Rich, my car is a Toyota as well, and carries a similar rating (1,600 pounds). I tow a 13' Scamp
with it. My trailer weighs just about 1,200 pounds empty (with full propane
tank). That is without a battery
onboard. My wife and I carry about 200 pounds of gear with us... so it is getting close to 1,400 pounds.
There are folks on here who claim to carry 600-1,000 pounds of stuff with them when they camp. I'm not sure what they carry with them... but it is pretty easy to pack light
. You can always go to a grocery store near the campground to pick up food and water if you really need to lower the travel weight
Three other things I will share with you:
1) The claimed weight
of most trailers is less than the actual weight
. This is true throughout the RV world.
2) Tongue weight is usually fairly high on these little fiberglass trailers. Small cars like yours and mine prefer to have less weight on the rear suspension. In Europe, they usually recommend 5% of the trailer weight on the tongue. Here in the US, the recommendation is 10%. I reduced the tongue weight on my Scamp
from around 15% to around 10% and the difference in ride quality is VERY noticeable.
3) Check the recommended tire pressure for your particular tires
and the weight the trailer is putting on them. My tires
have a max pressure of 50 PSI, but for the actual weight of the Scamp
, they recommend between 15 and 20 PSI. I lowered them from 35 PSI to 20 PSI and the trailer bounces a lot less, and the tires
do not run hot at this pressure. Tires running too hot is a sign that the tire pressure is too low. I am not doing anything odd here, I am actually going by Scamp's and the tire manufacturer's recommendation. You will hear a lot of people say that you should run the max pressure allowable, but you will feel a lot of bouncing and jerking... especially with a smaller car. And I can't imagine that all that bouncing is good for the trailer frame, suspension, coupler, or your camping gear inside.