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Old 12-18-2010, 01:22 PM   #15
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I never tow with water either....My 46 gallon fresh tank would add almost 400 pounds and cause hitch weight to increase, since the tank is somewhat forward of the wheels of the trailer.

Years ago we were looking at Coleman Caravan or Resort hybrids. But they were just too darn heavy, especially in the hitch weights. My dry hitch weight is just 315 pounds dry.

You really have to look at the whole picture: Total trailer weight, hitch weight, length, fresh water tank size, layout and quality of construction. And what can my tow vehicle really tow safely with everything I pack.....Some of us pack light and smart and others bring along the whole kitchen sink.....

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Old 12-18-2010, 08:16 PM   #16
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I can see where that statement could be read as towing issues. Although it sounds like he towed it home without any WD equipment and is simply asking questions that any newcomer to towing would be asking.

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Old 12-27-2010, 05:54 PM   #17
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I try to stay away from hauling water in the fresh tank. On the rare occasion I go to a state park without a water hookup on site, I will just fill the tank when I get here at the entrance. I carry a five gallon portable fresh tank and refill the trailer fresh tank as needed. I never tow with the holding tanks full, that really affects handling while on the move.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:54 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by jim22 View Post
I am new to the game of travel trailers so i just bought a 2005, 25ft starcraft with a weight of 5300 pounds but i saw a 32ft starcraft with a weight of 4700 pounds, how does a 5 or 6 ft shorter travel trailer weigh more? Just a note i have seen many longer travel trailers with less weight, what gives?
The type of materials used to build the trailer affect the weight. The quality of the components and the number of options affect the weight.

Dry weight is meaningless. My Teton weighed 3,000 lbs more than the listed Dry weight of the same trailer with no options.

Length of a trailer is not a good indicator of weight. Quality of the build has a greater affect. You say you saw a 32 ft trailer with a weight of 4700 lbs. When weighed by RVSEF my 33 ft Teton weighed 17,500 lbs with a pin weight of 4,500 lbs.
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Why haul water around???
Ummm... Dry camping is harsh... I rarely see a campground... Let alone a campground with hook ups...

Most of my RV use will be in areas that have no campgrounds or hook ups... Now for the times that I do a trip to a campground or RV site yeah running empty is understood...

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