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Old 06-15-2015, 02:18 PM   #15
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Anyone have experience in towing a Scamp 13' with an Odyssey? Or, what else do you use to tow a Scamp 13'?

I tow with an Odyssey and a Scamp 13' with brakes and love it. I have been CA to ME to FL to Canada. You may hear stories of Odyssey transmission issues when towing. I believe in 2007 they switched Odyssey transmissions to the one used in the Ridgeline (truck). I have had no issues with it and the online stories seemed to have largely gone away also since then.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:21 PM   #16
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I tow with an Odyssey and a Scamp 13' with brakes and love it. I have been CA to ME to FL to Canada. You may hear stories of Odyssey transmission issues when towing. I believe in 2007 they switched Odyssey transmissions to the one used in the Ridgeline (truck). I have had no issues with it and the online stories seemed to have largely gone away also since then.
Thanks for all the info. Sounds like you have had a wonderful time traveling all over the US!
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:14 PM   #17
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We might try a scamp (if we can find one anywhere near us) with our CR-V to see how it goes. One issue is that it's about $400. To switch from our electrical camper hook-up to what wed need for the scamp. If we then decided to switch to bigger vehicle it wld be paying again for the electrical. Decisions, decisions, why can't life be simple??
Can you explain what you mean by "hook up" change?
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:40 PM   #18
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We're looking at Scamp 13'. We currently have a 2007 & 2012 Honda CR-V. We know we need something with more towing capacity & are looking at trading in our 2007 CR-V & possibly getting a used Honda Odyssey.
Anyone have experience in towing a Scamp 13' with an Odyssey? Or, what else do you use to tow a Scamp 13'?
Hi Julie.. A perspective......

For a number of years we towed our 23' dual axle trailer with a 150HP, 4,200lb Nissan Mini Van.

Your 2012 CRV weighs a 1,000lbs less than our van and has 185HP.

When it comes to the power to weight ratio you should have an abundance of power to tow the small 13' Scamp.

Re the Oddy. Folks on other forums are towing very larger trailers with pro set up Oddy's. Point is the small Scamp would be a non event for an Oddy.

Connection/hitch and set up as always needs to be optimal.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:42 PM   #19
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Honda Odyssey Transmissions

The cutoff date for the Odyssey transmission problems was mid-year 2003. My 2002 now has over 200,000 miles on it and still going strong. Yes, the tranny was upgraded many moons ago.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:35 AM   #20
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The cutoff date for the Odyssey transmission problems was mid-year 2003. My 2002 now has over 200,000 miles on it and still going strong. Yes, the tranny was upgraded many moons ago.
Further investigation did show a drastic reduction in the number of reported transmission problems after about 2003, with the number of recent problems probably typical for most any vehicle. CVT is still on the new side of "time tested" but it's getting there fast and does improve gas mileage.

Thanks to Jon in AZ for clarifying the current xmission in the Odyssey is not CVT (its a six speed).

Still I would not want to tow with a van that cuts off cylinders at times and the complaints of the van shaking are still coming in. One thing about the Sienna is you can downshift for engine braking (and upshift), which the Honda does not do. Its handy when towing. If I had it to do over, for towing I think I would pass on any mini-van that was not pre-wired for a trailer. But for towing with a mini-van I still think Toyota has the edge. For a people mover (not towing).. I would go with the Honda. Both are good in their own ways and each has some advantage over the other.

All the above is IMHO and YMMV (quite literally).
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:54 AM   #21
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Julie, one additional factor you should probably consider is how many people and how much cargo you will be taking with you. While a number of people do tow 13' eggs very happily with Elements and CRVs, their 1500 pound capacity is marginal. If you will be traveling with more than one or two people, or bringing a lot of extra stuff, I think you will be much happier in the larger vehicle.

We own both a CRV and a Pilot (previously a Sienna van), but with four people, bicycles, outdoor kitchen, extra icebox, awning, plus mountain and canyon grades to deal with, we've never tried to tow with the CRV. If it were just my wife and I packing lightly, the CRV would probably be fine.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:07 AM   #22
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...CVT is still on the new side of "time tested" but it's getting there fast and does improve gas mileage...

Just to clarify, CVT stands for "continuously variable transmission." Honda does not use a CVT in the Odyssey. Honda refers to the cylinder cut-off system as VCM, which stands for "variable cylinder management." VCM is standard on all new Odysseys and Pilots.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:55 PM   #23
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Thanks to all who responded to my question. Right after getting all the responses we saw a 13', 2014 Scamp for sale North of Detroit so we called & arranged to see it. Drove the next day ( 325 miles each way) to see it & purchased & drove it back the next day using our CR-V. No problems with towing with our CR-V. We would not have tried with our CR-V without the input from all of you because we weren't sure if it was enough to pull the Scamp. So... We are now Scamp owners, thanks to all of you who responded to our question. Again, many thanks & see you on the road!
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:44 PM   #24
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Awesome! Congratulations on your new trailer! Happy travels!
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Great!!!! Those Honda's are tough vehicles and made to last!
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