We also bought a 2014 Scamp 13L1 with the 54" bed in October of last
year. At that time, we towed with a 2011 Honda CRV. Your 2012 CRV
has 5 more horsepower and 3 more highway mpg than our 2011 CRV.
Having read the "weights in the real world" thread, I deliberately left off
the A/C, bathroom, furnace
, hot water tank, deluxe cabinetry, etc. and
did everything that I could to configure for minimum weight. I know
that the Scamp brochure lists the weight of a Scamp 13 at 1200-1500 lbs.
I was shooting for the lower end of that range, but I have not yet actually
weighed our trailer.
Another forum member (Norm) has regularly towed a Scamp16 all over
the country with an older, manual transmission CRV. He holds the speed
down, and has no top-mounted A/C dragging in the wind. He seems to
have done just fine.
Since our CRV is an automatic, we did add a transmission oil cooler to
protect the transmission from overheating. We often tow in D3, especially
in any sort of rolling terrain or uphill grades. IIRC, your 2.4L engine
develops its 185hp at 7000 rpm. In the 3000 to 4000 rpm range, although
perhaps not rated for it by Honda, I suspect that your 2.4L will do OK with
The CRV is/was my wife's car. I have since traded my older higher mileage
car for a 2014 Ford Escape
that has 240hp and 270 ft/lbs of torque in the
~5500 rpm range. With the factory tow package, it is rated for 3500 lbs
towing and 350 lbs of tongue weight. We now regularly get between 21
and 23 mpg when towing at around 60 mph.
With the CRV, we were much more affected by headwinds and uphill
grades and we usually got about 19 mpg towing at around 55 to 60mph.
With the Honda CRV, the Scamp13 was right at the top of the vehicles
tow weight limit. With the 2014 Ford Escape
, we are under half of the
vehicles rated capacity.
If the Ford Escape
were unavailable, I don't think I would hesitate
to tow with the 2011 CRV again.
Make sure that you have weighed the trailer correctly. If your own
trailer weight is correct, I know that will be disappointing. I too have
wondered if the Scamps published weights for the 13 might be
a bit deceptive (or optimistic?) and I wish that Scamp would give
you/us a certified weight as the trailer leaves the factory.
That said, just be aware that you are operating at the top end of
the vehicles rated
capacity and I think that you will probably be OK.