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Old 05-20-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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13' scamp trailer total weight

I am looking to purchase a 2004 13' Scamp with deluxe wood interior, air conditioning and awning. Seller thinks the total weight is about 1800 pounds. I would be pulling this trailer with a 2005 Honda Element and the "owners manual" says not to tow anything over 1500 pounds. Does anyone know what the weight of the trailer is with the deluxe wood interior? Also, does anyone out there have a Honda Element that has towed a 13' Scamp with the deluxe wood package?l
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:18 PM   #2
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total weight 13' Scamp Trailer

I am looking to purchase a 2004 13' Scamp with deluxe wood interior, air conditioning and awning. Seller thinks the total weight is about 1800 pounds. I would be pulling this trailer with a 2005 Honda Element and the "owners manual" says not to tow anything over 1500 pounds. Does anyone know what the weight of the trailer is with the deluxe wood interior? Also, does anyone out there have a Honda Element that has towed a 13' Scamp with the deluxe wood package?l
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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You would certainly appear to be over your recommended towing capacity. Here is another similar thread and the Scamp deluxe is mentioned.
Scamp 13 lowest real weight?
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:06 PM   #4
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Total Weight? That is only something you can find out when you weigh the trailer, as well as weigh the trailer with your camping gear loaded.


The owner/seller could only know the true weight if they had ever weighted it.



I really suggest you read this post, it might help you get a guesstamate of what the trailer might weigh. But again the only way to know exactly what it weights is to weigh it. So worth the $10/20 bucks to find out.


Trailer Weights in the Real World
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:00 AM   #5
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:50 AM   #6
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Hi Susan, even if the seller is correct at 1,800 lbs, you're already over weight for your tow. But, I think you know that....
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Well Susan you have a few choices. Buy a trailer you can't tow because its over your vehicles tow capacity (an that is unloaded, no water, food, etc) Attempt to tow something that is beyond your vehicles ability and either put it in an early grave or lots of repair bills, Look for a smaller trailer, or look into a larger tow vehicle.

1500lbs is what my PT Cruiser had for a tow capacity and I built a small teardrop trailer sized trailer out of cedar that weighed in at 650lbs empty. I kept it light sold them both got my Rav4. You dont really want to be towing at your vehicles max capacity regularly. I have a 3500lb tow capacity, My ParkLiner is around 25-2600lbs loaded to go away.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:25 AM   #8
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Susan the best thread to look at on this forum that others have pointed you to is the Trailer Weights in the Real World for a better idea as to what the trailer may weigh once you pack your own belongings in it. Most of the trailers on the list were weighed on arrival at a Fiberglass trailer meet in Oregon which had full hook ups - so the odds are high that most of them did not have water in any of the tanks. A good rule of thumb is to add about 500/600lbs to a trailers dry towing weight to come up with a more realistic towing weight once you get your own stuff loaded up. FYI many of the 13' trailers also dont have trailer brakes which is a fairly common requirement by vehicle manufacturers if towing trailers over 1000lbs or so.
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You should buy a Ford F450 pickup to be on the safe side, but drive 45 mph or less.
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My 16 ft Scamp standard SD with bath & options weighed 1960 lbs when it left the factory (weight from Scamp scale ) Loaded weight when ready to camp is between 2500 Lbs & 2600 Lbs (food, beverages ,water ,clothes ,propane ,bedding , cooking utensils ,empty grey & black water tanks, Etc.) It doesn't take long for the weight to climb. I would ask Floyd , he has a 13 ft deluxe and may know the loaded weight
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Diesel / towing package

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You should buy a Ford F450 pickup to be on the safe side, but drive 45 mph or less.
I am assuming the F450 is equipped with a diesel engine and heavy duty towing package in order to be on the safe side ?
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I am assuming the F450 is equipped with a diesel engine and heavy duty towing package in order to be on the safe side ?
Of course! With dual rear wheels and the ambulance package cooling and dual alternator option. But I would only drive it on a flat, straight highway, preceded by a signal truck with flashing amber lights to alert motorists endangered nearby.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:21 PM   #13
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I have a 2010 Scamp 13 Deluxe with birch interior with all the options that Scamp has available such as bathroom, 2 LP tanks, larger battery, awning, rear hitch, extra cabinets, etc. plus I have installed a microwave, rear carrier with Honda 2000 generator, solar panels, under cabinet tv, etc.
My total weight with water tank full and LP full is 2,300 lbs.
I pull with an Acura MDX (similar to Honda Pilot) which has a tow rating of 2500 lbs. It pulls very good with this setup. I also carry a full 5 gal water jug in the front bathroom to offset the weight of gen. in back.

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