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Old 07-22-2015, 11:40 PM   #15
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OK...Now I am totally confused. I understand what tongue weight is... Does having one or two axles matter? Can't you shift the weight in the trailer to affect it?
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Old 07-22-2015, 11:42 PM   #16
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I think that if you are camping alone you will be quite comfortable in a 13footer. From a personal perspective, I don't feel that losing the area to a seldom used bathroom is a good use of floor space. You also don't have to bother with emptying the black water tanks from a toilet. You might find that a basic 13footer without a wet bath will fit the bill for what you need. It will also be within your tow rating as well as your 165lb tongue weight.
Bathroom!!! A must have for me!
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Old 07-23-2015, 12:00 AM   #17
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You can shift weight in the trailer to reduce tongue weight, with adverse effect on towing safety.
Tongue weight generally suggested is 12-15 per cent of trailer weight ( loaded to go ). Some use 10 per cent as a guide, but the further you reduce it, the more likely you are to induce sway and end up as a statistic.
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Old 07-23-2015, 01:19 AM   #18
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While researching more I came across this article in a Canadian RV magazine:

The XC70: Not Your Mother's Volvo - RV Lifestyle Magazine

Something's wrong with this picture!
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:33 AM   #19
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Yep, at least in my opinion, there is something very wrong with the picture.


Mr. Thompson, who owns CanAm RV in Canada, specializes in modification of vehicles so as to be able to tow trailers substantially in excess of manufacturers specifications. He does this, in part, by designing and installing elaborate, and usually very expensive, hitch receivers. In short, the article is promoting his own business.


His is the only business in the United Sate and Canada that openly promotes this practice. As Mr. Thompson is also an Airstream dealer, many of the pics seen of his work also involve the towing of Airstreams by vehicles with substantially lower towing limits.


By mutual agreement (?) the once common promotion of this business on this site, mostly by one airstream owner and CanAm fan, has been curtailed.


Specifications are specifications and, at least in the U.S. of A., the consensus is to respect them for the reasons mentioned earlier.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:48 AM   #20
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Elizabeth,

What do you mean "Something's wrong with this picture"?
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Elizabeth is currently on her way to see/buy a Lil Bigfoot in Oregon.
I think that her comment pertained to the obviously over-manufacturers-towing-specifications example shown with a vehicle similar to hers.
Also see post # 19
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Elizabeth,

What do you mean "Something's wrong with this picture"?

It shows a Volvo towing an Airstream that has to be way over the limit of the manual.

And that is a different Liz going for the Bigfoot...not me!
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Ooops... My Bad, so many names, so little memory....LOL
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