We travel extensively in our 1991 Scamp
16, 315 days last year, and our Scamp
is heavily modified for the two of us. Virtually every nook and cranny has been converted into storage space of one kind or another. As well we have a box on our rear bumper and 5 additional small and large boxes under the trailer. It weighs 2430 lbs including 200 lbs of tongue weight
Though we carry a lot, nothing that's particularly heavy.
We tow our trailer with a vehicle comparible in horsepower and torque to the Subaru and have been very satisfied. We are particularly happy with the mileage and reliability we have experienced. Our trips have included multile loops of the USA, numerous cross Rockies trips and many long dirt road travels.
I believe a Scamp
16 can be configured to be towed by a Subaru, obviously because people do it.
I think the primary issue is keeping the tongue weight
low. We do this by using only one Propane
tank and one battery
. As well we have a room sized air conditioner built in to the bottom of our closet. It only draws 5 amps when running.
Though we do not travel in FL in the summer, we have found it adequate to cool the trailer to a comfortable level. We usually turn on the AC and use a small fan to blow the cold air around the trailer.
For us the major issue is humidity, particularly when cooking in the trailer.
We have not tried to run our AC on a small generator
but I would be surprised if it would not run and I intend to test it when we get home.
We have carried a small generator
in the back of our CRV and it has not been a problem. It is a little heavy at 40 lbs but very doable, we never move it too far.
As to towability with vehicles like the Subaru or or CRV we have not ever felt unsecure with the trailer, as Ginny says she feels like there's someone behind us that's following too close, other than that we hardly notice it's there. I will say we rarely go over 60 mph on any road.
Of course our Scamp 16 has brakes
and have never had a problem stopping, something most Scamp 13s do not have. We have experienced
no abnormal wear on our CRV's brakes
and in 180,000 miles no drive train repairs.
We do love our Scamp but do admit we would probably love any brand of fiberglass
trailer we have seen so far....