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Old 04-11-2010, 05:49 PM   #15
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When I weighed my Uhaul, it came in at 950lbs. But it was pretty much stripped clean of all removable items. There was no propane tank, no battery, no furnace, no AC, nor the standard Uhaul solar panel & evaporative cooler.
I stripped it down and then weighed it, just to see if my Ford Focus had any chance of being a tow vehicle....which it did not . So I tow with a van.

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:21 PM   #16
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But that can be just as big a problem for some cause their tow vehicle is not meant to tow over a certain poundage, and for every passenger or the "extra's" their tow capacity goes down so in essence they are over their tow cap anyway and are under the illusion they aren't cause they packed their trailer "lite"..................

That is why it's crucial to know.
You're right. I'm thinking a tow cap of 5500lb with body on frame van should be enough. It is crucial to know. Mountain passes have not been an issue.

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Old 04-11-2010, 10:11 PM   #17
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You're right. I'm thinking a tow cap of 5500lb with body on frame van should be enough. It is crucial to know. Mountain passes have not been an issue.

Sounds like you got it covered! That's a good thing!
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:32 AM   #18
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Hi all,

Thanks for all comments. I've not upgraded my axle so I think I'll just take a bit of a risk and load as light as possible. As I mentioned, I'm already exceeding the GTW - it's 1500#, my unit is 1521#.

For what it may be worth, I've written to Trilliumrv.com asking them to comment on this issue. While not responsible for decisions made in the 70's perhaps they can provide some useful info. I've asked two questions:

1) Was the advertised GTW of 1500# artificially low to discourage owners from over-loading?
2) How much of a load can I add to the trailer that exceeds the 1500# GTW before I risk stressing axle, frame, etc.?

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Old 04-14-2010, 06:28 PM   #19
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Hi Clark,

I weighed my previous trailer at the truck stop in Grimsby. I think it cost about $12 or $14. Let me know if I can be of any help with it as I used to drive a truck for a living.


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Old 04-16-2010, 12:36 AM   #20
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For what it's worth my 76 13' trillium comes in at 650kg (1430lb) without any of our stuff in it. It is, however, equipped with a furnace, 3 way fridge, two 20lb propane tanks, and battery. Once we add food, sleeping bags, beer, and cooking supplies it tips the scales at 1700lb. My Volvo has a 2000lb tow capacity, on flat land it slows down highway acceleration but otherwise is dreamy. In the mountains there is a small struggle uphill but otherwise no major concerns.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:30 AM   #21
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Pam Our experience with our 13 foot 1985 Uhaul kinda validates your weights. We weighed at Bandon and came in at 1420# for the trailer with the hitch weight at 160#. We did have a propane tank, battery, furnace and solar panel ( no A/C ). When you subtract all that and about 300#s or so of gear that we had on board for a one week stay at the coast you would probably come pretty close to the 950# weight you verified for your Uhaul. This is kind of a redundant post but I thought it interesting how close the weights came. Lee
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:04 PM   #22
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For what it's worth, when we bought our used '78 13' Trillium at an RV dealership, we were concerned about the weight and we took the trailer to a weigh station and it was a hair over 1000lbs empty. It had a battery, full propane tank, no furnace and the previous owner had removed the water tank.

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Old 04-27-2010, 11:34 PM   #23
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Yup, the advertised weights were bollox. My 73 Boler, with mods, a full water tank and twin propane bottles weighs in at 655 Kg (1440 lb).

Needless to say, it's in for a new axle...the old one is kinda stiffed. I may go for brakes as well, as I will find myself traipsing around the Cordillera fairly often.

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