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Old 07-20-2009, 11:12 PM   #29
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Hi There,
I have a 2007 Subaru Forester XT (4cyl turbo). I was very concerned about excessive wear and tear on the Forester, and did a lot of research before we bought our old 13 foot boler. After travelling over 6,000 kilometers with the pair... I'm very impressed. Gas mileage is great. I sometimes forget that we're towing a trailer sometimes. We keep our speed at about 110 kms/hour, for the sake of our old boler... believe me the car is capable of much more. We can pass other vehicles at speeds well over that, if need be.

Having given up a 15 foot sticky and retiring our old chevy truck for a the boler... it has been an adjustment for sure. I've learned to pack "creatively", the bed size is a bit tight for two people, and I really wish we had a front dinette because I hate setting up the bed every morning for breakfast. But... it's not intolerable and we've saved a lot of money on gas. If I could afford it, I'd have a new Trillium, Scamp or Casita in a second. The extra amenities are well worth the extra cash. Alas... my 34 year old boler will have to do for now, and try it's best to keep up with the speedy Forester without falling to pieces first.

I'm a big Subaru fan, and I'm glad that so many Subaru owners wrote in. They seem to have a better than most towing capacity... around 2,400 pounds. The Subaru and 13 foot combo seems to work well.


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Old 09-16-2009, 09:42 PM   #30
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:31 PM   #31
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I just picked up a uhaul 13 and plan on using my 2001 chrysler voyager.2.5 cooler months and my 67 Ranchero for nice weather. I think maybe the voyager will struggle a tad on hills etc..we'll see.....the Ranchero however....will laugh at hills etc.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:38 PM   #32
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" You may find something that always gets 15mpg, both towing and not, but that is comfortable and has adequate power. "

I agree with Roger's comment here. We towed our Scamp13 many thousands of miles with a 6 cyl. Mazda MPV. It worked great (as long as we were savvy about weight) and we got 15+ mpg when towing; without the Egg we averaged 24 mpg. The MPV labored a bit on steep grades, but we managed with gearing down, etc.

As the Mazda (like us) began to show it's age, I lobbied hard for a full-sized van made in the USA. I had one for my commercial cleaning service years ago and loved the cargo space. Since we full-time in our Scamp, packing our life with us on the road, a tad more space was desireable. However, DH was askeered of that big V8 for fuel 'non-economy'.

Fast forward to June - Alert the media ... we did buy a slightly used Ford E350 Had searched everywhere for a used E150 ... not to be found, and this deal was too good. So, now we have "Overkyl" and I'm not afraid of hills anymore !!! But the very BEST part is ... we only dropped about 1 mpg towing with this new tug, which pleased DH no end. The flip side, of course, is without the Egg, we STILL get only 14 mpg - oh well. He has also come to love that the back of the van is now orderly and neat, no longer resembling the Clampetts on their way to Beverly Hills The seats are comfy and we're not bothered by the 'truck-like' ride or handling. So far, so good.

Bottom line - it isn't fun if it isn't comfortable. Good luck in your search - life is a 13footer is terrific! L 'n D
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:58 AM   #33
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I presently use a 17ft Casita for my travels, but because I normally go solo now (small trailers are too confining for my wife), I am looking at downsizing to a 13ft unit to allow me to use a smaller tow vehicle for variety (like my Jeep Wrangler) or fuel economy.

For those owning a 13, and towing it with smaller, less powerful, tow vehicle*, I would be interested in your impressions regarding performance, fuel economy (maybe mpg towing/not towing), and handling for the 13 footers. Please mention what you're using, of course!

Anyone downsizing like I am considering will hopefully chime in w/ comments how they handled the adjustment as well.

I am considering a unit with no bathroom or shower (use of flushing porta-potty), and having a couch (sitting and eating) as well as a dinette (permanent bed) such as a Casita Patriot Standard. I want a furnace, fridge, and an air conditioner, and a place to install a small 700watt microwave in addition to a 2-burner stove.

I tend to drive more than I "camp," with enroute nights spent at truck stops, WalMarts, and Rest Areas, and favor boondocking at relatively primative NFs whenever possible.

*TVs considered:
My current Jeep Wrangler, my Volvo 740 wagon, or perhaps a small 4X4 SUV like a Rav4 or CR-V
I'm new to the list and the 13' Scamp. Pulling it with a Volvo 745 5spd. non turbo. Headwinds mean using 3rd or 4th gear and 18mpg. No winds 5th gear 22mpg. Normal mpg is 30-32.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:27 PM   #34
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Hi Bill,

I tow with a Volvo red block too A 240 wagon with the B230F 4-cylinder like yours. Automatic transmission though 5-speed - I wish!!

I think my car makes a pretty good tow vehicle; very steady and stable feeling. I imagine the long wheelbase helps a lot, and I understand that the engine has a good bit of torque even though it's only 114 hp. It's no speedster on the hills though, as you say. Would be nicer with that 5-speed!

I haven't checked my mileage towing yet, although I would think your 18 or so would be about right. I get about 26-27 normally (auto trans takes a few mpg).

Works for me as the car is my daily driver, so the hit to mileage when towing is but a small percentage of the miles driven.

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Old 09-01-2012, 02:50 PM   #35
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how's this for reading comfort?It's the wraparound conversion on our 13 Scamp. [Eggy-Sue]

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