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Old 08-22-2016, 08:01 AM   #29
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That's great. Im surprised to see a Sedan towing too.

My initial plan was your install a tow package on my Crown Victoria and pull my little trailer with it. Then I was quoted $500 to install the tow package and the cars towing capacity just cleared the trailers' weight by 100 pounds.

So to be on the safe side I bought a 2000 Chevy Blazer. Its doing a good job so far and I like how it looks. So far I just have it attached to a bumper hitch but I will probably like to get a proper hitch receiver put in so I can use a drop hitch, as the height of my bumper makes the back of the trailer come too close to the ground.
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:03 AM   #30
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And BTW, a friend of mine got the fridge working with a quarter turn of an unmarked valve. And I seem to have fixed the sink smell by cleaning the water lines with bleach.

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Old 08-22-2016, 08:04 AM   #31
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Jordan, it's not just the rear bumper of the trailer is too close to the ground, towing tongue up makes the tongue too light and you could end up with a sway problem... a big one.

You want to tow as level as possible. Tongue down is far preferable to tongue up.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:36 AM   #32
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You also need to check max weight for bumper hitch. It should be stamped on the bumper somewhere or in the manual. I sold my Ford Explorer because I didn't want to spend the money to equip an older vehicle with a proper hitch receiver.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:37 AM   #33
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That is good to know. Safety first. I'm in BC now, about 1800km away from home (Manitoba, Canada) right now. But im considering going back to visit my family and my mechanic. Renovations wold be much easier to facilitate there.

I just don't want to leave the mountains yet!
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:42 PM   #34
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Hi Gilda,

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Hi Estella,
I imagine you are asking about our TV as it is pictured in my avatar on the day we picked up our Scamp in Backus, Minnesota. It is a 2008 Subaru Legacy. While it has been a great car for towing our 2011 13' Scamp, we purchased the car before considering towing. We chose the Scamp partially because our car could tow it. We've had great experiences camping with and towing the Scamp. We frequently get "second looks" and questions from curious observers as they cannot believe a sedan can tow a trailer!

There have been a couple small shortcomings. One is the low ground clearance which makes for occasional dragging of the hitch when we go over bumps or steep driveways. Frankly, we are thinking of purchasing a different TV soon. We LOVE our current Subaru and are interested in getting a Subaru Crosstrek as our next TV. One 13' Scamp owner on this listserve raves about his. Basically, the car is an Impreza that is raised to have higher clearance, which would address our issue. In addition, it is a hatchback which might make it easier to load and unload our camping paraphernalia. Some reviews say that the Crosstrek does not have great "oomph", pick-up.

Two models that have historically been very popular models with Subaru are the Forester and Outback. Nowadays they are much larger and more expensive than in the past and seem more like SUVs than a "crossover" (whatever that means). We, two, do not need such a large car as our TV will also be our everyday car and we are minimalist campers, aside from the fact that I like to "glamp up" our trailer. Although the Crosstrek is a bit smaller than our current Legacy it has enough torque and towing power to pull a Scamp. We have not yet gone for a test drive of the Crosstrek, but expect to do so soon.

Following is a photo of our camping trip in Lodi, California wine country arranged through Harvest Hosts, www.harvesthosts.com.
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Hi Gilda,

Thank you for your great answer! Very helpful, I got a better idea on what to do once I get my little Scamp. I hope you're having fun on your Lodi camping trip; some day (hope soon) I'll be doing that myself

Thank you again!

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Old 10-13-2016, 11:36 PM   #35
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I was so close to passing this winter full time in my little camper, but I just found a housesitting arangement that puts me into a house. So I'm staying put for the winter, but I'll be running in place. You can follow my adventure at Astray Expression !!!

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