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Old 09-15-2016, 12:42 AM   #1
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Hello! New here :)

Hi! I am interested in fiberglass trailers because my Hyundai Elantra has a towing capacity of 1,000 lbs. I've never owned a camper before but I want to get out more and enjoy the world. I am also going to Burning Man next year and need a good camper. My ideal at this point would be a Teardrop American Outbacker, but they are sure hard to come by.

Thanks, everyone! I look forward to browsing the threads.
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:32 AM   #2
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Hi! I am interested in fiberglass trailers because my Hyundai Elantra has a towing capacity of 1,000 lbs. I've never owned a camper before but I want to get out more and enjoy the world. I am also going to Burning Man next year and need a good camper. My ideal at this point would be a Teardrop American Outbacker, but they are sure hard to come by.
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Welcome to FGRV. Hate to say this but I doubt your Elantra is going to work out for any of the molded TTs. Think the lightest ones come in at 1200#s plus. You're probably going to have to stick to a Teardrop or trade up to a stronger tug. Others will be along soon.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:41 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, Nicole!

Borrego Dave is correct. Molded fiberglass travel trailers- at least the kind you can stand up in- all weigh well over 1000 pounds even minimally loaded. I've seen a number of ads claiming 800 or 900 pounds. Those are dry weights- they don't include the appliances, propane tanks, batteries, or any of your stuff- and they're suspect even then. A gutted, empty shell, maybe.

A teardrop is within the realm of possibility, but even then, some larger units that have complete kitchens on the back, AC, TV and stereo,... can get surprisingly heavy.

The American Outbacker teardrop has been mentioned here a few times, but not often. I vaguely recall it is plastic, not fiberglass, but I could be wrong. Not many made, I think.

You might set up a Craigslist search for teardrops. Occasionally I see simple home-built units for sale, often quite inexpensive. It won't be molded fiberglass, of course, but it will give you a dry, secure place to sleep off the ground.

A motorcycle trailer is another possibility, but they usually have canvas and fold out. Don't know how that would stand up in the Mojave Desert- it can get pretty windy.

Remember to allow for your stuff. The lighter and more basic the trailer, the more extra camping gear you'll have to bring along. I would be looking for something under 500 pounds, so you can add your clothes, food, and gear without overloading your vehicle.

How about a used van instead, and leave your nice Elantra at home? It doesn't have to be a full camper van as long as it has a fold out bed. I camped for a few years in a hand-me-down travel van. Unlike a teardrop, you can invite a friend or two inside...
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:05 AM   #4
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Nicole, have you considered a roof top tent? Take a look at autohome.com. Should be doable with an Elantra. I too have an Elantra. Decided I wanted a Scamp, so I went out and bought a Subaru Outback. Made my Scamp very expensive indeed! The good news is that I love my Scamp. It is my "happy place." Good luck!

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Old 09-15-2016, 01:31 PM   #5
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How about this?
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It would sure get attention at Burning Man!

Link to Craigslist ad: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/rvs/5748956026.html
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:14 PM   #6
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How about this?
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It would sure get attention at Burning Man!

Link to Craigslist ad: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/rvs/5748956026.html
That's possibly the biggest foil-wrapped taco I've ever seen.
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That's possibly the biggest foil-wrapped taco I've ever seen.
And for $1800 you can become the carne filling!
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The Lite House, manufactured near Albuquerque, NM in the mid-1990's, were marketed as suitable for towing with small cars. Not many were built, however; finding a used one isn't easy.

I think the molds were acquired by Weiscraft (?), for the Little Joe trailers; but I don't think the Little Joe is quite as lightweight as the Lite House was... (And I could be quite wrong about the Little Joe being a clone of the Lite House.)
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:08 PM   #9
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Look up Mini mate .I have a 13 Scamp & a Kompact Kamp ( original Mini Mate ). I pull Scamp with a Jeep Compass , & pull the other with my Miata . I love both .The Mini Mate is really only good for only one person . I heat both with a small cube type elect. heater .I've been comfortable in both at freezing temps.
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2012 Sonata had touble towing a Little guy 4ft wide tear drop

We had a 2012 Hyundai Sonata and towed a 4-wide little guy tear drop to Yellowstone.

Although it did tow, the car had a 1,000 lb tow rating. It struggled towing it but it was doable.

The Sonata would never be able to tow a 13 Scamp..sorry..
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You might try a My-Pod.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:22 PM   #12
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My Pod cool

My Pod , cool ,but unable to stand up . Also look up Bunk House , sleeps 2 . This is another fine , lightweight , pop-up . If not liking any of the lighter units , I agree , you'll just have to get a larger tow vehicle .-
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:49 PM   #13
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There are ways to cut the weight down to create a much lighter weight trailer out of one of the lighter weight fiberglass shells.

One thought is to get a Campster or Compact trailer, gut it and put in new but minimal weight interior fittings. The original interiors are full of heavy plywood but nowadays you can get Balsa core plywood and other types of lightweight cored panel materials. Instead of using foam mattress use inflatable or self inflating mattresses. Take only light weight cook ware made for back packing. Don't have a heavy stove or fridge. You don't need thick heavy counter tops or a thick heavy dinette table. Too many people assume it has to be fitted out the way a kitchen in a house is done but it does not.

If the trailer frame is at the end of its life cycle consider having it mounted onto an aluminum trailer frame. It cost more but there is weight savings.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:53 PM   #14
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Thank you all!

It has been great reading your replies. In the time since I posted I have invested in a 2011 Nissan Xterra which has a 5,000 lb towing capacity. So now I can look into more fiberglass trailers.

Loved the taco above!
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