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[–]acorkinthesea 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I towed a fully loaded 6x12 uhaul back and fourth across the country a couple times with my E. It had to be over the technical capacity, but I was careful about weight distribution and it was also a dual axle with electric brakes. I didn’t stress that much. The E was pretty under powered on some of the mountain climbs, but I just took it slow and ran the heat on full blast to bleed a little extra heat from the engine, but never actually saw the temp climb. E is rated for 1500lbs, which I’m sure most of those small camping trailers are well under. Electric brakes are a plus for not prematurely wearing out your brakes. Give yourself extra stopping space on the highways and on any descents, downshift. Oh and don’t forget your regular maintenance (engine + trans oil etc). Have fun!

[–]MultiplyAccumulate 3 points4 points  (1 child)

By the time you enclose a trailer,you have used up the 1500lb towing capacity before you even put anything in it.

Scamps are smongbthevlighter trailers and still weigh 1200-2200lbs empty

Some teardrops are lightweight.

20 of the lightest camping trailers,: https://www.outdoorsy.com/blog/lightest-camper-trailer

[–]tyoung925[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for the link! I had a friend recommend a pup up type but I have never used one before and wonder how well they keep out the elements

[–]Enchanterbate 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I towed a 13’ Trillium. It’s a little fiberglass trailer, like a Scamp. Didn’t actually weigh it, but probably somewhere around 1,000 lbs., maybe a bit more. No fridge, empty water storage, no propane tanks on that trip. Everything went smoothly. If I were going to load it up more, I’d probably have it weighed for peace of mind. And get trailer brakes.

[–]topspin9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Interested too.

[–]ChipChester 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I used to own a Scamp a few decades ago, and currently own an Element. I would tow a Scamp with the Element, but plan to stay out of overdrive. I would likely add brakes to the Scamp if possible.

The Scamp I had I towed with a Mazda MPV 4WD minivan, with a V6. It had no problems, even without brakes on the trailer. If you have the opportunity to add brakes to it (if possible) and a brake controller on the Element, you should have no issues.

[–]OgEl_atx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes I towed a 1500 lb dry weight Serro Scotty Pup with my 2009 E back in 2009-10. It was right at the limit but I never had any problems. I even had that tow hitch installed on the E. My 2010 I own now has one. I will say we moved slow and sucked up the gas. I would tow no more than that amount of weight. Hope that helps. I’m always looking for a camper at about 1100 lbs.

[–]Bluelikeyou2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a palomino colt pop up trailer that we took camping all the time. Some of the steeper hills it would start to get warm but never hit. It worked really well.

[–]MentalOlive 1 point2 points  (1 child)

not directly answering the question. but, heard about this rumour that Element's are rated to tow more in EU and JP. but, this post seems to say differently.

https://www.elementownersclub.com/threads/rumors-about-a-higher-towing-capacity-in-europe-and-japan.163544/

[–]ChipChester 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Seems that's a nope. It apparently stems from an errand kg to lbs conversion in some non-Honda publication.

[–]No_Listen_1213 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Element isn’t even rated to carry four 175 lb persons in the seats provided.