Best ways to lighten the load? - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-14-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 21
I am looking at 16ft Scamps and Casitas. My truck is on the smallish side in horsepower even though the manufacturer's tow rating is more than adequate. My goal is to find the best way's to lighten the load.
Does anyone know the weights of items like the hot water heater, shower, big fridge vs small etc? Also what would you throw overboard and live without to get lighter?

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks
__________________

__________________
Michael D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2009, 10:10 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
I find I use my hot water heater a lot. Makes washing dishes and my face fast and easy. I don't have the figure on weight of these items, but I never tow the trailer with water on board. The hot water heater is empty and gets filled at the destination. Water weighs 8.35 lb per gallon. If you have a six gallon hot water heater filled, that alone is right at 50 lbs. Add that to whatever you may have in the freshwater tank... or gray or black water tanks and you're towing a bunch of extra weight.

And, if I know I'll be camping near a town, I purposely delay buying (most) food until I get there. Helps the local economy too. It may be marginal, but the fuel savings in not towing extra weight such as water and food can offset the (perhaps) higher price of purchasing the food.

Works for me, YMMV

Depending on your camping style, you may wish to forgo the furnace and use a cube heater. In the summer you can leave that item at home and take a fan instead!
__________________

__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2009, 11:10 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 21
Thanks Donna,

I'll look into the alternative heaters. Good idea to leave the food till last when possible. We are also trying to decide A/C or not for weight reasons. I have heard that it is essential in hot weather though. Although my truck is a weight weenie when it come to towing, I don't want to drop something I'll wish I had later.

Thanks again,
Mike



__________________
Michael D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2009, 11:20 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Ed Harris's Avatar
 
Name: Ed
Trailer: 1982 Fiber Stream and 2002 Casita Freedom Deluxe,The driveway is a Dark & Lonely Place now!
Missouri
Posts: 1,776
What kind of truck is it????
__________________
Ed Harris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2009, 06:51 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Roger C H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: 2009 Trillium 1300 "Homelet"/2014 Subaru Outback "Rosie"
Washington
Posts: 2,172
Registry
Cool

He said it was a weiner. Must be one of these:

Attached Thumbnails
360px_Wienermobile_NAIAS_2005.jpg  
__________________
A charter member of the Buffalo Plaid Brigade!

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
Roger C H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2009, 07:52 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Robin G's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2007 Casita
Posts: 3,440
Older 16 footers weight considerably less than newer. I have a 2007 17ft'er and there is a difference in the weight of the 1985 16ft'er I purchased first. Sorry don't know what it weighted but sure can tell the difference over the newer 17fter. Not that I think the 17ft'er weights all that much. But the older Casita was lighter. Personally for us there is nothing we would get rid of to lighten. That's why we bought what we bought, cause we like the options the 17ft'er offer. Why are you looking at 16ft versus say a 13 or 14 footer that has less frills which means less weight, yet are great little trailers? Are there more than 2 of you camping?
__________________
Robin G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2009, 11:00 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Alf S.'s Avatar
 
Name: Alfred
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2010 Nissan Frontier
Ontario
Posts: 3,815
Registry
Send a message via Yahoo to Alf S.
Hi: All... Diets don't seem to work. I'm on the 30 day diet and so far I've only lost 5days!!! Seriously there's only so many things you can omit after the trailer's hooked up to the tug and they might lose 1-200 lbs. Even a tank full of gas is weighty. Ready to travel our entire rig weighs 8700-8900lbs and the GCVW. rating for our tug is 9500lbs.
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
Attached Thumbnails
bridge_to_PEI..jpg  
__________________
Alf S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2009, 11:34 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Danielle Ash's Avatar
 
Trailer: 1977 13 ft Scamp
Posts: 29
We've decided to ditch our fridge for extra storage and less weight. It's just the two of us and we think we can do just fine with a cooler. Just an idea.
__________________
Danielle Ash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 02:28 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Robin G's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2007 Casita
Posts: 3,440
You think a fridge weights that much more than an ice chest with ice? It can't be that big of a difference can it? It would be interesting to know what a fridge weights full of supplies versus an ice chest with the same supplies and iced down.
__________________
Robin G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 06:26 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Yvon Chayer's Avatar
 
Name: Yvon
Trailer: Bigfoot 17 ft 1992
Quebec
Posts: 141
First it seems to me that Casita was heavier than Scamp
the choice of rv is important and the equipement that you want
Dont bring equipement that you dont use
Most time i travel in Canada, i use more often heater than Ac if i live in south i need more AC than heater i i carry small heater with one pound propane tank for no hook up campground
I use fridge, water heater and furnace and it is my comfort
What is the difference of weight with or without water heater, frige and furnace ?? may be maximun 150 pounds???
Choice the right rv , travel with empty water tank , bring one propane tank if you dont need two and carry only light beer
Yvon Chayer
__________________
Yvon Chayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 07:30 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
Quote:
Choice the right rv , travel with empty water tank , bring one propane tank if you dont need two [b]and carry only light beer
Yvon Chayer
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 10:56 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Robin G's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2007 Casita
Posts: 3,440
Quote:
and carry only light beer
Yvon Chayer







Might add that if you take out your fridge and load an ice chest or several ice chest in your truck you may be only taking down your tow capacity. Cause most vehicles the weight you add in the tow vehicle ( people, gear, etc) takes down the amount of weight you can tow. You would have to read your owners manual to for it's guidelines. Best of Luck!
__________________
Robin G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 04:21 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Dan Meyer's Avatar
 
Name: Dan
Trailer: Scamp
Minnesota
Posts: 559
One thing you can't change is wind resistance, which makes up most of the work your tug has to do when on level terrain. If your tug is marginally big enough as is, I suggest not bothering with reducing weight - it won't make enough of a difference. Get a bigger tow vehicle.

-- Dan Meyer
__________________
Dan Meyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 04:37 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Spirit Deluxe
Posts: 509
I have an intuitive idea that a fridge full of air displaced by some food is much lighter that the same capacity ice chest full of water displaced by the same amount of food.

IMHO
__________________

__________________
CD and Joyce Smith - Lily, Violet, and Rose
1999 Casita 17' SD - "The Little Egg"
2007 Escalade - 6.2L V8 - 6L80E Trans - 3.42 Diff
CD Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
what are easy ways to splice wireing DannyH Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 24 01-13-2010 06:05 PM
load capacity Bigfoot Jody Petersen Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 1 06-16-2009 05:08 PM
Load sensing generators ewilkie Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 1 04-25-2007 07:42 PM
Lighten Up Donna D. Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 40 05-21-2006 09:22 PM
Ways To Have Fun At Wal-Mart Legacy Posts Jokes, Stories & Tall Tales 0 10-09-2002 09:29 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.