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Old 05-25-2016, 10:34 AM   #15
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I tow a 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe with a 2006 6-cylinder Toyota 4Runner. Pulls like a dream.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:46 PM   #16
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You should look at the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the trailer (maximum the trailer axle(s) allow), and then at the maximum listed for the towing package on your tow vehicle (TV). I've heard it said that the TV capability should be well over the GVW of the trailer.

How much? Others know more than I—maybe 50% or more? A Casita 17 is 3,500 GVW, so 50% more would be 5,250.

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I should hope that you would never, or hardly ever, load your trailer to the GVWR.
maybe if you're bringing home a load of bricks. But not when traveling any distance at highway speeds. You're better to take the Trailer Dry weight and add for water, and all the stuff you will carry in there. BEST, is to actually weigh the trailer, fully loaded, as you would for camping.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:51 PM   #17
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I'm looking at several campers now, but I really need to start looking at vehicles.

I'm looking at several Scamps 13' and one 16', along with a Casita 17'.

Can you give me just a general idea of what kind of towing capacity and or vehicle I might need that would cover a range of those sizes?

Trucks are kinda expensive!

Thanks, Margaret
Scamp 13s would take a Class II, 2500 lb capacity hitch.
Scamp 16s take a Class III, 3500 lb capacity hitch
We pulled our 13 with a VW Vanagon, and a Toyota Camry.
We pull our 16 DLX, with a Toyota Highlander, and before that with 3 Honda Odyssey vans
The 16 DLX weighs in, loaded, at about 2800 lb, hitch wit about 280 lb.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:57 PM   #18
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I should hope that you would never, or hardly ever, load your trailer to the GVWR.
maybe if you're bringing home a load of bricks. But not when traveling any distance at highway speeds. You're better to take the Trailer Dry weight and add for water, and all the stuff you will carry in there. BEST, is to actually weigh the trailer, fully loaded, as you would for camping.
Where can you find a scale to weigh your trailer?

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Old 05-25-2016, 02:18 PM   #19
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Where can you find a scale to weigh your trailer?

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Most large truck stops, or any grain elevator, or feed store that deals in bulk commodities. Even a highway truck weigh station. But they may not want you holding up traffic.
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I tow a 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe with a 2006 6-cylinder Toyota 4Runner. Pulls like a dream.
My experience towing my 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe with a 6 cylinder was just the opposite . Everyone has a different perception of what is an adequate tow vehicle. I have never owned anything that towed like a dream nor have I ever felt that the trailer wasn't there.. Even with my fullsize 1/2 ton V8 truck , I can tell I have a trailer in tow by the way the vehicle handles and the way it sounds.
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Old 05-25-2016, 03:32 PM   #21
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Tow vehicle

We just purchased a 13 foot deluxe Scamp last week.we are pulling with a Subaru Outback 4 cylinder. So fat works great going into week 2 on the road. Steep hills it will downshift and go to 4000 RPM briefly.

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Old 05-25-2016, 03:41 PM   #22
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My experience towing my 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe with a 6 cylinder was just the opposite . Everyone has a different perception of what is an adequate tow vehicle. I have never owned anything that towed like a dream nor have I ever felt that the trailer wasn't there.. Even with my fullsize 1/2 ton V8 truck , I can tell I have a trailer in tow by the way the vehicle handles and the way it sounds.
right on! you should never be unaware that you have something behind you.
When we say "tows like a dream" it means the tug has more than enough power to spare; and the "tail does not wag the dog."
When you have a trailer that is close your tug's towing capacity, you need to learn how to downshift on grades, and use your brakes sparingly.
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Old 05-25-2016, 04:27 PM   #23
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Hi,
We tow a 16 ft Scamp with a 2013 Ford Edge V6 and a 3500 lb towing capacity. Chevy makes an Equinox that is about the same. We have towed through the Rocky Mountains and back to Michigan. We average 15 mpg running 60 - 70 mph. Trucks or cars, it's a matter of preference. I've owned trucks. They are great workhorses if your building a home, a farmer or have a need for hauling the big stuff. When we get to a destination and park the Scamp for 5 to 14 days, we prefer the SUV type car for exploring.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:45 PM   #24
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Scamp 13s would take a Class II, 2500 lb capacity hitch.
Scamp 16s take a Class III, 3500 lb capacity hitch
We pulled our 13 with a VW Vanagon, and a Toyota Camry.
We pull our 16 DLX, with a Toyota Highlander, and before that with 3 Honda Odyssey vans
The 16 DLX weighs in, loaded, at about 2800 lb, hitch wit about 280 lb.
Um, not exactly. A class II receiver usually has a 3500 lb capacity, and class III is usually 5000 lbs.
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We tow a 16' Casita SD, started with a 1996 Jimmy and upgraded this year to a 2008 Trailblazer with pretty low mileage for its age. It pulls beautifully, is wider than the Jimmy so don't need mirror extenders and it feels very comfortable and controlled. The brake controller and sway bar keep it riding smoothly.
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Old 05-26-2016, 07:56 PM   #26
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When we say "tows like a dream" it means the tug has more than enough power to spare; and the "tail does not wag the dog."
Exactly.
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:24 PM   #27
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My experience towing my 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe with a 6 cylinder was just the opposite . Everyone has a different perception of what is an adequate tow vehicle. I have never owned anything that towed like a dream nor have I ever felt that the trailer wasn't there.. Even with my fullsize 1/2 ton V8 truck , I can tell I have a trailer in tow by the way the vehicle handles and the way it sounds.
Right; I'm always puzzled by those who say "I couldn't even tell it was there." I'm towing with a Ford Expedition EL, built on an F150 chassis, which is capable of towing trailers twice as heavy as our Casita 17, and I know instantly the trailer is there; I can feel it.

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Old 05-26-2016, 08:30 PM   #28
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I keep looking in the rear-view mirror and everything darn time I can tell.. the trailer is there (still there in fact, thank gawd).

But if I were looking for a tow vehicle for a fiberglass camper, I would first figure out which campers I might end up with, then look up the real world weights, then pick a tow vehicle that had a towing capacity of 25-75 % over the weight of the camper and also had high reliability ratings at Consumer Reports. From this list I would check all the specs to make sure it was OK, and lean toward one that was ready to tow and did not need a lot of work to prep it for towing.
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