Thanks all ....
When Scamp starts making the Scamp16 Layout4 with a 54" bed, we
might be tempted?
My wife wanted a trailer that could be pulled with our/her 2011 Honda
CRV with the automatic transmission, be able to take grandkids on
camping adventures, and travel long distances without too much expense.
It might be a little difficult to find a later model, 54" bed, Scamp13 that
weighs as little and tows as easily as ours.
The automatic-transmission Honda CRV does an "adequate" job of
towing our Scamp13 and we currently enjoy the option of towing with
either the Ford Escape
or the Honda CRV. While the Ford Escape
would hardly notice an additional 500 pounds, I'm afraid that the
CRV automatic transmission might be working pretty hard to handle
the additional weight
in the mountains (Colorado Rockies, Tennessee
Smokies, or ???) or maybe even in the Ozark hills?
Sadly, Scamp doesn't yet have a "standard configuration" 16 foot trailer
that is capable of doing what we have already done in our Scamp13
(i.e. sleep 3 grandkids + myself + DW) . I think that you'd really need
both the 54" bed and the sofa/bunk-beds configuration to sleep that many.
We slept 5 in our Scamp13 with 54" bed
(I've been told that Scamp might build a Scamp16 Dlx Layout A with
the front sofa/bunks instead of the standard front dinette, but that would
be a special order and the Deluxe would be extra expense. I've been told
(I suppose this could be wrong?) that the wood interior of the Deluxe
would also add some unwanted additional weight. ???? )
Besides the additional 3 feet of fiberglass exterior walls and 3 additional
feet of OSB flooring, there would be some additional interior fiberglass
walls for the bathroom (or storage room?), additional cabinets, and
possibly the added weight of a hot water heater, blackwater tank, etc.
With the additional room, there would be the opportunity/temptation
to haul additional stuff inside the trailer. So .... all considered, I think
that an additional 500 pounds would not be an unrealistic estimate
of the difference in weight between the Scamp16 and our Scamp13.
Because the Scamp16 sits higher, it would present a little more in
the way of "effective" frontal area unless I could come up with a good
Also, with smaller wheels or ???, I might have a chance to get our
Scamp13 inside our garage with a 7 foot door. With a Scamp16, I
think that the garage would be out of the question without the
expense of changing to an 8 foot garage door.
My sister and BIL have a Scamp16 SD (Layout 6). We're jealous of their
additional storage space; they are a little jealous of our larger bed and
our ability to sleep more grandkids. Trade-offs .. trade-offs
Maybe someday .........