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Old 03-28-2018, 02:48 PM   #57
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Thanks! I hope it’s less than that as I’ll be selling it �� since my tow vehicle is only able to pull 1500 lbs. I decided to have it brought to me for the most part. I really don’t want to tow it that far first time out. I’ll probably meet the guy bringing it several hours from home. Another thing. When it was restored, the frame was taken off and they put the camper on a utility trailer frame. The tires on it are 14 in car tires, 2016 radial with no toy and lots of tread. What do you all think of that. The max load is 1163 which personally I think I should change.
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:03 PM   #58
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Thanks! I hope it’s less than that as I’ll be selling it �� since my tow vehicle is only able to pull 1500 lbs. I decided to have it brought to me for the most part. I really don’t want to tow it that far first time out. I’ll probably meet the guy bringing it several hours from home. Another thing. When it was restored, the frame was taken off and they put the camper on a utility trailer frame. The tires on it are 14 in car tires, 2016 radial with no toy and lots of tread. What do you all think of that. The max load is 1163 which personally I think I should change.
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My tow vehicle is rated for 1,500 lbs and it has no trouble pulling a Campster which is only slightly less in weight than a Havasu. The Havasu is likely around at most a 100 lbs heavier and that is due to having the extra windows and a little more fiberglass up top. So quit worrying, you are going to be just fine for towing weight unless you overload it with the gear you take along.

As to the load rating....each tire can carry 1163 and since you have two tires you double that number and that total is more than your trailer will weigh when fully loaded and on the road.
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:33 PM   #59
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Get it weighed and make a decision on tow vehicle based on facts. Our weigh stations in Washington turn their screens to the window when they are closed so you can get a pretty close weight at no cost. I can also get it weighed for free at the local transfer station (truck and trailer total) for free as long as I don't ask for a certificate.

Based on that, my Campster, weighed about 2600 pounds fully loaded on the way home from a trip. Mine may or may not represent the weight of yours because mine has been refurbished and I carry a few comfort items, probably too many.

As much as we would like to tow it behind our CRY for short trips, we probably won't to be safe.
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:56 PM   #60
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Yay! Thanks so much. I worry about everything but I really want to enjoy this. I pack very lightly. Only going to dog events for the time being and most things will be in the RAV. Now to get a small generator since will be camping on field with big class A’s
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Don't just get a small generator. Get a small, quiet generator. Honda is the gold standard, but Yamaha makes one, and there are others, including some less expensive knock-offs. I've camped next to a Honda 1000W and could barely hear it running on low to top off the battery. I've also camped with folks running generators that could be heard throughout the whole camp.

There is not much worse than a raucous, construction-grade generator ruining everyone's camping experience.

Prepare for sticker shock. This is one you have to take for the team.
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:22 AM   #62
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Yes- I’ve been researching them. There is no battery and I have no clue how to hook one up. Will I need an adapter to hook into shore power?
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If there is no battery and no place to hook one up (have you checked, or did your RV tech check?), you may have a converter to power a 12V system from the shore power (if your lights have little bulbs like your car, then you have a 12V system). This is one go go over with your tech at some point- let the tech determine what you have and what you need. Older trailers often have very rudimentary electrical systems.

Your shore power cord likely has an oversized 30A plug. You will want to carry an adaptor to plug into a standard 20A outlet, just in case. They're available at many Walmarts, hardware stores, RV stores, or online.

But I'm assuming you will not have hook-ups at the dog events, hence the generator. What will you need to run? That will determine the size generator you need. The small, quiet generators are pretty limited, so you'll want to avoid high wattage appliances (A/C, microwave, anything with a heating element).
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...most things will be in the RAV...
Do be careful, Phyllis. Putting cargo in the tow vehicle reduces its towing and hitch weight capacity. Tow ratings are based on two average adults in the front seats and no cargo in the back of the vehicle.

The issue involves payload and rear axle ratings. Too much weight in the cargo compartment of the vehicle, combined with passengers and the hitch weight of the trailer, can quickly overload the rear axle, causing uneven tire wear and possible suspension damage over time. It can also take enough weight off the front axle to affect steering and braking. Modern independent suspensions are more sensitive to overloading than the old straight axles.

It's generally better to divide cargo between the tug and trailer or better, leave it at home if possible. Cargo in the vehicle should be stowed as far forward as practical to even out the weight distribution between the axles. Cargo in the trailer should be centered over or slightly forward of the axle.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:21 AM   #65
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need to actually see this stuff

I would seek out someone with all these things you think you need in their camper. you might the next dog show check around find out what you may or not need.

most camper people are very generous with the past experiences and can advise you! For instance Honda gens have been suggested I love them but in order to run an a/c unless its very small is going to take two of them. Starting to get the picture?

this may save you a lot of headaches and money wasted! I think you have a great idea though.

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Old 03-30-2018, 07:51 AM   #66
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Yes- very small floor type Ac. I will ask as I am going to one tomorrow
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:05 AM   #67
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smal a/c

small a/c like that not much gen. needed. if your seller is honest he can help you a lot.


I tug our 13f scamp with an a/c on top with a 2015 ford edge 2.0 ecoboost it is rated 1500lb I am around 1200 I would say with all our stuff no problems so far!

we drive 55 to 60 no more!

good luck

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Yes- very small floor type Ac. I will ask as I am going to one tomorrow
Check the specs for the unit. How many amps does it draw when running? Appliances with an electric motor, like an A/C, typically draw a surge of power on start-up (like accelerating to merge onto a freeway versus cruising at a steady 65mph). Your generator has to be able to handle that start-up surge.
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Old 03-30-2018, 09:04 AM   #69
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jon if it has one of those little window a/c units you see at walmarts for 100 bux those have little draw to them.


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Old 03-30-2018, 10:48 AM   #70
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all I can find is to use on a 15a circuit but you can run other stuff on the same circuit running the a/c. I am betting it runs 10a or less on start up. no doubt the Honda 2000 would handle this easily but I doubt if she needs a/c. I have a 5k window job I can hardly hear the compressor start up or run for that matter.

she will probably be out on a lawn chair until dark then she can fire up a 12v truck fan she will be turning it off in a couple of hours.

in her case I would keep it simple until I learned what was needed and how to keep this running. a generator can be complicated at times and sort of irritate your neighbors!

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