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Old 03-08-2016, 11:49 PM   #1
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Tongue weights

I'm hoping to find a 13' Scamp to pull with my 2002 Suby Forester. It's limited to towing 2,000# and tongue weight of 200#.

I believe the basic 13' Scamp meets this, but not the longer Scamps, nor the 13' DeLuxe. Are any of the other brands (Burro, Casita?) suitable?
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:33 AM   #2
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Have you looked at Fred's Trailer Weights in the Real World (near top of General Chat)? Has tongue weights of actual trailers for pretty much all fiberglass brands.

I haven't massaged his latest spreadsheet but the last time I did I found this:

Scamp 13 ave tongue weight: 223 lb
Boler 13: 213 lb
Casita 13: 260 lb


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Old 03-09-2016, 07:14 AM   #3
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We have a 2014 13' Scamp w/o bath. Tongue weight when the propane tank is full is about 201 lbs. This includes very basic travel items that "live" in the scamp, but not items like food, clothing, and other travel items that get loaded for each trip. Our normal travel tongue weight is closer to 220 lbs. You could theoretically keep the tongue weight below 200 lbs but in practical terms it would be difficult and even then you are skating on the edge - not a good place to be.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:04 AM   #4
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The last time I weighed my Scamp 13 tongue it was around 170 to 175lbs. The configuration is No A/C, no Water heater, no Awning, no Bath/toilet, Manual water pump. That was loaded for camping.
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Old 03-09-2016, 01:16 PM   #5
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Thanks, everyone. I figured I'd have to go with a minimum cargo in the trailer and load with ice, water, etc. upon arrival at or near my camp site. BTW, how does one weigh the "weigh weight?"
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:08 PM   #6
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If you find a Scamp13D, don't despair, it is well under 2000 pounds.
which means it can easily tow safely with less than 200pounds tongue weight.
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Old 03-09-2016, 03:41 PM   #7
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That was a dumb error! How does one weigh the "TONGUE weight!"
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:19 PM   #8
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tongue weight

I set the tongue of this 2016 layout 1, on a simple bathroom scale.

Single propane bottle. No air, no bath, no awning. Packed as light as possible, but packing is always variable X isn't it.

182 pounds without the battery. 198 with the battery.

Hope that helps the decision making.
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That was a dumb error! How does one weigh the "TONGUE weight!"

A bathroom scale, but as all of us guys have been told "it's not the same as the Drs"
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:24 PM   #10
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A bathroom scale, but as all of us guys have been told "it's not the same as the Drs"
Sometimes the one at home is indeed off a bit, but sometimes its not the direction you might think. In any case, it is a whole lot better than guessing.

Of course, a scale certified for doing business (fruit/produce, scrap metal, etc) would be best.
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Since the tongue weight and trailer both change a bit, a bathroom scale and a large dowel work just fine. The weight you get is approximate at best.
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Thanks. Did not realize it was that simple!
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Or, if you have some spare change, you can buy a Sherline scale, designed for the purpose. As my tongue weight is 320-340 lbs I got one. Be sure to order with a 1,000 lb. gauge as that is more accurate and easier to read than a 2,000 lb gauge.
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I used the sherline tongue weight scale on my 13er and got 185 pounds. Basic simple necessities inside. Although I do have cedar ply shelving installed with 3/4" PVC pipe inside the closet.


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