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Old 06-29-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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Is there or has there truly been a <1000 lb fgrv? Just curious.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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I'd say some of the compact jr's may be that light before loading them. others are just wishful thinking probably.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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The Little Joe advertises a dry weight of 880 lbs including the hitch. It's more narrow than a Scamp or Casite, so wind resistance would also be low.
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:24 PM   #4
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The Compact II and Compact Jr are two or three hundred pounds...

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I'd say some of the compact jr's may be that light before loading them. others are just wishful thinking probably.

...HEAVIER than a 13' Scamp or 13' Casita...definitely NOT lighter weight like you may think!! I've got the Compact II, and it's between 1200 & 1400, on any given day...depending on what's in it.
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:24 PM   #5
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Is there or has there truly been a <1000 lb fgrv? Just curious.
I weighed my 1980 Burro 13 and it was 808 pounds. That is not much different than the what the Burro brochure lists the weight as 960 pounds fully equipped and mine was not fully equipped. The hitch weight that I measured is the same as the weight in the brochure.

There may be some inaccuracy since I used 2 bathroom scales but here is a repost of what I put in the trailer weights in the real world thread.

I weighed my 1980 Burro 13 when I brought it home. There was no battery and the propane tank was half full. There was no camping gear in the trailer, all the cabinet doors, cubby covers, cushions, sink, ice box, and cook top were installed. There is no water tank, water pump. or furnace and no spare tire or leveling jacks.

I jacked up 1 side, put two bathroom scales with a short piece of 2x8 bridging the scales, under the tire, lowered the jack and added the weights from both scales together. I then measured the other side the same way and measured the tongue weight using only 1 scale.

The weights were:
Door side 398 lbs
Street side 320 lbs
Hitch 90 lbs

Total weight 808 lbs

When I removed the body to replace the floor, I weighed the frame including the axle, but no wheels and it weighed 235 lbs.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:55 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody. I figured most manufacturers claims were a little optimistic. Maybe they wheighed them filled with helium.
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Thanks everybody. I figured most manufacturers claims were a little optimistic. Maybe they wheighed them filled with helium.
When I was looking at buying a new Scamp I was concerned about weight . Jim at Scamp sent me copies of the scale weight tickets from trailers they had shipped for delivery.
They have the Fairbanks scale certification on the weight ticket.
The weight ticket showed about 1950 lbs for a 16 ft SD Scamp (2009 Model) with AC, Bath, 4.6 cu .ft. Refer, two propane tanks (empty) and an awning.
I weighed the articles I stocked in my trailer plus I added a battery
(WATER TANKS EMPTY and A LITTLE FOOD) and the total trailer weight is slightly under what Mr.F.L. Simson shows in his weight tables. My trailer is a 1999 model so its lighter than the 2009 model. Scamps weights seem to match up well with Simsons real world weights.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:51 PM   #8
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Post Yes, it can be 880 lbs (Dry) IF...

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The Little Joe advertises a dry weight of 880 lbs including the hitch. It's more narrow than a Scamp or Casita, so wind resistance would also be low.
... you stay in the black. The RED items below add more weight.

Weis Craft Trailers - Little Joe Trailer Floor Plan and Specifications
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STOVE: 2 BURNERS
OVEN: N/A
MICROWAVE: OPT
ICEBOX
BATH: OPT
TOILET: OPT PORTABLE
FURNACE: OPT (1) 16,000 BTU
A/C: OPT (1) 5,000 BTU
SOLAR-POWER SYSTEM: OPT
SATELLITE TV SYSTEM: OPT

LPG CAP: 5.5 GALS
= empty
FRESHWATER CAP: 6 GALS = empty
GRAY-WATER CAP: N/A
WATER HEATER CAP: OPT
INVERTER: OPT

CONVERTER RATING: 30 AMPS
BEDS: 78" X 63"
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:49 AM   #9
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Thanks folks. I have no doubt that current manufacturers are more realistic with their wheights. My helium remark is more related to claims made by manufacturers from the past. It seems realy tough to find something that is <1000 lbs all I would want for conveniences is a a 2 burner stove and a 3 way frige. Maybe I need to find a project egg and start from scratch using only the shell. Anyone using an aluminium frame? Carbon fibre (I've made my own flat panels)?
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