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Old 05-20-2015, 08:08 AM   #15
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That's a very attractive looking Boler but me thinks that the only way any Boler could weigh 700 lbs is if it was filled with Helium. LOL


There are two shown in the real weights listings in the General Chat forum at 1300 and 1800 lbs respectively.
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Bottom line, I doubt if one would ever be going down the road in any of the 13' FGRV's at less than 1200 lbs.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:32 AM   #16
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I would be skeptical of any weight under 1000 lbs. It's just not possible.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:32 PM   #17
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Have you thought about renting a trailer before committing to buying? You don't say where you are in California but you should be able to Google "trailer rentals California" and there you are!
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Hi Gilda,
I HAVE, but have not found anything which is light enough for us to tow. Even a tent trailer (like this one: 2014 Forest River Rockwood Freedom 1640LTD at Towtally Camping Redding Ca) weighs over 2000 pounds, and this is a pretty small one.

I'm in Redding, north of Sacramento. We have lots of RV dealers around because this is a big recreational hub... but I'm mostly finding either new or very large (or 5th wheel or cab over campers) when I search. :
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The best way to approach this is to find something lightweight that can be either towed by his van (1980's something Ford Aerostar... well kept and maintained, standard tranny), or my car, a 2000 Volvo V7 (auto tranny).

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Good day! The old Aerostar is was built on the dated, mini Ranger pick up chassis. From all reports I have read over the past 15 years it was overall, very weak as a TV. I know of one case where one was towing a small lightweight trailer, ended up in the ditch, and they never did figure out why it happened.

The Volvo's on the other hand get positive reviews. An online pal used a T5/manual sedan to tow a good sized dual axle trailer for years with minimal issues. I would vote for using the Volvo / no contest!

PS, as others have mentioned the secret to keeping the automatic tranny healthy is to add an inexpensive tranny cooler.
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Hi Ellpea,

I live close to San Francisco and there are a few folks who rent FGRVs nearby. Perhaps you could ask our FGRV members if they'd be willing to have you rent/use their trailer? Even if you camped in their yard or close by, you would get a sense of what they are like. I know the SCAMP dealer will tell you the names of folks close to you who have recently purchased SCAMPS. They get a financial bonus if the customer ends up purchasing a SCAMP but they only are asked to show you their trailer. They are not obligated to rent it to you.

By the way, we had a terrific week camping near Redding last year.

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