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Old 08-13-2022, 11:26 AM   #1
Name: Jeff
Trailer: 2018 13' Scamp
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What Tow Vehicle Do You Use for What

I am curious what tow vehicle people use, (particularly 13' Scamps, since that is what I have, but any similar trailer) and how they like it. I have a 2020 Subaru Outback, with a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder, I am towing a 2020 13' Scamp with a bath, with as little stuff in it as I can persuade my wife to take, and I find it marginally sufficient. That is to say, it will pull it, but mileage suffers greatly (I get around 19-22) and going uphill requires patience. I am thinking about getting something with more power.
The Outback is rated for 2700 pounds, the Scamp is certainly under that, but still not that comfortable with current situation.
What are your experiences?
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Old 08-13-2022, 03:56 PM   #2
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Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
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Scamp 13 layout 1 pulled by 2011 Honda Pilot 3.5L V6 FWD. It averages 23-25 mpg solo and 18-19 mpg towing with four on board. And yes, you know it’s back there going up a hill, but it can maintain 45-50 mph on the steepest grades without maxing out the engine.

I find you often have to choose between running with trucks in the right lane or passenger vehicles in the left lane blasting up the grades at 70 mph. I choose to blend in with the trucks. The steepest grades often have a granny lane for the really slow trucks, in which case I run with the faster trucks in the second lane from the right. When I really have to I can make a brief sprint in the left lane, but I try to avoid that as much as possible.

Here's an old thread that asks more or less the same question.
The first post links to a spreadsheet:
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