Need advice on used pop up with 2000 wt limit

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by kep, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. kep

    kep New Member

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    We own a 2005 Toyota Sienna LE, with a Tow limit of 2000 lbs.
    We would like to buy a newer used camper than our current 1979 Jayco...
    But we are having trouble finding newer models under 2000 lbs.
    Suggestions? Or does anyone know of a site that sorts pup's by weight?
     
  2. Lost in Space

    Lost in Space Member

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    My Palomino Pony 280 weighs around 1300 empty and well under 2000 fully loaded. My Jeep Wrnagler also has a 2000# limit. That's just one example. Most manufacturers have at least one model designed to be towed with under 2000# limit vehicles. Don't let any dealer tell you that you can tow a 2000# model, it's got to weigh less than 2000 # when you're done filling it up. Fleetwood has the Taos and the Neon, I know Viking has one model that fits the bill, maybe two. The're out there, just keep on looking. I looked at all the manufacturers online literature, marked down the ones that we could tow, then started our search. Good luck and keep us posted.

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  3. Girl-Trapped

    Girl-Trapped New Member

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    Yeah, keep looking. Our first pup was a 1995 Skamper with 12' box and I think it came in under 2000 lbs. How many people are going to be camping?

    When I first joined PUP, I didn't understand why people intentionally wanted to buy only an 8' or 10' box. Then I realized that everyone's needs are SOOO different from mine. I know it sounds stupid, but I have three kids and we'd go crazy with anything smaller.

    Also, when you look up used values on NADA's site, it usually lists weight.

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  4. sewserious

    sewserious New Member

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    Most older 8 foot and some 10 foot boxes (rarely a 12-footer once loaded) are under 2,000 lbs gross weight. Forget having many amenities either due to the added weight of those. My 8-foot 1993 Coleman/Fleetwood Roanoke weighs in at 1,345 lbs loaded. A plain, simple 10-footer from around the same time period would probably weigh just a bit more than that.

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  5. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    You can upgrade the TV a bit and put a transmission cooler in it, that may beef it up some. As for the pup, keep looking and you'll find one. Good Luck, and welcome to PUP!

    *Kevin*
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 4x4 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
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  6. PrairieBoy

    PrairieBoy New Member

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    What is limiting you to 2000 LBS. The tow guide rates that vehicle at 3500 LBS. If you have a tranny cooler installed there is no reason you can't exceed 2000 LB.

    Todd C

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  7. devsc

    devsc New Member

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    We own a 2005 Toyota Sienna LE, with a Tow limit of 2000 lbs.
    We would like to buy a newer used camper than our current 1979 Jayco...
    But we are having trouble finding newer models under 2000 lbs.
    Suggestions? Or does anyone know of a site that sorts pup's by weight?
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    A 2005 Sienna LE should be rated to tow up to 3500lbs and should have come standard with the tow prep package.. The only way I can imagine that you are limited to 2000 lbs would be the hitch that you currently have installed. Which sounds like a Class I hitch. Even Toyota's OEM hitch for the Sienna is a Class II and is rated at 3500 lbs.

    PUP: 1983 Starcraft Galaxy 24
    TV: 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited
     
  8. kreich

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    I think you could go to different manafacture web sites and look at the current models and I know that Forest River has keeped some of the same models for along time and the weights should be close.

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  9. kep

    kep New Member

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    I wanted to thank you all for your help! The Jayco that we've got now was given to us two years ago free of charge, and it was our first camper; hence we did not have a camper when we bought the Toyota and did not get the tow package. That is why we were limited. Nonetheless, we put in helper shocks, and we plan to add a transmission cooler to buy us a little wiggle room on that 2000 # limit, and hence we were able to purchase a 2006 viking epic yesterday! Thank you all for your wonderful responses!
    K
     

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