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Old 10-08-2008, 03:08 AM   #1
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diesel engined motorhome under 3.5 tonnes

Hi all,
I was /am considering an Airstream Motorhome but being holland based and with a driving licence permittting only vehicles under 3.5 tonnes many vehicles are too large/heavy.Which if any of the older airstreams are diesel engined and qualify as above,was there ever any version built on a Mercedes chassis???.
I posted a similar query a long time ago but didn't ever get any reply.

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Old 10-08-2008, 07:07 AM   #2
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Our 1984 31' 310 Classic motorhome has a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of about 14,000 lbs. Our 1974 20' Argosy motorhome has a GVWR of 10,500 lbs. I'm pretty sure the 20' Argosy has a typical curb weight of about 8,000 lbs so it would appear that even the smallest Airstream motorhome is going to be over your 3-1/2 tonne limit.

Now if you're referencing the metric tonne (2204 lbs) (3.5 x 2204 = 7714) then it appears that the 20' Argosy would come close but still would be a little over your limit.

I've never had the opportunity to weigh our 20' Argosy so can't say if it would fall within the 7714 lb limit. Also ours has a 454 gas engine and I believe a diesel engine would weigh several hundred lbs more.

To the best of my knowledge all of the older Airstream motorhomes were based on the Chevy P30 chassis. I believe the very last Classic style motorhomes that were made were diesel pushers based on a Ford or some other brand of chassis however these were in the 35' and longer category.

Hopefully someone will chime in with some better information for you.

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