Originally Posted by eltada
Anyone have experience with different cargo capacities and how much is needed for a family of four (2 adults, 7 yo and 4 yo)?
Thanks in advance for your comments/suggestions!!
Most small trailers suffer in the cargo capacity department. Manufacturers are trying to make them towable by minivans and small SUV's.
The actual weight of the camper when it leaves the factory will be heavier than the brochure or website listing because of options (or as they like to list them mandatory options). The "yellow sticker" on the unit will tell you what it truly weighs. Then you have a battery, propane, any water you might have in the tanks, and the weight of your hitch itself. Even on small trailer, this might be 300lbs or more.
Then you get to your stuff - this varies greatly, but food, clothes, chairs, firewood, a toolbox, kids toys, bikes, a grill, pots & pans and the other household stuff can add up.
Just for a reference point, we transfered everything out of our popup into our new 23ft trailer. When I actually emptied that popup in the yard, I couldn't believe how much stuff came out of there. And with the new trailer we did add a few things and the kitchen is bigger, so more food & other stuff. We weighed the new camper and had about 900 lbs beyond the yellow sticker weight.
With the popup we played the game of keeping the outdoor gear, beverages, and bikes in the tow vehicle to keep the trailer weight down.
One of the big convienience factors with a trailer is you pack everything ahead of time, and it stays there ready to go. Having at least 400 to 500 lbs of ccc available after you get the basics (propane, battery, a few gallons of fresh water to flush the toilet while on the road) seems like a place to start. If you have more than that, you probably won't have any trouble using it up.
You didn't mention what your tow vehicle is. How much you can tow is going to be a big factor in the decision. But your initial thought to question the ccc is right on the money - its a major consideration with smaller trailers (and some bigger ones too).
Good luck in the search