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Hi,

My wife and I only camp a couple times each year and are looking for a smaller (for towing with Chevy Blazer) trailer with a stationary queen (or king) bed on one end (preferably with access from both sides, and perhaps a hybrid-like pop-out bed (or other bed option) on the other end to accommodate the occasional visit by one of our grown kids. Our ideal trailer would also have a small slide-out on the side for the table, seats, or whatever.

Would appreciate any suggestions. We're open minded to the possibilities.

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What is the wheelbase on your Blazer? That will determine max length for your trailer search and the vehicle payload/towing limits will determine the rest.


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The wheelbase of my Chevy Blazer is 112.7". The towing capacity cap is 4,500 lbs.

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4500 lbs loaded weight and a walkaround bed and slide are not common, maybe
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The wheelbase is nearly irrelevant. The overhang and suspension type has much more effect on stable towing.

4500 is a bit light for something like you describe. The Cougar has what you want but is much, much heavier.

You'll likely be looking at units without slides, and that's a good thing, but it also means a climb-over bed.

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Wheelbase has a big bearing on whether the tow vehicle can handle the sail area of the trailer so that the trailer does not control the tow vehicle. In this case the tow rating makes the wheelbase a moot point as nothing out there would be too long in that weight. There is a chart on many sites giving max trailer length for a given wheelbase. It starts with 100" being suitable for a max 20' overall trailer and goes up from there.
The OP is being wise to ask before getting anything to avoid the pitfalls that can occur without research. Unfortunately I don't know of any units that meet his requirement other than the Lance 15 footer that I think has a major flaw in its use of easily scratched plastic windows.

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"(for towing with Chevy Blazer)"

Could we start with the Blazer's payload max? You'll run out of payload before you hit max trailer weight IMO.


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Thanks for the responses everyone. Based on your responses I'm going to amend my query ...

Any ideas on trailers with a queen bed on one end and a murphy bed on the other ?

OR, a stationary queen bed on one end and a pop-out bed on the other end (so only 1 pop-out).

And under 4500 lbs.

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You seem to be "fixed" on your tow vehicle's max trailer weight. What is your TV's payload max? It is on the same driver's door sticker as your max trailer weight.

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westcamp wrote:

Thanks for the responses everyone. Based on your responses I'm going to amend my query ...

Any ideas on trailers with a queen bed on one end and a murphy bed on the other ?

OR, a stationary queen bed on one end and a pop-out bed on the other end (so only 1 pop-out).

And under 4500 lbs.

Thanks!


I think you will be hard pressed to find any of your wish list in a hardsided TT with 4500 lb weight restriction.

Queen beds and slides tend to be in larger and heavier TTs.

Here is an example of a 20' "lite weight" trailer which just barely is under your required weight at 4,005 lbs and keeping in mind that once loaded that trailer is going to well over exceed your vehicles specifications.

JAYCO 173MRB

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Notice that there is room only for that fold down "murphy bed" and trailer only sleeps 3.

Found another Jayco HERE (195RB) which is lighter at 3,030 lbs, sleeps up to 4 and is about 22ft in length. Down side is it is narrow at 7 ft width..

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Be very aware, many of these "lite weight" trailers, a lot of sacrifices to trim the weight have been made. Typically the floor suffers the most, they use thinner materials in the floor which results in a spongy floor that can be damaged very easily just by walking on it.

You pretty much need to be looking at "hybrid" trailers which have hard sides but tent pullouts for the beds.

Not saying it isn't possible to find everything on your wish list, but with only 4,500 lbs it really limits what you will find on your wishlist.. Just not enough vehicle for your list.

* This post was edited 07/25/22 02:02pm by Gdetrailer *

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