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Old 04-09-2008, 08:53 AM   #71
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I own a 97 Outback but have not towed with it. I enjoy it because of its combination of the good mileage, AWD, ground clearance, reasonable price and smooth ride. I am considering getting a small trailer, but I don't think I would use the Outback as TV for anything larger than a 13 footer. It is rated for 2,700 lbs, and the Forester for 2,400 lbs.

As my Outback is getting nearer to replacement (170,000 miles), I have been reserching a variety of alternatives with better towing capacity, but I haven't found the right combination yet.
Here's a good setup, Very fuel efficient!!

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Old 04-13-2008, 09:54 AM   #72
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Great forum! correspondence with members has been very positive. Thanks so much for all your help. And thanks to some members of another group, RVing Women, I have now located a 16' Casita near where I am planning to be for the summer (NW USA) so I am leaving to stopover in N. CA with my family and pick up the trailer. I now find that I need to replace my little 4 cyl truck for a tow vehicle more reliable and adequate for this purpose.

Locally I have found a Chevy Silverado xtend cab, with camper shell, 1998 w 73,000 miles. V8 engine & full towing package, price seems pretty reasonable and it suits my personal comfort needs + 2 dogs on board.

Also looked at 2001 Toyota Tacoma V6 w/ ext cab & extra suspension, mileage 44K but no camper shell & no towing package....it's not very comfortable for me climbing in and out etc.

Any comments welcome on these two options.

But if I don't take them, I would be shopping (en route) for either a little larger (V6) truck with a camper shell, trying for low mileage and good gas mileage as I keep my vehicles for as long as possible. Possible: ROO with a tow package that is adequate, or something similar. Any suggestions welcome.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:21 AM   #73
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You can purchase a camper shell, used for real cheap. Don't make that the deal breaker.

You'd get much better fuel economy with the Tacoma V6 and it will have adequate power.
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:12 AM   #74
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And the odds are that the Tacoma will have better resale and the smaller truck will be more in demand when you're ready to trade.

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Old 04-14-2008, 01:06 AM   #75
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But if I don't take them, I would be shopping (en route) for either a little larger (V6) truck with a camper shell, trying for low mileage and good gas mileage as I keep my vehicles for as long as possible. Possible: ROO with a tow package that is adequate, or something similar. Any suggestions welcome.
Hi Dawn, as one who has owned Toyotas for years I can tell you there is one problem that some Toyota owners have. They get tired of their Toyota and want something newer before there is any real reason to get rid of it.
My oldest grandson is still driving a 1976 Toyota that I gave him. It is still going on the original engine and uses no oil. It has over 450000 miles on it. I sold my 1991 Toyota PU to a friend and it now has over 400000 miles on it. The only money that has ever been spent on these 2 vehicles is for routine maintenance items.
There is not a more reliable or better built vehicle on the market today or one that will give you a better resale value than Toyota.
If you keep your vehicles for a long time the Toyota is the one for you.

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John

PS If fuel prices keep going up you will not be able to give a V-8 away
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:02 AM   #76
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Try the Astro Cargo Van you can't beat that 5000 lb. towing capacity!!!

I put a bed in the back of the van that is removable..underneath go the totes for extra STUFF!! Great place for the kids or dogs to sleep!!
Thanks for all the tips but I am pretty sure i am now stuck with a dodge caravan. I went to an auction and missed out on the truck i wanted, but got my second 'choice' It's now buy, or go on the bad bidder list (which i didnt get a lesson on, oh well live and learn) At least it will tow for a few years and it was relatively inexpensive. Hopefully i can get to my first boler campout now, and the car search is over for now. Too bad, i really wanted the truck. Now i can get ready for camping I think i need a grey water tank now. I fixed the roof vent, washed it, and will hopefully wax this week.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:49 PM   #77
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I had very good results towing a 13 ft Scamp with a Subaru Forester. No problems with power even in the Adirondacks. Handling was excellent. On several trips the car averaged 20mpg towing the Scamp. Unfortunately the Forester was totaled in a rear end collision. We replaced it with a Subaru Outback which will be our new tow vehicle. Hope to get it out for the maiden trip soon, tow hitch and brake controller are on order.
I recently purchased a 13" scamp and would like to tow it with a 03 Forester. Some have suggested I add a tranmission cooler since it is an automatic but I am reluctant to do so because we live in such a cold climate. (I think it will take longer for the car to warm up in -20 degree days; it is a cold car - slow to warm up in the winter.) Did you have a transmission cooler/automatic?
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:35 PM   #78
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The auxiliary transmission cooler goes between the transmission and the radiator (there is usually a primary transmission cooler in the radiator), on the output (hot fluid) side of the transmission. That means that the radiator will put the fluid at the correct operating temperature if it needs to be heated.
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:15 AM   #79
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I recently purchased a 13" scamp and would like to tow it with a 03 Forester. Some have suggested I add a tranmission cooler since it is an automatic but I am reluctant to do so because we live in such a cold climate. (I think it will take longer for the car to warm up in -20 degree days; it is a cold car - slow to warm up in the winter.) Did you have a transmission cooler/automatic?
I tow my Surfside 14, which is heavier than your Scamp, without a transmission cooler on my 98 Forester. Trans overheat light has never come on. The manufacturer, Subaru, does not require a cooler for towing. If you do install a trans cooler, I've heard that better ones have a bypass to ensure trans fluid circulation when the fluid is thick (-40 mornings)
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