We alternate between towing our 16' Scamp
with our 4 cylinder A/T Subaru Outback (2700 lb rating) and our V8 A/T Dodge Dakota quad cab (6000+ lb rating). Our Scamp
is a standard side dinette, but has most options like larger fridge
, hot water, front bath, awning
, A/C, so is toward the heavy end of the scale. Towing with the Subaru means we have to remove one of the 2 propane
tanks from the tongue, fill the fresh water and hot water tank, and load our clothes under the rear dinette to lighten the front enough to get down close to the 200 lb tongue limit used on US spec Outbacks.
based on the scales at that configuration came out to 2600 lbs, with 240 of that on the tongue. It's less than the 2700 lbs tow rating, but slightly above the tongue limit. I now reconfigure some of the "stuff" I keep in the front closet so that I'm down to 220 on the tongue, but haven't reached 200 yet, and don't know if I want to go any lower even though Subaru is happy recommending an 8% tongue weight
I believe the Subaru handles the load very well on the flats and the rolling hills of GA, but if mountains are involved we take the Dakota. We use a sway bar on the Subaru just as added insurance, but even so, my wife prefers driving the Dakota when it's her turn to drive.
When we purchased the Subaru, it was to provide us a large cushion over our then 1750 GVWR pop-up camper, so we weren't really expecting to be able to tow the Scamp
with it. We're just happy that we have the option, and will probably use the Subaru on our long trip to TX from GA next month, but probably use the Dakota on our trip to Canada again this summer.
Our fuel mileage on our last 2 trips were not great with either vehicle. The Dodge only averaged 14.2 going to FL and back, and the Subaru only returned 17.9 on a trip to AL and back. At least the Subaru had an excuse, we had 20-30 kt headwinds all the way to AL, and the thunderstorms coming back today caused mostly crosswinds and headwinds.
I would rather be pulling a lighter Camper with our Subaru, but as long as you maintain it as required and keep your speed down it should be faithful. We have about 97,000 miles on the Subaru now and hope for many more.
If your Scamp only has the 2,000 lb axle
, then you might have one of the earlier ones that seemed to be lighter than the newer ones.
Good luck in whatever you choose!