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Old 01-17-2017, 12:15 AM   #1
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182G to Wolf Pup?

Hi All,

First time on this forum, nice to see the lively conversation. We recently purchased a 2015 182G over the summer and have used it many times. It fits our family of four (wife, two boys ages 3 and 6). We love this model for the garage, bunks, and unique factor (part of the reason we get Rpods, right)? We've been on 3 trips already and throughly enjoyed it... especially cooking from the garage.

Well... my wife and I recent recently visited a huge RV show (our first) and while there, you can't help but dream. The main take away was a bit more space would be nice. So, the research started and I found the new Wolf Pup 18TO. It's still light enough for my FJ Cruiser to pull and is probably the most spacious floor plan I've seen in the low 3k lbs, with a bunk. I has a huge slide out.

My reservations are:
1) moving from fiberglass to aluminum siding (downgrade in looks and longevity?)
2) Extra width of the Wolf Pup (my FJ mirror are already tiny)
3) No outdoor garage. (I guess, I can tap into the outdoor propane, and mount the TV outside. But no outdoor storage or sink)
4) No more cool Rpod factor

Are my reservations unreasonable?

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-17-2017, 01:16 AM   #2
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The 18TO's dry hitch weight already exceeds your FJ's max of 500lbs., BEFORE you even add the weights of battery, propane water and trailer cargo.

Sorry, you need less hitch weight.
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Old 01-17-2017, 02:19 AM   #3
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Didn't even consider this. Ok well that solves that.
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Old 01-20-2017, 06:29 PM   #4
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The 18TO's dry hitch weight already exceeds your FJ's max of 500lbs., BEFORE you even add the weights of battery, propane water and trailer cargo.

Sorry, you need less hitch weight.
The 18TO has a UVW of 2407lbs and GVWR 4875. I plan on not going anywhere near the GVWR, may 3400lbs at most. However tongue weight is 525 (kinda weird for a light weight TT). If I were to upgrade to a Class IV hitch, get a WDH system and suspension airbags, do you think towing the 18TO would be doable, considering the overall lightness of the trailer?

Maybe even transport the propane bottle in the back of the TT
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The 18TO has a UVW of 2407lbs and GVWR 4875. I plan on not going anywhere near the GVWR, may 3400lbs at most. However tongue weight is 525 (kinda weird for a light weight TT). If I were to upgrade to a Class IV hitch, get a WDH system and suspension airbags, do you think towing the 18TO would be doable, considering the overall lightness of the trailer?

Maybe even transport the propane bottle in the back of the TT
Changing the hitch receiver won't increase your max of 500lbs.
Neither will airbags.

That 500lbs. max hitch capacity is only possible IF you are using a type III/IV receiver and a WDH.
If you don't, your hitch capacity is lower.

There is no magic bean.
Either get a different trailer or a more capable vehicle.

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Old 01-22-2017, 01:10 PM   #6
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25lbs over is nothing! I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 01-25-2017, 03:46 AM   #7
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There are some wrong numbers floating around the Internet. I had the dealer look at the actual weight on the Wolf Pup 18TO on the lot and i was initially wrong about the weights. The real numbers are 437#tongue /3800# dry.I think I'll be good if I keep the payload light, around to 4300#max
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Interested to see if you're still active and if you ever went with the 18TO. This was actually the model we were looking at, but a few things kept me from pulling the trigger. Eventually we went with a RP176T. I don't think you could go wrong with this option though, and when my son gets a bit bigger we will likely look at something else.
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:38 AM   #9
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Didn't even consider this. Ok well that solves that.


Don't worry about the hitch weight. This wolf pup 18To can be easily towed you with your FJ cruiser. All you need is just a weight distribution hitch. This trailer weighs in at about 3700 pounds dry. You will not have any issues towing the trailer behind you. I could recommend using a fast way E2 weight distribution system. It shouldn't cost you more than $400. As far as the width of the trailer, it's only 7 1/2 feet wide which shouldn't affect your visibility in your side mirrors on your FJ cruiser. You can always get a mirror extensions for a longer trips which do not cost a lot.
I can highly recommend this camper trailer. I just bought mine last September and I have already taken it out on about for weekend trips. The trailer is amazing taking into consideration the low-cost as well as interior space. I wouldn't worry about the aluminum skin. If you wash it and wax it two times during the season it will look brand-new years to come. I've seen many laminated trailers that haven't been taken care of and they look a lot worse than 10-year-old aluminum trailers. It just depends on you how you take care of your investment.
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We purchased our 18TO two weeks ago and already took it for a test run last weekend at a local KOA. This camper is awesome, for me its the best bang for your buck for trailers under 4000lbs in terms of interior space and features. The super slide makes a huge difference. I bought a Weight Distribution hitch and it pulls straight and true. The FJ can handle it no problem.
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We purchased our 18TO two weeks ago and already took it for a test run last weekend at a local KOA. This camper is awesome, for me its the best bang for your buck for trailers under 4000lbs in terms of interior space and features. The super slide makes a huge difference. I bought a Weight Distribution hitch and it pulls straight and true. The FJ can handle it no problem.


I think we saw your setup last weekend, in the north bay! We took our Grey Wolf out for our first trip as well. My wife and I went walking through the campground. I saw your rigs and commented on the great match between your FJ and Pup! They looked great together!

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Love the fj. Heard that they stopped making them. Sad.
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