What qualifies as an ultra-lite? Why does Jayco have multi lines of Ultr-lite TT's? Purchased a White Hawk 30DSRE that came factory rated as something like 6500lbs delivered and is considered an ultra lite. Think the term is just a marketing thing kind of like calling potato chip bags "large". Is there somekind of standard or is it manuf's choice?
I'm under the impression that its because of the construction. Aluminum structured walls with fibreglass exterior makes them lighter than a similar models of same size with wood framing and aluminum exterior. Though there are probably other reasons.
2008 Jayco Jay Feather Sport Ultra Lite 197
2005 Dodge Durango V8
I think the aluminum frames and fiberglass sides are heavier than the wood and aluminum skin. Fiberglass sides = heavy and aluminum sides = light. To make a trailer truly light it would take an aluminum frame and skin. They could call that ultra ultra lite.
I get a laugh out of the marketing that these trailers are somehow light. There is nothing light about my 4400lb Jay feather. While the construction might be lighter then traditional designs the problem is the contents. Too much heavy wood cabinets and cupboards and features that are designed more for low cost then low weight.
I'm sure you could reduce the weight of my trailer by 1000lbs by going through it item by item with an emphasis on light weight materials. Problem then would be it would likely be priced outside the range people would accept for this size of trailer.
I'd be curious to look through some European Caravans and see how they do it these days. My old 71 British made Sprite Musketeer only weighed 1300 lbs empty and had a gross weight of 1850. You could tow it with pretty much anything.
]2013 Jay Feather X213
2003 Ford Expedition
Our 197 Is anything but "ultra lite". A fellow at the pumps asked me how my old Suburban pulled the trailer. I commented on the fact that it was a heavy little bu**er, and that the "Ultra Lite" applied only to the decal.
2012 Jay Feather 197 w/pull-out
1997 GMC Sub 1500 4x4;
or 2015 Ford F150 4x4 SuperCrew EB