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Old 05-17-2015, 11:19 AM   #1
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Downsizing to 4,500 pounds GVWR

I've been travel trailer camping for the past 2 years in my Heartland Wilderness 2175RB. It is bigger than I need and I'm looking to downsize, specifically to less than 4,500 GVWR (to avoid Texas State Trailer Inspection law).

The travel trailers in the small lightweight range seem to be of the cost cutting economy quality. I'm looking for something with good quality, but Airstream is too much.

I've checked the websites for Forest River and Jayco. Both had the corrugated aluminum sides. I'm looking for fiberglass sides

Perhaps a Lance 1575 (but too expensive).
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:11 PM   #2
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:18 PM   #3
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Don, I suggest you look into the Winnebago Minnie Winnie line of travel trailers. Here is a link:
Minnie Overview | Winnebago RVs
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:24 PM   #4
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Don, I suggest you look into the Winnebago Minnie Winnie line of travel trailers. Here is a link:
Minnie Overview | Winnebago RVs
I don't they are what he's looking for, which is under 4,500# GVWR. The Minnie Winnies are all 7,500# GVWR.
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I don't they are what he's looking for, which is under 4,500# GVWR. The Minnie Winnies are all 7,500# GVWR.
Mitch, I read what Don said about the new Texas trailer inspection law but I think he will be limiting himself to some pretty small trailers if he lets that bother him. The inspection is not very complicated. Here it is:

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/vi...nCriteria.aspx
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:49 PM   #6
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I've been travel trailer camping for the past 2 years in my Heartland Wilderness 2175RB. It is bigger than I need and I'm looking to downsize, specifically to less than 4,500 GVWR (to avoid Texas State Trailer Inspection law).

The travel trailers in the small lightweight range seem to be of the cost cutting economy quality. I'm looking for something with good quality, but Airstream is too much.

I've checked the websites for Forest River and Jayco. Both had the corrugated aluminum sides. I'm looking for fiberglass sides

Perhaps a Lance 1575 (but too expensive).
All your worried about is the inspection? Why in the world is that? Gotta get your TV inspected just the same.
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I think you all should be happy to have some sort of vehicle inspection !! I live in Georgia and the is NO vehicle inspections at all, which many may say is great, but when you see some of the pieces of shi !!!, both driven or towed, going down the road a 70 mph. Be thankful for you and your family, that you have some form of inspection.

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Mitch, I read what Don said about the new Texas trailer inspection law but I think he will be limiting himself to some pretty small trailers if he lets that bother him. The inspection is not very complicated. Here it is:

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/vi...nCriteria.aspx
I totally agree with you , but he is looking for something under 4,500# GVWR. Whether that's a good idea or not, is another issue. To get a TT with a GVWR that low, the trailer itself is going to have to be very light, if there is anything left for CCC. In many cases, the trailer will be small and cheap, as in cheap components.
But he also said he's looking for something smaller.
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I think you all should be happy to have some sort of vehicle inspection !! I live in Georgia and the is NO vehicle inspections at all, which many may say is great, but when you see some of the pieces of shi !!!, both driven or towed, going down the road a 70 mph. Be thankful for you and your family, that you have some form of inspection.

Off my soap box now !!
I do agree with you. Some of the trailers on the road really don't need to be there.
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Mitch, the only reason I mentioned the Minnie Winnie is because the 1801FB is much shorter than his 26' 2" trailer and a lot lighter still with the normal creature comforts. I guess below that is a pop top with a porta potty.
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SailorDon,
The TX trailer inspection is a joke, and just a money grab. Nothing they do contributes to safety, unless you happen to have a light out, or the brake lights don't work--in which case, you needed to fix them anyway.
Whatever you want to do is your deal, but just to look for a -4500lb trailer to avoid the inspection doesn't make sense to me.
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That is a good design, sort of what I am looking for.
When they specify 4,500 pounds GVWR, that is taking it to the limit of the law.
I guess it would qualify for no inspection required.
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The Texas State Vehicle Inspection for travel trailers over 4,500 pounds is a joke. They check the brakes, lights, tires, and not much else.
I check all that (and more) every time I take my travel trailer out on the road.

Some posts indicate that it is no problem to get the trailer inspected.
I guess if you have it stored at the inspection station, it is no problem.
One post thought that the trailer could be inspected when the TV is inspected. Not much chance of that since motor vehicle inspection stations typically don't inspect trailers and vice-versa.

I store my travel trailer on the grass in the side yard. It is cheap (free) but difficult access. Right now, the ground is so soft due to excessive rain, that the travel trailer wheels would sink into the ground if I tried to move it. I have to wait for a dry spell. Or I could build a board road.
By the time I get my travel trailer hooked up ready for the road, tow it down to the trailer inspection station, get it inspected, tow it back home, and get it parked in the side yard, I have taken up 1/2 of a day. And all that effort to get a trailer inspection that is of no value to me.

How long before the government will require us to pass a "travel trailer" medical exam like pilots and CDL?
Please don't tell me I have to have a travel trailer endorsement on my driver's license.
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I check all that (and more) every time I take my travel trailer out on the road.

Please don't tell me I have to have a travel trailer endorsement on my driver's license.
A half day once a year doesn't sound too bad to me but to each their own.

And depending on your weight's you DO need an endorsement.
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