Join Date: May 2005
Location: St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Pulling a Bunkhouse
Last December I bought a used '99 Bunkhouse, a great little camper, mine weighed 329lbs empty the AC unit was 41lbs, thats 370 to start with.
When it was empty (370) I didn't mind pulling it, however.....
My wife and I took our first trip with the Bunkhouse (Dauntless hitch) last July, Florida to U.P. of Michigan, by way of the Blue Ridge Parkway total mileage 4000. I had her loaded down stainless marine grill, 2 folding chairs, 5 pillows, dishes, towels, hairdryer, clothes, laptop and anything else she could think of, I'm guessing about 500lbs including the cooler full of food drinks and ice.
By the time I got 100 miles from the house I realized I had made a mistake, I had to run in 4th gear to keep the rpm up enough to keep the trailer from jerking me around, we went to the national rally in Ohio (it sucked) and met with a friend who was up there in his motorhome, I unloaded about a hundred lbs into his camper that helped, the ride up into Michigan and the return trip home I was able to run in 5th gear.
When I got home the camper went on E-bay, sold it to a Goldwing rider. I absolutely hated pulling a trailer that heavy, loved having a cooler with ice and drinks when we stopped. It scared hell out of me on the Parkway and in rush hour city traffic, took a lot of the fun out of riding for me, your experience may vary but as for myself I am looking for a light, probably Bushtec trailer not to exceed 250-300 fully loaded.
If you have any more questions I invite you to call me.
St. Petersburg FL
"Silver Buffalo" Totaled 5/06
"Our preferred long distance carrier"