Originally Posted by Rebecca3
I will be towing with a 2008 Subaru Outback 4 cyl (114K miles), which runs well, and have purchased a 2012 Scamp 16 with A/C. Scamp dealer said I should be OK. Car rating is 2700 lbs, 200 on the hitch. I'll be picking it up by myself and will ensure it is as empty as possible so I can get an idea of how it'll all work. I have to tow it home first (about 700 miles). Then I will use the trailer for 3 month volunteer jobs at wildlife refuges. I started out shopping for Scamp 13s but ended up with a 16, which I think will work better for my type of use, plus I can get a different tow vehicle down the road if I need/want to.
I have never towed before and am watching all kinds of youtube videos to learn to tow. I'm having elect. and a brake controller installed this week. Will pick up the trailer in 2 weeks. I'm not sure how to use the brake so will research this...
Should I take it to a nearby RV dealership first to have them look over the hitch and setup before I leave the seller area? The seller said she'd take it in before I get there to be sure the tires
are inflated properly.
I'll try to avoid rush hour traffic in any cities on the way... I will take my time and go slowly and carefully.
Anything else I should think about?
We owned a Honda CRV when we bought our first trailer and would not have bought a trailer if we had to buy a new tow vehicle. It turned out to be a great tow vehicle. There are many that will discourage you but I'd try your present vehicle before I bought anything else.
We towed a Scamp 16 or equivalent for 8 years. We've towed 7 months a year. Our Scamp 16 weighs 2600 lbs; this includes a tongue weight of 200 lbs. For 7 of the years we towed with a 4 cylinder Honda CR with a manual transmission. We have been to every state and province.
We do not drive at high speeds, never more than 62 mph. We avoid cities and generally avoid crowded Interstates. We don't mind if we have to slow down on long hills, hills are relatively rare. We avoid bad weather. Don't drive in high winds, heavy rains or snow. Of course it happens but we avoid it when possible.
If you have an automatic transmission a transmission cooler is a must.
We do a number of things to improve the safety of our towing. We concentrate heavy items over the axle
, like canned goods, and pots and pans. We carry clothes and other items at the ends of the trailer. We only have one battery
and one propane
tank. We always drive with a half tank of water. We inflate our trailer tires
to 50 PSI . We increase the tire pressure of the tow vehicle by about 8-10 lbs over manufacturer's suggested pressures.
We do have an anti-sway bar, not because our trailer's ever swayed (we've towed 1000s of miles without one) but for the inevitable emergency.
We weigh our tongue every year and it's always in the 195 to 205 lb range.
Our trailer has more extra storage than most, we have not sought to make it super light
. The load on the axle is 2400 lbs, (2600-200).
Here's a link to our Scamp 16
Preparing a 1991 Scamp 16
Other little things...we have tire pressure sensors on our trailer tires and a camera in the back window of our trailer to let us know what's really happening behind us.
If you find your vehicle inadequate get something else.
I'm always happy to answer questions about our experiences.