Originally Posted by RDM16CCD
Does anyone have thoughts on how to increae the load capability on an Airstream? I have a 2005 16' CCD, with a GVWR of 3,500. I notice the 19' model has a 4,500 rating. What makes the 19'er capapable of the extra 1,000 pounds? Is it mostly the axle and wheels, and is it feasible to switch my axle to the one used on the 19'?
Any other thoughts on ways to increase load capacity? Another 500 pounds capacity would let me carry the Honda generator, 2nd battery, dutch oven & camping gear, etc, and not feel like I've maxed out the load rating.
The shorter length works better for me, but I could sure use some extra load capability.
Thanks for any thoughts and ideas.
If I'm reading your question correctly..
The 16' is rated at 3500lbs.
The 19' is rated at 4500lbs.
These are the posted factory spec as stamped/etched on your vehicle's ID tag. You need to keep in mind the differences between the actual weight of your unit and, the load carrying capacity of your unit. They take the two together as the combined weight and, then post it as your load capacity of that unit. To find out what you can carry safely, you need to subtract the actual weight of that unit from the total weight as posted on the ID tag.
For the purpose of discussion, lets use these examples.
1.)16' actual weight is 3000lb minus 3500lb(on the ID tag)=carrying load of 500lbs.
2.)19' actual weight is 4000lb minus 4500lb(on the ID tag)=carrying load of 500lbs.
Don't go and substrate the differences between 4500lb and 3500lb to arrive at 1000lbs of extra weight carrying capacity for a 19' over a 16'. It just doesn't work that way.
Now, I grant you that there is a difference between the 19' and, the 16' in the tires. This is due to the fact that the 19' unit is heavier as it is an extra 3' .
The 16' has tires size 14 and, the 19' has tire size 15. for your actual tire size, you can go out and check them.
Finally, I see that your tow vehicle
it's a Dodge 2500 with the Cummin turbo diesel.
is quite capable of carring the extra weight that you're wanting to carry within the cargo bed.
I'd be more concerned with having the proper tires (load rating of E) on my tow vehicle and, keeping the tire pressure up to the max load rating for both the Airstream and the Dodge.
That's my take on the subject as I read your original post.