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Old 10-02-2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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Honda CRV towing a Hunter II Compact

Our first trip towns the new 2 us trailer we arrived after 1.5 hrs to get to the trailer our fuel cost was 7.9l/100km. After coming home our fuel cost was 9.7l/100km. The low profile of this light fibreglass travel trailer with a pop-up works well behind the 4 cyl. CRV.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:24 PM   #2
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Here is the picture of the combo
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:54 PM   #3
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Get it weighed when you can, we have a 1970 Trails West Campster, which is very similar. It weighs in a little more than the towing capacity of our CRV with about half the camping gear aboard (1600# with 230# tongue). We might tow it behind the CRV for a short trip but not in the mountains like you have in Kelowna.

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Old 10-03-2016, 04:16 AM   #4
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I towed a Scamp 16 (2600 lbs) or equivalent with our 2004 Honda CRV for 7 years, all over North America. without any issues. The European rating is twice the North American rating.

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Norm did not mention his CR-V was a rare manual transmission version. I would recommend adding an ATF cooler for towing with an automatic.

From the picture yours looks more like a Trailswest Campster, judging by the notch running around the lower front shell and separate wheel well cover. It's definitely not a Hunter Compact II, which has radius windows and a more sculpted profile. The pop-top is too short for a Compact Jr.
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Norm did not mention his CR-V was a rare manual transmission version. I would recommend adding an ATF cooler for towing with an automatic.

From the picture yours looks more like a Trailswest Campster, judging by the notch running around the lower front shell and separate wheel well cover. It's definitely not a Hunter Compact II, which has radius windows and a more rounded profile. The pop-top is too short for a Compact Jr.
Good eye Jon...
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:19 AM   #7
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Well we did more investigation because the title says Ubuild. No help there… But we did find a link to some of the appliance in the trailer. One of the first directions was Hunter trailer. We thought this because the PO said the original owners might have combined two other trailers to make one… But as the previous post suggests about the wheel wells and windows, this is not the case. My wife found info on the web and linked the appliance models with an even more interesting line of fibreglass trailer…

It's a K-Line Mark something…

Here is what she has found out about K-Line:

A quote from Susan Knopp, daughter of the gentleman who started the company in Red Deer Alberta.

"Hi there. I can tell you a bit about K-Line Trailers. K-Line was a company started by my dad, Bert Knopp and his brother Jerry Knopp in the early 1970’s in Red Deer. This little start up was just in it’s early years when Uncle Jerry tragically passed away and shortly afterwards the company folded. They were fantastic little trailers – ahead of their time really. Once the oil crisis hit and everyone started buying smaller vehicles, these trailers would have been great. My dad’s love of RV’s and RVing continued. Today, one of my brothers, Greg Knopp, co-runs an RV dealership that dad and mom purchased in Lethbridge in the 1980’s – Eldorado RV. My family would love to have a K-Line! So if anyone ever comes across one in good shape, it would sure be wonderful to know about it!"
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:26 AM   #8
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Here are the clues we found that led us down this path:

Flat front face
Shorter pop-top
Square windows
Canadian made furnace
Removable wheel well guards

Very interesting history… Looking forward to tinkering and updating this little gem..
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Cool! And good job on the research!

When I did some more looking at old pictures, there seemed to be some small differences from the Trailswest Campsters I turned up as well.

Looking forward to seeing some inside pictures.
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So far, i have logged 18000 miles of pulling with my Honda CRV 2007 that has now 100000 miles on the speedo. I'm pulling a 1984 U-Haul CT13 ( no brakes) weighing 1900 pounds in full camping mode at have 180 on tongue.

The CRV has showed no signs of torture and i have just normal maintenance.

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K-Line trailers have come up a few times here:

K-line Trailer!

Heard of K-Line trailer?
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So far, i have logged 18000 miles of pulling with my Honda CRV 2007 that has now 100000 miles on the speedo. I'm pulling a 1984 U-Haul CT13 ( no brakes) weighing 1900 pounds in full camping mode at have 180 on tongue.

The CRV has showed no signs of torture and i have just normal maintenance.

Good tug!
Wow! That's pretty good. My 2005 manual transmission CRV (147,000 km) towed our 2009 Scamp 13 very well. The Scamp had brakes and only weighed 1200 lbs dry. I was always concerned about the weight since the CRV's tow rating is only 1500 lbs. I don't know if it's more now for newer models.
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Wow! That's pretty good. My 2005 manual transmission CRV (147,000 km) towed our 2009 Scamp 13 very well. The Scamp had brakes and only weighed 1200 lbs dry. I was always concerned about the weight since the CRV's tow rating is only 1500 lbs. I don't know if it's more now for newer models.
Our 2012 all wheel drive is still at 1500. Our Campster may be heavier than original or similar models because of mods done by previous owners.

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We sold our CRV at 250,000 miles and bought a Honda Odyssey. The CRV was a manual. If I had an automatic I would add a transmission cooler, we have one on the Odyssey. Our justification for towing was the European tow rating of over 3000 lbs.

We towed all over North America for 7 years. All our trailers had brakes and most of the time we used an anti-sway bar.

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