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Old 04-16-2019, 08:27 PM   #1
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Hello everyone I own a tails west campster it is bare inside except for the stove, fridge, furnace and an empty water tank. There is not mattresses, or carpet on the walls. I plan on refurbishing this in the future but we are moving from California back to New Hampshire and I would like to know what should I do to prep the trailer and how much weight can I put inside of it to tow back to NH. It also does not have a battery inside. Thank you for any help. I hope to finish this off in NH and tank my grandson camping/fishing with it.
Sorry if I posted this in the wrong location I have not been on here enough to figure it out. Mark
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:14 PM   #2
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Good tires, working lights and check/repack bearings for the road. The loaded weight depends on the TTs rating....leave the bagged concrete mix here .
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:13 AM   #3
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There might be a sticker on the trailer with the GVWR and perhaps other useful information. All new trailers have one, but with a vintage trailer, of course, it may no longer be present.

In the absence of the sticker Iíd hazard a guess the empty trailer weighs around 1100# and rides on a 2000# axle, giving around 800-1000# of cargo capacity. Load to maintain at least 12% tongue weight.

For carrying a heavy load, make sure your tires are at least load range C, less than 5 years old, and inflated to maximum sidewall pressure.

Check your vehicle manual regarding trailer brakes. Iím guessing the Campster doesnít have them, and many vehicles and a few states (NY among them) require brakes over 1000#.

In addition to bearings and running lights, a few other things might be worth checking on such an old trailer: (1) coupler adjustment, (2) frame and axle, and (3) bolts holding the shell to the frame.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:20 AM   #4
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Does it have all of the original vertical walls? Those walls add siginficant structural strength to the trailer.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:42 AM   #5
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I assume it has no brakes? If so, the tow vehicle has to stop it and whatever load you put in it. You might be ok if you fill it with lightweight/bulky stuff. If your tow vehicle is a one ton pickup, then fill er up.
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:30 PM   #6
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Thanks folks the main things that will be in the trailer will be things like camping equipment. A few books, We are moving back to New Hampshire and this is a great little camper so I wish to take it with us. The original walls are all present, just the carpet is removed.
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Old 04-19-2019, 03:23 AM   #7
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Your biggest concern will be Tires, wheel bearings and breaks if you have them.

If your in the New Hampshire area May 16-19 come up and see us at the Spring Fling in New England Rally held at Chocorua Camping Village, KOA, in Chocorua NH,
See thread under the heading of FORUMS, and sub heading RALLIES AND MEETS/
It's a great time and we would really like to meet you and your grandson/
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:06 AM   #8
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Check your vehicle manual regarding trailer brakes. Iím guessing the Campster doesnít have them, and many vehicles and a few states (NY among them) require brakes over 1000#.

We are in NY and fall under the 1000lb rule, although our Uhaul does not have brakes. The OP only has to be concerned with the regulations of the state that his trailer is registered in, not those of every state he may pass through.
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:39 AM   #9
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If we decide to move back to NH it won't be until late July but thanks for the invitations. I will be checking the laws prior to us leaving and I have access to a vehicle scale at the local truck stop. Thanks for all the great answers. Mark
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If we decide to move back to NH it won't be until late July but thanks for the invitations. I will be checking the laws prior to us leaving and I have access to a vehicle scale at the local truck stop. Thanks for all the great answers. Mark
Next year for sure you can make it to the rally.
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For an easy reference on towing weights here's a pretty good site and link.
https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/trailer-brakes/
I suggest you read the laws for each state you plan on passing through including the beginning and ending states. Read carefully some states laws are rather confusing.
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