I traded my popup for a [email protected] trailer this past summer and couldn't be happier. extremely stylish together, but anything that can tow 2000 lbs or over can tow a [email protected] well.
It's a great travel photographer's hotel on wheels!
One thing for sure about the [email protected]
trailers, they look terriffic. They've expanded the stylish teardrop profile into something really useable for more than sleeping. I might have considered one over the Scamp if they'd been on the market longer-- much longer, to get the purchase price down below $3000 or so. I'll be interested in how these [email protected]
age, gracefully or not. It's reassuring that my Scamp has a two-piece molded body, bonded together that won't shake apart and leak over time, as some RV's are prone to do. One other limitation is, I don't see how you'd sleep a third person. We can't leave our nine-year-old home alone on family trips, and wouldn't want to. The [email protected]
's flip-up windows are an advantage I don't have, though.
Limitations aside, no travel trailer looks cooler to me than a two-tone [email protected]
And who's to say looks aren't important? Not us artists.
BTW, the Subaru platform makes an excellent tow vehicle. For details, search www.fiberglassrv.com
for my detailed accounts of towing in hot weather and high altitudes with a non-turbo Forester. Briefly, I've had no problems: no overheating, no undue engine wear (I had the oil analyzed with normal results), no fearsome moments, no sway, and no brake failures. There's less power, of course- 5th gear becomes overdrive, useless on any upgrade. My "performance envelope" now resembles an old VW Beetle. You drive a little slower, as you should while towing a ton. Though you'll be slow in the Interstate, that's just another reason to choose the blue highways. Every other driver will pass you ASAP, no matter how fast you drive, because you're pulling a trailer and they expect you to be slow.
A British outfit, practicalcaravanning.com, called the turbo Forester "Tow Car of the Year." In the US, of course, "tow car" is an unfamiliar concept, but I'm here to say you don't have to have a truck. Just watch your weight. It's easy to add hundreds of pounds of gear. Find your local truck scale and learn how to use it. I tow at an even ton, 80% of my tow rating. The crucial limitation is tongue weight. You need at least 10%, and Subarus are rated only for 200 lbs back there. There's no easily available air shocks to beef that up. In 2004 when I bought mine, the OEM load-leveling rear shocks came only with the automatic-transmission LL Bean model. But I'd never tow with an automatic. Using the gears wisely, I barely use my brakes as I descend Colorado passes. That's a safety factor I wouldn't trade away.