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Old 06-29-2020, 08:40 PM   #1
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Light enough for a Rav4

I would just like a small camper for a weekend getaways. I would like it to be completed so I don t have to do any work on it. I would like some thing that can be towed with a Toyota RAV4. I think the maximum towing capacity is 1500 pounds. I would like something that isn t too far away, I live in Erie Pennsylvania maybe up to a four hour drive . I have never towed a camper. Also I should have said, I don t want to spend more than 5000



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Old 06-30-2020, 06:00 AM   #2
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have a 13 foot 2014 scamp for sale in buffalo
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:24 AM   #3
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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?
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I am hoping under 10 grand - I was in contact with meerkat, but I’m sure I can’t afford a new one. I saw a Burro and a U-Haul on this site for 6 to 7000 but they went quick. Thank you for that information, I will look up the ”Ériba” I definitely don’t want to ruin my car by trying to tow something too heavy
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Late thought... you will certainly need trailer brakes. Not all small trailers have them, and in some cases a new axle will be required to get them. Expect $1000+/- to add a new axle with brakes and a brake controller in your vehicle. Make sure to ask and factor that into your budget if necessary.
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[QUOTE=Mamajen23;783663]I would just like a small camper for a weekend getaways. I would like it to be completed so I don t have to do any work on it I would like some thing that can be towed with a Toyota RAV4. I think the maximum towing capacity is 1500 pounds. I would like some thing that isn t too far away, I live in Erie Pennsylvania

What engine does your Rav4 have? I think the older ones with a V6 could tow up to 3500lb. even with the 4 cylinder. you can get away with more than the rated trailer weight, make sure it has brakes.
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What you can tow with a RAV4 depends on the year and how it was equipped. Mine is a 2008 V6 Sport with tow prep package. It was purchased in Canada so a larger alternator, radiator and transmission fluid cooler was standard ( optional in the US ).
Take down your VIN and ask your dealer how your RAV4 is equipped and what it can tow.
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