Hi, I am shopping for a 13' - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-20-2019, 07:00 PM   #1
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Hi, I am shopping for a 13'

Not new to fiberglass campers or RVing, just new here. My story:



In 2004-06, we had a 13' Scamp which had been gutted, and was basically a dry, warm tent. (None of the plumbing worked.) Then a Lance slide-in camper, hauled on an F350 diesel. Then a 2005 class C, which was totalled last week. Hence the shopping!



We now own a Honda CR-V which lists its max tow capacity as 1800lbs.


If we can find a 13' or 15' fiberglass trailer with a shower (I'm not going back to camping without a shower, sorry, that's backpacking with your own personal bear box) that weighs in at 1800 dry, I'm hoping to pull with the Honda.


Kid is leaving for college in the fall, so our needs have changed through the years (see above).


Open to your ideas, including 'there is no such beast, if you insist on a shower you need a bigger engine'. From what I can tell it's technically plausible to tow with the CR-V, but we'd have to be flexible on location & price. So...we are! Can easily look at anything in AZ, CO, CA, MI, OH, Great Lakes more generally.


Thanks for your tips!
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:43 AM   #2
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welcome Pat... you'll find lots of info on here.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:25 AM   #3
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Welcome Pat! Good luck in your search!
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:39 AM   #4
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As far as I know, Scamp is the only molded option with a wet bath and a chance of staying under 1800# loaded. Casita made the Patriot Deluxe, but it typically weighs in well over 2000#. The occasional, rare Trillium Sidekick shows up with a wet bath; I don’t know about weight. Nothing larger than 13’ has a chance. Even with Scamp, it will be close.

Dry weights do not include options, gear, or provisions, so the real towing weight will typically be 400-600 pounds higher in this size trailer. Bath models tend toward the high end of the range. See the thread “Trailer Weights in the Real World” in the General Chat section for data on various makes and models (post #297 links to a spreadsheet).

I’m curious what CR-V model has a tow rating of 1800#. We’re on our second- great vehicles, both- but every one I’ve looked at since 2003 was rated to tow 1500#. I haven’t looked closely at the current generation, though. Because we are four people, we bought a Pilot to tow our non-bath Scamp 13.

If you do consider alternatives to a CR-V, Honda is getting ready to roll out a new model. The 2019 Passport will be a shortened, 2-row version of the Pilot with the same V6 engine. It will be a very capable tow vehicle for smaller molded trailers and would open up a lot more choices.

There are other great choices outside the Honda family as well. The Toyota RAV4 Adventure model has mechanical upgrades giving it a 3500# tow rating. I personally think that's a bit optimistic for a non-turbo 4 cylinder, but it would be perfect for a 13' Scamp. Mazda CX5, Subaru Outback (have to watch tongue weight), and Ford Escape are other compact crossovers with 2000# or higher tow ratings.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:47 AM   #5
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I have a wonderful Honda Element, which had the same drivetrain as the CRV, and has a 1500 pound tow rating. It barely has enough power to handle itself. I live in the mountains of NC. So every trip starts and ends in the mountains. So towing anything with my Element, even my basic Trillium 1300 with no water tank and no toilet, is out. Now if I had a Subaru Outback with a 2800 pound tow rating I’d probably try it.

In the meantime, my F150 with a 5.4V8 does all towing duty. Way overkill on the Trillium, nice margin of safety on the Escape 19.

In this internet world I have no doubt someone is towing a trailer over the tow ratings with a CRV. This does not mean it is the right choice for you. I can’t find a CRV with an 1800 pound rating. 1500 is the norm.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:50 AM   #6
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Hi Pat

Scamp13 Standard, layout 2, has bathroom and lighter weight than the deluxe version that has the wood interior. Would total out at 1500lbs dry weight, with a lot of extra goodies. I believe the Std 13 without bath is around 1200lb dry weight.

Check it out at Scamptrailers.com
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:45 PM   #7
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Check with Floyd, he may know of one for you.
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:15 PM   #8
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Have a 13 ft for sale but no shower. Has the standard dinette that turns into a bed, sink/stove top/3 way frig. combo and bunks. Couple of extras if you are interested. Weighs in approx 1285. If you change you mind about the shower, let me know. Good luck in your search.

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Old 01-21-2019, 04:07 PM   #9
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Have a sweet 1982 Burro.You mentioned Az. as a location you would be able to view potential trailers. Located ion Fort Mohave Az. Take a look
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