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Old 06-06-2008, 10:31 AM   #1
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Dry weight for a 1990 34' Excella

Well, it seems that we have added to our Airstream family!. Please welcome our new 1990 34' Excella! The siblings consist of a 1965 Overlander and a 1950 Spartan Royal Mansion (OK--not an Airstream, but still really cool!)--so the Excella will be in good company. We opted for a BIG trailer to offer the flexibility of airstreaming with family AND friends!

The one problem is my current TV--a 1990 (same vintage!!) Chevy G30 van with a 5.7L V8 with tranny cooler and tow package. The van is in great shape with very low miles. We definately want to keep it--but some mods are probably in order (change rear end gear ratio, heavier suspension, beefier radiator, etc). We are on the East Coast and do not plan any major trips to the western mountains

Before jumping into the world of performance mods for the TV--does anyone know the specific dry weight and tongue weight of my new behemoth?

Any other TV mods that may be helpful?

Kathy in PA

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Old 06-06-2008, 10:39 AM   #2
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hi kd'...

34s from this era were "listed" at 7100 lbs with an 800 lb tongue...

but since these were only estimated weights even then,

a current scale weight would be useful...


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Old 06-06-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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Welcome to the world of Excella! We are very happy so far with our 1990 that we just got in January. I hope you like yours as much as we like ours.
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Old 06-07-2008, 03:07 PM   #4
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I just find out that the rear-end gear ratio on my TV Chevy 5.7L V8 van is 3.73 with a 700R4 transmission. Is this sufficient to tow the Excella (with an approx dry weight of 7100 lbs). Should the radiator be beefed up? Any other mods for the TV to make it more capable?
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:04 PM   #5
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I tow a 94 31 foot excella with a 91 e 150 club wagon. The combined weight has been confirmed at 13500 lb.
Truck has a 5.4 litre gas engine with 3.55 rear end.
I have towed this combination from Toronto down to Georgia and into Tennessee down I 79 and I 77 with side trips on the smokie mountain road and other secondary highways with steep grades and long hills.
On some occasions the rig slowed down on the hills and I was even down to 20 miles per hour in first gear once but I made it up the hills just fine.
Didn't overheat or anything.
Remember that towing I am on holiday and going a little slow up hill is not a big deal.
I have never had anyone indicate that they were upset with my progress on these hills.
By the way most of these had a passing lane and others were able to pass me.
All that said, I would try towing with what you have and make up your own mind. With the price of fuel steadily increasing there is a lot to be said for slowing down anyways.
If you don't tow too much compared to your total mileage for the year I would really hesitate to buy a diesel. They are way to expensive and the fuel cost is prohibitive.
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