Originally Posted by bpfick
I know the front of the Scamp is round and smooth, but I agree with the anchor analogy. Get into a head wind at all and even the little 13 will indeed act as an anchor. I too have never quite understood those who gleefully exclaim that they "don't even know they're towing anything". I sometimes wonder if the TV is Peterbuilt.
Here is a news flash. In headwinds the same thing will happen regardless of what you are pulling it with. EVEN a truck
I have pulled my 16' Scamp with an Outback, a mid size V6 truck and a full sized V8 truck and I have with all 3 combos had occasion to have to use the gas while driving down a steep hill in a head wind. ;-) Have also seen the MPG's go south to the 6-7 mpg range while towing on the flats in a head wind with all 3 vehicles.
The funny thing is that some assume the Outback does not weigh much and as such the Scamp would be an anchor to the Outback. The Outback is not as light
as some might think and in fact some years the Outback has out weighed the ever popular Toyota Tacoma!
I actually wish I could have a truck that provided as rock solid a tow in side winds as the Subaru did/does. I think it might surprise a few people as to how solidly some of the smaller SUV or Station Wagon vehicles can tow compared to a truck. Take a look at some of Can-Am's Youtube videos to see how well some of the set ups do.
If one has only ever pulled with a truck then I can see why they might not have ever had the feeling that they are not towing anything - even if only for a fleeting moment.
Honestly I have never had that feeling while pulling with a truck either.
If I only owned a 13' Scamp standard & only travel with myself and another party in the car, I would not hesitate to tow it with an Outback taking care as to how I stowed it to keep the tongue weight down to 200lbs or less. Especially if I was only going to be towing with the Outback a few times a year.