Originally Posted by Francesca Knowles
Well I think your trailer's the bees knees- and naturally I have more questions!
I think you stated the gross weight, which is of course an upper limit... Have you ever weighed it all packed to camp and found out how much weight you're actually towing?
Big apologies Francesca for not responding earlier. I actually did reply, but in my total confusion sent it to the site moderator rather than respond to you, so here goes try #2:
You`re right - it`s the maximum weight, and unfortunately I have never weighed it. The bulk of the weight would be in the water tanks, and because we`ve usually gone to sites with water hookup, we seldom fully load the fresh water tank, so I`m guessing we travel with around a 5400 lb. load. I have towed with both empty and full tanks, and haven`t noticed any difference. The tanks are just above the axles so there is quite a low centre of gravity, and also the dealer we bought it from recommended anti-sway bars. It is rock solid when trucks are heading in the opposite direction, in part because of the sway bars, and also because of a lower height for the sidewalls because of the peaked roof.
As it is a 1999 model, it is done up with brass fixtures, so I'm in the process of trying to give it a more "with it" look by adding brushed nickel fixtures. Today I bought replacement cupboard handles and hinges, and next I'll be trying to locate a source for brushed nickel 12 volt light
fixtures. I'm impressed with some of the photos of newer RV's on AutoTrader that have them, but as yet have been unable to find a good source.
Hope all this answers your question, and then some. I'm not sure from your questions, but if you're thinking of purchasing one, I would recommend using a reasonably solid tow vehicle, like our Grand Cherokee or a Honda Odyssey. Our 1995 Chev Lumina mini-van did pull it, but on steep inclines like 12% across the top of Lake Superior, we slowed down to around 20 kph/12 mph. With the Grand Cherokee it didn't slow down, but of course it drinks a lot more fuel. With all three of our tow vehicles, we averaged about 50% of what we could get on the highway without the trailer.
Last comment - even now when we travel, we still get heads turning and lots of questions and comments about our trailer. It has proven to be economical to pull compared to a Class A or C, and doesn't have the repair bills of motorhomes. I've put new tires
on it a couple of years ago, not because it needed it but because the dealer recommended changing because of their age. The a/c cover cracked, so I fibreglassed a repair to make it stronger, and a couple of day/night windowshade brackets broke during winter storage. A phone call to the supplier got me a handfull of replacements FREE! (I'm a Chartered Accountant by trade, like your CPA's, so you can imagine my delight at anything free.) But the biggest thing I like about it is that it is one piece fibreglass, so there are no waterleaks or delaminations and it is very aerodynamic for such a big trailer. I do have to wax it every year to protect the gelcoat, but everyone at this site must be used to that.