Originally Posted by johnwgorman1
Which trailer will do best with these specs?
Age:Used, less than 10 years. (price 10 k or less)
Size: 13 -15 feet, for two people. No need for tons of space. Spend most of our time out and about.
Dry weight: 1500-2000 lbs. Want light!!!! Towed by Suby Outback 4 cyl
Toilet/shower, kinda important. Might be able to live without especially if not having creates more storage and I can be convinced that upkeep and flushing system is more work than running to a bush or having port-a-potty and a shower bag.
AC no, heat yes
Quality; reputation of structural integrity, leak resistance
I'm a little bit of an outlier on small trailers.
We live comfortably in a Scamp 16. When we bought the Scamp it was about 20 years old. We have done a lot to it but not because it was in poor condition, but rather to suit our travels, (we travel about 7 months a year for the last 14 years).
I don't get hung up on weight within reason. We towed our 1991 Scamp 16, a Casita
16 and a Sunline 15.5, all similar sized and similar weight with a 4 cylinder, manual transmission 2004 Honda CRV, 225,000 miles. We have towed all over NA without a single issue. Definitely we had to downshift on long mountain passes but in a year how many does one encounter,
The biggest load on the tow vehicle most of the time is air resistance, Weight is only a factor on hills. Weather your trailer weighs 2000 pounds or 2500 pounds, it is a small percentage difference. Your tow vehicle weighs 4000 pounds so your total weight at minimum is 6000 lbs and your maximum is 6500 pounds, percentage wise a small difference.
Admittedly I know nothing about your Subaru. Only that our Honda had no issue what so ever.
To us a toilet is a must, the shower not so much. Dumping grey or black tanks is one of the simplest tasks going, keeping the trailer's outside is more difficult.
AC is unnecessary if you don't live in a sweltering part of the nation and don't travel in the blazing summers. I would always take heat first.
As to quality we have had two of the major brands trailers and seen all the rest. I think fiberglass trailer do to their common structure are all quality products that last with a little care.
If you're really tall, definitely get a taller unit however they all fit most people.
There are a lot of ways to add storage space to these rigs. We have more than we need. Go to Preparing a 1991 Scamp under Modifications, a rather long thread but it will show you what's possible in a small space.
Wishing you well in your considerations.