Originally Posted by tarnished
According to the manual I have the dry wt of the '79 7.3 is 3287 and a GVWR of 4500. It also has a form to determin factory delivered wt which would include options and estimated wts for other items one might carry. AC unit 113# 4 BAL jacks 48#
5Gal LPG tank filled 40# etc.
I think that it was a sign of the times (1975-198?) when manufacturers of travel trailers targeted at the "light-weight" market provided a break-down of what impact each option would have to the empty weight and tongue weight. I can still remember ordering a 1980 Skyline Nomad Light-Weight Special 1780 . . . 17.5' six sleeper coach. I don't think Nomad expected anyone to purchase every option ordered as when I did that . . . . without knowing I had an overloaded axle . . . at less than a year old the curbside spring failed poking the spring pack through the tire and causing a catastophic blow-out. I was very fortunate that the 180 degree spin that it sent me into resulted in no damage or injuries . . . except to the trailer. We had six passengers in our Pontiac Bonneville tow vehicle and its only damage wat the loss of a rubber bumper guard that didn't cost much to replace. Two years later I sold the coach as "fixes" applied by my Nomad dealer made not difference in that coach's horrible road manner. A photo of that coach is below with my 1965
Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible at the Cloud Nine Ranch in Caulfield, MO in 1980.
The Nomad further sold me on RVing, but it wasn't even in the same league as the '64 Airstream Overlander that I went on my first camping trip in during the summer of 1964