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Old 11-28-2006, 09:45 AM   #15
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Mine was a horrible bouncer when I got it. It had a broken frame, and repair of that fixed it somewhat, but new tires did the trick for the most part.

It had been sitting for a few years when I picked it up. No doubt, flat spots.
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Old 11-28-2006, 05:27 PM   #16
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Hi, Jan and good luck in your search for a small, lightweight "hard-sided" tent - you will NEVER regret this upgrade to your camping style!

I have towed horse trailers, firewood trailers, moving trailers, etc and our Scamp 13 is the easiest thing I EVER towed ... you have to remind yourself it is even back there sometimes. I think your DH will be quite comfortable tugging one of these. There is virtually no reaction to passing big-rigs or reasonable winds (high winds = Geezers parked for the duration!).

One caveat - make certain the owners manual for your Vue clearly states it will handle the weight of a 13ft-er. We tow with a Mazda MPV, and must be very careful about what we pack in both trailer or tug - my DH loves this aspect ... no more antiques shops stops!

Hope you find the perfect Egg for you-2. Happy trails, LdB
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Old 11-28-2006, 06:44 PM   #17
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One caveat - make certain the owners manual for your Vue clearly states it will handle the weight of a 13ft-er. We tow with a Mazda MPV, and must be very careful about what we pack in both trailer or tug - my DH loves this aspect ... no more antiques shops stops!

Hope you find the perfect Egg for you-2. Happy trails, LdB

Our manual says 1,300 pounds - so it is going to have to be small. A Eriba Puck would really fit the weight but they are even more rare than 13 ft. Scamps.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:06 PM   #18
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I run both my Bolers with about12- 15% tongue weight and have had absolutely no sway problems......again, one time, one of my sons or a friend loaded my son`s show car on an open car trailer and it was spotted about 8" further back than the marks drawn on the trailer deck and I started to hit legal highway speed the trailer decided that it was time for it to try wag my truck`s tail and we almost lost the trailer, car, and my truck because of the trailer sway......hopefully, never ever will I tow a trailer with with too low of a tongue weight as it`s just asking for trouble.......I am also of the opinion that with a properly loaded trailer, that a anti sway device is totally unnecessary, and is just a crutch for a badly loaded trailer........of course with an RV trailer which has changing loads with water usage and distribution during a trip, that a crutch may be needed in some cases....Benny
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Old 12-16-2006, 09:34 AM   #19
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Just returned from a trip down into southern Arizona. At a State Park near Nogales, AZ met a fellow camper couple with a small motorhome built on a Toyota pickup chassis. They had bought it used for a pittance, did some fixing up and were on a post-retirement trial run at full-timing.

My impression was that they were intentionally living and travelling well below their means. They had entertained the idea of a Scamp or other small FGRV, but they were a little aprehensive about towing a trailer when the Toyota became available.

So far - so good into this experiment about 2 months. The only complaint was fuel economy and performance on hills.

So, if you are fearful about towing, there are other alternatives.

The best advice, I think, is to do it as soon as you can and well before you can't. You don't need to have the "perfect set-up" at the get-go. You should build to that goal as you go along. Fix the major annoyances in your rig first, then start solving the minor ones. It's a never ending process that can allow you a healthy creative outlet.

Happy traveling.

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Old 12-18-2006, 09:50 AM   #20
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For the past two years I've had a Coleman popup camper, and now I have a U-Haul fiberglass camper.

The only time my trailers bounce is when I'm on I-294 or some stretches of I-80 or I-94 where these interstate highways were rebuilt with a cement top and NO asphalt. When they poured the cement there are high and low points (dips) in the slabs which are pretty much unnoticeable when you're driving in your standard, two-axle vehicle. But when you tow a trailer behind you, especially if your tow vehicle has a short wheelbase like our Honda Element, those slight dips in the cement become VERY noticeable and cause the trailer to bounce all over the place.

The solution?

Slow down to 55mph in the far right lane or speed up in the far left lane. The left lane is less travelled by large, heavy trucks and is usually much smoother. The far right lane always has the most use by heavier vehicles, so the concrete slabs are usually in the worst shape. The middle lane (if there is one) also has a lot of truck-traffic and is best to stay away from if you're getting lots of bounce.
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Old 12-18-2006, 04:01 PM   #21
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Check your state laws before doing that.

Many won't let cars tugging trailers go faster than 55, and those same states will not allow trailers in the fast lane except to pass. (Many don't allow ANYONE in the fast lane except to pass. I know in Washington, thats actually enforced!)

I have noted the damage trucks do to the slow lane, and travel mostly in the center lane.
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All the truck traffic on the interstates and the poor condition of the right lanes are two of the reasons I try mightily to stay OFF the interstates and travel only US and state roads....besides, I get to see so much more that way......Russell
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:59 PM   #23
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All the truck traffic on the interstates and the poor condition of the right lanes are two of the reasons I try mightily to stay OFF the interstates and travel only US and state roads....besides, I get to see so much more that way......Russell

William,

We're kindred spirits on that issue.

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Old 12-20-2006, 05:45 AM   #24
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Make that three kindred spirits on that issue.

We will do expressways about 2 days going and coming home but that is about it.
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