Towing Your Scamp

Towing your Scamp

Your Scamp is designed to tow well behind nearly all vehicles, and should be a pleasure to tow. Below are a few words of caution and advice on loading and towing practices to keep you within the law and protect you, your goods and others on the road.

A few words of caution: Never allow passengers to ride in your Scamp while you are towing. It is against the law for passengers to ride in a caravan being towed.

Obey posted speed limits, and note that some states have different speed limits for vehicles towing a trailer. Excessive speeds can cause the trailer to sway, and are not advised. Also, if driving in very windy conditions sway can become prevalent.

In slippery conditions your trailer brakes will not be as effective, similar to your automobile brakes. Plan extra space to stop in icy or wet conditions.

When backing the trailer up, use caution to avoid jackknifing the trailer. This is a condition where the side of the trailer and the side of the car get too close, and touch, almost always causing damage. As you back the trailer up, attempt totowing keep the trailer going backwards as straight with the tow vehicle as possible. With a little practice you will find it gets easier.

If you are towing your Scamp a long distance you will want to grease the wheel bearings from time to time. You can learn more about this in the section on Exterior Maintenance called Tires and Bearings.

Checks to make before and during a trip

  1. Check that the tow bar points downwards before placing the trailer onto the vehicle tow bar. The weight should be about 10% of the weight of the trailer and load.
  2. Make test stops at low speed to check the feel of your vehicle’s brakes.
  3. Check that all doors, hatches, covers and any load or equipment are properly secured.
  4. Check that the trailer is correctly loaded by gently moving the steering wheel from side to side while the car is moving at about 40 to 50km/h. This should be done on a good standard, clear road.
  5. Feel and watch the trailer’s response. If the trailer does not fall back into line quickly, stop and adjust the loading by moving the articles in the trailer.
  6. Check that any securing ropes and straps are tight. The load in your trailer may have settled due to road vibration and slackened off.
  7. Carry the smallest load possible in the boot or luggage area of the towing vehicle.
  8. Check that the coupling and safety chains are properly fastened.
  9. Check that the trailer brakes (where fitted), tyres and wheel bearings are not overheating.
  10. Check that all lights are still working.
  11. Check that the tyres are still correctly inflated.

Additional towing tips/information:

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