cannot save a file as template too large

i stripped out everything except 4 page for the template. The file is still 250mb and therefore will save as a template.

When i Open Contents , the Docs subdirectory has 250mb and hundreds of rtf files.

Can i delete the rtf files ?

Why are there hundreds of files?

If there are hundreds of files in the Docs folder, but not in the Binder, then there are some serious issues with the project that you probably want to resolve before saving it as a template. There is a very limited number of ways in which that situation could arise, all of them bad.