I do not plan on getting brakes. My goal is to keep this trailer dry weight under 1200#.
I'm not sure why weight
is so important. Is it a tow vehicle issue?
To me brakes
would be first on my list of must haves. It is the one part of a trailer that can rescue a failing situation. As well it takes braking load off your tow vehicle, something you'll appreciate going down a long grade.
13's are light
enough to be towed by almost any vehicle, there are plenty of examples of that on this site. At one time I thought weight
was the critical trailer factor in towing. I have learned that frontal area and shape are more important, at least in terms of miles per gallon. (Miles per gallon, for any one tow vehicle and any one driver, are a measure of the trailer's load on the tow vehicle.)
As to specific options, I am of the opinion that each of us has a traveling/camping style. As a result trailers can be configured to meet that style. In reality it is something that can be changed any time if you're handy and have time on your hands. We like the two way fridge
because it supports off grid camping more readily than an all electric soultion. We have had an all electric fridge
and like it's storage capacity.
In general I would buy the options that you're unsure about, like a gray tank.
As to buying new to get low weight, it's awfully easy to remove the weight items you think you don't want like a battery
, water heater, air conditioner, awning
. In general if I were you I'd buy a used unit and remove what I didn't want.
Good luck in your search,