' Scamp with your old GTO... because they never made 17' Scamps, only 13s and 16s! But other than that, yes definitely go for it! The GTO probably has a heavier frame than a lot of today's pickups. If you get it into reliable running condition and feel confident that it will take you there and back, then by all means rig that baby up to tow, hook up, and GO GO GO in your GTO.

Now if it were a vintage slant-6 Dodge Dart with 3 on the tree, I might have second thoughts...
Ok you got me shows how much I know about these trailers! That is what I have you guys for to teach me!

I will take the dart is it a 70? I could throw in camp gear and a tent though and go. Good selection for a car. Can you throw in some air shocks the rear end will scrape because I pack way to much crap!

Thanks again you guys you have seriously cheered me up!
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:13 PM   #36
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Wow, that vintage of Goat is "Prime" Especially with the tri 389.

This guy has been connecting car and trailers together for 40 years. May want to check out his site for some tips. Can-Am RV Centre | Your Towing Experts

Luv those vintage cars towing trailers.....

PS.... sure the GTO will tow a glass trailer but it is the details of the connection and set up which will contribute to the success of the project.
Hey thanks for the pics of the old cars towing travel trailers. About 8 years ago some ole boy up in Bend Oregon at the camp grounds there brought in a 69 caddy convert with a big a## 30 foot travel trailer. The guy had been all over the states with it. It was way cool but he was really conseeded about it. But the car and the trailer was cool. I stayed up there for about a week. Nice camp ground. I have to check out this website thanks again! You guys are starting to put a flame up my butt a much needed flame LOL
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #37
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Roger,

Do you have any idea how cool it will feel to be driving your GOAT with the wind in your hair along the Oregon Coast and dropping your new Scamp so you can run into the Ocean and feel that blast of Cold Pacific Water on your feet as the Sun shines on that smiling face of yours?!!!

Which is exactly why you should do what you dream...

You don't know it yet, and you won't, until you put in place all the pieces to make your dream come true. You've got the GTO, you need a Scamp and you've got a lot of heart. Of course, you can do this!

I say GO FOR IT....This Life is what you make it...if this is what your heart is telling you, listen to it before it kills you from dying a slow, miserably unhappy death. It's good to be nuts...it means you still have dreams. You just need to put your left brain to use on the details and let your right brain do the leading.

Sending good juju your way so that you'll listen to your heart and let it sing!
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement it means alot to me! Your reply really made my day! It's nice to see there is some people still out there that will support a dream sombody has. I am now motivated to find a 16 footer I truly think a 13 is going to be to small. I don't need a shower don't need a tolit but would like maybe a heater and a two way fridge. Water tank hot water heater and a sink I am good to go. I don't need much I am a pretty simple person! Thanks again you truly made my day also!
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:13 PM   #38
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Roger, I also rode a bike but gave it up for our little eggs. Do what you dream and don't let anyone change your mind. I have met the best people through my trailer and now have friends to go camping with as well as going to rallies. Welcome to the world of fiberglass!
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:10 PM   #39
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By the way, 13' Scamps made after 2005 have the same inside height as the 16' Scamp.

13' Scamps have a lower to the ground stance than the 16' Scamp.

Much like what some of the cars used to tow larger travel trailer back in the day, Stinger Hitch Helper

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Not too many of the Lite House TTs are about, but a nice small trailer.


However, new trailers are being made from the old molds:
Little Joe or Ponderosa very lightweight travel trailers. Made in Colorado.

I towed our 16' Scamp with a Ford Ranger for the first 3 years without any problems at all. Around New Mexico, into Colorado, all the way to North Dakota a few times. Never any trouble towing the Scamp into the mountains, nor coming down from them. Equipped with a small V-6 automatic.


Went to a heavier Ford F150 in 2009. Gets a little better mpg even.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:20 PM   #40
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... I don't know about Scamps. If a mini van can pull one of these I would hope a car pulling close to 400 hp would pull one?
I'm not concerned about the GTO towing, but I do have a caution about comparing to minivans..
My Toyota Sienna "minivan" has longer wheelbase, wider track, and greater curb weight than a GTO... and 230 honest net horsepower (not 1970's "gross" values). Common minivans of the last ten years are all about this size, with increasing power levels. Anyone thinking that a minivan is not very capable should wonder instead if their car is as capable as a minivan!

To put this in perspective, minivans like mine have no problems with substantially heavier and larger trailers than a Scamp 16.

If an engine is modified to substantially higher power output it is not necessarily better for towing, which requires reliable sustained power for climbing grades. I don't know of anyone who uses - or needs - the full output of their stock modern vehicle's engine for more than a few seconds of acceleration. I think the emphasis in powertrain enhancement should be in driveability and cooling (coolant and perhaps engine oil).
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:03 AM   #41
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Follow your dream Roger and you'll never have regrets. Set some goals to obtain your plan of restoring the GTO and purchasing the trailer that's perfect for making the dream come true. I had a '66 GTO in HS, so I understand your love afair with it and not wanting to part with it for any amount of money.
You sound like a smart guy and I'm sure you'll do what it takes to make it safe and a good tow vehicle. As for driving on the beach, friends that go down to Mexico with their Airstreams just let some of the air out of their tires and they don't have an issue with getting stuck on the beach. Works like a charm. You're definitely in the right place for advice. You'll get both positive and negative advice. Don't let it get to you. Just take what is best for you and ignore the rest. Good luck in your quest and have fun along the way.
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:31 AM   #42
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We're headed south Jan. 1 with this rig from BC Canada down the Oregon Coast and on to SoCal for some R&R.
Yes this is a smaller rig but your car is heavier and more powerful.
We have put many miles on drum brakes in the car and no brakes on the trailer without incident, I just leave my aggressive driving hat at home.
I'm sure you'll have blast, great way to travel and meet people.
Now get that GTO out of mothballs!!!
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