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Old 07-05-2012, 10:03 PM   #946
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Picked up the Northstar 850SC today. No kangaroo, but I'm still pretty psyched. Just took one pic, but there will be more coming soon...

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Old 07-06-2012, 06:04 AM   #947
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Scamp 5th wheel

Just saw this thread and remembered that my father-in-law has a nice Scamp 19' 5th wheel camper that he is thinking of selling. He tows it with a Toyota Tacoma, and it goes down the road great. Very nice interior, fit and finish is great.

Here is some info on them: http://www.scamptrailers.com/Showroo.../19Photos.aspx

Looks like this one (not his actual):

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Old 07-06-2012, 02:04 PM   #948
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Just saw this thread and remembered that my father-in-law has a nice Scamp 19' 5th wheel camper that he is thinking of selling. He tows it with a Toyota Tacoma, and it goes down the road great. Very nice interior, fit and finish is great.

Here is some info on them: http://www.scamptrailers.com/Showroo.../19Photos.aspx

Looks like this one (not his actual):
THat looks like a perfect sized rig!
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:47 PM   #949
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Yeah, love these things. I got a Casita after much consideration of different models.

Does your dad-in-law's have a head?
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:15 PM   #950
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:25 PM   #951
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Just saw this thread and remembered that my father-in-law has a nice Scamp 19' 5th wheel camper that he is thinking of selling. He tows it with a Toyota Tacoma, and it goes down the road great. Very nice interior, fit and finish is great.

Here is some info on them: http://www.scamptrailers.com/Showroo.../19Photos.aspx

Looks like this one (not his actual):

Nice looking setup.

One question.

What do you do with your bike?


Edit: Does the Scamp have a strong enough frame that you could bold on some extender rails and have a rack for your bike off the back?
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:46 PM   #952
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I seen an rpod today. Anybody know anything about them? Thanks in advance
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:47 PM   #953
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:03 AM   #954
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I like the look of the Ecamper on the Element.

Too bad the Element's load capacity is so limited....


"(GVWR - Curb Weight) = Load Capacity

Depending on year and options, the Honda Element appears to have between 789 and 982 pounds capacity for you, your friends, and cargo.

Honda however states a load capacity of 650 to 675 in the service and owners manuals for the various years. It’s not clear why the Honda stated load capacity differs from the calculated load capacity. Curiously, as the Element has increased in weight over the years with the addition of side airbags, ABS and other options, the load rating increased 25 lbs even as GVRW remained the same.

The ECAMPER™ conversion adds about 130 lbs net, leaving decent capacity for two campers and their gear, though we also recommend removing the rear seats on big trips, which takes 86 pounds out of the car, as they weigh about 43 lbs each.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:52 AM   #955
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I like the look of the Ecamper on the Element.

Too bad the Element's load capacity is so limited....
Too bad Honda killed it off!

We had an AWD with the 5 speed manual....I loved that thing....go anywhere, do anything, a ton of space inside when you needed to move stuff.....camped inside a couple times with my son (there is a screen kit available for the windows and sunroof).

It just couldn't pull the trailer I posted a few back...we had to trade it in on a Ridgeline.....and the used ones seem to be going up in price around here....I really don't know WTF Honda was thinking?? Were sales that bad??
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:57 AM   #956
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I seen an rpod today. Anybody know anything about them? Thanks in advance
I've looked at a couple, I like them but they're a bit heavy for
towing behind a Jeep and that's what I'm looking to do.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:38 AM   #957
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Nice looking setup.

One question.

What do you do with your bike?


Edit: Does the Scamp have a strong enough frame that you could bold on some extender rails and have a rack for your bike off the back?
Did you look at the front of the truck?
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:38 AM   #958
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Did you look at the front of the truck?
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:32 AM   #959
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I owned one for a few years.
They are nice. Typical RV construction, seemed fairly well built.

At first I tried to tow it with my V6 Ranger, no go, way too heavy for it, ended up with a F150 with the small V8, towed fine.
How much could that little thing weigh?

I tow my Casita, at 2600+lbs just dandy with my V6 Frontier. Overdrive except when climbing. Never an issue at all.

In fact I got rid of my Expedition to tow with the Frontier because it helped with my gas mileage so much.

YMMV I guess...
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:39 PM   #960
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The advertised weight was 2300#

The motor was not the problem with my Ranger, I had a manual transmission that was rated to something like 3000-3300# (autos are over 5000#) it was the feeling of the truck getting pushed around and getting too close to the max capacity,that bothered me.

A quick look over on Nissan's website shows max towing capacity for a V6 Frontier at over 6000# that truck should have no problem towing an Rpod.


Gas mileage difference was a couple of mpg between the Ranger and F150 so I opted for the F150 with the small V8.

I am not the type of person who thinks bigger is better, but I do believe safer is better, I wanted to be on the safe side and not stress out a smaller truck, I would have rather kept the Ranger, but I made the choice to go with the F150 and I was happy I did.

One of the big things we wanted to do with our trailer was head out west to Colorado and Utah, which we did in 2009, and frankly I am glad I got the bigger tow vehicle, having 30 mph headwinds and crosswinds from Iowa all the way through Nebraska its was rock solid behind me. Not to mention going through the I70 mountain corridor up and over those passes. I was glad to have the extra size of the F150.
Gotcha. Yeah, I agree that safety is a more important factor over economy when towing. And I appreciated the massive disc brakes on the Expedition.

But when the Exped got long in the tooth I opted for the Frontier and it's great. Of course the Casita has e-brakes too. And I picked up at least 5mpg towing and when not towing, which is nice...
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