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Old 11-20-2013, 11:39 AM   #11
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My understanding from anecdotes is that Honda makes great motors but pairs them with less capable transmissions. So your friends shouldn't push their luck if they want the car to last. The Aliner Scout, for instance has a 1174 lbs factory shipped weight (with no fridge or A/C) and a 2100 lbs gross weight rating. It would be practically very difficult to tow a Scout in a camping configuration and stay within the ratings of the vehicle. It is one thing to push a truck a few hundred pounds over a 7000 lbs rating but quite another to do the same on a small crossover with a 1500 lbs rating. Beyond the rating, you pays your money and takes your chances.

If they want to increase camping comfort, an alternative is to buy a cargo trailer and set it up for camping with storage bins and a nice sized tent.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:09 PM   #12
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Just my $.02: pay as much or more attention to STOPPING capacity as to towing capacity.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:21 PM   #13
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Just my $.02: pay as much or more attention to STOPPING capacity as to towing capacity.
+1 on that.

And sway control inherent in the vehicle when running close to the limits.


The Aliner Scout comes with 10 inch brakes. The CRV could probably stop faster towing the Scout than without.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:21 PM   #14
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Just my $.02: pay as much or more attention to STOPPING capacity as to towing capacity.
True. I've heard a lot of teardrop style trailers don't have brakes.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:48 PM   #15
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Pull an aframe?
Have a friend who is looking for something that her CRV can pull.
Said I would ask..
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Not a A-Frame, but how about a Little Guy? Gotta be something there for a CRV - they make them small enough to be pulled by a full dresser motorcycle

And, BTW, it's NOT that your friend can't tow a A-Frame...
it's that they can't STOP the A-frame safely
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Food for thought. As I said, I am not saying to put your family in danger...

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Old 11-21-2013, 03:22 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone... Told my friend that if she wanted an awesome camper like mine she would need slighter bigger SUV.
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The lightest Aliner is the Alite...the newer models weigh 610, but there have seen older Alites advertised models in the 400 lb range. It can be towed by a motorcycle....
http://www.tennesseerv.com/tennessee...p-Campers.aspx If your friend is set on an A Frame, this is the only one her car could prob handle well enough to tow with.
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