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Old 06-25-2004, 05:12 PM   #15
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seriously? They swap the chassis out...thats wild. Who'd a thunk it?
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Old 06-25-2004, 06:26 PM   #16
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Alan - seriously. Big article about it in this months RVBusiness magazine (I'm such an RV dork).

They contracted Thor to build them special units which facilitate the chassis swap. They'll be buying over 1000 units from Thor this year so I guess they can get their way. They realized that the average consumer measured the quality of the unit by the year and mileage of the van - not the box. So the refit the box and it keeps on going.

Modular RV's - now there is a great concept!
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Old 06-26-2004, 07:36 AM   #17
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Biggest "Toad Load" I saw this winter in Florida was, I believe a Cummins powered Intruder MH, pulling a full size extended cab Chevy Silverado, with a golf cart in the bed AND a full size motorcycle on the pickup's hitch carrier. The owner said it gets 10 mpg with or without the toad!
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Old 06-26-2004, 11:49 AM   #18
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Additional load limit info

There are many other considerations that must be met, when towing any weight over the recommended limits, with a motorhome.

We not only have the moment arm factor, but we also have how the hitch was attached to the frame, or even possibly a frame extension.

Considerations must also be given to the capacity of the rear end, the drive shaft bearings, the transmission, and any coller that it might have, and the ability of the radiator and it's cooling fan or fans to handle the additional heat.

All of these items are factored into the maximum towing limits. Ignoring any one let alone more than one of them, could lead to an expensive, time consuming repair job, not at home, but on a trip.

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Old 06-29-2004, 12:04 PM   #19
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Unhappy Still 2000 pounds

I wanted to report my findings so far. While I've received a few different reports about towing capacity on the 360 - I received an email from Airstream today that confirms the towing capacity remained at 2000#'s on the 94, 95 & 96 models. Unforetunately there was no additional information given as to the reasons for the limit.

Sadly, this is the only car I can safely tow behind the motorhome
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Old 06-29-2004, 02:02 PM   #20
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Calculated risk. People do it all the time. Stay as close as you can.

Look for a late 80's Honda Accord with a stick shift. We picked one up for $1,000. Has seating for 5 but very light weight. 86-89 are about 2500lb. My 11 year old is reasonably comfee in the back seat if the front seats or up a couple clicks. 31mpg is what I get hwy out of it all the time. Other then a major tune up including a timing belt and O2 sensor I have put very little into the car and happily going with 210,000 miles and burns no oil. Leaks some but doesn't burn it.

http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/gener...9/article.html

Fold up headlights for them rocks kicked off the tires. A/C is great when it works (compressor just ate it on ours). It's a hair over the weight but it's about as close as you can get for 5 people and a bargin of a car.
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:57 PM   #21
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Yeah...might end up using my 94 Golf III. It's 2400 lbs (dry), four doors and seats five. Looks at all of the money I'm saving. Now I don't need to buy a 360 and a saturn to tow behind it!
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So, I know people looked up the tow ratings for the gas powered classics (namely the p30 chassis), but what about the oh so rare 360 diesel classics. Didn't someone say that they were on the spartan chassis? And how about the gillig chassis 370? Anyone know it's tow rating?

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Old 10-09-2004, 11:14 AM   #23
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toddster,
Good question on the spartan. I emailed Airstream with my questions about towing capacities on the 360 gasser. I think they would be more than happy to answer questions about the dp version.

I also kind of remember a post from a 370 owner about a 2000# limit on theirs as well. I suspect this limit had more to do with the frame extensions than the original chassis.
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Old 10-09-2004, 02:54 PM   #24
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So the Honda Accord is ok to tow flat? The stick makes the difference I would guess.
Funny I just bought then sold an 86 for $750, of course I still have my 95 Saturn.
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No Response from Airstream!!!

I emailed Airstream last week about the towing capacity of the Classic 36 Diesel Pusher with the Spartan chassis. They have yet to get back to me. Anyone else know the answer to this one????

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I just looked at my 1976 owners manual and it said that the 1976 Argosy MH will trailer 4000#. Is this correct. Did the older MH have more rugged hitch attachments? It seems quite excessive judging from everyone else's capacities. Does anyone have an answer? Thanks!!!!
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Let's tow more toys!!!!!!!!!

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I emailed Airstream last week about the towing capacity of the Classic 36 Diesel Pusher with the Spartan chassis. They have yet to get back to me. Anyone else know the answer to this one????

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Did Airstream ever reply? There are two currently for sale, one '95 and one '94.
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:50 AM   #28
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I just added a 1995 360 diesel pusher for sale on my site. I asked the seller to get me the towing specs.
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