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Old 04-10-2015, 09:07 AM   #43
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I bet you'd like Robert Johans new Nest Caravan:
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Yep, I really do like that, but I'm going to try and stay within my hitch's rated limits, fully loaded, and the Nest will probably be to heavy. I'll likely stick with a 13' camper.
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:09 AM   #44
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I bet you'd like Robert Johans new Nest Caravan:
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They really are a sweet trailer. Like them a lot.
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Yep, I really do like that, but I'm going to try and stay within my hitch's rated limits, fully loaded, and the Nest will probably be to heavy. I'll likely stick with a 13' camper.
The load on the tow vehicle when towing is similar for a 13 or 16 foot trailer, mostly related to frontal area. The difference in tow vehicle loading is when climbing hills or accelerating.

Secondarily used 13s often come without trailer brakes. Trailer brakes are worth it in any size trailer. Trailer brakes beyond reducing the load on the tow vehicle can stop a sway event and help should the trailer every break away.

As to computers, we're big fans of lap tops. They take less space, weigh less and can be as powerful as you like. As well I can take it outside and use it in the shade, it sits on my lap when on the couch. I just love it.

We also find that in Canada where short term data plans are expensive, we take the lap top to a CAP center (Community Access Program) and can use our lap top to get on the Internet from our car any time of night or day, virtually every town, at least in Newfoundland, has a CAP center.

Equally important in a small space a closed lap top takes no space and works when you don't have AC.

Just a thought
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:32 PM   #46
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The load on the tow vehicle when towing is similar for a 13 or 16 foot trailer, mostly related to frontal area. The difference in tow vehicle loading is when climbing hills or accelerating.

Secondarily used 13s often come without trailer brakes. Trailer brakes are worth it in any size trailer. Trailer brakes beyond reducing the load on the tow vehicle can stop a sway event and help should the trailer every break away.

As to computers, we're big fans of lap tops. They take less space, weigh less and can be as powerful as you like. As well I can take it outside and use it in the shade, it sits on my lap when on the couch. I just love it.

We also find that in Canada where short term data plans are expensive, we take the lap top to a CAP center (Community Access Program) and can use our lap top to get on the Internet from our car any time of night or day, virtually every town, at least in Newfoundland, has a CAP center.

Equally important in a small space a closed lap top takes no space and works when you don't have AC.

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Thanks! I know they're not totally done with the Nest trailers yet, but the PDF download says it's 2k unladen, which already maxes out my hitch. The 13' Scamp, on the other hand, is estimated 1200-1500 unladen, which gives us plenty of room to strategically plan what to carry in the trailer, and only has a 100lb hitch weight, which is also good for the 200lb hitch weight limit on my Curt 110662. I know the hitch weight will need to be adjusted for a solid tow, but I think we're really aiming towards a 13' Scamp, with trailer brakes.
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Casey.

I thought you'd find this interesting, a Jetta towing a fair size trailer. nOte the use of a weight distribution hitch to take weight off the rear wheels, transferring weight to the front axle..

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Casey,

You might like reading posts 77, 78 and 85 By Andy Thompson. Though not directly related to the trailer you plan to tow they provide interesting insight.

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The following link is to an article about towing with VWs by Andy. Unfortunately it's an old link but you may be able to contact RV Life Mag and get a copy.

http://www.rvlifemag.com/RV36_7/hitchhints367.html
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Casey,

Andy mentions the VW in the last paragraph of this article on the Mercedes diesel.

Towing Test: Mercedes GLK 250 BlueTEC - RV Lifestyle Magazine

Though I can't find the article I believe Can-AM used a VW diesel to tow Airstreams to Canada from the factory.
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You might like reading posts 77, 78 and 85 By Andy Thompson. Though not directly related to the trailer you plan to tow they provide interesting insight.


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Another good read posted by a member here in regards to his real life experience with towing with a Jetta rather than reading something written by someone who makes their living selling folks the means to tow over weight trailers can be found at: Jetta towing Issues.... caution
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Kudos to Casey


For standing his ground and not listening to the minuscule number of peeps that think that mgf tow limits are only suggestive.


2000 lbs = 2000 lbs etc.
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BM, as you previously found out having a combination that just, "falls within the numbers" is no guarantee that you won't get into trouble and ends up trashed in the ditch.
Being pigeon holed into just the number thing will prevent one from seeing the big picture. Number are one thing but more importantly are the other factors that come together making for a top notch tow vehicle/trailer combination.

What most of us are wishing for Casey is that he puts together a combination that is fun to drive, easy to handle in a straight line and emergency situation, has good stopping abilities, and over all is safe and secure.
A priority for many of us is spending our time and efforts addressing those many factors.
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Casey,

Regarding the laptop vs desktop question .....

For maximum flexibility, I would suggest the laptop with a docking station.

Inside the trailer, you can dock the laptop and connect your larger monitor.
If you then open the lid on the laptop, you can have a "dual monitor" setup
(by using the laptop display as a second monitor). 😊

You could then have an email client open on the laptop monitor while working
on a presentation or report on the larger monitor.
(I've personally used that dual monitor setup for several years at a "customer
support" work location.)

If the weather is nice or the trailer is "busy" with other competing activities
(sleeping, TV, music, cleaning, etc.), you can undock and take the laptop
outside to a picnic table, screen room, or ???

Just a thought ..... 😊

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Clip from Post 52: "BM, as you previously found out having a combination that just, "falls within the numbers" is no guarantee that you won't get into trouble and ends up trashed in the ditch."


Not quite sure what this means, it's certainly not something that has happened to me or that I would have expressed. Please explain.


That said, the discussion is about the manufacturers upper towing limit, just one of many factors to consider when towing, and exceeding that limit, as is division by zero, is "Not Defined".


As the op will see, while there are 2-3 list members that seem to tout ignoring those limits, the majority of members do not share that opinion and sometimes wish that it would be realized that the horse has died and it's time to get off.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:28 AM   #55
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Equally important in a small space a closed lap top takes no space and works when you don't have AC.
Now that's a good point! (Although I do have a UPS, but it's quite heavy.) I've actually found a couple laptops with some super-duper video horsepower that might suit my needs (editing 4k video in Adobe Premiere). One of them even has a Cherry MX Brown mechanical keyboard built into it! I'll keep you posted with what I decide to do.

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You might like reading posts 77, 78 and 85 By Andy Thompson. Though not directly related to the trailer you plan to tow they provide interesting insight.
Great info! Definitely giving me more food for thought about what trailer we'll choose / how we'll tow it.

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Another good read posted by a member here in regards to his real life experience with towing with a Jetta rather than reading something written by someone who makes their living selling folks the means to tow over weight trailers...
Carol, there's no need to be passive aggressive about this. I feel if everyone took a helpful critical approach, rather than verbally abusing the opposition on this forum, it would be a much more productive place.
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Carol, there's no need to be passive aggressive about this. I feel if everyone took a helpful critical approach, rather than verbally abusing the opposition on this forum, it would be a much more productive place.
Well put Casey. Many of us have been working towards that goal for years now and I believe the concept is taking hold. The future looks bright here as we are all RV'ers and on the same team.
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