My wife and I are on the hunt, and are now trying to decide between a 13' and 17' Burro
trailer available to us. We have a Mazda CX-5, 2000lb max trailer weight
and 32 sq. ft. max frontal area (for the trailer).
Before everyone says go with the 13', hear me out! The 17' has been weighed in at 1460lbs, leaving 540lbs for improvements (home-built shower/head, bed, kitchen counter, batteries, water tanks, etc.) and gear. There isn't much to strip out, maybe 100lbs worth max.
The other hiccup is the max frontal area rating for our SUV. It says stay below 32 sq. ft., and the 17'er measures in at 42 sq. ft. (32% larger than max). Would it be wise to max out both weight
(2000lbs) and be this much over on our frontal area? I know the Burro's are more aerodynamic than most, but this may just be wishful thinking. I don't want to have to replace my transmission in 10,000 miles!
Please, if you have experience or words of wisdom, share with me. We've never towed a trailer before, but plan to spend some serious time in our new one, so we don't want to sacrifice livable space if we don't absolutely have to.
Jared and Ming