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Old 07-14-2019, 11:23 AM   #1
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Hello from VA

Hello,

I'm new to the group but on other sites about fiberglass campers, and hoping to eventually locate a 13' scamp (or similar) in decent shape for a reasonable price. Have seen some I like this spring/summer, but not close enough to check out in person. Looking forward to learning more here from this group, and to find a camper. Thanks for adding me!
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Old 07-14-2019, 03:22 PM   #2
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Good luck in your search, Melanie. I think your timing is good. It seems to me that there are more fiberglass trailers up for sale now than ever. I see multiple new listings daily. Hope you find one soon!
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:13 AM   #3
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My vehicle won't tow anything larger than a 13' from what I've been told and have checked about the towing capacity.
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:25 AM   #4
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My vehicle won't tow anything larger than a 13' from what I've been told and have checked about the towing capacity.
Welcome to the forum Melanie. What are you planning on using for a tug?
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:18 AM   #5
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I have a RAV4 V6, so I know the towing capacity is limited.
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Old 07-15-2019, 08:08 AM   #6
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Big question is whether it has the tow prep package with HD radiator, HD alternator, and transmission cooler. You may have to go to a deal and have them run the VIN to be sure.

If it doesnít, I would recommend sticking with a 13íer and consider adding an auxiliary ATF (transmission) cooler.
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:18 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. Good luck finding your camper.
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:48 PM   #8
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Welcome - We are near Charlottesville, VA. Your assessment sounds spot on. Look for a 13' Scamp standard (red stripes) as it is the lightest. They sell really quick so be ready and know what you want. You can contact Scamp - they have a program where they will provide you names and info for local owners who are more than happy to show you one or more...
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:12 PM   #9
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I have a RAV4 V6, so I know the towing capacity is limited.
I have the Rav4/tow pkg. 3500# 350# tongue
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:30 PM   #10
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I tow my Escape 17B with my '08 RAV4 V6 Sport with tow package and Class 3 receiver for weight distribution hitch. 3,500 lb. tow / 350 lb. tongue. Trailer, in use, comes in at about 3,200 lbs and tongue weight of 320/340.
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Old 07-16-2019, 06:27 AM   #11
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I had excellent results towing both a 16' Casita and a 15' Parkliner with a Rav4 with towing package.

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Careful... the OP was told she has a very limited tow rating. That could mean it does not have the tow prep package. Without it the RAV4 V6 tow rating is either 1500# or 2000#, canít remember.

I seem to recall the package was included with all V6ís in Canada, but not in the US, adding to the confusion.

I had a Toyota V6 (Ď00 Sienna) without the package, rated 2000#. I ran into trouble even towing a sub-2000# Scamp 13í. The transmission overheated on a long grade. Sensors prevented catastrophic damage, but it was clear the tow prep package is important.

Of the upgrades in the package, the added transmission cooling seems to be the most important, and thatís something you can usually add fairly inexpensively as an aftermarket upgrade. It doesnít change the rating, of course, but it protects your vehicle.

Iím making an assumption about the lack of tow prep package. Itís easily checked at a dealer. Still waiting for clarification from the OP.
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:09 AM   #13
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Hello from the Shenandoah Valley! We're still trying to fix up and get ready for trips in our new (to us) U-Haul CT13. Most of the major systems need something, or there's something about the initial engineering that I don't care much for, so... LOL Anyway, we knew it was going to be a fixer-upper going in, and so far, it's not let us down in that regard. But hey, the lights work and the battery does charge (might not know when to stop, that's one of the issues I'm looking at), so it's at least I haven't found a major headache.


We'll probably be doing a shakedown campout in the next few weeks, somewhere in the Staunton area. If you'd like a peek at our Escape Pod (1985 U-Haul CT13), let me know!


Cheers, and welcome aboard!
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:26 AM   #14
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There'll be a small rally at Hungry Mother State Park in SW Virginia, last weekend in Oct. Should be peak fall color weekend. Love to see you all there,

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