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Looking for a small inexpensive camping trailer, I came upon this and I love it but I want others to sharp shoot this idea for me. Just in case I am being blinded by new toy lust! I want to be able to take it on trips for up to two weeks. It seems like my perfect mix. It has a/c, bed for two and room for gear. Plus it comes with an optional rack system (Yakima) for mounting bikes, kayaks..so

cargo-lite trailer

check it out maul it over and give me open honest opinion or your BLUF (bottom line up front)

see here for info from dealer in TN
http://www.scenicroadsrv.com/html/cargo-lite.html

And here for company info
http://www.microlitetrailer.com/MLThome.htm?MLTdealers.htm
http://www.microlitetrailer.com/brochures/cargolite1-2.pdf
 

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A quick opinion

Well, ...its boxy. But if painted the color of your E, it would probably look pretty cool. I notice the microwave in front, do you really need it camping?, Your still cookin out the back of the E which is fine if thats what you like/want. Compare this size/price/look with the Little Guy tears. You can still put a bike on the back but also it has a back hatch to add your galley appliances/equipment gradually on a proper cooking counter. It also seems heavy for the size and what your getting in it, but that may be because you can also haul stuff as a cargo trailer. Is that what you want? is so then maybe buy a cargo trailer, add a side door and throw in a mattress and A/c unit. What would that cost? Hope this helps. Good Luck, MoonDrop
 

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I'm thinking it's going to hurt when you start throwing cargo big enough to warrant a trailer that size, too heavy once you have that much in it, and on the highway, it's going to feel like you're pulling a parachute. Pulling with a truck? It looks really pretty.

BTW, that picture folding effect on their website had me clawing at the mouse to finish up and leave. It's real irritating.
 

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I love the look of it and it definitely has some nice features built into it. I do agree with MoonDrop though, you could possibly save a little cash by modifying a cargo trailer.

As far as weight goes. I think as long as you didn't load it with bricks you would be fine. The max weight of that trailer isn't that much, 1990 lbs. It would be good for bulky items that you wanted to store in a secure place for road trips.
 

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I like the trailer! The 190Lb. tongue weight is what I don't like.


It's well withing the Elements limits, but I don't like that much weight that far back in the Element.

I have towed boats with the E that had about the same tongue weight, and was not happy with the handling,


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I have to admit, this company is making some pretty innovative designs. I like most of what I've seen. I do agree though, they need someone to touch up their website. I'd even volunteer to do so, my cost being a GGM Car-Go trailer:-D
 

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I like the trailer! The 190Lb. tongue weight is what I don't like.
Where are you seeing the 190 lb. tongue weight? The PDF states it's 170 lbs with all the options, and the company's website states that it's 49.5 lbs stripped down.

Dry Weight: 330 lbs
Tongue Weight: 49.5 lbs
Width-Overall: 60"
Height-Overall: 53"
Length-Overall: 133.5"
Width-Interior: 36"
Height-Interior: 33"
Length-Interior: 97.75"
Hatch Opening: 34" x 32"
Frame: 1.25 x 1.25 - .090 Aluminum Tube
Sub-Structure: 1” x 1” - .040 Aluminum Tube
Exterior: Aluminum Sheet
Interior: Vinyl Laminated Luan
Floor: Urethane
Lighting-ID: LED
Lighting-Courtesy: Incandescent
Axle Hubs: Torsion Stub 5 Lug / EZ Lube
Coupler: 1 7/8”
Jack: Boxed Flip Stab
Fenders: Flat Top Aluminum
Wiring: Flat Four
Tire: 145/12



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Are you looking at the right one Twi???

I think the specs you are looking at are the ones for the motorcycle trailer.

The manufacturer site shows 170lbs dry tongue weight. I think they should move the axle forward a bit to ease up on the tongue load. Of course lose the microwave and it might be closer to 150.
 

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Are you looking at the right one Twi???

I think the specs you are looking at are the ones for the motorcycle trailer.

The manufacturer site shows 170lbs dry tongue weight. I think they should move the axle forward a bit to ease up on the tongue load. Of course lose the microwave and it might be closer to 150.
Absolutely positive. Go to the company website, click the picture for the Car-Go Lite trailer, read the specs. For comparison, their Mo-Jo trailer lists tongue weight at 14 lbs.

On closer inspection, maybe they pasted into the wrong place? Their Moto-Mate trailer lists suspiciously similar specs...

FWIW I could see 100+ lbs adding up from a battery, microwave, and air conditioner.



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FWIW, I found conflicting specs between the site and the PDF brochure. My rule-of-thumb for safe towing without trailer brakes is tongue weight = 10% of gross. The "49.5" I found in one place would mean that the trailer is 495# dry. That can't be right.
 
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