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Old 04-29-2011, 05:22 PM   #29
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The weight the manufacturer gives is a dry weight, then you add propane, battery,ice,clothes, and so on that brings the weight to the real world. My Boler American was factory stamped at 950 lbs, That's dry weight.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:26 PM   #30
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The weight the manufacturer gives is a dry weight, then you add propane, battery,ice,clothes, and so on that brings the weight to the real world. My Boler American was factory stamped at 950 lbs, That's dry weight.
Yep, I understand that. What I'm being told by the sellers I've been talking to is that starting from a dry weight of around 1000 pounds (which is most of the trailers I've looked at) doesn't give enough weight capacity to load up and travel with, and therefore is too much trailer for my vehicle. Does that make sense?
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:33 PM   #31
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Yes it does if you load a lot of stuff you don't need. You realize you don't need two tv's and five cases of water, some people just over do it. My Boler could leave right now and there's nowhere near 500 lbs on it. You just have to be careful what you put in there.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:51 PM   #32
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Well, I don't need any TVs. That makes sense to me. Still looking...
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:08 PM   #33
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Check under the thread "Trailer weights in the real world" here on the forum. There you will see weights "on the road" vs "dry weight".
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:28 PM   #34
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Fascinating discussion. I'm looking for a little trailer, and am driving a Honda CR-V (love it!). I've found a couple of Scamp 13s, advertised weight around 1000 lbs empty weight (my limit is 1500 lbs total). I've been told these are too heavy -- there isn't enough "head room" between the empty weight and the allowable weight. Norm, from reading your posts it sounds like you haven't problems (i.e., damage/strain to your vehicle) towing a 16 footer??

Was also reading in several other threads -- 13 foot trailers of various kinds weighing in under 1500 loaded, which seems to be contrary to concerns of the sellers I've been chatting with.

I'm so confused! I'm open to ideas, information, trailer recommendations...
Janne,

We have towed with a 2004 Honda CRV for the last four years. During that period we have towed three different trailers weighing between 2500 -2800 pounds. Our CRV has 140,000 miles (30,000 towing) on it now and have not had a single failure other than the air conditioner after 70,000 miles.

We have made a full loop of the USA towing a trailer. We have taken a trailer on the Trans Labrador Highway, a 4000 mile trip thru the backwoods, 1000 miles on dirt, crossing all kinds of grades rarely seen in the USA. Not a problem.

On our most recent trip towing the Scamp 16 we got 23 mpg and as high as 25 mpg. Every trailer has towed beautifullu though the Scamp 16 and Casita 16 towed the best. (We arrived in CT today and at a number of places gas was $4.39)

Our Maine son has towed with the Honda Element and our Seattle son tows a Scamp 13 with a Honda Accord. (I mention electric brakes later and I should say our son's Scamp does not have electric brakes).

I tow with a Honda CRV because it's rated for 3300 #s in Europe, the very same car.

We insure with Liberty Mutual, both our only car and our Scamp 16. They are well aware what we tow.

You can easily tow a Scamp 13. Personally I like the 16 better because it has electric brakes on the trailer and the typical Scamp 13 does not. In Europe Honda only allows more than 1500 pounds if you have electric brakes on the trailer.

We generally lightly load our trailer. We only carry one propane bottle. It typically lasts us more than a month on the road. We only carry a half tank of water. We only fill it if we're boondocking and then just fill it before we go in.

We never travel with full grey or black tanks. If they're full we empty them as soon as we get out of boondocking.

We do not over pack; We don't carry big grills, tents, all kinds of chairs, cooler chests, clothes that don't get worn, only one hanging outfit each,.... If we don't use it it typically doesn't make the next trip.

We don't pack in large duffles that we have to search thru, we believe in smaller containers with very defined stuff in them. There's a defined place for everything from our glasses at night to the muffins in the morning. Simply our goal is not to get as much as we can into the trailer but rather to get the stuff we need in places where we can easily get at it.

I am certain you can tow a Scamp 13 with your CRV. I am also certain you can travel comfortably without overloading it.

Please feel free to send me a private email and ask me any specific questions/

We love RVing. We do everything we can to travel safely and economically. We've owned a lot of vehicles in our lives. Acuras, Audis. VWs. Fords, Dodge, Porsche but nothing has topped the reliability of our Hondas. It has been a great tow car.

Have fun, nothing beats traveling in an RV

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Old 04-29-2011, 08:39 PM   #35
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Just want to make a note: in Europe, they often reference "brakes" on trailers, but they are not electric like ours.... They typically use cable-operated surge brakes. The only trailer I know of that uses Euro style brakes in the US is T@B.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:19 PM   #36
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Well, I don't need any TVs. That makes sense to me. Still looking...
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I own a 2005 Honda CRV and just purchased a 13' 1973 Boler. I did this because of the advertised weight. We just took our first trip and all is good. Dry weight advertised 950lbs. I took it over a scale on our first trip and lightly loaded for a weekend was 1325lbs total. My CRV is a 4 cylinder automatic and I did not feel the trailer until I went above 90km. (55mph) At low speed it is a breeze. If you were not on the freeway you would hardly notice the trailer. I have electric brakes and would not trust stopping without them. If you want a trailer look at the Boler. The early models are the lightest. The floor is fibreglass not plywood. Pack light. Pick your beer up at every stop.
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