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2006 Fleetwood Scorpion S2 - Camper Hauler

Camper Cargo Hauler
Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted July 1, 2006

Part Camper, Part Cargo Hauler

If you've been salivating over those "toy box" travel trailers that offer lodging and cargo-hauling capabilities in the same package, but you don't want or need something that big, Fleetwood has the answer. It's the unique Scorpion Series of trailers, which feature a pop-up camper and cargo storage all in one unit.

Fleetwood's Scorpion Series of toy-hauling, folding camping trailers is comprised of three models. The 27-foot 7-inch S1; the 21-foot 5-inch S2; and the 15-foot 4-inch S3. We recently had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with the S2 model. Since the testing was taking place at our Four Wheeler Midwest Bureau in Illinois, Fleetwood shipped the unit from their Pennsylvania assembly plant to Finnegan's RV Center in Beloit, Wisconsin, where the good folks there made sure we had everything we needed for our test. Once on the road, we quickly found the S2 to be a definite attention-grabber. Part of the reason is its unique design, which mounts the pop-up camper transversely on the front of the S2's chassis. When combined with the snazzy aluminum wheels and handsome side rails and gates, it was a definite head-turner.

After spending some quality time with the S2 both on- and off-highway, we're of the opinion that it most definitely is a viable, functional alternative to the bigger, more expensive enclosed "toy box" trailers. Best of all, it is also easier to maneuver off-highway than its bigger brethren, thanks to its low closed height and open cargo area.

A unique feature of the S2 is that after removing the cargo from the 105x96-inch cargo deck, it can be used as a "porch." We think this is a great alternative to sitting in mud after a rainstorm. It's also good if you have small children, as they can be corralled safely on the deck. The cargo floor is comprised of strong, seamless Weyerhauser Structurwood that is coated in a non-slip bedliner-type material that offers great traction, even when wet. At night, the cargo area can be lit via a pair of cargo deck illumination lights that emit a strong, wide beam of white light. There's also an orange-tinted patio light and a handy 110-volt outlet located on the deck. Rear slide-out steps, four stabilizer jacks with sand pads, a wash-down station and an exterior LP hookup for outside cooking are all standard on the S2.

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General

Model: 2006 Fleetwood Scorpion S2
Base price: $14,105
Price as tested: $14,576
Options as tested: Tri-fold ramp ($279), RVQ outside grille ($192)

Dimensions
Closed length (in): 257
Closed width (in): 102
Closed height (in): 68
Open length (in): 266
Open width (in): 219
Open height (in): 114

Weights
UVW-unloaded vehicle weight (lb): 2,960
UTW-unloaded tongue weight (lb): 570
GVWR (lb): 5,500
Maximum carrying capacity (lb): 2,440
Rear gear deck carrying capacity (lb): 1,800
Remaining carrying capacity (trailer interior) (lb): 640
Cabinet storage (cu. ft.): 19

Capacities
Water storage capacity (gal): 20
Water storage capacity with standard water heater (gal): 26
Water heater (gal): 6
Furnace (Btu output): 16,000
LP gas bottles (no./lb.): 2/20
Refrigerator (cu. ft.): 1.9

Seating & Sleeping
Left bunk (in): 60x77
Right bunk (in): 48x77
Dinette (seats): 4 adults

Miscellaneous
Electric system (amps): 35
Stabilizer jacks: 4
12-volt interior lights: 2
Tire size: ST205/75R15C

Sources

Fleetwood RV
Decatur, IN 46733
800-322-8216
fleetwoodrv.com
Finnegan's RV Center
www.finnrv.com

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