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Old 06-29-2020, 04:18 PM   #21
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If you're willing to consider a new tow vehicle, the Parkliner I have for sale has a dry weight of 2300 lbs. The layout is quite flexible. It has a bunk (removeable), wet bath, and the rear bed can make into a single, double, or queen. There's a side table for 2 or a rear table for 4. I towed with a 2012 Honda Odyssey (capacity 3,500, I think) and a Honda Pilot. No problems with either in the mountains. Here's the listing:
https://www.fiberglassclassifieds.co...kliner-15-1151

You're welcome to send me a message if you'd like more information.

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Nice camper! Unfortunately, Iím not in the market just yet - canít buy til next spring. Iím marrying off my youngest daughter this year, and thatís taking pretty much ALLLL my money. ;-p
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Old 06-30-2020, 12:53 PM   #22
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Curious to see what you decide. I want to replace my Rogue which can tow a kid's wagon (maybe) with an Outback. In my case, the vehicle choice has to take precedence over a trailer though.

I've seen some Scamps up close and I really like them. With COVID, I would definitely get a toliet / shower in one. State parks can be well maintained and all that, but a communal toilet / shower building is not something I want to use in the foreseeable future. Maybe that's an overreaction, but we have over 7,000 dead in Illinois so far; I'd prefer to be cautious. And alive. LOL.

Good luck!
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Old 06-30-2020, 01:11 PM   #23
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Honestly, I know a LOT of people on the Subaru forum that pull Scamps, and many of them do it with the 4-cylinder.
Yes, I see that John Linck did this for many, many miles, and probably other folks here too.

https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...tml#post767662

They had an awfully nice looking trailer too.

https://www.fiberglassclassifieds.co...deluxe-oak-935

I've always been intrigued by Subarus, but haven't owned one yet. The fact that owners are so loyal to the brand says a lot.
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:45 PM   #24
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I imported a 1995 Eriba Puck from England in March - it weighs around 900 lbs empty and is my third Eriba travel trailer. I had to rewire it for the 110V system and do a few other upgrades but I wound up with a little under $10K in it as it sits. It weighs around 1200 lbs ready to camp and they were designed to be towed by Volkswagens so my 112 HP Land Rover Defender tows it just fine. These crop up for sale here in the US occasionally and they are so well built they can last for decades.
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Old 07-01-2020, 05:39 AM   #25
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I imported a 1995 Eriba Puck from England in March - it weighs around 900 lbs empty and is my third Eriba travel trailer. I had to rewire it for the 110V system and do a few other upgrades but I wound up with a little under $10K in it as it sits.
Does the $10K include the transatlantic shipping cost? And did you pick it up at the port of entry? Nice looking unit.
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:48 AM   #26
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Old Yesterday, 08:15 AM   #27
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I really have appreciated all the suggestions. I honestly think Iíll wind up just going with a Scamp because I think itíll be easier for me to figure out exactly what I want and am looking for, and then thereís always new if I canít find used.

Finding an older, used one that is even less weight than the newer ones would be fantastic, but the potential of buying new and being able to really customize is great too. Of course buying used I can spend less and thatís appealing because this is going to be a real learning venture for me since itíll be my first camper.

Since I canít really buy til next year, thatíll give me the chance to learn all I can. There are so many things I need to know/understand as far as terminology, what the different weight terms mean (I obviously know dry weight and things like that, but I donít fully understand the tongue weight and how thatís determined).

Anyone have some good resources that explain things like that in detail? Iíd like to be able to really research the Subarus and see what they are capable of before I go buying a different vehicle.
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Here's one old thread that has a lot of information: https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...1-a-22864.html

Be cautioned that some of the information is a bit dated. For one, there is a strong bias against unibody vehicles in general. As they have become more common, their towing capabilities have improved a lot since these articles were written, and at least one statement (that hitches attach to the body rather than the frame) is just flat incorrect. Second, their discussion about how tow ratings are set (sea level, flat...) has changed with the standardization of tow testing. Around 2010, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) published more rigorous tow testing protocols (J2807) used by most current manufacturers. Third, "The Rule"- never exceed 75% of manufacturer specifications- is far from universally accepted.

It does have some good definitions of the terminology and will give you a starting point to ask questions. Happy reading!
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Tongue weight has been discussed thousands of times. Google is the best search option.

Many use 13% of total actual trailer weight. So an 1,800 pound trailer is going to have close to 250 pound tongue weight. Typically you do not run out of ratings simultaneously. On my F150 I run out of payload first, way before I am even close to the tow rating. Then I run out of tongue weight. Finally I reach the towing capacity. Tow ratings tend to sell trucks, rather than towing capability. Only later do many find out the limitations. The more deluxe the truck, the lower the payload (generalization). So a “King Ranch” kind of sucks for towing, while the bottom end model, the XL, can be more capable.

There are a wide variety of smaller SUVs with around 3,500 pound tow rating. Read the ratings closely.
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