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Old 05-03-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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My daughter has a Honda Element with a tow hitch. She says it is rated for 1500 lbs. She is wondering if there are any 13' w/o bath out there that she could possibly tow (bearing in mind loading adds weight, etc.). I know a Casita 13' is out of the question. What about some of the lesser known trailers? Or will she be limited to a teardrop?
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:40 PM   #2
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There are a few that can easily come in under 1500, but as you mentioned, packing is very critical. Although the Comact-II's on the list look a bit heavy, mine was recently weighed at 1260 on the axle with 140 on the tongue for exactly 1400 total and that's packed to go with no water on board.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:58 PM   #3
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My son Derrick of happier camper has been towing all his trailers for the last 2years with a Honda element with out any problems
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:12 PM   #4
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My son Derrick of happier camper has been towing all his trailers for the last 2years with a Honda element with out any problems
Sorry, but "Towing all his trailers for the last two years with a Honda Element without any problems" really doesn't help a lot as, I am sure that the OP doesn't know what is being talked about.

Knowing what trailers and what their exact weight is would be very helpful however.
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:44 AM   #5
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Lisa, there is a thread on this forum called Trailer Weights in the Real World that is a great resource and very helpful in determining what brands, size of trailers to consider.

Most of the trailers were weighed on arrival at a fiberglass trailer meet in Oregon over a few years - it was a full service campground so its doubtful that many of the trailers where packing much in the way of water in their tanks.
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My son Derrick of happier camper has been towing all his trailers for the last 2years with a Honda element with out any problems
Derrick was probably looking at some Honda Element forums and learned that the Element was a very capable Tow Vehicle. He also probably read that in most off shore countries they are towing substantial trailers because of the appropriate/higher tow ratings there.

Apparently "Hitches Online" sells a hitch (rated for 3500 lbs) that fits the Honda Element. No mater if you are towing 500lbs or much more with the Element I support the idea of using a heavy duty connection system. When it comes to hitches more is better.

PS... We are considering a Honda Element to replace our aging Nissan Mini Van. They have so much going for them..... except the high price!!

https://www.google.ca/search?q=honda...w=1597&bih=893
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Remember to.. location, location, location. There are tow routes in the flats and then there are tow routes in the mountains! While that wouldn't change the weight limits, towing over the Rocky's would certainly strain the tug more than the flat lands of the south. All things need to be taken into consideration, this is simply one of them.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:16 PM   #8
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Have you checked out a 13' scamp. I believe they weigh around 1200 lbs.
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Remember to.. location, location, location. There are tow routes in the flats and then there are tow routes in the mountains! While that wouldn't change the weight limits, towing over the Rocky's would certainly strain the tug more than the flat lands of the south. All things need to be taken into consideration, this is simply one of them.
And also remember that, unless you are in a location where Honda Elements with higher towing limits are sold, that you are not in a location that can tow over 1500 lbs.

Towing limits for an individuals vehicle are set and established by numbers included in the owners manual for that specific vehicle, in that market.

There are always those that insist on bringing up the higher tow limits for a vehicle in a different market/country that you may not be located in. This should be of little, if any, interest to North American drivers, especially to the new-to-towing owner

For safety, as well as liability reasons, manufacturer's towing limits should not be seen merely as a suggestion.
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Have you checked out a 13' scamp. I believe they weigh around 1200 lbs.
Ya But.... As seen in real world weights, where the lightest 13' Scamp is over 1700 lbs, the chance of keeping under 1500 lbs. is about Zip....
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sorry,

We have one of the lightest Scamp 13s with very little added, not even water on board. We weigh 1620. would be very difficult to have a 13 Scamp that weighs less. Maybe just the shell. Most 13s loaded easily weigh over 1700.

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My daughter has a Honda Element with a tow hitch. She says it is rated for 1500 lbs.
Many folks are not comfortable towing at the Tow Rating. They like to tow at 70 or 80% of the tow rating because they feel they are putting less stress on the tow vehicle.

In your case we know the off shore rating of your Element is 3,300lbs so you should be happy to know that even towing at the full North American 1,500lb rating you are actually towing at less that 50% of the vehicles capabilities. That is a good thing.

Find yourself a nice little glass egg trailer, set it up right, and enjoy your travels.
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Please read Bob's post #9.

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Nothing new seems to be that light. Older Burros and Bolers and of course the Compact/Hunter/Campster type may be.

Tell her, though, that owner-reported weights in for-sale ads are unlikely to be very accurate, so she should ask if the owner actually has weighed the trailer. The lighter weight ones are going to be the ones without toilets and showers.

I wish some manufacturer would look at the small car market again and make something garageable and light enough besides a teardrop. The poptop type are so much more liveable than a teardrop, easy to store in the garage, easy to maneuver and pull with a smallish car.
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