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Old 08-22-2011, 10:55 PM   #15
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Never trust advertised trailer or tongue weights. Measure them yourself. Measure the tongue on a scale, and measure the trailer at a truck scale. Search for CAT SCALE for one near you. Scam told me that my trailer weighs 900 pounds empty, but it actually weighs 1,200 pounds empty. The tongue weight was 180 pounds, but I got that down to around 120-130 pounds by removing the battery and careful packing.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:29 AM   #16
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Never trust advertised trailer or tongue weights. Measure them yourself. Measure the tongue on a scale, and measure the trailer at a truck scale. Search for CAT SCALE for one near you. Scam told me that my trailer weighs 900 pounds empty, but it actually weighs 1,200 pounds empty. The tongue weight was 180 pounds, but I got that down to around 120-130 pounds by removing the battery and careful packing.
I tried a cat scale, as a semi retired truck driver I've trusted CAT scales for years, but when I tried to weigh my 13'er on a CAT scale it would not even trip the scale. You will have better luck weighing it at a recycle scrap yard or a feed mill that has a scale.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:27 AM   #17
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... if GVW is 2,000, what does that mean exactly?
The weights I list are the packed-up-for-use weights.
Note that Line Items 1 through 18 are all trailers historically advertized as "it only weighs 900 pounds!"

Understanding RV Weights explains all of those weight abbreviations.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:06 PM   #18
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Welcome to Fiberglass RV!! Since you are an archeologist, you should be familiar with roughing it and living in limited circumstances and you should do fine with a 13 foot.

I think our rig is number 16 on Frederick's list. If not, it was the same value when we were weighed at Quartzsite last February.

We are two people and our trip this spring was something like 7 weeks + and I could see no reason why we couldn't have gone on indefinitely.

However, that being said, you cannot bring along any weighty hobbies. You have to put your anvil collection in storage!!

We have the dual dining floor plan. My wife sleeps in the aft bed and I sleep in the forward one, which we make into the table daily. You, being single could use either, or get a forward head (restroom).

You live in So Cal. Hop over to Temecula and take a look at the Trilliums,

trilliumrv.com

Only you know your situation vis a vis your ability to work on a used trailer versus your pocketbook to buy a new one. Since it seems your situation is such that you need something soon, I can recommend new. Just tell them I sent you. LOL
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:28 PM   #19
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The weights I list are the packed-up-for-use weights.
Note that Line Items 1 through 18 are all trailers historically advertized as "it only weighs 900 pounds!"

Understanding RV Weights explains all of those weight abbreviations.
Our 13 isn't even on the list... it weighs a whopping 2200 lbs. And I'm not sure why it's soooo heavy! I don't think there was any cast iron cookware in it.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:52 PM   #20
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Thanks for all this valuable input everyone! I really appreciate it.

New just means more expensive for me... but then again, maybe less expensive after purchase. Unforeseen repairs worry me!
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