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Old 02-03-2014, 09:04 PM   #1
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We're looking at getting a small camper like a Scamp13 and drive a 2001 CRV. The manual says the towing capacity is 1,000 lbs and the Scamp13 says it is 1,200-1,500 lbs. I've been hearing different opinions about towing with a smaller car and wondering if anyone can give us their experience with towing a small camper like Scamp with a 2001 CRV or similar vehicle.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:33 PM   #2
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You want to talk to Norm (honda03842).
He should be along....
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:22 PM   #3
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Yeah, Norm has a CRV like yours and has towed a 16' thousands of miles. Several forum members have given him plenty of noise over it, too! But it has worked for him.
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:33 PM   #4
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We're looking at getting a small camper like a Scamp13 and drive a 2001 CRV. The manual says the towing capacity is 1,000 lbs and the Scamp13 says it is 1,200-1,500 lbs.
First thing you need to know is the weight Scamp gives is a dry weight - which means basically it does not include any options - such as a battery, propane tank, awning, ac etc. Or any of your own gear and food.

Take a look at the thread Trailer Weights in the Real World for what you can expect it to weigh loaded up for camping - but note most of the trailers on the list were weighed in at a campground with full facilities so its a good bet few were hauling much in the way of water in their tanks when weighed.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:23 AM   #5
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Norm has, indeed, been towing a Scamp 16 with a CRV- but I'm not sure what year his car is.

Towing capacity has fluctuated a LOT from year to year with this car.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:24 AM   #6
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Hello Dan and welcome to the forum. Towing beyond a vehicles tow rating is a subject that usually leads to great passionate debate on this forum. As far as I'm concerned it's fool hardy. Others will tell you they have done it for years and had no problems. In the end what you do is up to you, but remember, should you run into a problem, you're on your own. Take care, Raz
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:36 AM   #7
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Yeah, Norm has a CRV like yours and has towed a 16' thousands of miles. Several forum members have given him plenty of noise over it, too! But it has worked for him.
And here we go again!

I am pretty sure that Norms CRV and this one are not the same vehicle?

Might be an important consideration before endorsing a vehicle as adequate to tow or not,don't you think?

2001 is the last year I think for the first version CRV which is even less suited to tow than the 2nd version CRV which is what Norm has?

Anyway welcome here,do whatever you think makes the most sense,be careful and get a good set of earplugs for the answers you are likely to get about this!

I am another that would NOT say it is an OK Tow Rig.
At least I would NOT do it.

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Dan,

To ease the blood pressure of my friends on the site I'll send you a private email about our Honda CRV. Simply we tow a 2600 lb 1991 Scamp 16 with a 2004 Honda CRV with manual transmission.
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To ease the blood pressure of my friends on the site I'll send you a private email about our Honda CRV. Simply we tow a 2600 lb 1991 Scamp 16 with a 2004 Honda CRV with manual transmission.
Which is not the same platform as the 2001,right?
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Ed I have clearly stated that to Dan.
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Just wanted to make sure,I know I have seen some 01 labeled versions like yours too?

Thanks Norm

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Old 02-04-2014, 08:21 AM   #12
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Hi Dan
We have the same CRV as you (automatic transmission) and much as I love it, it has enough trouble getting up the mountain passes round here on its own never mind towing !

The lightest trailer we had was a very basic Boler with no camping stuff added when weighed and it was over 1200 lbs empty, our Scamp 13 with bunks, awning and AC was 1500 lbs empty.
I wouldn't tow them with it.
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To ease the blood pressure of my friends on the site I'll send you a private email about our Honda CRV.
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This forum is a great resource for info related to fiberglass trailers but if you are looking for info specific to a particular tow vehicle your best to join a forum dedicated to that topic. There is a Honda CR-V Owners Club forum www.crvownersclub.com you will get a far greater number of opinions on towing with one based on more actual owners experiences than you will here.
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