Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-01-2008, 07:33 PM   #15
1 Rivet Short
 
1989 25' Excella
By The Bay , Rhode Island
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,547
Images: 3
Hi Dick, as 2air noted, the published numbers are estimates, loaded weight will be much different. Many of us like to load up; bikes, firewood, full H2o tank, etc. A ton (any ton) may mean the difference between having all your stuff, or not…your choice really. Me? I don’t like to decide what we can’t bring. We travel with a variety of paddle toys, boats, bikes, and full tanks. Oh yeah-beer too.
Of course there are those who insist on playing the odds, and may get away with it. Many of us have found the relaxed driving, and safety is well worth having a ton. White knuckle rides are VERY stressful. Do a quick search, there are a few folks here that have wound up upside down in a ditch…some of them horrific accidents; look for gardenofjoy (I believe) had a terrible accident with a ton, was very lucky to survive. No one said you need a diesel. Gas or diesel is your choice (I am really hooked on diesel now myself, our next car will be diesel also!). It is the chassis, brakes, and suspension of a ton that make the difference, not what is under the hood. We are not trying to scare you. We are trying to educate you. Have the right combination of truck and camper. Be safe. You already own the ton, if upgrading is not an option, in a nut-shell you would be much safer with a 23’, borderline with a 25’, and really pushing it with anything larger/heavier.
There really is no cost difference in ton versus ton, so why not play it safe?

All the “stuff” must be subtracted from the vehicle payload. Others are soon to chime in with GVWR, GCWR, and GAWR. These all must be checked. Or play dumb, get the ton, and not worry about all the math. AS doesn’t make anything that will overload a ton.

Let’s run some guesstimates on your payload;
Payload
?
Tongue weight
1000
Passengers
400
LP
50
Gasoline
150
Dog
?
Bikes
?
Kayaks
?
Lunch
?
Overweight
300# min

You can refine this, but as you see, even best case (no water, no lunch) you will be very close with a ton and a 27’er. All the tons will have about the same payload.
You can look at my evolution with RV’s here; http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238/02-worth-towing-advice-28886.html
You will be much happier, relaxed, and safer with the right combination. Whatever that may be.

Bill
__________________

__________________
*Life is Good-Camping all around the Continent*
*Good people drink good beer-Hunter S Thompson*
BillTex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2008, 07:52 PM   #16
4 Rivet Member
 
KeithC's Avatar
 
1994 34' Excella
1978 31' Sovereign
Mansfield , Georgia
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 261
Hi Dick &Claire,

You'll scored a 100 form the get-go.

You found the right internet site to give you a diverse set of opinions from real world Airstream owners without commercial interest.

Your 1/2 ton will pull the size trailer you are looking to buy. The big however is that if you are towing your traler up interstate hills, you will be under powered. You will be "grandpa" put-putting up a hill below the speed limit, slowing everyone else down.

I tried towing a 24' Airstream with a 1/2 ton PU with a big V8 engine and I hated it, I was the guy blocking everyone else.

After two trips I had had enough. I bought a new 3/4 ton extended cab truck with a big honking V8 diesel..and have been very happy since.

If I'm a "grandpa" it's because I'm doing 65 up steep mountian grades and that is the speed I wish to drive. It's not becaues my 1/2 ton will only do 45 up grade floor boarded and everyone is giving me nasty looks.
__________________

__________________
KeithC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RVing in Cold Weather harryp Winter Living 30 04-06-2007 12:14 PM
RVing in 1937 Safari-Rick Off Topic Forum 9 11-05-2006 06:59 AM
New to RVing alkotake Member Introductions 5 09-13-2006 09:56 AM
new to RVing and Airstream macandannie Member Introductions 8 05-25-2006 07:28 PM
Nostalgia, Or How You Began RVing overlander64 Off Topic Forum 5 01-24-2003 12:43 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.