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Old 03-04-2015, 07:54 AM   #15
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Good advice about Subarus, but the OP now has a Mazda CX-5. See post #8.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:49 AM   #16
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sorry. I was replying to Norm on post #13.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:14 PM   #17
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Wow. Many thanks to all!

And especially to Frederick! So helpful.

Bob, when you say to be sure to check both tow and hitch weights, is my understanding correct that the max tow capacity will have to include the hitch max weight as well? So hitch, trailer and tongue all must come in under 2000lb?

We loved our Suby, but went with a cx5 ...those new Subarus are expensive!
If the total weight, or GVW (real life) is 2000 lbs, it would be distributed as 200 lbs (10%) on the tongue and 1800 lbs on the wheels.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:19 PM   #18
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A primary weakness of Fiberglass forum is the lack of information on tow vehicles that members actually use (or used) to tow their trailers.
That very true. I just put more info in my profile...
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:50 PM   #19
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Happened upon this today,
thought of this thread
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:09 PM   #20
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Thanks to all those who have chimed in.

As Jon notes, we now have a CX5.

Local bylaws state no more than 2 RV may be parked outdoors on one residential lot :-) .....maybe I need a boat too!

It's early in the shopping, and really I am shopping for next winter camp season, we will continue to tent in spring/summer but I have found these posts extremely helpful, thanks again!
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I have six Trilliums parked in my yard.
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:32 PM   #22
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Are you restoring them all Dave?
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:51 PM   #23
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That is the plan. Two down, one needs nothing. One is in fair shape. Two are basket cases. Humpty Dumpty is a cracked egg. The plan is to fix up and sell the two basket cases. The others belong to my kids, kinda.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:37 AM   #24
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...really I am shopping for next winter camp season, we will continue to tent in spring/summer...

When you say "winter camp season," do you mean "get out of Dodge and head for Arizona" winter camping or do you mean "load up the snow shoes and skis and head for the mountains to play" winter camping?

The latter will present some challenges in the smallest, lightest fiberglass trailers, which aren't really designed for 4-season use. Not that it can't be done, but for a reality check you might want to have a look at this blog:
8legsandatrailer.wordpress.com
(The blogger is a member here, "Ming," and, coincidentally, has a CX-5, too.)
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When you say "winter camp season," do you mean "get out of Dodge and head for Arizona" winter camping or do you mean "load up the snow shoes and skis and head for the mountains to play" winter camping
You nailed it on the first part Jon. We have enough beautiful winter playgrounds, steps from our front door. I like to access them on day use only basis :-). And then return for a hot shower and comfy bed.

This Canadian girl was mistakenly born in a cold northern climate. The trailer is planned for early spring and late fall BC trips (after and before snow) and long distance winter trips south--- usually to high desert locales. No (deep) snow!
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Then you absolutely could not do better than a small egg! We live in a colder, high altitude corner of AZ, and we like to get out of Dodge, too. We were down in the Phoenix area a few weeks ago in the Scamp. It was 80 degrees and beautiful! Best wishes in finding just the right trailer!
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