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Old 10-20-2008, 09:32 PM   #1
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weight distribution question

I wasn't sure where to put this, but I appreciate the help.


In my planning of converting an Airstream to a mobile kitchen, I'm curious if I should consider buying a two axle model to help distribute the weight more?
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I wasn't sure where to put this, but I appreciate the help.


In my planning of converting an Airstream to a mobile kitchen, I'm curious if I should consider buying a two axle model to help distribute the weight more?
Yes, the smallest 2 axle Airstream I remember was 21'. I would try to keep trailer length below 26', it will be easier to park.
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I agree. I'm not looking forward to backing it down my driveway when I do get one.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:53 PM   #4
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I think you need to look at the size that you need to build your kitchen and the total weight of your project, then find a trailer that will fit both of these requirements.
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Total weight IS your only consideration at this point. The smaller a 2 axle trailer you find the lighter weigth rating it will have.

If you are gutting a trailer typlically the weight you put in should not exceed the weight you reinstall. These trailers (and every other brand I know) have an axle capacity to accomodate everything built into them and a small percent greater. So if the trailer has a GVWR of 5000 #'s the axle(s) will be rated just over that and the empty weight of a complete trailer is going to be like 85 to 90 percent of that.

Drag in a heavy commercial cooking gear and you will have issues with a standard set up.

All of the above assumes the axles are in good shape. If you are doing this to a trailer that is older than 20 years, seriously look at axle(s) replacement with a higher weight carrying capacity.

And this is assuming you want to move the trailer to different locations. If it is a stationary project then all of the above becomes just talk. Find acceptable foundation for this application.

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