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Old 07-17-2003, 04:26 PM   #1
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Posted by Richard Holifield, of Mexico
Do I really need to spend money for a sway bar? If it's that important why don't the come from the factory with one? As yet I don't own a trailer, but I'm in the market for one. Probably a 13' I think Casita because they are made in Texas, pulled by a 2003 Cheverlot Tracker, 4x4, 6 cyl. How does that sound? I live in Mexico and will be coming into the U.S.(Texas) in September and traveling the eastern U.S. from FL to PA. and back.

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Old 07-17-2003, 04:35 PM   #2
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Posted by Chester Taje, of Hosmer, B.C. Canada

Hi Richard
No you don't really need a sway bar.It all depends on size and how you are loading it.
It does not come supplied because it like a after market item for car/trucks.
You say you live in Mexico---Are you an American, living in Mexico or are you Mexican?
Your little truck should do fine in the pulling department.

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Old 07-17-2003, 04:50 PM   #3
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Posted by Mike and Karen, of Edmonton/Calgary, Alberta

You had better read your owners manual.

SWB (Short Wheel Based) vehicles have a tendancy to have the dog wagged by the tail syndrom when towing a trailer. I know being a Jeep owner, this is something to seriously contemplate...because exceeding the limits can leave you in an unpleasant legal battle in case of an accident. If you dont believe me I know someone who's insurance didnt help him out when he exceeded the 2000lb limit for his Jeep TJ. Let me know and I can post a link to his story.

according to GM's website:

Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings for a 03' Tracker (lbs./kg.)

— 2WD
1000/453 2-Door
1500/680 4-Door

— 4x4
1000/453 2-Door
1500/680 4-Door


1 Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming a base vehicle, except for any option(s) necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See your Chevy dealer for additional details

http://www.chevrolet.com/tracker/index.html

Click on Specifications in the left margin, then trailering

Based on Casitas' website I'de say you will be over
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Old 07-17-2003, 04:56 PM   #4
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Posted by Chester Taje, of Hosmer, B.C., Canada

Good stuff.
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Old 07-17-2003, 05:10 PM   #5
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Posted by Mike and Karen, of Edmonton/Calgary, Alberta

This has been the topic that surfaced on a Jeep board recently and turned into a huge 5 page discussion. That's why its fresh in my head .

Richard, My suggestion would be to look into a used Boler.

My 72' 13' is barley over 800lbs dry. If you check out this site and Bolerama (and even my website, link in my signature) You'll see with a little work they are easy to renovate and update to just like new status.

Here's a Rav4 owner with a Boler (not sure if Nathalie's a member here ) from Bolerama.

http://members.shaw.ca/bolerama/vegetarium.html

She did an amazing job on the interior too!


If your not too far from Sacremento, here's one on E-bay for around $1000, even if you were not inclined to fix it up yourself ,you could probably have it professionally restored for less than the cost of a new Casita.

(e-bay link broken)

If I was closer , I'de buy that little Honey project in a heartbeat!
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Old 07-17-2003, 08:01 PM   #6
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Posted by Michael Sanders, of Central Coast, California

Sorry Richard, you’re not even close.

Casita says on their website...
13’ Casita is rated at 1785 lbs. Dry.
As soon as you put water and your stuff in it, it will be well over 2,000 lbs.

Chevy says on their website...
Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings (lbs.)
Series 2WD 4x4
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2-Door 1000 1000
4-Door 1500 1500

Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming a base vehicle, except for any option(s) necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See your Chevy dealer for additional details.

A sway bar won’t help this problem.

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Old 07-17-2003, 08:24 PM   #7
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Posted by Pete Dumbleton, "On the Road, from FL"

Actually, adding a sway control (technically a sway bar is something added to the vehicle's front and rear suspensions to prevent leaning in turns) to this mix would probably allow him to tow just a little faster until something went wrong and the whole thing went out of control.

My '91Scamp13, loaded with all my stuf, weighs about 1,700 scale pounds, and I don't have heavy stuf like a/c, refrig and black/gray tanks.

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