Wanted: Travel trailer max 1,500 lbs weight - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-03-2017, 04:23 PM   #1
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Wanted: Travel trailer max 1,500 lbs weight

We're looking for a travel trailer that our Honda Element can pull. The max towing capacity is 1,500 lbs.

It needs to sleep 2 but 4 would be nice.

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Old 05-03-2017, 07:08 PM   #2
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Check weights in the real world, not much is under the Element's limits. Best to average three or four different weights on the same model to eliminate some of the variation.

Hunter Compact Jr or similar fits within the limits. Realize the Element also has a 150 pound hitch weight limit. And per Honda, electric brakes are required on any trailer over 1000 pounds. Boler 1300 is close. As far as sleeping four, the Compact Jr is a two person trailer, the Boler 1300 is two adults and two children (small front bunk).

We love, love, our Element. I was considering towing our motorcycle popup trailer behind it (350 pounds). I wouldn't tow anything much larger.

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Old 05-04-2017, 04:49 PM   #3
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We did some research on this a few months ago. I believe the Happier Camper https://happiercamper.com/ starts at dry wt. 1100# and can be configured to stay under 1500# and the Little Guy Trailer is a bit lighter to start. there are also "teardrops" and canvas fold down trailers under that weight.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:40 PM   #4
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Wanted: Travel trailer max 1,500 lbs weight

A base Scamp starts at 1250# and includes a place to cook, eat, and sleep. The HC1's 1100# is an empty shell. Just sayin'...

Vintage Scamps can be even lighter, but it depends on options and changes made over the years.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:50 PM   #5
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Well if no one else will say it.. IMHO, if you want a camper you can stand up in without first having to do a bunch of work (i.e. pop-up), then chances are very high you will need to upgrade the tow vehicle. There are a few options, some of which were mentioned, but in reality not many. And it would be a challenge to find of of the options used. If you plan to stay in Florida then the options are a few more but if you want to drag the camper up even small mountains then you should limit the trailers weight to something around 75-80% of the TV rating at the very most.

So give a new tug some thought.
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:00 PM   #6
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We own a 2006 CRV, same chassis and drivetrain as an Element, and same 1500# tow rating. If it were just one or two people packed lightly, and if most of our travel was in low elevations and moderate terrain, I'd have no problem towing our 13' Scamp with the CRV (ATF cooler on the vehicle and electric brakes on the trailer are essential). Quite a few people do in fact tow basic 13'ers with Elements and CRVs.

In our case, however, with four people, bicycles, extra camping gear, and mountain grades to deal with, we only tow with our larger vehicle, a Honda Pilot.

You have to consider people and cargo as well as trailer weight.
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Old 05-05-2017, 06:01 AM   #7
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I purchased a vintage 1970 Trails West Campster to pull with my Honda Element. This is a very easy trailer to pull with the Element. The fun part is that the body lines of the Campster are a nice looking match for the Element. I will finish giving my Campster a matching paint job this summer. I will also replace the wheels with ones with aluminum centers that look similar to the ones on the Element. Last fall I started the process of the new custom made for use with a Honda Element look by replacing the popup fabric in that color scheme.

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Old 05-05-2017, 06:42 AM   #8
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1974 Boler 13

We weighed our 1974 Boler 13 before we sold it. Dry weight was 1140 lbs. for the camper (axle and tongue) resting on the scale. The tongue weight with the spare mounted on the bumper was 75 lbs. So if you packed VERY LIGHT both in the camper and in the tow vehicle, you could tow it.

CAUTIONS: Make sure to check and stay under the gross vehicle weight (both GVWR and GCWR) for your Element. Also its VERY important to have trailer brakes, particularly if you are towing a trailer close to the towing limit for the tow vehicle. We had a new axle and BRAKES on our Boler 13 (included in weight above).
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:34 PM   #10
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The short answer is that such a fiberglass trailer, just for 2 people (not 4) probably does not exist. By packing the trailer very, very lightly, you may actually meet the 1500 pound restriction, but if you just move the rest of the stuff to the Element, you will probably exceed its total allowable loading. If you insist on keeping the Element, then your only realistic option may be some form of basic tent trailer.


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