See the thread “Trailer Weights in the Real World” in the General Chat section (post #297 links to a handy spreadsheet) for actual scaled weights of various makes and models. Some sellers will cite original manufacturer dry weights, which can be hundreds of pounds less than the actual towing weight
with options, modifications, gear, and supplies. Note the 880# Burro in the database is an outlier and probably an empty shell.
Unfortunately not many end up under 1500# when loaded for a weekend. 13’ Burro
, Predom Cadet
, Hunter Compact Jr., and Trailswest Campster
seem to run lighter than most. They’re all vintage units, so you’ll need to do a careful inspection to make sure it’s camp-ready. Modifications of a vintage unit can affect weight
significantly, so be cautious.
They’re rare and not all-molded, but your best bet is an Eriba Puck. It’s just under 1000# empty, so with judicious packing you should be able to keep it comfortably within your rating. The top is fiberglass; walls are aluminum skin over aluminum frame, and the profile is low and narrow for an easier tow behind a smaller vehicle. There’s also a modern reproduction called the Meerkat made in San Diego. Nice and light
, but pricey, which leads to...
Do you have a budget range in mind?