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Old 12-06-2013, 04:27 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I'm a new owner of a 1955 Bubble Airstream. I am shipping it to Australia, and I'm looking for the load weight of the caravan.

I know the total weight, and hitch weight, but I'm after the load weight!

if anyone could help me, that would be great!

Thank you
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:37 AM   #2
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And another rare one leaves.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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I think you safest way would be to have it weighed as things may have changed, additions or subtraction by past owners, over the last60 years.

Another thing you may need is the CUBE of the trailer. Not sure about overseas shipping but over the road shipping often use a calculation that if the item does not weigh 7 lbs per cubic foot t is shipped by volume rather than weight. An empty trailer may fall into this consideration.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:08 AM   #4
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And another rare one leaves.
It was listed on ebay.com and had no real offers from onshore buyers. I negotiated after the auction had ended with the seller. The price offered to the seller was in respect to rarity, condition and beauty of what this Airstream deserves.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:49 AM   #5
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If its the one from California. you did pay for it. And, as you say, it is rare. You will love it.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:28 AM   #6
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Yes, it was the one from CA, and It is beautiful, and I can't wait to get it!

And I hope I have as many wonderful years as the previous owner
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Good Morning,

I am currently shipping vintage trailers to the UK.

This is exactly what I have to produce to my Brokerage group for my paperwork.

1) over all height (ground to rooftop, including ac unit if one
2) over all max width.
3) over all lenght (bumper to hitch)
4) a certified weight slip of trailer. (must come from weight scales, ,such as truck stop, or gravel yard.)
The closest port to you, and its destination. they will figure out what port it will disemabark from, and arrive to for the cheapest price.

The brokerage will then figure out all of the calculations needed.

one tip for you is: Take every unnecessary item out of it and ship it separatly in a container. it is much cheaper to ship your trailer with barebone necessities then to leave everything in it. Most trailers i am/will ship are stripped out... and contents containered over.

Good luck and I hope this helps you.

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Old 12-09-2013, 08:11 AM   #8
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Exclamation

one thing I forgot to mention...

These must be actual measurments and weights. not from charts or websites... they will be double check at the ports, if inacurate, your shipment could be delayed. and surcharges added on.

Best of luck,

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Old 12-09-2013, 09:20 AM   #9
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Hi there,

I'm a new owner of a 1955 Bubble Airstream. I am shipping it to Australia, and I'm looking for the load weight of the caravan.

I know the total weight, and hitch weight, but I'm after the load weight!

if anyone could help me, that would be great!

Thank you
I'm guessing that your term "total weight" refers to GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) which includes the trailer & all the "stuff" you're going to put in it. I suspect you want the "dry weight", ie trailer alone, with nothing in it. I believe you're looking at 1500-1800 bs.
It's nice to hear that another one is being brought back to life.
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Take every unnecessary item out of it and ship it separately in a container. it is much cheaper to ship your trailer with bare bone necessities then to leave everything in it. Most trailers i am/will ship are stripped out... and contents containerized over.
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I accept you may have first hand experience with overseas shipments but this statement seams illogical and against my overland experience. If the broker wants the CUBE measurement why would they care about the contained weight? Yes containers are placed are placed on a ship based on weight to lower the center of gravity but a few hundred pounds on a top loaded trailer should be in the noise.
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Howie,
Actually I have never questioned as to why there is a difference. I will now. And, be sure to let you know.
I will tell you this though. I am sending a 1960's era Cadillac coupe ‘deville to Europe also on this ship that I just sent a 1947 Spartan Manor trailer on. The trailer gutted, scaled at 2400 Lbs. The ‘deville was twice that weight. The ‘deville in a 40' container cost under $1,000.00, whle the Spartan cost in excess of $3,000.00. It’s size was 8 x 26. You need to remember... other than strategically placing the containers for location, and easy take off... they are sort of brainless cargo. They are also not inside the ship like a trailer is protected from the elements... These trailers are inside the cargo holds sealed from the salt water.
While roll-on, roll-off goods require much more load prep. Manual labor and placing them for ship balance... I have seen some of the trailers sent to European market from the port of Baltimore... They don’t have even all of their windows in them, were just a shells with plastic over window holes...
I will have a better answer regarding weight for you.
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