Trailer wanted in SoCal, under 1500 lbs - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-02-2014, 12:26 PM   #1
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Trailer wanted in SoCal, under 1500 lbs

Hello, we are looking for a fiberglass trailer, under 1500 lbs so we can tow with our Honda CRV. We are moving out of our home in a few weeks and going to live in it for the summer, so we need something that doesn't need a lot of work. It's just two of us, no kids, so small is ok. Something with a toilet/shower would be great but it seems like it may be hard to keep it under 1500 lbs with that, so its not necessary. We are located near Palm Springs but will travel to NorCal, Arizona, southern Nevada, southern Utah, and maybe New Mexico to pick it up.

Please call 63zero-2zero9-2zero51 if you have a trailer for us, thanks!
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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Know that a CRV is going to be pretty marginal for almost any FGRV. You will have to pack really light. That said, there are those who do tow with a CRV/Element (been some passionate conversations on this forum… let's not go there…). You should start with a look at this thread, which has actual, loaded-for-camping-by-real-people weights for a variety of FGRVs. Somewhere in the thread, maybe around p. 17 (??) there is a downloadable excel spreadsheet (sorted by manufacturer and model) that I find a bit more user-friendly, especially for comparing different trailers.

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Good luck with your search!
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:41 AM   #3
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Thanks Jon! I have been using the spreadsheet. I just posted a question about the weight of a 17' Burro, with no bathroom, weight of 17' Burro, if you have any insight, it would be appreciated!
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:51 AM   #4
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I saw your other post and I just don't think that there is anyway whatsoever that a 17' Burro is going to come in at anywhere near 1500 lbs even when empty and dry. With the 13'ers hitting 1300 lbs, that extra 4' is going to add a lot and, if you are living in it, that too will add a lot more weight.

As an example, the added bath on the 13' Scamp adds about 250 lbs, so you would have to subtract a lot to get down to your numbers based on there being no bath in the Burro

FWIW: Sellers often just measure the body length. FGRV lengths include everything from hitch ball to rear bumper. Sellers weight guesses are often just that. Take it to a truck stop (There are several near you on the I-10) and get it weighed empty, then add at least 400 lbs for your "stuff"

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Old 06-12-2014, 05:09 PM   #5
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Hey Julie,

We have a 2012 16' Scamp for sale in BC that is only 250lbs over your weight requirement (1750lbs dry weight). We tow it with a Suzuki Grand Vitara 4cyl and have no issues - just can't zoom up hills! Matter of fact we have had it down to norther Cal a couple of times. If you are at all interested take at look : For Sale: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-12-2014, 06:10 PM   #6
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Please don't advocate ignoring stated vehicle manufacturers maximum towing weight limits.

While your vehicle has a towing weight limit of up to 3000 lbs, the O.P.'s Honda CVR, as she stated in her first post, is limited to 1500 lbs total towing weight.

She needs a FGRV that is under that limit fully loaded for the road. Even empty, 16' Scamps exceed that limit, and the lightest 16' Scamp on our real world weights list is over 2400 lbs., and they go up from there. Thus a 16' Scamp could easily be more than 1000 lbs overweight for her vehicle. Not a safe or sane solution for her problem.

As you will see, there are some on this site that are like Pit Bulls when it comes to adhering to towing weight limits.

All that said, good luck selling, this is the right time.

BTW: There is someone in Oregon on the "Recent Discussion's" list currently looking for a 16' Scamp.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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Thanks for your advice Bob. We ended up buying a Hunter Compact Jr last night instead of the Burro and feel much better about it. We're very excited to start our trip!
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:17 AM   #8
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Sounds great, the CRV will tow a Hunter fine, we towed mine with a CRV several times.

Just a couple of tips though:

1. Always check the dates on the tires, any over 5 years old should be replaced before you start your trip.

2. Have the wheel bearing repacked. This oft overlooked service can lead to a bearing overheat and failure on the road, a very expensive proposition.

3. Do a couple of nights of "driveway camping" before you go to find out how everything works and what you really need to take with you.

Double and triple check that all of the lights work, both inside and outside the trailer.

Feel free to stop by in Riverside for and last minute questions or problems your first night out, I've got lots of space, and Richardson's RV (just down the street) has almost any last minute stuff you might discover you need.
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:59 PM   #9
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I don't think very many (probably none) fiberglass RV's weigh under 1,500 pounds, loaded and ready for a trip.

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Old 06-13-2014, 02:24 PM   #10
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Hunters and Campsters can make the under 1500 lb limit fairly easy and some of the 13' Eggs will as long as they are sensibly loaded, have less than 4 days food and clothing on board, don't have full tanks, and don't have a bathroom....
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