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Old 07-25-2021, 04:43 PM   #1
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Tow a cargo trailer

I have a Sprinter class B.



I am considering buying a small (5x8 or 6x10) cargo trailer to take on trips where I know we will be 100% at camp-sites or boon-docking, no city touring.


If I do this, I could bring waste-water tanks, extra fresh water, store the bikes more easily, etc if I have a cargo trailer. The van is still the satellite vehicle after the trailer is unhitched at the camp site.



Of course, the travel itself becomes different. Towing is more effortful driving than not-towing, parking would be more challenging if the trailer is not already at a campsite.


Have any of you taken this route? Do you recommend it, or would you expect I'd use the trailer once, hate it because it makes maneuvering in gas stations harder (or whatever) and never use it again?


If you do travel this way, any advice on small, enclosed cargo trailers for this purpose?
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I have a Sprinter class B.



I am considering buying a small (5x8 or 6x10) cargo trailer to take on trips where I know we will be 100% at camp-sites or boon-docking, no city touring.


If I do this, I could bring waste-water tanks, extra fresh water, store the bikes more easily, etc if I have a cargo trailer. The van is still the satellite vehicle after the trailer is unhitched at the camp site.



Of course, the travel itself becomes different. Towing is more effortful driving than not-towing, parking would be more challenging if the trailer is not already at a campsite.


Have any of you taken this route? Do you recommend it, or would you expect I'd use the trailer once, hate it because it makes maneuvering in gas stations harder (or whatever) and never use it again?


If you do travel this way, any advice on small, enclosed cargo trailers for this purpose?
You need to check the towing capacity and the hitch weight capacity and just stay under it. On a Sprinter class be towing a 5x8 you would not even know it is there. Probably not a 6-10. Both would be a single axel trailer probably 3000# capacity or less

I do not know where you are from, but here in Minnesota, trailers under 3000# only require a 1 time license and registration. No plates, just a sticker on the tongue. They also do not require brakes.

I towed a single axel 6x12 with a 900# Harley and a bunch of extra gear and never got close to 3000#. 2 of us could lift the front and swing it around if needed. I did go with a wheeled jack.

One thing to watch when you buy. A lot of trailers have a front jack that just bolts in the center of the A-Frame up by the coupler. With the overhang of a Class C, going up driveways, the front goes up first, which means the rear overhang can scrape. Just a few inches of jack hanging down scrape pretty easily. If you get a trailer with that bolted on center mount front jack, remove it and buy a frame mount jack that you can pivot up so it is level with the trailer frame. I went through 2 center mount jacks before I broke down and bought a $50 bolt on pivoting one. No more scraping.

Not suggesting you buy one without brakes, but surge brakes would be fine.

As long as you don't overload a 3000# trailer you should be fine.
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