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I think 16ft is too big for your current vehicles - if you go with something like a hybrid or a pop-up with tanks on it, please *please* take into account the weight of the camper full of water, all tanks - because you will have to tow it to dump it, even if that's a quarter or a mile.

Allow me to introduce you to three dear friends. They are named GVWR, GCWR, and GVWR. (Yes, two of them have the same name, but they are from different places.)

GVWR and GCWR can be found in your tow vehicle, on a plate attached to the door frame - on the driver's side I believe. They also should be in your owner manual.

GVWR (the second one) can be found on a similar plate, somewhere on your trailer.

GVWR stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. GCWR stands for Gross Combination Weight Rating.

GVWR (the first one) is the upper limit for the safe total weight of your tow vehicle, including the portion of your trailer that it's holding up off the pavement, with everything fully loaded for travel. That means you, your spouse, and any other passengers you're hauling are included. So are your backpacks and sleeping bags and anything else you'll haul in the vehicle. And a full tank of fuel. And a suitable amount of liquid in your trailer's tanks. (You can sort of cheat there by doing some arithmetic. One gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, and that's close enough for *all* the "water" tanks - but you won't often drive with them all completely full. One gallon of propane weighs five pounds, and your tank will always be somewhere between 1% and 80% full.)

GCWR is the upper limit for the safe total weight of your tow vehicle *and* trailer, together.

GVWR (the second one) is the upper limit for the safe total weight of your trailer, NOT hitched to the car, fully loaded for travel.

Go over those limits, and SOMETHING is being overloaded. Quite often it's the brakes. Overloaded brakes fail easily, particularly when going down long hills. But sometimes it's other things. Your transmission may die. Something structural may fail, resulting in the car's front end and the trailer's back end following quite different courses - the parts in between, well, that depends on just what fails.

In this assemblage of disaster-waiting-to-happen there are numerous ways to die, or to kill someone else.

Or maybe you'll be lucky and merely need a transmission rebuild on a Sunday in a national park.

See why GVWR, GCWR, and GVWR are such dear friends?
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