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Old 06-12-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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V6 versus v8 hauling 16' scamp

Hey everyone,

We are looking for a Toyota 4runner with a v8 to haul our scamp. Unfortunately, finding a decent used one is tough. The ones in our price and mileage range are few. There are quite a few more however, if we add v6 versions to our search. Are we foolish to consider a v6 with regards to the weight on the transmission.

I'm not a car person, so I'm sorry in advance. We are in a rush to get something soon as our camper is waiting on the driveway of the previous owners. We really want to get it home here, but only with a vehicle that can actually solve our towing needs.

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Old 06-12-2014, 10:39 AM   #2
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I have the Toyota FJ Cruiser which is the same as your 4Runner only different body. The v6 does very well towing no problems. Our Scamp is rather heavy aprox. 2600lb. Our mpg is about 14-15 towing and only 18 not. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:44 AM   #3
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I towed my Casita 16' with a Chrysler Town & Country V6 no problem. Now I have a new Scamp that I plan on towing with it. I did add a weight distribution hitch though. I like it better with that. If you have a 16' deluxe it is a lot heavier than a standard so make sure your vehicle is rated for the unit.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:56 AM   #4
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Towed a Scamp 5r with a 2003 Chevy Extended Cab V6 with absolutely no problem.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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I don't know anything about the Toyota (except my old Corolla) but I do have an opinion on the V6 vs. V8 debate. I own an older Ford F150 with the small V8 and like it a lot. I have had friends with similar Ford trucks with the V6. Mine is still going strong, and theirs have died (major engine issues) or been traded off. When we compared mileage theirs was not any better than mine. I have a theory that a certain amount of “grunt” is required to do the job (move a truck, tow, etc.). A smaller engine might do OK but it will be working harder than a larger (within reason) engine. If I was primarily looking for a tow rig I would tend toward the larger engine. If it was a daily driver that was only going to occasionally tow I might more seriously consider the smaller engine.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:27 PM   #6
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Do you think a 4runner v6 or Nissan Xterra would be okay? Our Scamp is not a Deluxe, so I guess that means it's a little lighter? Some suggestions for Mercedes and Cayennes are nice, but wayyy outside my price range. I like the dependability and resale of Toyota, but Nissan and others might suffice. I love input from everyone - really appreciated! I'm going to do some wheel base research to just see how we'd be doing with a 4runner or similar...
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:29 PM   #7
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I am towing my 16' Scamp with a Rav 4 V6 and I get 18 MPG. My tow rating on the Rav 4 is 3000#. I use a Harbor Freight weight distributing hitch.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:29 PM   #8
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That's sort of our thinking, TW. Basically, we are towing our Scamp out west, parking it for some time, then moving it to another area a while later, parking it for a while, etc. Day to day pulling is not that much - it's the trips where we are changing locations, going through the mountains, etc, where I would worry, I guess. Thoughts?
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:35 PM   #9
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We have towed our 16' Scamp over the mountains going from Ca(Oakland) to Or(Portland) and the mountains going from Ca(Oakland) to Ar(Quartzsite) with no problems at all. We averaged 18MPG
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:43 PM   #10
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The tow rating for my 2008 RAV4 V6 is 3,500# ( not 3,000# ). Tongue weight is 350#.
For 2013 the tow rating drops to 1,500# and the six is not available.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:48 PM   #11
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Towed a Scamp 5r with a 2003 Chevy Extended Cab V6 with absolutely no problem.
What length bed did your Chevy have? I have a 2014 short bed I am planning on pulling our 5r with when the new hitch arrives from Scamp.

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I pick a tow by the trailer rating, not # of cylinders, and try to stay 25% or so above the trailer fully loaded weight.
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The longest trip I took with my 16' Scamp SD with bath, dual propane tanks and a full water tank was about 4000 miles with my 07 Tacoma 4cyl.
I averaged 22mpg on the trip which was from my home in the Mountains of Central California through the Rocky Mountains, the Tetons, Yellowstone and home the long way.
The only time I was really slowed down was going west over Teton Pass.
It's the longest, steepest grade I have ever traveled.

The V6 will do well.
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V6 versus v8 hauling 16' scamp

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What length bed did your Chevy have? I have a 2014 short bed I am planning on pulling our 5r with when the new hitch arrives from Scamp.

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You will be cutting it pretty close. You'll definitely have to shut the tailgate before backing up all the way to hitch up. With a 6.5' bed on the titan, I still had to lengthen the hitch on the camper by about 8" to turn 90* with decent clearance. As an added bonus, I can hitch up with the tailgate down.
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