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Old 08-04-2012, 08:38 PM   #15
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Why guess? Weight it! Then you know exactly!

Yes you know exactly for one trip !!!!!!
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:44 PM   #16
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Mike could you tell me if you have transmission cooler on your Outback
I have a 2012 Outback overdrive and manual.
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I don't have an Outback, sorry. Mine is a '08 Highlander... same V6 as the Rav.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:15 PM   #17
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My suggestion would be to get your trailer all set up to go, then go weight it and all you plan to travel with.


Then when you got a rough idea of the weight, it will be easier to figure out what tow vehicle would be best for your daily and your camping/towing needs. Good Luck!
I wish we had a "like" button here, as we do on facebook.
Good advice, Robin.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:54 PM   #18
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Trailer weights in the real world thread.
_13_____U-Haul_____CT13_________1260_____180_____1440
_13_____U-Haul_____CT13_________1400_____150_____1550
_13_____U-Haul_____CT13_________1400_____160_____1560




Now of course if the 100 pounds will put you over the top then a smart car is not the way to go.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:25 PM   #19
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Trailer weights in the real world thread.
_13_____U-Haul_____CT13_________1260_____180_____1440
_13_____U-Haul_____CT13_________1400_____150_____1550
_13_____U-Haul_____CT13_________1400_____160_____1560


Now of course if the 100 pounds will put you over the top then a smart car is not the way to go.
LOL based on the numbers above it looks like the Outback depending on which model was purchased would give them between 1200lbs and 1500lbs of extra wiggle room.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:45 PM   #20
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Clearly they will need a bigger trailer. LOL
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:42 PM   #21
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I cut this from a previous post of mine a few weeks ago... In our VW Jetta TDI.


Interestingly enough, my 38mpg was during the hottest part of the trip leaving the east coast. As we headed west, mileage varied quite a bit. 29 mpg in/around Ohio, 35 i/a Indiana, 32 I/a Missouri, 36 i/a Oklahoma and about 35 average the rest of the way to Arizona.

I am not sure why the large variance. We maintained the same load, same speeds, and same conservative driving style. Even with the NM mountains near Ruidoso, mileage was a good 35 mpg.

All in all, the Jetta TDI performed quite well leading the little Scamp. And I recommend trailer brakes for every journey. I hesitated before the trip about putting the brake kit on my car, but I sure am glad that I did. They made towing a lot less worrisome.

Lastly, the actual Scamp weight was 1650lbs. That's about 400lbs more than expected. And total car plus Scamp was 5150lbs, the Jetta weighed in empty at 2900. That makes about 600lbs of cargo with me!. I did not weigh until we arrived, and now I am glad because I would have dumped some stuff had I know we weighed so much.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:11 AM   #22
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Places to get your trailer weighed. ( some already mentioned)

-truck stops

-gravel/ stone pits

-DOT weigh stations

-dump/transfer stations

-RV dealers

-Frederick Simson (well, Fred's a person not a place but he seems to always have a scale with him)

I'm sure there are others. Raz
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:29 AM   #23
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Yes you know exactly for one trip !!!!!!


Huh? If the trailer is weighted empty that weight shouldn't change unless of course mods are made. So no, it wouldn't be for one trip!


Then as Radar suggested if it's weighted with gear (camp ready, gear, water, propane, food etc) you have yet another idea of what your towing. Of course this can change every trip, but if you have a a little bit of a clue to start with then your ahead of the game. It's helpful for people who choose to stay with in their towing cap!
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:37 AM   #24
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I wish we had a "like" button here, as we do on facebook.
Good advice, Robin.
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I have often wanted a "like" button!

A dislike button might help too!
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:45 PM   #25
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I have often wanted a "like" button!

A dislike button might help too!
I have a whole keyboard full of like and dislike buttons!
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Where do you go to get trailers weighed?
Sherman,

The first place I would suggest people research for the answer to that question is your state/province Department of Agriculture, Division of Weights & Measures. These people know where all of the public scales are because they are tasked with making sure they are correct, and they have to visit each one to do that.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
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(well, Fred's a person not a place but he seems to always have a scale with him)
I wish
I am in the business of servicing scales and balances. For several years my employer allowed me to bring a set of portable wheel weighers to all of the rallys/gatherings I attend from our rental pool free of charge when they were otherwise not out making money. There was a scheduling conflict this past July which prevented me from bringing them to the Oregon Gathering this year.

The commercial wheel weighers I borrowed have capacities (and more importantly, increments) equal to commercial truck scales. This was the closest I could get to my dream of owning a set that race-car drivers use to fine-tune their cars. Robert just won't let me spend the $5000 (wholesale price).
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:37 PM   #28
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Weight Variation

We weighed our trailer, axle and tongue, before we left in November and as well we weighed the tow vehicle.

As well we carry a bathroom scales and regularly weigh the tongue. The tongue weight has varied between 182 and 200 lbs. The tongue weight has tended towards the lower value, probably because we have added 5 under the Scamp storage containers with the biggest of these towards the rear.

We travel with a 1/2 to 3/4 full water tank and have one battery and one propane tank.

One advantage of long term travel is that there is little variation in trailer weight from month to month or trip to trip. Outside of my Long, Long Trailer Oregon stone collection we have added very little in terms of weight.
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