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Old 10-12-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Topic: 30 foot Airstreams any kind

We are considering a 30ft Airstream because we would like more options in

Regards to the tow vehicle. As initially we where sold on a used 34ft classic
but Realized some can be so HEAVY and would require a f150 or 250 so
then we considered the Excella! As we don't want to buy a 250 anything!!!

Reason I started this discussion is so those who CURRENTLY own a 30ft, can ring in and help others understand the tow vehicle needed to pull it.

A) Please tell us what 30 f Airstream you own? And it's dry weight ?
B) Please tell us what tow vehicle you use and how good it pulls?

Thank you all for chiming in on this topic.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:29 PM   #2
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1967 30 foot with a dry weight of 4650. Our tow vehicle is an F150 with small V8. Our towing area is the mountain west.

But this could take a while for you, so take a look at the attached document.


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Old 10-12-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:52 PM   #4
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1975 Sovereign 31' empty dry weight is around 6,000#. Tow with an 2003 F150 4.6 V-8 with factory tow package, 3:55 limited slip rear end. We are close to maximum rated capacity though, which IIRC is right around 7,000#. We primarily tow in the coastal plains of NC and stay out of the deep mountains. If we go to the mountains we use the 1996 F350 Crewcab Powerstroke Diesel.

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Old 10-12-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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I think my trailer is about 7300# dry.
GVW is 10,000#.
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #6
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I have a 1988 32' Excella. But I tow it with a 2500 diesel. It tows great.
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:50 PM   #7
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1978 31' Sovereign towed with 1999 Suburban 2500 with big, big motor.

My father-in-law, who hauled bumper hitch trailers and travel trailers always told me that while a 1/2 truck may pull a trailer, a 3/4 ton has heavier suspension and brake parts.

My vote would be for 3/4 ton.
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #8
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Dry weight for the 2004 - 30 foot Classic is 7250lb
2007 Toyota Tundra 4 door, 5.7 l with towing package

I get 10-12 miles/ gallon

We have over 50,000 miles on both truck and trailer and have traveled all over the country including the mountains of Colorado, New York, New England etc
It is a great tow vehicle. Wolf146
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:02 PM   #9
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Our existing TV will adequately handle the jump from a 2013 25FB International Serenity with a GVW of 7,300 pounds to a 2014 Classic 30 with a GVW of 10,000 pounds. The factory empty weight of the Classic 30 at 7,395 exceeds the GVW on the 25FB.

We looked at a 2011 34' Classic and the 11,500 pound GVW would exceed the combined trailer and truck with payload allowance for our existing truck.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:43 PM   #10
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:51 PM   #11
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2001 AS classic 30 ft. Scale weight 8,000. Tow with Dodge 2500 6.7 cummins. No problems towing. I do not cut conners and sacrifice safety.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:56 PM   #12
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I towed a 1998 Excella 30', with a GVWR of 8,300. It usually weighed between 7,400 and 7,800 when we towed. Dry about 7,000.

At first I towed it with a Silverado 1500, 5.3L, 4 speed automatic, tow package. This truck would pull the trailer pretty well as long as I stayed out of the mountains. On steep grades the transmission would overheat, even with the auxiliary transmission cooler. This truck/trailer combination always exceeded the combined weight rating of the truck. The tongue weight and all of the things I carried in the truck was always really close to or exceed the payload capacity. The weight on the rear axle always was close to or exceeded the axle weight rating.

I also pulled this trailer with a Silverado 1500, 5.3L, 6 speed automatic, tow package. This truck would tow the trailer anywhere without any mechanical issue. Though, this truck/trailer combination always exceeded the combined weight rating of the truck. The tongue weight and all of the things I carried in the truck was always really close to or exceed the payload capacity. The weight on the rear axle always was close to or exceeded the axle weight rating.

Now I use a Silverado 2500, 6.0L, 6 speed automatic. Some would say overkill, but I carry a lot of weight in the truck bed. I do not like my present truck and will soon be going back to a 1500. I will re-arrange how I carry things to put more load in the trailer and less in the truck. And, I will leave some things at home.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:26 AM   #13
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You know, about the best you can say is that there is huge difference in weight, depending on how old the Airstream is. Those newer Airstreams would just squash our poor F150 flat while vintage ones like ours do fine with it.


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Old 10-13-2013, 08:15 AM   #14
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We tow our '94 30' Excella with a 2012 Ram 1500 Hemi with 3.93 gears. At the CAT scales we were right at the limit. No bed cap, bikes, or kayaks. Only a 30 lb BBQ and propane cylinder in the truck bed. Our AS has a tongue mounted generator and security box that adds about 300 lbs. It works just fine, and since we live in the Sierras, we frequently pull mountain passes.
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