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Old 08-25-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question '79 Excella 500 Dry Weight and GVWR

I am consideringing purchasing a 1979 Excella 500 31 ft and want to make sur that I can tow it. I looked on the Airstream site but I cannot find the dry weight and GVWR. Hoping someone can help. Thanks

Tow Vehicle: 08 Ford F-150 Supercrew with 5.4 - 3:55.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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I am consideringing purchasing a 1979 Excella 500 31 ft and want to make sur that I can tow it. I looked on the Airstream site but I cannot find the dry weight and GVWR. Hoping someone can help. Thanks

Tow Vehicle: 08 Ford F-150 Supercrew with 5.4 - 3:55.
I am towing a 31' Excella AS 1987 with a Toyato Tunda 5.7 with no problems. The AS would be about 8500 dry Wt. You can goggle what you are not sure about. I live in north central Fl. Not too many hills to go up. It depends where you are , have a blessed day
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If you have the tow package on that F150, you should be OK. With 3.55 it'll work a bit in the mountains, but my '07 with 3.55 limited slip does fine with my Argosy24, so I think it would have enough headroom for a '79 Excella. The heaviest '79 I can find specs for, 31' Sovereign rear batch, lists 580 tongue and 4850 "total weight" which I assume is their ever-optimistic dry weight. Figure 700 tongue and 6000ish loaded for travel and you're still comfortably within specs with the tow pkg.

edit: A comment posted while I was writing that lists his '87 Excella at 8500 lb dry, which I think WAY high for a '79 but should still be doable, just more work for the truck.
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I am consideringing purchasing a 1979 Excella 500 31 ft and want to make sur that I can tow it. I looked on the Airstream site but I cannot find the dry weight and GVWR. Hoping someone can help. Thanks

Tow Vehicle: 08 Ford F-150 Supercrew with 5.4 - 3:55.

according to one of the documents you'll find buried in these forums, these are your possibilities -

-------------------------------------------Dry-- Hitch-Ball
1979 SOVEREIGN 31CENTERBATHTWIN 4810 545 19.5
1979 SOVEREIGN 31REARBATHDOUBLE 4850 580 19.5
1979 SOVEREIGN 31REARBATHTWIN--- 4780 555 19.5

we've pulled a much heavier (weighing 6800 / 600) '82 Excella center bath twin with our 2008 F150 4x4 Scab, 5.4L + 3.53's without issue, so you're likely to be OK.

sorry, we don't have the GVWRs, but you'll find that on the trailer's plate.

your Supercrew is rated to pull 8200 to 8600#, depending on the wheelbase and 2x4 vs. 4x4.

the document labeled "1979" "Fleet Floor Plans" on this page Airstream, Inc :: Specs - 1970 may also be helpful to you.


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If you want to find the actual wieght you could always borrow it and pull into a highway patrol weight stop they will weight for a few dollars then subtract your truck weight. At least you could be sure.
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