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Old 08-19-2016, 08:08 PM   #29
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Can't recall what the 15' tongue weight is off-hand, but I think it's close to the tongue weight of the 17'. Mine runs 320#, or significantly more than the Forester can handle.
Here's the thread: http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f1...ight-3830.html
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:22 PM   #30
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Bobbie bought at 15A. No bathroom, that has to help with the tongue weight (?)
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:50 PM   #31
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I think the issue is that the kitchen is at the front of the trailer.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:50 PM   #32
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Bobbie bought at 15A. No bathroom, that has to help with the tongue weight (?)
Right. And if I needed to I could carry one small propane tank, plus there is a back end hitch so I could use that to balance the tongue load. I had it figured out, but when I started to think about rewiring the Subaru I also started to think about upgrading to something with a little more power. A single axle trailer is pretty easy to balance- I did it all the time to keep my boat trailer's tongue weight correct. In the Campster I have to add tongue weight by carrying the canopy up front (under the table/permanent bed).

But I have a 2012 Forester so I'm not going older if I find a nice 2012 Rav4. I haven't ever driven one so need to do that before I decide for sure what to look for. The Forester has great headroom so if the Rav4 doesn't I'll be looking at something else.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:57 PM   #33
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I think the issue is that the kitchen is at the front of the trailer.
Dry tongue weight is 190; Forester can do 200. The fridge is almost over the axle, mine doesn't have a sink (so no water.) (I never used the sink in the Campster.) I also don't use propane in the Campster though I might want to use the heater in the Escape. The bed with storage is in the back so plenty of places to store heavier things and adjust for tongue weight. So I think it is do-able and if I don't find the right vehicle I'll do it for awhile, but I think for mountains I'd like more power.
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Old 08-19-2016, 09:05 PM   #34
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Dry hitch weight ( tongue ) for the 17' is 250#. My actual loaded tongue weight ( two propane tanks, no storage box, batteries on the rear bumper ) is 320#.
But, it's not my Forester.
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Old 08-19-2016, 09:20 PM   #35
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Dry hitch weight ( tongue ) for the 17' is 250#. My actual loaded tongue weight ( two propane tanks, no storage box, batteries on the rear bumper ) is 320#.
But, it's not my Forester.
Tongue weight is a variable. It's more of one than most people realize. You can get out the scales and adjust it. If you tried I bet you could get your tongue weight back to 250#. And the axle is more centered on the 15 so easier to change tongue weight than it would be- from the pics it looks like the axle is further back on the 17.

Overall weight is more of a concern for me, though, on towing uphill. The brakes will take care of towing downhill but don't help with the uphill part, and I like to have a little pep on the hills.
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:22 PM   #36
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Once you get it, bring it up to the transfer station by Coupeville to get it weighed. They said the would not charge me to weigh the Campster behind my Ridgeline. I know the weight of the Ridgeline with the dog, so the math is simple. I plan to do it this coming week to see if my wife can tow it behind her CRV.

If you are concerned about getting it weighed before hooking it to the Forester, let me know. I'd be glad to help you out.

Besides, I want to meet you and compare notes on the Campsters.

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Good idea. I wondered if they would do that but forgot to ask when I was up there.
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It seems there are other FGRV forum members on Whidbey Island. We could have our own rally.
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Congrats, Bobbie! I saw your post on Escape Forum, but wasn't sure it was you. Lucky day, finding a 15!
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It seems there are other FGRV forum members on Whidbey Island. We could have our own rally.
We should do that. I know a couple of others that may or may not be on here.

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Congrats, Bobbie! I saw your post on Escape Forum, but wasn't sure it was you. Lucky day, finding a 15!
Congratulations! I also saw your post on the Escape Forum. Glad you were able to find your dream trailer!
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It seems there are other FGRV forum members on Whidbey Island. We could have our own rally.
Great idea!
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