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Old 03-13-2014, 08:23 PM   #15
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Carol is migrating toward a V8, just like me. Just kidding

Well if I win the lotto maybe a V8 is in my future as the SUV I have my eye on does come in an V8 but for now I am very happy with the power of the V6 & will keep my savings plan working towards that goal but there does need to be something left over for when my next trailer appears on the market.
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Hamlet; Act II, Scene II......
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:46 PM   #17
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I wouldn't protest yours and MC1 advise to the op so much if I know either of you actually had experience towing with a Subaru and thought for a moment you might be willing to contribute to the repair bills should the OP find as I do that a 16' is a tough tow for the Subaru.
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I wouldn't protest yours and MC1
Lumpin' me together with the radicals, eh?

"A touch! A touch, I do confess!"
(Same play: Act V, scene II: Laertes to King Claudius; Hamlet hangin' in the background.)

Never mind- you and I both know that this discussion has pretty much gone behind the scenes. No recent word from the O.P....I'm sure he's got plenty to do/read since by now he's most certainly received ol' Norm's ten-thousand-character screed on the subject of Why North American Tow Ratings Are Bushwa. And MC1 and Brian have prolly weighed in back there in Private Message Land, too, and who knows who else...

We can't compete with all that- we're just two old ladies out here talkin' to ourselves.
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Well, 1st off I own a 16' scamp so moving down to a 13' is not a option, and yes it has a 2000lb axle in it , earlier 16' scamp's did came with 2000lb axles.. I will be replacing it this spring before its goes into service just because its a old worn out axle, 2nd yes I will be bringing to the landfill scales to see where I weigh in at.. now about the Subaru Baja its curb weight is 3350lb's it's tow rate is 2400lb's,its tongue weight is 200lb's it has a wheel base of 104.3 inches, now like I said im not going cross country just will being going up the maine coast and north N.H. and into Canada
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Thanks Scott for the clarification on your Scamp. I had forgotten that Scamp did in the early years put a somewhat underrated axle on the 16' What year is it?

Good plan to change out the axle as mentioned it is under rated for the actual weight of the trailer and suspect due to the age it probable is sitting a little low?

You may also want to take a really good look at the frame on your Scamp. We have had a few failures on the older ones - in particular at the point the tongue goes under the trailer and connects into the main frame as well as a little bit further back where the frame does a little bend.

Mike has given you the best advise. Weight it loaded up and if its as light as you are hoping it is then give it a try but I second his advise as to keeping your mph down to 55mph. It is as I said towable just may not be the best most comfortable a tow you could have and you may find yourself having to check your oil and other items on the car a bit more frequently.

Until you have had a chance to weight it and give it a test run I sure wouldn't go out and spend a whole lot of money on a custom hitch that will cost more than the vehicle is worth, as some may suggest is the answer.
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Well, 1st off I own a 16' scamp so moving down to a 13' is not a option, and yes it has a 2000lb axle in it , earlier 16' scamp's did came with 2000lb axles.. I will be replacing it this spring before its goes into service just because its a old worn out axle, 2nd yes I will be bringing to the landfill scales to see where I weigh in at.. now about the Subaru Baja its curb weight is 3350lb's it's tow rate is 2400lb's,its tongue weight is 200lb's it has a wheel base of 104.3 inches, now like I said im not going cross country just will being going up the maine coast and north N.H. and into Canada
I was unaware that this vehicle even existed until you posted here, Scott, and the more I look into it the more it interests me. The 4-cyl Kia that's done me so well for 60k tow miles or so has passed the 220k total miles mark and I'm trying to decide what to do if/when she ever gives up the ghost. This is the first Subaru that's really made me sit up and take notice, potential-replacement-wise.

I s'pose you're already familiar with this website that provides tons of info about everything Subaru ever made....looks like with the Baja some important things changed from year to year. I'm wondering which year Baja you have, whether it's manual or autotranny and if it's the turbo version or not-?

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I was unaware that this vehicle even existed until you posted here, Scott, and the more I look into it the more it interests me. The 4-cyl Kia that's done me so well for 60k tow miles or so has passed the 220k total miles mark and I'm trying to decide what to do if/when she ever gives up the ghost. This is the first Subaru that's really made me sit up and take notice, potential-replacement-wise.


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Hummm I am assuming you are aware Francesca that they actually stopped making them 8 years ago. Good bet that the used ones out there are climbing into your KIA's range of milage..
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Hummm I am assuming you are aware Francesca that they actually stopped making them 8 years ago. Good bet that the used ones out there are climbing into your KIA's range of milage..
I'm well aware that Bajas are out of production and it doesn't deter me in the least. This especially since my first replacement choice at this point remains another first-gen Sportage. That model's last production year was 2002! And subsequent generations made changes that eliminate those models from consideration so far as I'm concerned. But there are plenty of first-gen Sportages out there, some with pretty low mileage.

My first search for used Bajas indicates that the same is true of that car. You'd be surprised at how many there are with less than a hundred thousand miles on them, some with much less. Weirdly, though, prices for low mileage used Bajas are MUCH higher out here on the west coast. Dunno what that's all about...
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Weirdly, though, prices for low mileage used Bajas are MUCH higher out here on the west coast. Dunno what that's all about...
My guess it may be due to the seller passing them off here on the west coast as a bit of a rare item ... or at least in the PNW they were never very popular so I guess you could say they were kind of rare even when in production.... most folks in the PNW choose the Forester over it.
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On the other hand, maybe the Baja was so well received out here as to make it a more sought after vehicle than back in the east.

Since neither one of us has access to sales figures I guess we'll never know for sure....
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On the other hand, maybe the Baja was so well received out here as to make it a more sought after vehicle than back in the east.

Since neither one of us has access to sales figures I guess we'll never know for sure....
It would be interesting to read the stats but as a bit of a Subaru snob for the past 20 years with #4 is in my driveway currently I can tell you that the local dealers here didn't carry many new ones on the lots - common for them to have maybe one or two max and they were less common sight on the roads new as well .... I did notice them when I saw them as I kind of thought them to have a bit of a cool factor even though not my personal choose. Apparently not a big fav with a lot of others either which is why they only made them for 4 years.

Edit: I have seen a lot of them down in California though - they were popular with surfers.
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HEY O.P. Scott! You still out there?

Dunno if you saw my questions a few posts back- still hoping for a response!

Meanwhile, I tracked down a 2006 Turbo version that already has a hitch on it. (I'm likin' the extra horsepower of the turbo!) Dunno if it's factory hitch or not...might have to actually crawl under it to figure that out.

Waiting to hear back again from the dealer before making plans to get over to Seattle to see it.

Ain't it purty, though?


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I have seen a lot of them down in California though - they were popular with surfers.
They didn't name it "Baja" for nothing. I still see some on the road down here.
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