Recommendation for a trailer to tow- 2019 Sabaru - Fiberglass RV



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Old 04-03-2019, 03:46 PM   #1
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Recommendation for a trailer to tow- 2019 Sabaru

We have a 2019 Subaru Outback with a 2" towing hitch. A 2019 Subaru Outback has a standard towing capacity of 2,700 lbs. We are two seniors who are minimalists campers; car camping in the back of the Subaru for up to two weeks. We are considering upgrading to a small camper to have the convenience of a toilet/shower. What type of trailer would be recommended for our vehicle and minimal camping style? Thanks.
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Old 04-03-2019, 04:32 PM   #2
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The Outback has a decent tow rating but the relatively low 200# tongue weight rating (see the manual for that and other towing caveats) means you are limited to an 1800-2000# (loaded weight) camping trailer, since you want a minimum of 10% tongue weight for stable towing.

A Scamp standard front bath model fits the bill nicely. Stick with a single LP tank to stay within the tongue weight limit. It’s available with a standard dinette/bed (45”x76”) or a large dinette/bed (54”x76”) with a smaller galley and storage closet. Electric trailer brakes are optional; you'll want them.

This forum is about all-molded fiberglass trailers, but of course, there are other small, lightweight options, from tent trailers to teardrops. Don’t know much else under 2000# with a wet bath, though.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:11 PM   #3
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+1 to the Scamp 13 with the front bath. Note that in the world of FG trailers, a 13 foot model only has a ten foot body on it. To get a bath, you have to give up something else. The something else is typically a front gaucho "couch" that makes into a set of bunk beds. The gaucho gives you a place to sit without taking up the bed every morning and making it back up every evening (which gets old!)

Don't get misled by trailer dry weights. Check weights in the real world. Manufacturer dry weights understate the actual weight that you will be pulling.

If we ever replace my wife's Honda Element, we will probably get an Outback. I would then use the Outback to pull my Trillium 1300. The Element is just too underpowered for that job, so I use my F150 (tow vehicle for the Escape 19).
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We appreciate all the reliable info.
Thank you.
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:21 PM   #5
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Another one to consider is a little joe made by weiscraft .... not real common... I was luck to find one a few weeks ago
Just picked it up in no California.... my wife and I love it ours is without a bathroom but they do make a model with one
We use a porta potty
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:23 PM   #6
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Thanks Thrifty Bill. Since the Scamp 13'= 10ft of living space will the Subaru pull a Scamp 16'? Specs say weight is1750-2000 lb & Tongue weight 165lbs
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I haven't heard of the Little Joe. I'll check them out. Thanks!
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Old 04-04-2019, 12:20 AM   #8
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a 16 with a bath typically has a GWR of 3500 lbs, 350-450 lb tongue weight when fully loaded. dry weight is around 2000-2200 lbs, give or take...so the trick is to load it as lightly as possible, which isn't easy, its amazing how fast bedding + towels + food + water + beverages + clothing + cooking gear adds up...
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I haven't heard of the Little Joe. I'll check them out. Thanks!
note thats a very minimalist trailer.... 'pressurized' water, meaning, no water pump, you put up to 6 gallons of water in the tank, then pump it up with airpressure from a bicycle pump. there's no holding tank, so you need an external grey water holding tank... there's no shower or toilet. propane, stove, fridge are optional. its basically a bedroom. you can use a portable toilet, where you replace the waste bag every day or two.
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John in Santa Cruz, Thanks for the info.
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Appreciate all the helpful feedback.
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Old 04-04-2019, 10:02 AM   #12
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Actually that is not totally correct about the little joe
They make a model called The ponderosa which does have a toilet & shower... I visited there facility in December and have a brochure that talks about those features... they are located about an hour from me not far from Denver.... in fact I just dropped off my trailer at their facility on Monday to have a few modifications made.... great guys
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The CVT transmissions used in late model Subaru's will not fare well towing.
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The CVT transmissions used in late model Subaru's will not fare well towing.
That's an important consideration all right. Do you have a source for a reliable explanation of that issue?

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