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Hey all, I'm looking for a smaller setup but has to have dual axles, 20ft or shorter, less than 3500 dry weight. Anybody has a Winnebago Micro, Lance, RPod, etc. with suggestions and comments? My 2nd Gen Off-Road is 3" lifted PRG setup, Radflo/Bilsteins with standard Class III hitch. Main concerns are towing capability, sway, weight distrib, etc. It seems at least a brake controller is needed.

Appreciate your takes on any of these models. Thanks guys!!
 

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I have a Winnebago Micro mini, 1806FB. tow with the X. we have been across the View attachment 127464 Rocky Mountains every year since we bought it in 2017. That model is perfect for two people.
Nice! You've towed over elevations and had quite a few miles. So, what's your setup, brake controller, hitch type, air helper springs?
 

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It seems you are looking for more info on setup?

I can't help with the trailer but, I often (near daily) tow trailers at work & often with my personal vehicle. I have towed up to 6300lbs (short distance, weight distribution, trailer brakes, moderated speed & stopping distances) & >4000lb loads pretty regularly & over mountains in my xterra.

It's awesome that you are asking the right (setup & safety) questions.

For hitch any quality, weight distributing hitch with sway control. A local tow shop or etrailer should be able to make a good recommendation (the staff at either are specialists & should be knowledgeable) based on the tow & towed vehicles. My advice is to talk to a human being.

For trailer brake controller I can recommend Redarc Tow Pro Elite. It will look stock & integrate with the factory harness using a plug connector, no hacking of vehicle wires. I doubt you will go wrong with any of the top flight options (I have heard people swear by Tekonsha but have no personal experience, don't want a big box hitting my knee).

The loaded weight of a 3500'ish# trailer for a trip will probably be over 4000# + other cargo & people/pet(s) so the sway control & brakes are critical.

Suspension will generate the most opinions and there are a few unknowns about the OP's rig. Did you get rear lift with shackles, DAAL, new springs, combo? This mildly effects what people recommend.

Suspension tends to fall under:

Heavier springs (custom such as alcans, AAL's, general hd springs)- throw on and forget it, may firm-up the ride (not necessarily bad if not overdone).

Assistive devices (hellwig, roadmaster active suspension, timbrens, sumo springs, torklift stable-load)- most are install and forget, some such as torklift, have qd's and can be taken off following loaded trips, possible reduced articulation off road with some options, work in very different ways, some do more to control sway & porpoising than others.

Airbag systems- must mess around with them, expensive if you get an in-cab or automatic controller, can be destroyed more easily off road & interfere with articulation (may still be worth it, some swear by them as god's gift to trailering).

Lots of posts on all of these on this site & others. For context I have roadmaster active suspension combined with an SAAL. It tows well (controls sway & porpoising), but still a slight sag when loaded down for a trip with a trailer hooked up. Considering a DAAL or Alcans (with the RAS) to cure that.

Beyond ensuring your vehicle is in good shape a few other thoughts.

Transmission: did not see if it is manual or auto. For auto, make sure you monitor temps (scanguage or some other hack). If they go above what you are comfortable with modify your driving in the short term & add cooling in the long term. Not sure how much the OP has towed but trans settings affect this. Manually shifting gears (1,2,3,D) & knowing when to turn O/D off keeps the trans from hunting (prevents clutch band slippage & associated heat), lets you keep engine speed in a range where the torque converter is locked up, saves your brakes (engine braking), & can reduce engine load (also reducing engine heat & strain).

Power: I saw the OP had a 3" lift. If you have larger than stock tires you have lost torque at the wheels. Decide if it is worth the time & money to get it back. You can add power (engine mods), change gears (best option, usually adds torque at the wheels AND reduces engine load/strain), or both. $$$$$$ either way...

Final thoughts...

If you can get a trailer moving you can tow it. The question is always, should you? If a load can't be towed safely the answer is obviously no. If it can be you have to decide how fast it can be towed safely and without risking vehicle damage in the short or long term. The add-ons and mods mentioned increase the speed and comfort while decreasing the risk. Your brain is still the most important factor in how safely you pull a trailer.

Hopefully this isn't too presumptuous & helps a little. If you stay safety minded & do your research you'll likely have a good experience whatever route you take.
 

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Sorry been away for awhile, I use an Anderson Hitches No-Sway Weight Distribution Hitch. As for brake controller I have a Tekonsha 90195 PE Electronic Brake Controller. I don't have air helpers springs, I have the Nisstec MK84 2" lift.
 
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