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Old 05-18-2018, 08:00 PM   #1
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I am looking to buy my first fiberglass trailer. I live in Utah, but am working in Yellowstone. I'm going to tow it with a Subaru Forester. I am looking for one in good condition up to $7000.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:46 PM   #2
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I am looking to buy my first fiberglass trailer. I live in Utah, but am working in Yellowstone. I'm going to tow it with a Subaru Forester. I am looking for one in good condition up to $7000.
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Forester won't pull much and has a low tongue weight rating. Start here to figure out what your manual says you can handle: Trailer Weights in the Real World
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:27 AM   #3
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What year Forester? Older units were rated 2400/200#, which would allow for many 13'ers. You'll hit the tongue weight limit first, and it is reduced if you carry extra people or gear in the vehicle. Current generation is only rated for 1500#, not sure about tongue weight. That rules out all but a few 13'ers.

Check your owner's manual for the ratings and other caveats (like brakes on the trailer).

Note that the two sub-1000# units in the database were empty, gutted shells. Expect 1300# and up for a loaded 13'er, with 1500-1700# pretty typical and 175-200# on the hitch. Units with bath and full options- A/C, awning, furnace, water heater, dual LP tanks- can approach 2000# and well over 200# tongue weight.
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:26 AM   #4
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I live in Jackson and have a 13’ Scamp if you’d like to come and take a look. It isn’t for sale but you could get an idea of the basic 13’ layout.
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I live in Jackson and have a 13’ Scamp if you’d like to come and take a look. It isn’t for sale but you could get an idea of the basic 13’ layout.
I am going to be in Jackson tomorrow. I would really appreciate seeing your scamp.
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Old 05-19-2018, 10:02 PM   #6
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We towed our 2011 13' Scamp for 7 years with a 2008 Subaru Legacy (see Avatar photo). While we loved the Subaru (after owning Volvos, without towing) we found that the ground clearance was too low resulting in the hitch (even without the ball) dragging on every bump or incline we encountered. The car towed reasonably well but now that we have a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 we find that towing is a dream. The towing capacity is higher as is the ground clearance. It is AWD and the automatic drive can be switched to manual easily. We really did not want to switch brands but all the new Subarus, at a much higher price and lower tow capacity, did not meet our towing and everyday needs.
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:32 AM   #7
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I have learned that the OP has a 2013 Forester, rated 2400/200#. With the addition of a brake controller and ATF cooler (if it has an automatic), that should tow a 13' egg nicely. It won't be a jackrabbit on long mountain grades- slow and steady will get it done.

Trailer brakes are a necessity, and not all 13'ers have them.

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Old 05-20-2018, 08:46 AM   #8
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My 2013 Forester should tow ok. Now I just have to find my trailer.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:25 AM   #9
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Excellent! Good luck in finding your fiberglass trailer. I'd suggest just asking the owners of the FGRV you like if they are willing to sell. They may or may not but they also will know others who might be ready to sell. Attend FGRV rallys, look for trailers parked on private land or in RV storage facilities. The reality is that the fiberglass eggs go FAST once they are listed for sale. You might also want to consider buying new.
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