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Old 11-18-2012, 11:34 AM   #1
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Hi, I just acquired a Bonaire Oxigen trailer. I have a small suv with a classe 1 hitch. (rated for 2000lbs towing capacity and 200lbs for the tongue. Can I pull the oxigen (which has a weight of approx. 1900 lbs)?

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This is a spreadsheet of all of the weigh-in results that I have from the past several years.

Sorted 1st by TOTAL, 2nd by TONGUE, and 3rd by Length
ITEM_LENGTH_MAKE_______MODEL________AXLE__TONGUE__ __TOTAL
41___19_____Bonaire____Oxygen_______2420_____320__ __2740
I weighed an Oxygen at the Oregon Gathering. It was loaded for travel.
I believe your 1900 pound figure is DRY weight only, which is not a useful number for figuring out if you can tow it safely.
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I think the Oxygen is too heavy for a tug with a 2,000 pound limit.

I have a 2,000 pound limit, too, and I think a good rule of thumb is to assume that one need add 4-500 pounds to dry weight numbers to arrive at the likely as-used weight.

Frederick's numbers above seem to bear that out.
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Welcome Sylvia. An Oxygen! Lucky you. We have a few folks in my area with them and I love seeing them.

As others have already pointed out your trailer is sadly well over your hitch class I specifications. But there is an even *more* important specification that you need to take a look at - what does the manual in your SUV say it is capable of towing? and at what max tongue rating?

The hitch specification and the tow vehicle specifications are two very different things. It is very common for people to have a hitch put on a tow vehicle that has a much higher & in some cases lower rating than the tow vehicles towing capacity. That doesn't mean you can or should tow up to the hitch specifications. It simple means that the hitch can handle it assuming the vehicle is capable of the same.

What small SUV where/are you hoping to tow your new trailer with?
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Wow, thanks for all the responses. Here is added info: the trailer has a towing brake that I can use in conjunction with my brakes, how would that info alter towing specs?

My vehicle is 2012 kia sportage, awd.

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My vehicle is 2012 kia sportage, awd.
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Well that explains why it only has a class I hitch on it. Check your manual but suspect the towing capacity on the car is only 2000lbs about 7/800lbs less than what your trailer weighs loaded with your gear.
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Francesca called it. Trailer brakes don't raise the max tow capacity of your vehicle, but the manufacturer might actually lower it without them.
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Wow, thanks for all the responses. Here is added info: the trailer has a towing brake that I can use in conjunction with my brakes, how would that info alter towing specs?

My vehicle is 2012 kia sportage, awd.

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I've been towing (under 2,000 pounds) with a '97 Sportage for years!

But I'm flabbergasted that the tow limit is STILL only 2,000 pounds- the new Sportage looks so much bigger than mine! I looked for the Specs on the 2012, and it does say "2000 pounds with base trim"...is there any chance yours is a different, perhaps beefier model?

Francesca

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Per trailer brakes:
You're likely limited to only 1,000 pounds without trailer brakes...2,000 is the upper limit with brakes.

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The Oxigen I acquired is a gift from my dad, and when I bought my Sportage, I wasn't expecting to tow much. Planned uses for the Oxigen are small week long trips, camping ground with water hook ups, and I will be travelling alone and very light most of the time. The tongue weight was measured recently at 125 lbs (below my 200lbs limit). My understanding from all the postings are clear, I can't tow the Oxigen, unless it's empty of any additional load, at 1900 lbs, I don't have much room for a few cases of beer...does that make sense?

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Sylvain your tongue weight seems *really* low. When you weighed it was the trailer on level ground and the tongue sitting at the same height it would be when hooked up to your car? Was the propane tank full and battery on the trailer? Normally I would have expected the tongue on that size trailer to weight in anywhere from 240 to 340lbs. If you where to try and tow that trailer with a tongue weight of only 125lbs I would not be at all surprised if you had sway issues. Not something you want to experience regardless of how short a trip you are taking.

The thing with manufactures stated dry weights is it doesn't include any extra's on the trailer - no fridge, stove, propane tank, battery, awnings, water tanks etc. So the trailer right from the factory probable weighed far more than the dry weight stated on the paper work. A good rule of thumb that people have found that works well at determining what a trailer may weigh once finished and your personal items added to it is to add 500/600lbs to the dry weight.
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Also, you usually have to subtract the tongue weight from what your vehicle can carry, so it doesn't necessarily help to throw stuff in the tow vehicle.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:16 AM   #12
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Interesting, I'll have to make some verifications...the trailer is 1400 km away in New Brunswick, so verifications will have to wait until the spring... if I have bad news, I might have to post a sales ad for the oxigen...
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If were me I would upgrade the car and keep the trailer. The Oxygen is a cool rare find and to have one given to you ..... well that's just a dream come true!
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If were me I would upgrade the car and keep the trailer. The Oxygen is a cool rare find and to have one given to you ..... well that's just a dream come true!
Shhhhh! I was gonna try to buy it from him.
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