I'm new to this forum and I've found some very good information here. The tip about looking inside the kitchen cabinet for the factory weight sticker is a good one! And, before I buy, I'll be doing a test tow and visiting a truck scale.
There are a lot of "lite" trailers out there. So, what is the largest trailer you know of with an actual dry GVW under 3500 lbs?
You should be able to puruse the websites of all of the "lite" manufacturers. Most of the TT manufacturers have a line of lightweight trailers. Maby save weight by using canvas pop-outs on each end which gives you nice center area without needing a 30' TT. However, you need to accept the canvas as part of the tradeoff.
Check out the TT in my sig. Forestriver makes Rockwood, Flagstaff and Surveyor ultra-lites. They have units as large as 25' and 3600# dry weight with options. These top out at around 4600# GVWR. Do a search for these on this forum and you'll see alot of positive comments. Good luck.
The Four Of Us
2004 Rockwood 2501
2003 Chevy Avalanche Z71/5.3L/3.73
Reese Dual Cam
I have a 2004 Surveyor SV263 this TT is 27'overall length. It has a dry weight of 3910#. We have a slide out, queen bed, microwave, oven, shower, dinette, CD player, Air, etc..Sleeps six easily. With our options we are at 4290#. I tow with a 2000 Durando 5.9L. Check out Forestriverrvs.com. We would recommend to anyone. Good Luck
2013 Silverado 3500HD 6.6L D/A 3:73 4x4,CC,SRW
2008 Fuzion FZ302 Toy Hauler
2008 Harley Davidson Softail NightTrain Special Edition
I looked at the Rockwood, Flagstaff and Surveyor. Also read many good comments about them on this forum. What's the major difference between the 3 brands? Seems that the Flagstaff may be more basic, Surveyor more of a premium product, and Rockwood a good middle choice. True?
11 Chevy Silverado Ext.Cab Z-71 4x4, 5.3 v8, 3:43 w/locker, Factory tow package, Equal-I-zer 1200#, Curt Class V Receiver
12 Cougar XLite 27RLS ( 960# Tongue, 6740# Gross as loaded)
Just the Wife and I.
Hey Camper - I don't want to start a controversy here, but I am suspicious of the weights you have submitted. ?Did you ever weigh this TT dry? ?Did you weigh it loaded? My apologies if I have erred, but the dry weight seems low to me if it includes all the options you have listed. Also, wet and loaded, 1000 lbs for 4 people seems unusual.
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We would never tow a single axle trailer of significant weight again.
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The Flagstaff and Rockwood are identical except vcor the name (like Chevrolet and GMC trucks). Thre Surveyor is a little more upscale. I have a 25' Flagstaff. It has a base weight of 3133 but with hte options we chose (most of them), it weighs 3,635. It tows very well because of the light weight, 7 1/2 feet width and it is aerodynamic and low to the ground. We have been very happy with the Flagstaff with no problems.
04 Ford F150 XLT 4X4,5.4L with 3.73 & regular cab
04 Flagstaff 25D