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Old 09-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #29
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Thanks Michael. I wish I knew how much your total rig weighed. I still havent made a permanent decision. Working on the house and thinking about camping. Not a good combo. It makes it alot harder to work on the house!

Wife and I was just talking that we believe my '99 Front. will pull the HILO 15 fine. Maybe not "peppy" over the mts. But I plan on taking it VERY little over any mt.

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Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth here too, of a "comparable" towing situation.
I used to tow my 14' TripleE (similar to Trillium) - approx 1500 lbs, with a 4 cyl. Chev. Tracker, and 5 speed manual transmission. It definitely was at the outer limits of the vehicle's ability. OK to drive at 100km/hr, but more comfortable at 90Km/hr. Always in 4th gear (avoided the over drive as per instruction manual). On big hills would drop to 80km/hr and maybe 3rd gear.
It was definitely a more tedious way to drive, but was tolerable.

Now I tow the same trailer with a Jeep Patriot, which is rated at 2000lbs. It's very comfortable at 100km/hr in all situations.
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:07 PM   #30
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I'm back after some hiatus. We didnt and I certainly dont plan on getting the HILO 15T. Too much for a camper that heavy and I was overly concerned about my truck. So that is out unless I'm shot an outrageously lower price (more $ for maint. on my truck ).

So, I'm back to the Scamp/Casita decision fiasco. The problem? Wife . (I have to be careful as I know she will come along and read this.) BUT, I cant be comfy pulling an over-sized rig for my "4-banger" and she has to be comfortable with the 13-16'ers. She also doesnt like "carpet on the walls". What do yall say about that? Is it a problem in the long run- glue showing through, getting dirty, turning loose?

Well I ran some conversions on Ron's figures. 100km = 62mph 90km = 56mph 80km = 50mph (Win 7 has this conversion in their "calculator"...very nice!)

I'm going to look at a used 16' Scamp with no A/C. 2004 model. It's layout #6 (Dinette). Do yall have any idea as to what it would be worth? I'm hoping to get to test pull it....FINALLY!! Test-pulling an "egg"!!

I'll stop here for now. I love the super posts on this forum.

Darral from Tennessee still driving the Nissan 4 banger!

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OK to drive at 100km/hr, but more comfortable at 90Km/hr. Always in 4th gear (avoided the over drive as per instruction manual). On big hills would drop to 80km/hr and maybe 3rd gear.
It was definitely a more tedious way to drive, but was tolerable.

Now I tow the same trailer with a Jeep Patriot, which is rated at 2000lbs. It's very comfortable at 100km/hr in all situations.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:20 PM   #31
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She also doesnt like "carpet on the walls". What do yall say about that? Is it a problem in the long run- glue showing through, getting dirty, turning loose?
I'll answer the rat fur question. It doesn't get any dirtier than drapery in your home. An occasional light vacuum job and you're done (I vacuum mine once a year... at the beginning of camping season). If you have a cat or dog, it may catch flying fur... just like drapery does. Scamp uses a Marine grade covering... it's not carpet, more like a heavy headliner material. It doesn't stain easily, hold odors or get moldy. If it gets moldy you've got a major problem going on in the wood floor and cushions. My 1988 Scamp doesn't have any problem with falling rat fur and the glue has never shown through.

I think the rat fur gives the trailer a homey feel.

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