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Old 05-29-2014, 12:46 PM   #1
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How Much Traveling Do You Do with Your Micro-Lite ?

It was not to long ago that we sold our motorhome for a Forest River Micro-Lite 18Fbrs travel trailer. So far we have only traveled a short distance for our first camp out. In the past with our motorhome we have traveled many miles from east coast to west coast and into all parts of Canada with hardly any worry. I'm not as confident with this smaller lightweight travel trailer on long distance travel. I would just like some of you good folks to tell me a little about your long trip experiences with smaller Flagstaff travel trailers and any pros or cons.

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Old 05-29-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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Longest trip we have done is about 3 1/2 hours to ocean city md. We are planning a 5+ hour trip later this year to upstate NY. Also contemplating a 11 hour trip to myrtlebeach next year.
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:56 PM   #3
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We don't have a Micro Lite trailer, but we traveled about 4000 miles with our Traverse pop-up the first year we owned it.


What are you concerned about?
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:01 PM   #4
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I'm with samspider - what's the worry? Trailering in general?
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:11 PM   #5
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we've driven our Roo 23SS, which isn't much longer, on a 2000 mile trip and then a 4000 mile trip.

course that's with a bigger/heavier v-8 tow vehicle.
i'd be more concerned about the Tacoma, than the trailer.
not that it wouldn't be capable, just that it's a lighter, shorter wheelbase v-6 tow vehicle.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:04 PM   #6
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As much as possible. Have only gone as far as about 7 hours in one day though. But I plan to tow it like I stole it. Well, I keep the speeds under 65, but I don't plan to let the fact that it is a lite trailer stop me from taking it wherever I want to go.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:41 PM   #7
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How Much Traveling Do You Do with Your Micro-Lite ?

We have a 21fbrs and have planned a trip to Estes park in July and the Smokies in the fall.
I am far more Concerned with my truck pulling it than my trailer.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:47 PM   #8
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Last summer I towed my Mini Lite to Alaska and back. 10 weeks, 11,000 miles. Great trip!! I hope to do it again someday. I did replace the OEM tires with Maxxis and had no problems.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:06 PM   #9
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Back in the day, put 2500 -3000 miles (in 2 wks) on our Coleman Sequoia popup every year for 20 years, so that's about 50,000 miles. Went through 3 sets of tires. Repacked the bearings maybe 3 or 4 times.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:27 PM   #10
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Can't think of any negitives. Like the idea of having a vehicle after dropping trailer. Maybe a gusty day would make it more interesting as stated but dropping speed would help that out.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:07 PM   #11
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We travelled to AK and back last Summer with our new Rockwood 2304. 11,000 miles, 2+ months, tried to keep mileage to 300 miles a day. No one problem, OEM 11.1 MPG pulling with our Honda Ridgeline
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:10 PM   #12
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Sorry hit send button by mistake. Meant to say not one problem and kept OEM tires which performed very well.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:37 AM   #13
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The lonest trip we have made is a 4 hour drive from home so far with our mini lite. Hope to do longer trips when we free up more money and time.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:01 AM   #14
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We have a 2011 Rockwood Mini Lite 1809S that you see in our signature - as I write this we are in the 6th week of a 10 week trip. The only issue is a water leak around the shaft of the antenna.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:56 AM   #15
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What are you guys hauling your microlites with in these long trips? My husband wirries about long trips and a Silverado 1500 but I don't think it would be a problem.
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:33 AM   #16
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I tow my 21 FBRS with a 2013 Silverado, ext cab, 4wd 5.3L. According to the manual I don't have to use the tow/haul mode until the weight of the truck and trailer exceeds about 11250 lbs (75% of the GCVWR). I doubt that you would encounter any problems pulling a trailer this light with any Silverado model, but you have to check your manual to be sure.
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It was not to long ago that we sold our motorhome for a Forest River Micro-Lite 18Fbrs travel trailer. So far we have only traveled a short distance for our first camp out. In the past with our motorhome we have traveled many miles from east coast to west coast and into all parts of Canada with hardly any worry. I'm not as confident with this smaller lightweight travel trailer on long distance travel. I would just like some of you good folks to tell me a little about your long trip experiences with smaller Flagstaff travel trailers and any pros or cons.

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Pulled my old Rockwood 2109s from Orlando to Devils Tower WY and back with no issues...except the slide. Motor mount on the slide under the couch screwed into wallboard and nothing else, so it would flop around. Also for some reason the fuse for the slide was run directly off the battery and ran under the frame exposed to the elements. Driving in the rain would short it and needed to be replace 3 times over the 2 1/2 week trip.
Otherwise a nice unit.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:55 PM   #18
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What are you guys hauling your microlites with in these long trips? My husband wirries about long trips and a Silverado 1500 but I don't think it would be a problem.
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I'm pulling a Roo 19, about the same GVWR as your Minilites, with a 2009 Silverado, with 5.7L, 4spd tranny, 3.73 rear end, HD cooling/tow package, 7500lb tow capacity. No problems. (Just wish the mileage were better )
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:38 PM   #19
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I am on my second TT, first was a Sunline 21' and now a new Micro-Lite 21FBRS. I am an industrial electrician and live in my trailer at the job site. I may be in Florida on a nuclear powerhouse and three months later be in North Dakota working a chemical plant. Some advise; do maintenance, check tires every day you are driving, buy the best tires, install a sway bar, use good rear view mirrors, make yourself a "pre-departure" check list with everything listed, roof vents, steps, TV, safety chain & pins. Get in the "Safety Habit" and use it. I do not hurry or drive in bad weather. Do this and you and the family will enjoy your TT.
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