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Old 01-13-2016, 08:24 AM   #1
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Good models to sleep 4 and pull with wrangler (<3000 pounds)

Hello,

I'm a new member and we're looking into buying our first camping trailer. This is a big step up from tent camping. My tow vehicle is a 2015 Jeep Wrangler: 3500 pounds max, 350 tongue weight, and 35 sq/ft frontal area are the limits.

In a trailer we want to find a used model hopefully under $10k with a toilet/shower, AC, heat, and sleeping room for 2 adults and two kids (currently 3 and 5). They can share a bed if it's at least twin sized, or they use bunks.

From poking around it looks like a scamp 16 (layout 4) or a Casita 16 (maybe 17, but it's heavier) would fit the bill. Any input from owners? Other models to look for?
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:38 AM   #2
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Welcome, Greg!

The Scamp is your best bet. Casitas are hard to find with four beds, and the more common 17', averaging 3300 pounds and 425 pounds on the hitch loaded, is probably too heavy.

Know that pretty much any hard-sided trailer is going to exceed 35 sq ft frontal area, but the smaller eggs come close and the rounded shape helps.

A helpful resource for realistic weight information is the sticky thread "Trailer Weights in the Real World" in the General Chat section. Post #297 links to a spreadsheet of the data.

Our Scamp 13' has the same beds as the 16', which adds the bathroom and more kitchen space. The bunks are great, easy to set up and roomier than they look in pictures, but you'll need to add your own safety rail. The main bed, on the other hand, is small, at 45"x75". We make it work for four people (our kids are 10 and 13). My wife shares the dinette bed with the younger, sleeping head-to-toe, and I share the bunks with the older, who is still well under the recommended limit of 120 pounds for the upper bunk. It's snug but comfortable.

Best wishes finding what you need!
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:57 AM   #3
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Thanks! That spreadsheet confirms a Scamp 16 will work behind the Jeep. 2500 real world is pretty good. I'm no too worried about the frontal area as a Scamp will be much more aerodynamic than a stick built trailer like an Rpod.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:36 AM   #4
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We love our scamp with front bunks. While it's only a 13 footer, like Jon's, I think you'll really like the 16 foot if a bath is on the list! Our kids are (almost) 12 and 14 and they use the bunks while my 215 pound, 6 foot hubs and I share the dinette bed. It's cozy, but not to small for both of us at all. We did add a bunk rail to the top bunk so our girlie doesn't fall out, but both kids find them comfortable and spacious!
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:06 AM   #5
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Now the trick is to find one for sale anywhere near the DC area. Seems like most are on the west coast.
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:40 AM   #6
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It won't be easy anywhere. The side bath layout (#4) has fallen somewhat out of favor with recent buyers in favor of the side dinette plan, so you'll be more likely to find an older one.

Be prepared to act quickly and inspect carefully. There is a helpful Buyer's Checklist here. Floor rot and frame issues are the biggest things you hope to avoid.
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:48 AM   #7
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Can you put two kids in a side dinette?
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:55 AM   #8
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Only when they're small. It's narrow, around 20" wide, and 6' long or a little more. They'll outgrow it pretty fast.
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Old 01-13-2016, 12:29 PM   #9
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Another trailer that ticks all your boxes is the Escape 17B with gaucho bunk option. All your boxes except price. Not likely to find one under $10K. Very nice trailers though, if you can find one.
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Old 01-13-2016, 02:51 PM   #10
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I have a 2014 side dinette scamp, the side bunk is a nice size. I am 6` and there is plenty of length. The two kids can sleep head to toe, for awhile yet. Carl
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big foot would be good
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:29 PM   #12
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I did think about an older Bigfoot 17G. Weight would likely be a bit over 3000 pounds (3200 pounds avg. loaded weight, per the "Trailer Weights" thread), but the bigger concern is the height, width, and boxy profile in view of the OP's 35 square foot frontal area limit. It's a nice trailer for a small family, no doubt about that, but a Bigfoot pushes a lot more air than a Scamp.
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:43 PM   #13
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I have a Scamp 16 Layout four (just for me and a dog).. I find its the rite size for me. The front bunks would be OK for you until the kids get too big, so pay close attention to that. Some kids are too big at a young age! I am 6 foot and like to sleep diagonally in the rear bed. IMHO having a six footer and a second person in the rear dinette bed is a little more than cozy, and might not be comfortable (although lots of people do it fine).

So my advice is to spend some time in one. Until you actually lie down in one for a while you can't really tell how it will work out, esp. since the walls are curved. Scamp Hqts can hook you up with local owners and if you want to see one in central NC let me know.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:29 PM   #14
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Jeep JK stock has a 3,500lb tow capacity with a weight distribution system, 2,000lb without weight distribution system. Basic rule is to only pull trailer of half that number, which gives you approx. 1,000lb tow capacity with a hitch weight of just 100lbs. Basic 13' scamp weighs in around 1,200lbs. I pull 13' scamp with JK without any problems. Just have brakes on your trailer as Jeeps are not really considered tow vehicles. I have pictures of mine hooked up if you want to see them.
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