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I've been looking at single axle trailers in the 16' range and plan on towing it with a Suburban, Expedition, or Tahoe for a 2 month stay in Baja to visit friends there. The GVW range on these vary, but look doable. Is a single axle ok for travel down there? I'll bring 2 spares and jack. Headed for the El Pescadero area. Reason I'm going smaller is my budget as I can find older/used vehicles much less expensive than a pickup. I'm a bit of a minimalist and really don't need a 20' or larger trailer. Thoughts on this plan appreciated.

Edit: anyone have experience with a new or 5 years old or less Starcraft AR-One trailer?

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Many single axel TTs have low cargo weights and once you add water, propane and batteries you’ll be in the only 500 pounds more range.


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I had a 21' Starcraft AR-One trailer and regret selling it every day. It was the perfect size for my use. Well built and a great floor plan.

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Our first tt was a Starcraft AR-One. Model 17RD, single axle. We had it for 6 years and never had a single issue with it, and we put a LOT of mileage on it. It is a bare bones camper, but had a ton of storage. When I say bare bones, I’m talking about manual awning, a water heater I had to light the pilot on, etc. The only down side was a east-west bed that was hard to make and only the dinette to sit at. Holding tanks were a bit small, but was no big deal. We really liked it a lot and hated to get rid of it.

We towed it with a 6 cylinder GMC Envoy. Lock out 4th gear, and it went up anything. You would definitely be good with a Yukon/Suburban/Expedition. Don’t fear the single axle, there are tons of them out there.

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I have a KZ 18th (toy hauler) - single axle and 3500lbs. I don't need all the
bells and whistles and this camper has been perfect. I've stayed in it for over
145 days in the past 2 years and towed it out to Big Bend and back.

It's easy to tow, easy to backup, easy to park and tons of room inside with
a full shower/toiler and queen bed.

Have not had a single problem - Cherokee make a WolfPup 16 which is slightly
shorter and narrower but does not have a full bathroom.

I'm leaving for a 2 month trip out west again this winter.


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The biggest problem in Mexico is flats -- the roads can be rough and the potholes are sharp. Make sure you have excellent tires. Some folks say LT tires are tougher. I like the Endurance, a US made ST tire. Either way, when you see a sign that says TOPES, slow down right now.

Please don't ask how I know this.

Just so I can experience jealousy and envy, where in Mexico are you going? (I want to go back there but DW does not.)


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fitznj wrote:

I have a KZ 18th (toy hauler) - single axle and 3500lbs. I don't need all the
bells and whistles and this camper has been perfect. I've stayed in it for over
145 days in the past 2 years and towed it out to Big Bend and back.

It's easy to tow, easy to backup, easy to park and tons of room inside with
a full shower/toiler and queen bed.

Have not had a single problem - Cherokee make a WolfPup 16 which is slightly
shorter and narrower but does not have a full bathroom.


On the Wolf Pup toy hauler, it's a wet bath IIRC. My 16BHS has a dry bath, no sink in the BR. I like my TT but if the grandkids' bunks weren't part of the purchase decision, I'd have got the couple's version with the north-South bed in the front and bathroom across the back. IF you get a Wolf Pup, new or used, check out out the various modification threads here to find hidden, unused storage space.


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Thanks to all for your replies. I've looked at 3 trailers so far and would like to find one with the rear queen bed vs bunk beds. Looking today at tow vehicles and seeing lots of good choices. I will have my mechanic check out the vehicle before purchase.
Question (and want to confirm my thoughts): would a longer wheel base like on a Suburban give me better handling vs a shorter wheelbase Yukon/Tahoe? Is one easier to back up the trailer? Thanks again

Thoughts on this one? Can anyone see any negatives? https://www.happydazerv.com/product/new-2019-starcraft-autumn-ridge-outfitter-171rd-1012217-29

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rough roads?
id be looking at tandem axles and big tyres


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jimx200 wrote:

Thanks to all for your replies. I've looked at 3 trailers so far and would like to find one with the rear queen bed vs bunk beds. Looking today at tow vehicles and seeing lots of good choices. I will have my mechanic check out the vehicle before purchase.
Question (and want to confirm my thoughts): would a longer wheel base like on a Suburban give me better handling vs a shorter wheelbase Yukon/Tahoe? Is one easier to back up the trailer? Thanks again

Thoughts on this one? Can anyone see any negatives? https://www.happydazerv.com/product/new-2019-starcraft-autumn-ridge-outfitter-171rd-1012217-29


Yes, absolutely the Suburban makes a much better tow than the Tahoe or standard Yukon (Yukon XL is same chassis as Suburban).

As far as that Starcraft, that layout gives you a really short bed, being 6'3" I didn't fit in any of the east/west beds with the storage at the foot, if you're both shorter than it's probably not an issue.


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