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Old 10-05-2017, 04:57 PM   #1
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Found this forum looking for information on small trailers. Need something under 1500 lbs. to tow with a Subaru Forester and thought a Scamp 13' might fit the bill. Just need to find one somewhat local to look at before I place an order.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:51 PM   #2
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Go to Search, at the top of the page and type Subaru Forester in the Google search box. You will find hundreds of posts and opinions ( mostly don't ).
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:09 PM   #3
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The right Scamp13 will tow very nicely with a Subaru forester (what year?).
What amenities do you feel you need?
I'm sure someone near you has one for you to check out.
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:31 PM   #4
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My RAV4 V6 has 3,500 lb. tow and 350lb. tongue capacity.
The 17B Escape, fully loaded, with water comes in at 3,200lbs. with a 340 lb tongue weight ( I have a Sherline scale ).
I removed my cast iron skillets and the Coleman folding oven ( which weighs 7 lbs. ).

Problem with the Forester is limited tongue capacity ( 200 lbs? ). I towed my boat and my tent trailer with a Subaru Loyale Wagon. Spent a lot of money on brake jobs and damn near got religion heading downhill toward a highway junction while facing a stop sign.

My Escape has electric brakes. My next vehicle, if there is one, will be the Highlander with a 5,000 lb. tow capacity to give me an extra margin of comfort and security. I cannot suggest that it's just fine to tow a 13' with a Forester. I can suggest the OP read previous discussions.
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:53 PM   #5
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My RAV4 V6 has 3,500 lb. tow and 350lb. tongue capacity.
The 17B Escape, fully loaded, with water comes in at 3,200lbs. with a 340 lb tongue weight ( I have a Sherline scale ).
I removed my cast iron skillets and the Coleman folding oven ( which weighs 7 lbs. ).

Problem with the Forester is limited tongue capacity ( 200 lbs? ). I towed my boat and my tent trailer with a Subaru Loyale Wagon. Spent a lot of money on brake jobs and damn near got religion heading downhill toward a highway junction while facing a stop sign.

My Escape has electric brakes. My next vehicle, if there is one, will be the Highlander with a 5,000 lb. tow capacity to give me an extra margin of comfort and security. I cannot suggest that it's just fine to tow a 13' with a Forester. I can suggest the OP read previous discussions.
I didn't mean to say that you could or should suggest such a combo.

A scamp13 tongue weight starts at under a hundred pounds,but even with the arbitrary 10% it would be about 140 pounds on a Scamp13 front bunk nicely equipped (1200-1400 pounds). Even a Scamp13S front bath weighs 1750 with a package, A/C, and awning which equates to 175 pounds tongue weight according to J2807.
Brakes are offered on the Scamp13, (and we're not supposed to talk religion on this forum...just kidding!)
I was sure you were towing sensibly, so I was only suggesting that it comes down to a fair comparison.
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Seems to be sentence missing from your Post #3 Floyd.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:34 PM   #7
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We thought about a Class C motor home but with low gas mileage and insurance we didn't feel it was as practical as a small trailer. Motels would work except we have two dogs and pet friendly places are few and far between also have restrictions on size and number and not always available. My wife doesn't like to kennel "her babies" for more than a couple of days.
The 2015 Forester is rated to tow 1500 lbs with brakes and the Forester forum had a lot of recommendations for small fiberglass campers. Older Foresters had a much higher rating but new SAE standards lowered it about 900 lbs. Forester also has the Xmode and VDC systems. Outbacks with the same drive train still have the 2400 lb tow rating. Occasionally tow a small utility trailer that has had about 1200 lbs of construction waste to the transfer station over hilly terrain. I know that's not the same as long trip but no noticeable trouble.
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Brakes
AC (somewhat needed due to breathing issues)
Shower/toilet package
Awning
Receiver for bike rack
Furnace
I don't mind buying new but would like to "try one on" to check size of living space to see how we fit. The bed is the biggest concern. How wide is it? Any where in eastern PA is OK for a tour.
I think the AC unit and furnace might make resale better later and awning to increase living space.
According to the specs it should be close to the limit for the Forester.
Thanks.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:47 PM   #8
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With the equipment you listed you will be at around 1800 pounds loaded and maybe 240 pounds tongue weight.

Bathroom models usually have dual propane tanks, since you'll be running a HW heater as well as the stove, fridge, and furnace. You could get the total weight and tongue weight down a bit by going with a single tank, but you're still going to be well over 1500 pounds.

The bath/shower package and A/C are fairly heavy options. The furnace and awning add weight, too. What's the receiver for?

With a 1500 pound limit, you really need to pare the options down. Dogs and other gear in the back of the vehicle reduce available tongue weight.

