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Old 09-06-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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Best Trailer to Pull w/Honda Element

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Hoping you folks can help us determine what trailer might be best (in your experience) to pull with our 2008 Honda Element SC.

We really want an Eriba Puck, but they are terribly hard to find (The Samba folks know what they are worth, and they rarely come up), so we need to find a nice, light alternative.

My husband would still like something "vintage" looking that we could also tow behind our '70 VW Westy (again needing be be lightweight for that application as well).

Our requirements: Bed big enough for 2 (one is 6'3"), sink, stove, refrig (not icebox), potti. Max weight according to the Honda book is 1500 lbs, but I'd like to keep it much lower if possible.

So, if we could get folks to chime in (especially Element owners/towers), we'd REALLY appreciate it. Thanks!!

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Old 09-06-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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Did you look at the thread "trailer weights in the real world". Trailer Weights in the Real World Lots of information. Any number of 13' trailers under 1,500 pounds. Don't know about bed length.

After that, you'll get the full spectrum of answers as to how much you can pull and I don't know how you'll sort through which opinions to believe or apply to you.
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Hi -
Max weight according to the Honda book is 1500 lbs, but I'd like to keep it much lower if possible.
According to the Trailer Weights in the Real World thread, you're limited to the first 7 trailers on the list of trailers that were weighed.

To get much lighter than that you're looking at a teardrop style trailer, but that won't have the kitchen you want.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:47 PM   #4
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Thanks. We've had a teardrop - too much like camping in the Bus. I want more "indoor" comforts getting older. Ha!
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Thanks Steve - I'll check out that thread - sounds like a good one.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:25 PM   #6
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We have towed both a 13' Scamp and a 13' Lil' Bigfoot with our 2008 Honda CRV that also has the same weight limits, but you do have to be careful how much weight you add to the trailer when packing.

Another idea that is not only lighter, but also has that "vintage look" you want, is the Hunter Compact I & Compact-II and sister ships Compact Jr & Campster and a few others.

The right Compact-II will have a bathroom, sleep 2, have a 3 way ref and shouldn't insult your budget too much and, right now, there is a fixer on eBay in Salt Lake City for which I just happen to have a full set of the missing cushions.

Here is a link to ours, but we have fixed it up a bit from original.
Hunter Compact II Photos by advocateone | Photobucket

If you live in or visit SoCal, send me a PM and you are welcome to come for a tour.

We are in Diamond Bar
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:52 PM   #7
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Hi Bob -
I saw that one in SLC this morning - looks like it could take quite a bit of work. We are in Riverside, so don't know if it would be worth a drive to SLC for it sight unseen (except photos). Yours looks terrific! Great work. Thanks for the info on pulling it with your Honda.
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Jim B's Burro is cool and within the published limits of your Honda.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...0-a-60588.html
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:36 PM   #9
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That is nice. Portland is a bit far for us to go at this point. Need something within about 4-6 hours of Southern CA. So many variables!
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Perhaps a LiteHouse would work also. Nice size bed in it, anyway. Similar trailers are still being built by Weiscraft.
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There are Elements, then there are Elements. Gina D. would only pull the weight of a 13' Burro with her Element. Because it had a weight limit of 1,500 lbs. The 4x4 Elements MAY be able to tow a larger weight(?)
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There are Elements, then there are Elements. Gina D. would only pull the weight of a 13' Burro with her Element. Because it had a weight limit of 1,500 lbs. The 4x4 Elements MAY be able to tow a larger weight(?)
Without checking, I am sure the Element has the same tow capacity as a CRV. The downfall is the Element has a lower payload capacity because of the rear suicide doors.

My buddy has an Element and a 78 Trillium 1300, on a recent trip he noted is was pretty hard on the Element, lots of time spent at 4000 rpm. He did have a family of four, four bikes and a canoe though. Good thing our area is fairly flat.

If your near mountains and such, probably a good idea to get a bigger tow vehicle.
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