Are you in the market for a new travel trailer? Or do you already own one but are looking to upgrade? If you started with a smaller, more manageable trailer, you might be thinking of trading it in for something a bit roomier.
The length of a travel trailer is the best indicator of how much living space it will give you. This is because there are restrictions on how wide a trailer can be, as well as the height. Although slide-outs also add square footage to the trailer, length can add even more.
When you opt for a longer travel trailer, that means it will also be much heavier. You may not realize that weight is very important when it comes to selecting a travel trailer. But we’ll cover all the important information to know so you can make an informed decision.
One of the more common lengths of travel trailers is 32-feet. So how much does this type of travel trailer weigh and why is weight so important? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
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How Much Do 32’ Travel Trailers Weigh?
32′ travel trailers range in weight from 5,800 lbs to about 8,000 lbs. Ultra-lights are usually under 6,200 lbs and fully decked out standard trailers can get up to 8,500 lbs. The average weight of a 32′ travel trailer is 7,000 lbs.
Although there is an average weight based on length, there are many factors that go into answering this question. The manufacturer and type of trailer are two that could determine if the trailer is heavier or lighter.
Some trailers are built to be “ultra-lightweight” and this often means they are constructed with lighter, yet durable and strong, materials. You can expect these trailers to also be much more expensive than their heavier counterparts of the same length.
If you are perusing online or reading through travel trailer brochures, you will see the weight of the trailers listed as unloaded vehicle weight or UVW. This is the base weight and you can expect to add roughly one thousand pounds to that once you have added in supplies, gas, water, food, and anything else you plan to bring.
For those who are unsure of how much additional weight they can add to their trailer’s unloaded vehicle weight, look for the cargo carrying capacity (CCC) or net carrying capacity (NCC). This is an indicator of how much you can add to the trailer.
Keep these numbers in mind as you start to pack your trailer with the necessary components. Water and gas make up the bulk of the weight, although heavier generators can also add nearly 500 pounds. Bringing along extra batteries and tools may also be necessary so you can tend to repairs on the road.
Once all the essentials are added to make sure your trailer can function, then it’s time to start packing for your trip. Food and drinks can quickly add in more weight, especially if you plan to be out for an extended period of time.
You will also need to bring clothes, personal items such as toiletries, and any entertainment such as games, books, or electronics. All these items should be factored in when calculating the cargo-carrying capacity of the trailer.
Why is Travel Trailer Weight Important?
Now that you understand the various components of trailer weight and how to find this information, you can start to plan which trailer to buy. But why is the weight so important?
Each travel trailer has a maximum weight it can safely support. This is known as the gross axle weight rating (GAWR) or the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
Not only do you want to prevent breaking the axles of the trailer by making it too heavy, but weight also determines how you will tow the trailer. Heavier trailers need large trucks or SUVs to tow them effectively.
If you plan to purchase a long and heavy trailer but don’t have a vehicle that can safely pull it, then you’ll need to also buy a new car. However, if you already own a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which can tow up to 7,200 pounds, you may be able to find a trailer that will work for you.
Otherwise, you may need to spend even more money to get a full-size SUV such as the popular Ford Expedition. This vehicle can tow up to 9,300 pounds and has one of the highest towing capacities of all SUVs on the market. But even a 10-year-old, used Ford Expedition can cost between $5,000 to $10,000.
In addition, if you know you will be taking your trailer on a specialized trip where you will need to bring a lot of heavy things, then you have to ensure the cargo carrying capacity can support it. You may also have to invest in a heavier, stronger trailer that has a higher weight limit.
Because a travel trailer is considered a large purchase and is often an investment for many, it’s important to have all the information before making a decision. You may not be able to return the trailer or recoup enough of your cost should you realize after the fact that it’s not the right one for you.
Examples of 32-Foot Travel Trailers
- Airstream Classic 30RB
Airstream is a popular brand of a travel trailer, known for its sleek aluminum exteriors. This design measures 31’ 3” in exterior length and the base weight is 7,788 pounds.
The GVWR is 10,000 pounds, making it able to haul quite a lot of weight. The net carrying capacity is 2,212 pounds so you can customize the trailer and fill it with all the essentials.
It comes with a 54-gallon freshwater tank, oven, convection microwave oven, and refrigerator. The main bed is queen-sized but it has a convertible dinette and can sleep up to 5 people.
LED lights make it possible to see door handles and inside dark compartments. Shock absorbers ensure a smooth ride while the panoramic front windows allow nature to come inside. Blackout shades are also provided to create a dark and ideal sleeping environment.
- Mallard M26 by Heartland
This 32-foot travel trailer has a GVWR of 8,600 pounds. It measures 32.5-inches long and provides 278 square feet of living space. The spacious trailer can sleep 7-8 people and has a carrying capacity of 2,152 pounds.
The freshwater tank is 45 gallons and it comes with a furnace, air conditioner, and water heater so you have all the amenities and comforts of home. In the kitchen you’ll find a refrigerator, 3-burner cooktop, as well as a traditional and convection oven.
When it comes to sleeping, you’ll love the king-sized bed that is located in a bedroom with high ceilings and plenty of storage underneath the bed. Additional space is available through the slide-out and the windows are tinted for safety and comfort.
Other standard features include a skylight in the shower, a doodle station for kids, a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, and nightshades.
- Bullet 269RLSWE Travel Trailer by Keystone
With a length of 32-feet and 5 inches, this luxurious trailer has a carrying capacity of 2,006 pounds. It is ultralight with a shipping weight of 5,594 pounds and an overall height of 10-feet 10-inches.
The freshwater tank is 43 gallons and it can sleep up to 6 people. There is a rear kitchen and a slide-out to provide extra living space for the dream dinette and sofa.
In the master bedroom, you’ll find a queen bed along with storage and a laundry chute. A spacious bathroom has a deluxe radius shower with a glass door and shelves surrounding the tub.
- Jayco Eagle HT 272RBOK
This 32-foot travel trailer has a roomy floor plan with an interior height of 7-feet and a dry weight of 7,887 pounds. The gross weight is 9,995 pounds and the freshwater capacity is 43 gallons.
It can sleep up to 6 people and the private master bedroom at the front features a queen bed while the tri-fold sofa and dinette can also be turned into sleeping arrangements.
In the kitchen is a stainless steel sink and brushed nickel faucet. The bathroom features a skylight, LED-backlit medicine cabinet, nightlights, and spacious countertop. The 19-foot electric awning allows you to enjoy the outdoors in any weather.
With double entry doors, you can experience additional privacy as well as enter and exit the trailer without disturbing others. Ample outside storage allows you to take all your gear along without cluttering up the interior.
- Apex Ultra-Lite Travel Trailer
These trailers range in length and the 32-foot ones often have a few extra inches. The 32-foot 4-inch 289TBSS model weighs 5,718 pounds.
These models were designed so that smaller vehicles can tow them so they are often ultralight, weighing less than 6,500 pounds even at their longest. They are perfect for families with several models providing a bunkhouse for the children and master bedroom for the adults.
Each one is equipped with stainless steel appliances, a skylight in the bathroom, outside speakers, and a power awning with lighting. You’ll also have a back-up camera mount to make it easy to park at your campsite and nightshades for better sleep.
Most models feature a 68-inch sofa and a 32-inch LED TV. The dinette has a pedestal for comfortable seating and pewter maple cabinetry provides a contemporary feel.