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Old 10-28-2015, 11:22 AM   #1
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Towing with a 2008 BMW X3

Hello All,
I have been monitoring this site for a few weeks along with other FGRV sites. Presently I own a 2008 BMW X3 and I'm seriously thinking about purchasing a used 16' or 17' trailer either a scamp or casita. I need to know if my vehicle would be up to the task. It has a 3500 lb towing capacity and a hitch weight of 350 lbs.
MY wife and I are retired and plan on hitting the road next spring to catch some Blues Festivals, that's one of our passions. Any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:20 PM   #2
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Beware of the Casita 17s. They are typically quite tongue heavy. According to the thread Trailer Weights in the Real World*, the average loaded weight of a Casita 17D is 3300 pounds with a 425 pound tongue weight.

*Post #297 links to a spreadsheet of the data. You can filter by length, make, and/or model and calculate stats.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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Welcome, I have not pulled with a BMW but another smaller sport utility vehicle that I found to give a nice solid tow, as such I suspect you will not be disappointed in the BMW's ability to do the same. Hopefully someone who has pulled with a BMW will chime in.

A great place to start your search is the thread Trailer Weights In The Real World to get an idea as to what you can expect the various Fiberglass trailers to weigh loaded for camping.

Sellers are notorious for understating the weights of the trailers they are selling - many go by a 25-30 year old piece a paper stuck someplace in the trailer that is not at all reliable as to what the trailer actually weighs even empty.

Have fun searching for your perfect trailer.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:25 PM   #4
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A 16 Scamp would fit the bill nicely.
It tows like a dream and your car would like it!
Larger trailers would be better suited to larger TVs.
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Old 10-28-2015, 02:34 PM   #5
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Thank you all for the responses I'LL check the spreadsheet, but is there a big difference between a 16' scamp and a 16' casita? Which one would have the largest interior space or are they similar eg; width, bathroom size, bed size and kitchen area. I'm assuming that the interior length would be roughly the same.

I found a thread with most of the questions that I was asking "Scamp or Casita" on this website.
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Thank you all for the responses I'LL check the spreadsheet, but is there a big difference between a 16' scamp and a 16' casita? Which one would have the largest interior space or are they similar eg; width, bathroom size, bed size and kitchen area. I'm assuming that the interior length would be roughly the same.

I found a thread with most of the questions that I was asking "Scamp or Casita" on this website.
Each make has different layouts and each layout looks and feels different inside. If you can, try and attend a fiberglass trailer rally near you so you can sit in them and decide. Pictures are not a great way of choosing which is best.

You might want to add a 17' Escape to your list as well, a very poplar trailer layout for two people and it does feel a little bit roomier inside due the shape of the trailer.
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Yes I agree a look at the real thing would be helpful. The escape is a little above what I want to pay I'LL stick with the casita or scamp.

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Yes I agree a look at the real thing would be helpful. The escape is a little above what I want to pay I'LL stick with the casita or scamp.

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Well keep in mind a couple of things while looking at prices. Look what is optional on some makes (yet more often than not is ordered) vs what is included as standard on another - think you will find that things tend to even out when you do that. Also the Escape is in Canadian $'s and Canada is holding a 30% off sale to those purchasing in US$'s ;-)

There is of course also the used market.... best to go to the Escape forum though if you are wanting to hear about a trailer for sale first... many only list on that forum and they are often gone very fast.
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Not to mention that Escape isn't even taking orders until the 2017 model year...
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Not to mention that Escape isn't even taking orders until the 2017 model year...
Very true in part due to thier popularity and the current deal on exchange.

One can always purchase used though if patient. There was actually a nice fairly new used one listed here just the other day.
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30% sale that's a good reduction in price, I understand they're not taking orders until early 2016 they do sell fast. Casitas and Scamps are easier to come by and you have a bigger support base I think.
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Thank you all for the responses I'LL check the spreadsheet, but is there a big difference between a 16' scamp and a 16' casita? Which one would have the largest interior space or are they similar eg; width, bathroom size, bed size and kitchen area. I'm assuming that the interior length would be roughly the same.

I found a thread with most of the questions that I was asking "Scamp or Casita" on this website.
The Scamp has a little more floor space due to wider aisles. Of course that means the cupboards are slightly shallower. The walls on the Scamp are covered on reflextix and marine fabric and the Casita has carpeted walls.
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Casitas and Scamps are easier to come by and you have a bigger support base I think.
How so? The appliances are common throughout the RV industry and have service and warranty shops all over North America. If there is a warranty issue with the trailer itself, Escape arranges to get it repaired at a shop where you are.
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That's good to know about the escape support base.
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