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Old 08-20-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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Ok, here's my story.

Always wanted a camper, never had one, borrowed one from wife's cousin one time, and loved it. It was a 25'+ with a slide out. Only hooked up electricity, not water or sewer.

Just found a 2008 micro-lite 18fb, from an 80 year old man, who bought it new and used 2 times, most of the items have not been used and are still in the box. He has everything that I will need and more that is going with it.

So here are my questions:
1--have a 04 Toyota sienna, 6 cyl, front wheel drive....just put a hitch on it, van is rated 3500 lbs, I was told by man at u haul, that if I had electric brake box added and stabilizer bar on it, that it would increase my towing capacity to 5000 lbs. so agree, disagree, comments?

2--any pros or cons on this particular model from other owners

Any other feedback, words of wisdom, tricks of the trade, do's, dont's, suggestions, etc. I'm all ears

By the way, the majority of the time, it will just be me and my 15 year old son, and/or my wife. It says its only rated for 4 people

Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:07 PM   #2
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This is your towing capacity w/ a towing package. (Not sure what that includes) Sienna - 3.3LV-6 - 3,500 You can find this information here:

http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...Guide-2004.pdf
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:11 PM   #3
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This is not a 2004 but it may be close:

Micro Lite Travel Trailer Specifications by Forest River

You should have a sticker on the trailer that will give a ball park estimate of the weight.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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Welcome Slick--TN!!

What does your owners manual say about towing capaticy for your van? An electric brake controller does NOT increase towing capacity, but stopping distance.

Its not a stabilizer bar but a weigt distrubuting hitch. And again its about what the VAN can safely tow. Does you van having a towing package, transmission cooler?

Do your home work before you get a trailer to tow. So many people buy trailers that are way tooo big and heavy fro them to tow. Dealers will tell you anything to sell an rv.
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So here are my questions:
1--have a 04 Toyota sienna, 6 cyl, front wheel drive....just put a hitch on it, van is rated 3500 lbs, I was told by man at u haul, that if I had electric brake box added and stabilizer bar on it, that it would increase my towing capacity to 5000 lbs. so agree, disagree, comments?
A brake controller is needed but does not increase your tow capacity. A stabilizer bar would may make it handle better but will not increase your towing capacity.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:19 PM   #6
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2008 Forest River Flagstaff Micro-Lite 18FD Specifications

Wheels & Tires: Wheels Composition SteelNumber Of Axles 2Rear Tire (Full Spec) 13 Inch Tires Brakes: Rear Brake Type Electric Drum Technical Specifications: Length (ft/m) 21.08 / 6.4Width (in/mm) 96 / 2438.4Height (in/mm) 105 / 2667Interior Height (in/mm) 78 / 1981.2Length (ft/ft) 21Length (ft/in) 1Dry Weight (lbs/kg) 2849 / 1292.3Payload Capacity (lbs/kgs) 1670 / 757.5GVWR (lbs/kgs) 4519 / 2049.8Hitch Weight (lbs/kgs) 69 / 31.3Capacities StandardNumber Of Fresh Water Holding Tanks 1Total Fresh Water Tank Capacity (gal/l) 31 / 117.3Number Of Gray Water Holding Tanks 1Total Gray Water Tank Capacity (gal/l) 35 / 94.6Number Of Black Water Holding Tanks 1Total Black Water Tank Capacity (gal/l) 25 / 94.6Propane Tank (s) StandardNumber Of Propane Tanks 2Total Propane Tank Capacity (gal/lbs) 9.4 / 40
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This is your van. MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY** 3500 lbs.MAXIMUM PAYLOAD** 1570 lbs.
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I have a 2109S and it is 4774 lbs and my original tow vehicle was a Honda Ridgeline. by the time everything was loaded (chairs, beer, outside table, beer, grill, food, beer, clothes, propane, beer,) it struggled. I now have a new tow vehicle.
IMHO, I think your tow vehicle is too small and the frame may not handle a weight distributing hitch.
Search this forum for towing weights, GVW and there is a host of threads. There may be a sticky on it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:26 PM   #9
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here's a link to the 2008 Flagstaff brochure:
http://ddrvandauto.com/brochure/fore...8flagstaff.pdf

there is no 18FB. there's a 18FD or 18FBR though and both are WWAAYY too much trailer for your minivan.
adding the 400+lbs. for the "options" that aren't included in the dry weight, plus the battery, propane, water and cargo and either will easily exceed the 3500lbs. of the Sienna, which is only IF it has the factory tow package.

and your Uhaul guy is an idiot and doesn't know what he's talking about.
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