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Old 06-26-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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2005 Z71 1/2 ton Suburban

My wife and I are new to the rving scene and we have decided to go Airstream from the start. The new ones are a bit pricey and seeing as how we are new to this, we are looking at previously enjoyed models. My question is this: I have a 2005 Z71 1/2 ton Chevy Suburban. I understand that I have a towing capacity of around 7200#. I was looking at new models in the empty weight area of 5 to 6 thousand pounds. As I am looking at the older models, how do I know what the older ones weigh? Is there a chart I can reference? I see some photos on here of people towing 30 footers with smaller vehicles. We don't need a huge trailer, 25-28 is plenty. Any info from my new friends here on the forums would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-27-2014, 05:07 AM   #2
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25's from about 2009 on have a GVWR of 7300 lbs. Some of the Safaris in the 2006-2008 are 7000 lbs. Prior to 2006, they run about 6300 lbs. My dates may be off +/- a year or 2. For instance, we are looking at a 2007 Safari 25 SE that has a GVWR of 7000 lbs which we would pull with a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 that is rated to pull a 7600 lb trailer.

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Here is a good deal on a 2002 25' Safari with a GVWR of 6300 lbs.
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