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Old 03-20-2016, 10:37 AM   #1
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Hello from the Bluegrass State

My name is Katherine, and I am shopping for a small, vintage fiberglass trailer that I can pull with my 2011 Mini Cooper JCW convertible. I've ordered the hitch from OutMotoring; research indicated that 200 lb tongue weight and 1,400 lbs would work with my car. I want to keep it lighter so as not to take too much risk.

I would rather get a Fiberglass trailer than a Teardrop. Teardrops do not inspire me. I'll be looking at the Compact II shown in the attached photos later this week. I read that they were originally designed to be pulled by a VW, so the weight should be ok. Sadly, this Compact II is missing the cool metal window shield, and I am currently unsure what other work would need to be done. The last Compact II that I looked at was in miserable shape and not on its original frame, which concerned me. Since I have not yet seen in person the Compact II shown in the photos, I do not know much about it, but am looking forward to the adventure ahead, if I can work out a deal.

I am thankful for this forum, and also how-to-do-whatever type videos on YouTube. My father was a home builder/land developer, who taught me how to drive a nail, but I never bothered to ask to learn more. I assume that I will need to gut this Compact II, so will be pouring over postings in this forum to get advice in the coming weeks!

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Katherine

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Old 03-21-2016, 10:27 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and good luck on your search.
With your weight limits I think you'll be successful only on older 13' models. I don't think anything made today is that light.
Let us know how it goes.

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Old 03-21-2016, 10:42 AM   #3
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:06 AM   #4
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Hi Katherine. I would highly question pulling a fiberglass camper of any size with a mini car like the Cooper. Remember that the stated capacity has to include all your gear, supplies and people. Braking would be suspect, and you have to be really careful on the geometry of weight on the rear affecting your CV joints in the front. If you have warranty you could void it as well.
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:40 AM   #5
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I have a 13Scamp which I pull with a Jeep Cherokee 6 . I also have a Miata , which pulls a Kompact Kamp ( motorcycle trailer ) .l'd never attempt to pull my Scamp with the Miata . You'd be in the same boat trying to pull a fiberglass that size . If you want to use the Cooper , you'll have to look at something smaller & lighter , like a motorcycle trailer . Check out the Bunk House trailer .It would would be much cheaper , also . Otherwise , I'd be looking at a larger tow vehicle . Don't count on a car salesperson to give you a true picture of towing cap..
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:04 PM   #6
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Hmmmm

Interesting comments, especially considering the timing. A good friend of mine just had an accident pulling a horse trailer and she's been pulling trailers since a teenager. I've no experience in pulling trailers at all, and cancelled my hitch order this morning because I was worried about flipping my car if a trailer lost control...which would mean I'd be in bad shape given that my Mini is a convertible.
So, I will look into smaller options for a trailer once I get my confidence back...or a larger tow vehicle so that I can still pursue a fiberglass trailer. I am an Egg fan and would love to have a Boler one day!
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:09 PM   #7
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Jimp: I just looked at the Bunkhouse trailers and they look like a good solution!
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Old 03-21-2016, 04:52 PM   #8
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I pull a 2500lb Casita with a Honda Pilot, and it does ok. Generally, though, rear wheel drive, and a live axle in the rear is where comfy towing begins. Always figure at least 500 lbs in additional gear, water, etc. Short wheel base can make it very scary in a braking event. Good luck on your search.
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That's well within the towing capacity of even a 2wd Pilot, so it should do fine.

How about updating your profile, since you now have a trailer?

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Old 03-21-2016, 07:46 PM   #10
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Since you found the Bunk House appealing , also look at the Kompact Kamp (Mini Mate , new name , I believe ) & the Liesure Lite . Both are big fans of biker campers . I've had 2 of the 3 listed , as I pulled both with a Goldwing .
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Additional info -- Unless alone I'd opt for the Bunk House or Leisure Lite , as the Mini Mate is ,in my opinion , to small for 2 people . For just myself , I love it !
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:28 PM   #13
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Interesting comments, especially considering the timing. A good friend of mine just had an accident pulling a horse trailer and she's been pulling trailers since a teenager. I've no experience in pulling trailers at all, and cancelled my hitch order this morning because I was worried about flipping my car if a trailer lost control...which would mean I'd be in bad shape given that my Mini is a convertible.
So, I will look into smaller options for a trailer once I get my confidence back...or a larger tow vehicle so that I can still pursue a fiberglass trailer. I am an Egg fan and would love to have a Boler one day!
You may want to look into the HC1 trailer. The company, Happier Camper, pulls some units to rallies with a Mini Cooper.
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Hello from the Bluegrass State

I believe Happier Camper uses the larger Countryman model, and it's still not rated to tow that size trailer. The HC1 is no lighter than most basic 13'ers.

An often overlooked, moderately sporty, reliable, and tow-rated option for a small egg trailer is a Mazda CX-5. It's a pity the larger engine isn't available with a stick shift...

But if you want to keep your Mini, a motorcycle trailer or small teardrop would be best. Weight is not the only issue- you want something with a low profile.
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