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sdmia49

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Posted: 07/14/20 10:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do understand 4 cyl isn't great. We are only going to be towing a few times a year (3-4 weekend/year). So hopefully given it won't be regular occurrence the stress on the mechanics of the vehicle would be minimal.
Looking at upgrading TV, but probably not for about 6 months.
Just trying to gain more insight and be prepared with as much info as possible to see if it's doable for 2 maybe 3 weekend trips for now.
Not sure if it's worth it to look into brakes either, or just baby it for the couple trips until tow vehicle is upgraded.
I do appreciate all feedback. Thanks!

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Posted: 07/14/20 11:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awning is like 50 lbs. Spare tire adds weight also. No propane tank? But if its stripped not that much. Biggest concern is no breaks, and your in the adirondacks, so mountians not hills. Stay close to home and maybe, but i wouldn't do it long term.


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Posted: 07/14/20 11:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

do it empty and you should be ok short term. expect to upgrade in the future (you will get hooked and upgrade the pup too)

as far as learning the systems I'd HIGHLY reccomend checking out pop up portral. they are far more geard to pup ups (more action) and less cranky


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OP already knows it's a small car.
1200-2000lbs is not a big deal if you take it easy, IMO.
But none of us know the actual grades you're going to be pulling. Coming down a 3-4% is diferent than 6% for 5 miles if the vehicle is maxed out on brakes
Suggestion, why not take it for a shake down run. Find a hill, see how it does going up and coming down.
Will give you a better feel for how it will do.


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Posted: 07/14/20 11:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It looks to be under 1200 lbs. Here is the brochure. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.rvroundtable.com/wp-content/uploads/Palomino/1994.PalominoFullLineupBrochure.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwj1mIuIos3qAhVClHIEHYroD30QFjAAegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw2KbA0h72ISU4_CYf11Sw1S

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It didnt have brakes when it was built, and i dont think you could put them on if you wanted to without a whole new axle.

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your still thinking well wrong, your going down a small hill, stop sign ahead, you apply the breaks and there not holding you slide into the intersection and get slammed by a 18teen wheeler. your whole family makes the six o.clock news.

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Baby it. This whole setup is marginal at best and I think you are going to be very unhappy with it. Potential braking issues have been mentioned, but I was thinking cooling system. Watch your engine temps and if possible monitor the transmission temps.


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Small car brakes heat up fast, trying to hold any trailer back. A bigger suv or 1/2 ton truck brakes would get you by. A four cyl engine, light duty trans, is not going to help slow much on steep grades.

Trailer 1200 plus, I would not do it, your choice though, your comfort zone.

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Posted: 07/14/20 12:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will have no issues with a popup that has no wind drag. A travel trailer of the same weight would present some challenges.


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