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Old 09-27-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Question Hello all

I am new to this camping thing. I have a 2014 Jeep Wrangler 2 Door and me and my wife are looking at getting a 16 foot scamp to pull behind the jeep is this to much for the Jeep tell me what you all think.
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:21 AM   #2
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Welcome Bruce

You will find the thread Trailer Weights in the Real World really helpful in determining which trailers fit within your Jeeps towing specification limits.
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
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Welcome to the club. The two door wrangler has a towing capacity of 2000lbs, while the 4 door has 3500lbs. A 16' Scamp will be close to capacity if not loaded as a back packer would load his pack... use very lightweight & small items.
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Old 09-27-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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Welcome to the group, there is a lot of info here;

Needless to say, with modern vehicles having lower and lower tow limits, this is a popular topic hereabouts.

But... If your factory tow limit is 2000 lbs. (if so indicated in your owners manual) I think you better forget about the Scamp 16'er, here's why.

Current Factory weights for the 16' Scamp are:
Standard: 1750-2000 lbs.
Deluxe (with wood interior) 2200-2600 lbs.

And those are empty dry weights, something you will never see in use.
The lowest weight 16' Scamp in the real world weights listing is about 2400 lbs. and they ranged up to 2800 lbs. In fact only one 16', a Casita @ 2020 lbs was even close, but still over a tad.

Moreover, you don't really want to tow at 100% of your vehicles capacity.

Now, following will be many stories about those that have chosen to ignore the manufacturers weight specifications and towed well over those limits. However you will find few posts from those that did so and had problems, simply because that's human nature.

If you need further advise on this issue, ask your insurance company what their position will be if you are involved I an accident and it is found that your overweight limit trailer contributed to the cause. Better yet, ask your attorney.....

Good Luck
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:17 PM   #5
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I pull a 16-er with a V6 Ranger, rated to pull 3500lbs. When I pack up to take my Scamp out, it's plenty heavy when we get going on the highway and especially on mountain roads.
Trailer brakes are a must, and I imagine the Scamp will push the jeep around a bit. My 2c, fwiw.


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Old 09-27-2014, 08:01 PM   #6
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Can anyone explain why a 2 door Jeep is rated to tow less than a 4 door?

Do they have different engines?
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I suspect the 2 door has a lower limit than the 4 door due to the shorter wheelbase. For a few years, Jeep had a 2 door "unlimted" version that was rated at 3500 while the shorter 2 door was rated at 2000 lbs. They all use the same engines these days.

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I suspect the 2 door has a lower limit than the 4 door due to the shorter wheelbase. For a few years, Jeep had a 2 door stretch "unlimted" version that was rated at 3500 while the shorter 2 door was rated at 2000 lbs. They all use the same engines these days.

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