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Old 01-16-2010, 07:44 AM   #1
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Airstream Article in Trailer Life eNews

I just received my January 2010 eNews from Trailer Life, and it has an article about Airstream. It was surprising since I do not remember any previous mention of Airstream.

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"Classic Airstream
Wally Byam's dream, begun in 1937, continues to come true today. The classic silver trailers have traveled around the world, and according to the company some 70 percent of all Airstreams manufactured are on the road today. The aerodynamic shape results in better fuel economy, and most of the primary components are recyclable, thereby upholding the company's environmentally friendly image. Airstream's Classic Limited Travel Trailer is available in three floorplans: the 27-footer features a forward bedroom while the 30- and 31-footers include rear bedrooms. All three offer a choice of a queen bed or two twin beds and can accommodate from two to six overnight guests.

The Classic Limited 27FB model carries a GVWR of 9,000 pounds and includes a 54-gallon fresh water tank, a 39-gallon black water tank and a 37-gallon gray water tank. The very livable floorplan includes a convertible rear dinette with bench seats that stretches across the width of the trailer; the dinette abuts the streetside convertible sofa, providing cozy sleeping arrangements for four. The galley, which includes a three-burner stove, full-size refrigerator and double sink, adjoins the spacious and comfortable forward bath. Vinyl flooring throughout the living area meets lush carpeting in the bedroom; furnishings are available in a choice of colors including Cocoa, Jade and Praline. Finishing touches on the Classic Limited 27FB feature Vista Windows with UV inhibitors, real hickory hardwood cabinetry, abundant storage, Corian countertops, Moen fixtures and much more. Continuing its tradition of quality for more than seven decades, Airstream is the choice of discerning RVers. For more information, go to www.airstream.com.
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I was also surprised to read of 9,000 lbs GVWR for a 27 footer. Seems quite heavy.

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Old 01-16-2010, 09:56 AM   #2
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Phil, Airstream went through an upgrade in carrying capacity a few years back. For example the GVWR for my 30' Classic Slide Out is 9,100 lbs. Obviously that 27' Classic's cargo load (NCC) can be much higher than mine due to the stronger frame and axles. Empty, with dry tanks you will find it to be much lighter than 9,000 lbs.

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I think you can carry about 2400 pounds of cargo in the 27'
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I think you can carry about 2400 pounds of cargo in the 27'
Am I right in assuming that the 2,400 lbs of cargo is expected to include water tanks (fresh, black, gray), and propane plus provisions, clothes and other miscellaneous stuff?

Seems like a lot, but the extra capacity is probably needed to avoid overloading. Without looking it up, (from memory) I thought my '83 31' was about 6,400 lbs dry. Maybe I should check into my own trailer capacities!

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Unit Base Weight w/o fluids or options 6525#
Hitch weight without options or variables 790#
Net Carrying Capacity w/o options/cargo/fluids 2475#

So yes, you are correct, everything has to be subtracted, the water alone sends it back almost 500# and I believe all objects are heavier than they appear in Airstream specs...
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the weights did not catch my eye, but some other facts did.... 1937? I would swear the neon clock at Jackson Center says "since 1931" and 70% still on the road? Just last year 60% was the number. Good thing there are a lot of us pulling these out of the fields and putting them back on the road....
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