Originally Posted by Janne Potter
Fascinating discussion. I'm looking for a little trailer, and am driving a Honda CR-V (love it!). I've found a couple of Scamp
13s, advertised weight around 1000 lbs empty weight (my limit is 1500 lbs total). I've been told these are too heavy -- there isn't enough "head room" between the empty weight and the allowable weight. Norm, from reading your posts it sounds like you haven't problems (i.e., damage/strain to your vehicle) towing a 16 footer??
Was also reading in several other threads -- 13 foot trailers of various kinds weighing
in under 1500 loaded, which seems to be contrary to concerns of the sellers I've been chatting with.
I'm so confused! I'm open to ideas, information, trailer recommendations...
We have towed with a 2004 Honda CRV for the last four years. During that period we have towed three different trailers weighing
between 2500 -2800 pounds. Our CRV has 140,000 miles (30,000 towing) on it now and have not had a single failure other than the air conditioner after 70,000 miles.
We have made a full loop of the USA towing a trailer. We have taken a trailer on the Trans Labrador Highway, a 4000 mile trip thru the backwoods, 1000 miles on dirt, crossing all kinds of grades rarely seen in the USA. Not a problem.
On our most recent trip towing the Scamp
16 we got 23 mpg and as high as 25 mpg. Every trailer has towed beautifullu though the Scamp
16 and Casita
16 towed the best. (We arrived in CT today and at a number of places gas was $4.39)
Our Maine son has towed with the Honda Element and our Seattle son tows a Scamp 13 with a Honda Accord. (I mention electric brakes
later and I should say our son's Scamp does not have electric brakes).
I tow with a Honda CRV because it's rated for 3300 #s in Europe, the very same car.
We insure with Liberty Mutual, both our only car and our Scamp 16. They are well aware what we tow.
You can easily tow a Scamp 13. Personally I like the 16 better because it has electric brakes
on the trailer and the typical Scamp 13 does not. In Europe Honda only allows more than 1500 pounds if you have electric brakes
on the trailer.
We generally lightly load our trailer. We only carry one propane
bottle. It typically lasts us more than a month on the road. We only carry a half tank of water. We only fill it if we're boondocking
and then just fill it before we go in.
We never travel with full grey or black tanks. If they're full we empty them as soon as we get out of boondocking
We do not over pack; We don't carry big grills, tents, all kinds of chairs, cooler chests, clothes that don't get worn, only one hanging outfit each,.... If we don't use it it typically doesn't make the next trip.
We don't pack in large duffles that we have to search thru, we believe in smaller containers with very defined stuff in them. There's a defined place for everything from our glasses at night to the muffins in the morning. Simply our goal is not to get as much as we can into the trailer but rather to get the stuff we need in places where we can easily get at it.
I am certain you can tow a Scamp 13 with your CRV. I am also certain you can travel comfortably without overloading it.
Please feel free to send me a private email and ask me any specific questions/
We love RVing. We do everything we can to travel safely and economically. We've owned a lot of vehicles in our lives. Acuras, Audis. VWs. Fords, Dodge, Porsche but nothing has topped the reliability of our Hondas. It has been a great tow car.
Have fun, nothing beats traveling in an RV