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Old 02-10-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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We have a Nissan Rogue... We want to camp but we were told we can only pull 1500 lbs. is there a camper out there we can get? . Thanks in advance..Ann
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:27 PM   #2
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Check the thread Trailer Weights in the Real World - there are a few makes/sizes that are known to weigh in at 1500lbs or less once loaded for camping.
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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Hi Ann and Welcome to the group. I woul d check your vehicles owners manual for the actual towing weight allowed. If you don't have one you can contact Nissan Customer Service for correct Information.

That Said;

The "Short list" of real lightweights includes:
13' Hunter Compact I , II & Jr
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And several others with similar construction, mostly from the early to mid 70's

Maybe a Burro if your are very careful packing.

As the "Real World" list shows, a lot of FGRV's that have factory weights well below 1200 lbs don't work out that way in the real world. Both because the mfg was a bit light on the scales to help sales and also, that they would weigh bare stripped models without appliances, propane, battery etc.

If a seller quotes a low weight, be sure to have it weighed yourself before buying. In many cases sellers doen't really know how much their trailer actually weighs.

Here are some pics of a Hunter Compact-II that currently weighs about 1300 lbs RTG, vs factory bare weight of 840 lbs.:

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Old 02-10-2014, 05:16 PM   #4
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You don't say what year your Rogue is, but for most model years the limit is/was only 1,000 pounds UNLESS the car was equipped with certain other features.

Easiest way to check/see if yours is one that can tow up to the 1500 pounds is to take a look-see under the hood. If you have the auxiliary transmission cooler pictured below, you're probably good to tow the max. Otherwise, mfr. says the limit's 1,000 pounds.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:15 PM   #5
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Light weight campers

So happy I found this site....thank you all for your help...the Nissan Rogue is a 2013... Only had it 6 months...I called the dealer we purchased it from and they said 1500 lbs.... The internet says 1000... We live in FL and want to travel out West... Sounds like not much available for our car......
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Again, Look in the owners manual for the towing rating.....

If you looked at the link to my Hunter Compact-II go back to that link and look at the StarCraft pop-up listed in my library index. It's only about 750 lbs and a whole lot less expensive than an FGRV.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:17 PM   #7
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Neat little Starcraft you had Bob, I've only seen one of those and just missed buying it for our daughter. We still own our '73 Starcraft pop-up that sleeps 8, but it's well over 1000 lb. Pop-ups are a great way for families to camp. Bought a '93 Jayco for the daughter, put new canvas on it, and its' like a new camper. She has 3 kids, and they love camping.
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Actually I rebuilt that one for my son and his wife that didn't want to look like tourists in the way off road campgrounds they frequent.

It currently lives in my garage when they aren't using it... Free Parking I guess.
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It currently lives in my garage when they aren't using it... Free Parking I guess.
Same with my daughters camper, it's in my barn for the winter, along with our old pop-up and our teardrop. Now she's so spoiled I deliver it to the campground for her, set it up, and bring it home when she's done. The campground is 2 1/2 hours away! Her husband isn't a camper so he's useless.
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Same with my daughters camper, it's in my barn for the winter, along with our old pop-up and our teardrop. Now she's so spoiled I deliver it to the campground for her, set it up, and bring it home when she's done. The campground is 2 1/2 hours away! Her husband isn't a camper so he's useless.
Bob, My hubby doesn't camp either, so I do it myself. Why not encourage your daughter to start handling things on her own, and she might find that gives her more freedom to camp in other places. (and you are not handling double camping duties). There are a huge number of ladies that hook up, tow, park, set up, and then settle back with a glass of wine and girlfriends around a fire... wait a minute, that's me too . I love the empowerment of knowing I can do it myself.
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I think a 13' Scamp could be kept under 1500 lbs, if you put almost nothing in it. A bit of bedding and clothing, and some paper plates & plastic cups. Fill with water when you reach the campground, then empty before leaving. Carry the pots and pans in the Rogue.
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The portion of the Nissan Rogue that most concerned me was the CVT, continuously variable transmission. They have been available for awhile but I've yet to read much about their ability to tow.
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Bob, My hubby doesn't camp either, so I do it myself. Why not encourage your daughter to start handling things on her own, and she might find that gives her more freedom to camp in other places. (and you are not handling double camping duties). There are a huge number of ladies that hook up, tow, park, set up, and then settle back with a glass of wine and girlfriends around a fire... wait a minute, that's me too . I love the empowerment of knowing I can do it myself.
Daughter can, and has towed and set up herself. She has a very small yard and driveway so doesn't like to keep the camper at her house. I have a barn big enough for a couple dozen pop-ups, so I'm the designated storage space. Her normal camping routine is 3 weeks at a campground with ocean beach with 4 other friends and their kids. Then a week somewhere with us, and that's it for the summer for her. When we can no longer camp, she wants both our Uhaul and teardrop, her brother gets our pop-up.
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All five of my kids are getting a Trillium. Most will get a 4500, one really likes her 1300 with a front 1/4 bathroom. She is quite small, and likes to have a small foot print. She likes the single seat by the door. Might trade up when, (if?) she has kids.

The other two 1300's will eventually be fixed up and sold.
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