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MacManOne

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Posted: 10/21/03 11:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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?

Thanks in advance.

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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.


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Posted: 10/21/03 02:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Macman,
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.


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Posted: 10/21/03 02:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MacMan,

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


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Thanks,

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?

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Thanks erupert. Just to clarify, I'm looking at regular "lite" TT's, no canvas.

I've been looking at the offerings from Fleetwood, (Dakota and Lynx) Doesn't appear to be much difference between them if at all.

Seems we can get a 25 Dakota or Lynx and keep close to our target. (looking under 3500 dry so we can stay under 4800 loaded).

Any ideas of comparable or larger trailers at same weight? I realize length isn't measured the same on every model either.

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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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See me sig for a real light weight 18'

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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.


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The Palomino T-26BHSL has a dry axle weight of 3445lbs. The hitch dry weight is 291lbs. Total = 3736lbs. The trailer is 26'9 in length. It's the lightest Iv'e seen.


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