Baseline Weight of 13' Trailers - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-07-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Baseline Weight of 13' Trailers

I love these trailers, but I have a 1400# tow limit. Researching here, and else where, I realize that the sub 1000# advertised weights were not accurate. I have pursued a couple trailers online which were advertised as 900~1000#. As a condition of purchase, I asked they be weighed. Both came in in at about 1400#.

I can't let go of the dream, and I still think a complete overhaul could net a trailer that is in the 1000# range. So here is my question:

I have seen many rebuilds on here. Has anyone been able to weight the trailer and fiberglass shell ... no flooring, wall cover, appliances, furniture, or fixtures. Just the bare bones egg trailer?

Any 13' models and other feedback would be appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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I don't have a direct answer to your question, but I know this:

The 1st trailer in Trailer Weights in the Real World was stripped out and lightweight birch shelving, not enclosed cabinetry was used to furnish the interior.
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Thank you, Frederick. That is a start.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:03 PM   #4
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The tag on my 73 Compact Jr shows 1370#, however when I weighed it with water tank empty, (2) deepcycle batteries, food, dishes, pots and pans, bedding and clothes; it was only 1240#
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The tag on my 73 Compact Jr shows 1370#, however when I weighed it with water tank empty, (2) deepcycle batteries, food, dishes, pots and pans, bedding and clothes; it was only 1240#
Very Interesting! Thank you Dave.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:25 PM   #6
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We had weight concerns when we bought our '78 Trillium a few years ago so I had it weighed. Empty, with a battery and full propane tank, it weighed a shade over 1,000 lbs. so there's hope for you. Mind you, the previous owner stripped out the water tank and this particular Trillium had no heater. Good luck with your search.

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Check out the Weiscraft Little Joe. It is lighter than most at around 900 lb (true) base weight. The overall height is also a bit lower so it should be easier to tow. Depending on what you add for options you could be under 1000 lb empty.

They are at weiscrafttrailers.com.
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We had weight concerns when we bought our '78 Trillium a few years ago so I had it weighed. Empty, with a battery and full propane tank, it weighed a shade over 1,000 lbs. so there's hope for you. Mind you, the previous owner stripped out the water tank and this particular Trillium had no heater. Good luck with your search.

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Thanks Guy. I believe it is possible. I suppose I could go for it and just sell it if I find out different.

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Check out the Weiscraft Little Joe. It is lighter than most at around 900 lb (true) base weight. The overall height is also a bit lower so it should be easier to tow. Depending on what you add for options you could be under 1000 lb empty.

They are at weiscrafttrailers.com.
Very interesting, Orlen. I like it as an option, but the "egg" shaped models are a preference. I spent a while checking them out last night, and I have some customizations in mind that would make one of these very agreeable. In fact, if I decided I do not want a project, this appears to be the only choice.
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...just to clarify...although our '78 Trillium didn't have a built-in heater, and the previous owner removed the water tank, it wasn't stripped to the bone. It had a 3 way fridge, sink and an awning set packed away under the gaucho. We wanted to get into lightweight RVing and we travelled very light until we upgraded to a better tow vehicle.

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...just to clarify...although our '78 Trillium didn't have a built-in heater, and the previous owner removed the water tank, it wasn't stripped to the bone. It had a 3 way fridge, sink and an awning set packed away under the gaucho. We wanted to get into lightweight RVing and we travelled very light until we upgraded to a better tow vehicle.

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Yeah, I got that. It has me really intrigued. I really wonder what the shell and trailer weight. I can envision some minimalist cabinetry and appliances that could reduce another 100~200#.

Thanks again!
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I've got my '71 Boler off the frame right now with the interior completely stripped except for the ensolite. I'll see if I can weigh the empty shell tonight with a bathroom scale at each end.

I don't have easy access to the frame at the moment.
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I've got my '71 Boler off the frame right now with the interior completely stripped except for the ensolite. I'll see if I can weigh the empty shell tonight with a bathroom scale at each end.

I don't have easy access to the frame at the moment.
Awesome! Thank you.
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I've got my '71 Boler off the frame right now with the interior completely stripped except for the ensolite. I'll see if I can weigh the empty shell tonight with a bathroom scale at each end.

I don't have easy access to the frame at the moment.
Can you include a pic?
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I've removed the closet, but I don't have a more up-to-date picture.
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