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Hiya fellow XV owners!

I've found myself in a place where I'm considering spending time on either full-on or local walkabout. Or rather, driveabout. To do that, I'm considering three options. A really nice car-camping setup with an extra-comfy tent, shelter, camp kitchen, etc. A [email protected] Trailer that would give me a hard-sided place to sleep and a ready to go kitchen with sink, stove and cooler (TaG Basic - Teardrop Camper/Trailer - Little Guy), or an ALIne trailer that would give me more "stay in from the storm" options (Aliner - The original A-frame travel trailer). The [email protected] is well within the towing limit for the XV, the ALiner crowds it a bit. For now, it would be just me. Come spring, I'll be adding a dog.

Has anyone else here used the XV for towing a camper, and if so what was your experience? I'm especially interesting in things you tried that didn't work, and how you solved any problems along the way.

A camper is a whole lot more money than even a luxurious tent setup, so I want to be sure I have all the information I need to make that decision.

Thanks!
 

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Some on this forum have towed trailers. Check out ScoobyXV-L. he has two trailers he tows regularly. Just keep in mind that the tow limit is 1500 pounds total including what you load into it.
 

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DJayne, if I had the choice between those three...car camping, a teardrop or an A-line...I would definitely go for the teardrop.
And yes, I am a little bit biased because I have one :)

For me it is absolutely perfect and I love it so much! Mine is not a [email protected], it is a custom made one. But it is similar with the extremely comfy bed, with two doors and cupboards and TV/DVD etc...very very cosy and like sleeping in a cubby house. And it has the kitchen which opens up in the back.
I haven't got a tow bar on my XV yet, and we tow it with an Outback. But my XV will easily be able to tow it when I do get the towbar put on...

What I love about the teardrop, as opposed to the car-camping that you described, is that everything is SO easy.... The thing I hate most about regular camping is all the setting up and packing away. It drives me nuts. I can't imagine going on a trip and having to spend an hour setting up every time I arrive at a new site.
With the teardrop you just park, open the back and make a cup of tea, or crawl inside and go to bed.
I've been camping all my life, and this teardrop has made it a thousand times easier and better.

Yes, I must admit I'm a little obsessed with teardrops at the moment...we are currently renovating ours and it's very exciting. And I've even put together a flipboard magazine which has hundreds of teardrop pics. It might give you some idea about camping and setting up a teardrop, and has some great annex ideas etc..
http://flip.it/CPRmx
 

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Hacksaw is right. Check with ScoobyXV-L about his rig. If you switch to using a Jayco the two of you should bond instantaneously. He's in love with his! ^_^ lol
 

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I've even put together a flipboard magazine which has hundreds of teardrop pics. It might give you some idea about camping and setting up a teardrop, and has some great annex ideas etc..
http://flip.it/CPRmx
Awesome Deb!!! Added to my Flipboard follows. :D

Thanks so much!!!
 

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Yesterday I towed this 1968 Mazda 1500 about 50kms to its new home. Mostly flat suburban roads, ending up going up a fairly steep unsealed road. The only trouble I had was getting moving form zero up a slight incline.
 

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DJayne, if I had the choice between those three...car camping, a teardrop or an A-line...I would definitely go for the teardrop.
And yes, I am a little bit biased because I have one :)
Awesome - thanks for all that. Very helpful.
 

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The best setup




I have tents/ tent trailers before
And the Camper trailer from Jayco wins hands down
 

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tounge weight is only 68 kg
Subaru XV in Australia can tow up to 120 kg
And weight is 719 kg
subaru XV in Australia czn tow up to 1500 kg
 
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