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Old 04-23-2013, 11:32 PM   #29
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Sure, but are the tanks full or empty?
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:39 PM   #30
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dry weight would probably mean empty... but who knows. She could take the 2 off and pull out a bathroom scale and find out.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:47 PM   #31
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i'll ask about weighing...but that seems pretty complicated to me...should i just follow the semis onto the scales? does it cost money?
If New Hampshire is anything like California, then NO don't just follow the semi trucks onto the Highway scales.
You need to find a Certified Public Scale near you which YES will cost you money.
Try entering your location into one of these search engines to find a Public Scale near you:

Certified Public Scale Locator

CAT Scale Locator

Or, your State Weights and Measures people could direct you if you ask them.


PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302-2042
(603) 271-3685 Fax: (603) 271-1109
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:51 PM   #32
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i just went back to that "weight in the real world" thread and saw at least 14 TW on casitas over 365...one was 660 but had a generator on the tongue...but lots of 400's and 500's so i am thinking i am in trouble and will have to trade either the camper or the car. i've put a lot of money into them in the last few weeks too.

i dont know why i didnt see those high TW's back when i looked at that spreadsheet before.

oh well. i'll figure it out-it will be easy to sell the casita i guess...
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:47 AM   #33
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Suspect you might lose more if you traded the car vs selling the trailer.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:02 AM   #34
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i own the trailer. i owe A LOT on the car. you must be an insomniac like me. do you know the lightest camper with a bathroom? and ac. and which are most expensive/least expensive...
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:19 AM   #35
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Scamp makes a 13' with a front bath, I think.
Scamp Travel Trailers: 13 Foot Floor Plans
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:25 AM   #36
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As far as I know the 16' Scamp with a side bath is one of the lightest 16'. But Escape has a 15' with a bathroom and Scamp has a 13' with bathroom as well.

Not insomniac, I am on the west coast.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:29 AM   #37
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deryk has a parkliner...he says it is lighter than my casita...esp TW...but i am on their site and cant find the weights

there is an escape down the road a piece for sale...at a dealer...maybe they would do a trade

all of them my best bet is to find used, correct? sounds like a long wait to buy new
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:32 AM   #38
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i found it : parkliner: 2100 lbs. dry weight
Approximate tongue weight: 220 lbs.

but i dont know if that includes ac, fridge and bath

and escape 17B:

Approx. Dry hitch weight 250 lbs
Approx. Dry axle weight 1650 lbs
Approx. Total dry weight 1900 lbs (Plan A)
2100 lbs (Plan
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 3500 lbs

and 16' scamp:

Approx. weight: 1750 lbs.
5000 lb. hitch
3500 lb. axel
Hitch weight: 165 lbs. approx

i couldnt find a separate listing for side bath

oh well...enough for tonight. tomorrow i see what it looks like...with wdh...thx for your help
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I realize most of the manuf probably lie(exagerate) the weights down a bit to sell them... just like people selling their fiberglass trailers... oh can be towed by any 4cyl car.

I think the listed 220lb dry tongue weight is probably pretty close...but its with one 20lb propane cyl (empty of course) The first time I weighed the tongue of my ParkLiner it was 290lbs, thats with 2 full propane tanks and 2 gallons of anti freeze in the bathroom 2 hoses, 2 extention cords. I have a fridge, air conditioner, shower with a porta potty,and furnace.

Did you tow yours much? if you tend to stay in 1 park alot see if there is a summer rate and leave it there and don't worry about towing it. If you want to tow it, maybe trade in the Rav4 for something bigger. Larger 6 cyl engine or 8. Probably a reason why pickup's are so common with towing, beefier suspension. Im still contemplating next year tradeing my Rav4 in for a pickup.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:57 AM   #40
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LPK, do I recall correctly you have a RAV4? I've got 390# tongue weight on mine, no WDH but air bags in the springs and its towing just fine. Car weight ratings aren't absolutes. BTW, My 2007 RAV manual says 'do not exceed 45 mph when towing'. And 'do not use WDH'. That's CYA language added by their lawyers.

I saw another guy in a campground that had a new Casita 17' just picked up from the factory in Texas. The factory put a WDH on his RAV4. He had towed it from TX to FL, said it worked fine.

Jon has many thousands of miles on his RAV with WDH. In spite of the manual's warning it apparently has not caused any problems.

Way you DO want to do is weigh you trailer so you know the actual weights. A CAT scale (see Frederick's link) costs something like $15 and there are lots of them around.

With some fooling around you can measure the tongue weight with a bathroom scale. Google it.
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Somewhere here is a sticky that I can't find right now, where one of the ladies did video of her pre-delivery walk thru when she picked up her new camper. I know this may not be directly related to the topic of this thread, but I mention it here because hopefully Carol or Donna will chime in with a link to the sticky. It is a well done step by step video that may help to clear up some points on how things work with a camper. Worth watching !
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:51 AM   #42
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thank you all for replying. i didnt get much sleep last night but feel better now. i will be away from the computer most of the day and when i get back my wdh will be here.

jons camper and TW are quite a bit lighter than mine i think. but i am very ready to take off propane and furnace. and i do travel light. honest ...i do!!!

and i found a scale down where i hang out about 15 miles away...but i will have to get there safely...i wouldnt want to go that far with the hitch 4 inches off the ground.

i travel about 30 miles a day...leave early for long days at the beach. better than owning ocean front property when a storm comes or the tax bill.

thanks again for helping...i'll know more tomorrow when we try to put the wdh on. K.
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