Something's gotta give.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:09 PM   #9
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Yep pretty heavy with all that! I pull my barebooned 13f with a ford edge rated 2000 even then I am not going to challenge my auto. I have developed driving habits that will drive most people up the wall but I am not messing around with my transmission or motor so that is my plan and it works.


In my bus driving days a 26,000lb eagle bus called for even more planning because lose control of that thing and real damage can occur to the other guy! I didn't want that so I studied up how the big-boys did things but it was hard to learn.


How about learning to double clutch flying down a hill with a big one coming in front of you or a stop light at the bottom of a hill? You needed your motor and transmission to be your brakes oh you had air brakes but they burn up too!


Just think things through before you leap!


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Old 10-05-2017, 11:02 PM   #10
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Thinking things through - that's why I'm here asking questions.
Scamp had lower weights listed for the 13' trailer 1300 -1500.
I spent years in the construction trades and know the feeling of heavy loads and vehicles. Those steep down-hill stops when a car pulls out are always fun. I never learned to "stop on a dime" like they expected me to do. I'm glad I only had to drive larger trucks occasionally. Try driving a line truck pulling a load of utility poles on a pole trailer in the hills of PA.
The rear receiver was only for a 2 bicycle rack.
Toilet and shower because I don't know where we'll end up day to day.
About 1 year to retirement so plenty of time to look and plan. Smaller trips until then.
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:42 PM   #11
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Thinking things through - that's why I'm here asking questions.
Scamp had lower weights listed for the 13' trailer 1300 -1500.

Jim, any of the posted weight numbers from any builder are pretty much bogus. Those numbers are from the empty rolling shell before they add anything. Looks good in the sales ads though but it's not real world numbers. Good luck in your search.
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:47 PM   #12
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If you have a year till retirement, you might want to order now -- $500 down will get you in line, and it is fully refundable -- but Scamp has a 10-12 month wait time. We have a 13 on order but will be canceling since we found a rebuild 16.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:36 AM   #13
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Thinking things through - that's why I'm here asking questions.
Scamp had lower weights listed for the 13' trailer 1300 -1500...
The rear receiver was only for a 2 bicycle rack.
Toilet and shower because I don't know where we'll end up day to day...
So, starting from Scamp's numbers, which are dry weights for unloaded units before options or fluids...

The 1500# figure is probably the dry weight of the heavier model, the front bath version. I'll assume it includes everything in the bath/shower package. A/C adds about 50#. A furnace, about 25#. Awning, 30#, perhaps. The receiver (which includes an additional frame member) with a rack and two lightweight bicycles adds at least 100#, possibly more*. Fill one LP tank, 20# (a filled second tank adds another 40#). Very conservatively, your clothes, bedding, kitchenware, food, water, basic tools and trailer supplies, a couple of camp chairs... will add 200#.
*A rear bicycle rack can cause stability issues with a small trailer, and it's pretty hard on the bicycles, too. Something else to research in old threads...

I would not pull a fully-optioned front bath Scamp 13 with less than 2000# tow rating, and that would be for conservative driving in moderate conditions with brakes. If high elevations, mountain grades, hot temperatures, and/or strong winds are expected, I would want a larger margin. Remember, too, that tow ratings are based on a driver and passenger (at 150# each), and nothing else in the vehicle.

Lots to think about... but the biggest is that there's a mismatch here. You need to pare the trailer way down or consider a bigger vehicle to pull it. Tough choices, both.

One choice that does not add to the weight (or cost) is the "big bed" option, available since about 2014 on Scamp 13 standards. The regular bed, at 45"x76", is pretty tight for two. The "big bed" is 54"x76" and steals space from the closet and galley. It would be good to get inside both before deciding. Scamp's sales department has a referral program in which they set you up with nearby owners for a demo. They get a small check if you order, so it's a win-win-win.

Best wishes!
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:24 AM   #14
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jon I have the bare-boned 13f I didn't look for a deluxe have no need for it I am camping right? I had an A-Liner it pulled just fine with my Ford Edge did I say I hated Ford?

I can tell you I think that Scamp must weight 500 more lb than that A-Liner I can just feel the difference. Saying that even before I am not taking out like a race car driver I read stories of guys driving normal tugs trying to run 55 up a mountain doing this they must be hitting all the gears no telling the rpm load. Don't these people know there is only so much wear and tear you can put on a tug let alone the camper.

Maybe they trade every year I don't do that wont do that! So what is the hurry going camping? For the life of me I do not understand I read I am running 70 to 80 on tires only rated at 65 that on a good day!

I could run a deluxe but what for? I camp the same way and even with a bathroom I wouldn't want to deal with filling with water draining stinky tanks.

Some things I just done understand not to knock anyone if that is what you want go for it!!

Scamper Bob Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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