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Old 09-16-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
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What TT around 3500 lbs?

We're giving some thought to buying a TT and I need to stick in the 3500lb GVW (dry) on it. We would like a queen bed in it and if possible, one slide. Any suggestions?
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I doubt if you will find such unless it is a hybrid... tent like ends.

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Look around, specifically search for ultra light travel trailers. There are a number of models under 3500 lbs.

Aljo has 5 single axle trailers from 15 to 20 ft long that weigh from 2150 to 2675 lbs. They have one 19 ft dual axle that is 3300 lbs.

Do some searching, a trailer under 3500 lbs will be small, but you can have a lot of fun.
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Just in the Hershey show, Starcraft or RPD (forest river) work? Starcraft had a 17 that grossed 3500
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But they are looking fro a queen bed and a slide AND under 3500#....


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Spent six months searching for the same weight range and found that the newer lightweight models have a few things missing that I couldn't live without. Things like a hanging closet, an oven, counterspace, and windows. I assume that windows are just more costly, can't imagine they weigh more but I don't enjoy living in a dark home. A real shower is another rarity, sitting on the (plastic) bowl while getting clean does not appeal to me. Also be cautious of the dry weight, the older trailer I did buy had a dry weight of 2550 and weighed in at 3650 before I put in the first piece of clothing or dish. Seems the dry weight didn't include the awning, the air conditioner, etc. I ending up buying a stronger tow vehicle. Good luck to you, with a larger budget than I had, you may have more luck.
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Here's a line of real beauties made in Quebec, Canada..
They're called "Prolite" and the heaviest model on the page at this link is a 24-footer that weighs 3150 lbs. dry.
Two of the models listed have slides...
Our ultra light caravan models - Roulottes Prolite

Might be worth looking into!

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If the page comes up in French, there's a button at the top that switches it to English!

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Thanks for the feedback thus far. I wonder why no one makes something like the Prolite in the US? I noticed even its largest model is only 3150 lbs and it's got 2 slides!
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An RV with a slide and a queen bed will be hard to find under 3500 lb. In a hybrid you can get 2 queens, wardrobe closet, and a couch a hair under 3500, but not a slide.....That will give you limited counter space.

Also what might be listed in a brochure at 3500 lb. will actually be about 3700 lb with options like air, awning and what ever other options you get. On our 24' Aerolite hybrid, the base weight is 3728 in the brochure. The delivered weight with options (air, awning, larger frig, oven and micro) bumped that up to 3950.
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Thanks for the feedback thus far. I wonder why no one makes something like the Prolite in the US? I noticed even its largest model is only 3150 lbs and it's got 2 slides!
I think they're coming...
Smaller and lighter has been the norm in Europe for years, and demand has been stronger in Canada than it is here. So European and Canadian trailermakers respond to that demand.
It's my belief that it's tied to the price of fuel- it's always been so much cheaper in the U.S.A. than most of the rest of the world that demand has been for bigger and bigger rigs- fuel prices weren't high enough to affect that demand.

But with U.S.A. gas at $4.00-$4.50 a gallon, and diesel even higher, I think we're hitting the wall.

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I find it interesting that on the specifications for ProLite's Xtreme 23 model they show a carrying capacity of 4,000 pounds (2 tons). I have a hard time thinking this is correct because if I simply add this number to the dry weight (3,150 pounds) you'd have trailer with a GVWR of 7,150 pounds. In theory, you could put more weight inside than what the trailer weighs. While this (and higher carrying capacity weights) is entirely possible with utility trailers and those that haul equipment and cars, it's extremely rare to see 4,000 pound carrying capacities in travel trailers and fifth wheels.

My Jayco, which is larger and about twice as heavy dry, has a carrying capacity of about half (2,000 pounds) of what the Xtreme 23 can carry. My TT's GVWR is 8,500 pounds.
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That does seem like a lot-
I wonder if they mean "gross weight"?
Could be something lost in the translation there...

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Here's the Prolite specs chart- for that model, 4,000 lbs is listed as a "suspension" number- sounds like axle capacity...



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http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/def...&series=RPODTT
Does not work? Yea gross is 3700 but it is 1200 ccc.
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