Nichia - If the seller gives you a weight
ask them if they have every actually weighed it. There a lot of people who never have weighed their trailers full of their stuff and they are giving you their best guess which in most cases is *way* off. More than a few people have put there trailers on a scale only to be shocked at the actual weight. They have then taken everything out of their trailers including food and clothing etc and weighed it only to be shocked to learn they have between 600 to 800lbs of stuff in it if they count the battery
tanks (which you need to as they are not included in most dry weights). I know more than one who has ended up buying a new tow vehicle after having actually weighed their trailer loaded. To keep weight down in my trailer I use a number of items in the trailer from my back packing days - nice and light
. Outdoor supply stores such as REI are a good place to start - especially on items such as sleeping bags & pots and pans which both can add weight fast.
Chuck: I am often surprised when I see some of the set ups people are using for tent trailers. I suspect more than a few do not have a clue as to how much the tent trailers weigh either, especially on the tongue. Once parked beside a fairly decent sized SUV with a tent trailer and the back end on it was so low I though the front wheels of the SUV would pop off the ground. It looked like a scary drive to me.