Originally Posted by rabbit
You might also consider that most 4 litre 6bangers are not going to exactly "run away" with a trailer over 3000 lb. They may be rated for 5K but the rec is to take 80% of that as a realistic limit (say 4Klb). A Scamp
19' 5er Deluxe might be pretty close to that 80% limit by the time you add your rubber ducky, Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples in 3 vol., etc.
Thanks Jack. You're right, I certainly don't want to have my truck maxed out all the time. I agree that 80% of the rating is a good target to consider in weight/power, etc.
My truck, a 12 Nissan Frontier Kingcab 4x4 V6 has the highest load/tow rating as well as highest hp/tq in it's class (spell that....worst mpg in it's class. That's the trade off).
VQ40DE – 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
261 hp @ 5,600 rpm
281 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
1,524 lb. payload and 6,300 lb. towing capacity.
Taking all this into consideration, I believe I'd be OK with a SCAMP
Everybody's replys have already given us a number of things to consider.
A bit more info. from our interest. We're "travelers", not really "campers" (yet). I believe it'd be rare for us to spend more than a night or two in one location.
For a number of years we travel a three day weekend or a week or more staying in a different hotel each night. Loading and unloading each night, expense of hotels, expense of restaurants three times a day, etc. has us considering a small fiberglass trailer instead. Is there something that we're not taking into consideration here?
Somebody mentioned that it's a sellers market and I'm surprised at that. I would think it's a buyers market since trailers are discreationary purchase (the first to go south in a bad economy) rather than a necessity purchase. It appears to me that there are a lot of fiberglass trailers for sale
and that they're going, in some cases far below what the seller is asking. I've been watching them on ebay and crigslist, as well as several web sites, trying to educate myself a bit as to what I can expect for the $$.
However, the 5th wheel Scamp
is a bit more, even used.....so may have to raise my budget just a bit if we go that direction.
We're going to Dan's Trailer Rentals in Woodland, Ca. later today to look at two Scamp trailers that he has (13' and 16') for rent. We're looking at renting one or the other to rent for a week in Sept. That'll be our betta test for a fiberglass trailer vs. hotels.