recently someone posted this thread on weight rating/capacity issues for the classic models in 30/31 or 34 ft lenghts....
today, curiosity got the best of my friend 'bob' who called the factory for clarification on this issue.
bob spoke with a very competent customer service person who apparently monitors the forums
(hi jim) and he had the correct numbers at hand.
the new catalog is correct for new orders.
30/31ft classic models have a gvwr of 10,000lbs
with 10,300lb for the slide model. 34ft classic have a gvrw of 11,400lbs.
dry weights (ubw) for the 31s and 30 are 6,900-7,100lbs while the 30/slide is 7,900lbs. ubw for the 34s are 7,900 and 9,000 for the slide model. of course this is before options are added.
this means that ncc has greatly increased...2400-2900lbs. for the 30/31s
and 2400-3500lbs for the 34ft models.
how did this happen??????
upgraded axle capacities....the 30/31s now get 2-5000lbs and the 34s get 3-3,500lbs units.
they have been listening to "customer wants".
also, it looks like the fresh water tank is now 60 gallons on all of these units.
these improved numbers apply to 2005s being built now, while 2005 models that where made earlier in the year have the previous 8700/9100 gvrw with the lesser rated axles. you can tell which is which by reading what's printed inside the unit.
bob didn't find out when the change happened, but he's happy the new unit he's about to be ordered will have room for more stuff!!