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Old 02-03-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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31' Classic weight question

I have a 2002 31' Classic with a slide and was wondering what the tow weight is empty. I know my 2008 Ford F-250 V-10 4X4 Super Cab weighs in at 8100 but have never weighed my Airstream. I know the empty hitch weight is around 850 lbs. Any knowledge on this would be very grateful. The wifer and I are going on a 7,000 mile cross country trip in March from Idaho to Florida and back. Many thanks.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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unless removed by a previous owner,

there is a sticker in the closet with the factory weight info.

there is also a riveted placard on the street side with some info.

however the ONLY reliable weight figures are found by weighing the actual unit.

a/s posted figures are simply estimates,

and did NOT include options OR a spare tire/wheel, OR lp gas in the cylinders.

specifically the 'hitch/tongue' factory figure should be viewed with suspicion.

go weight it.

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Old 02-03-2011, 11:32 AM   #3
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Pappy,

Welcome - and hope to see you around.

If you head down to Horseshoe Bend, and the truck scales just to the north are not in use, you can pull in there an weigh for free (once you get the trailer set on the scales, look upward - the weight should be displayed via a red digital display).

Do you have any interest in joining the Idaho Airstream Unit?
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Trailer Weight Information Sticker

I've got a 31 foot 2002 ASCL NON-slide-out but have attached photos of my weight info sticker from the closet door for your reference.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:40 PM   #5
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Pappy,

Welcome - and hope to see you around.

If you head down to Horseshoe Bend, and the truck scales just to the north are not in use, you can pull in there an weigh for free (once you get the trailer set on the scales, look upward - the weight should be displayed via a red digital display).

Do you have any interest in joining the Idaho Airstream Unit?

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Right now we are working in Utah and our A/S is parked in North Salt Lake. Once we make this big month long trip, we will take it back to Garden Valley for the summer. I did weigh my Ford at the Horseshoe Bend weigh station and found out it weighed 8100 with a full tank plus my normal crap in back. The reason I am curious about the total weight of the trailer is that I have an after market rear bumper from South Texas Outfitters. Great bumper but I still want to know what weight I am pulling and would really like to find out the toungue weight too, but figure that's a little more difficult to measure. I should be OK with an 800-900 tongue weight.

Yes, I would like to join the Idaho A/S group; what do I do next??

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I have a 2002 31' Classic with a slide and was wondering what the tow weight is empty. I know my 2008 Ford F-250 V-10 4X4 Super Cab weighs in at 8100 but have never weighed my Airstream. I know the empty hitch weight is around 850 lbs. Any knowledge on this would be very grateful. The wifer and I are going on a 7,000 mile cross country trip in March from Idaho to Florida and back. Many thanks.
Check that hitch weight. I know my 2004 Classc slide is about 1,250. Heavy enough that I had to upgrade the receiver on my van to a Class V. I'm pulling with a 3/4 ton GMC van that has a 9,900 lb. towing capacity. Based on my typical food and clothing load, we are in the 8,300 lb range, without water and empty waste tanks.

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Hello Pappy19,

You have a heavy trailer with lots of tongue weight. While we were on a two week trip I decided to have my combination weighed to see what it grossed out at. I was surprised to see the combined weight at 16040lbs. I had 3480 on my steer axle, 4560 on my drive axle and 8000 exactly on the four trailer tires. When I disconnected and weighed the tongue I had 1520 lbs on the jack. The S/O's have lots of tongue weight. Mine is a 2001 and the propane tanks were nearly full and the trailer had stuff distributed throughout. Here is a copy of the specifications label in my closet.

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Check that hitch weight. I know my 2004 Classc slide is about 1,250. Heavy enough that I had to upgrade the receiver on my van to a Class V. I'm pulling with a 3/4 ton GMC van that has a 9,900 lb. towing capacity. Based on my typical food and clothing load, we are in the 8,300 lb range, without water and empty waste tanks.

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Jack,

Ar you sure about that? Was the 8300 pound figure from the scale hooked up trailer axle weight?

If so you ned to add the tongue weight for total trailer weight.

The reason I ask is my 30 NON slide has, per scales, 900 pound tongue weight and 7600 axle weight for a total of 8500 pounds.
Not that much inside...groceries, linens clothes...etc. No water or waste, full propane.

9550 for yours, I could understand, but 8300 total?
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I added a set of Firestone air rides to the rear springs and it sure has helped for a number of reasons. Mainly it helps when I hook up and need to raise the hitch level to connect the out-riggers on my hitch. I just press the compressor button and it lifts the whole rear end of the truck. The air bags also make the truck ride better over rough roads and seems more stable.

I have one more hitch question. When I park for a few days in an RV park and want to unhitch, what do you all do with that heavy hitch? Do you just drop it on the ground in front of your trailer? Do you lock it somehow or just not worry about it? Thanks-

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I added a set of Firestone air rides to the rear springs and it sure has helped for a number of reasons. Mainly it helps when I hook up and need to raise the hitch level to connect the out-riggers on my hitch. I just press the compressor button and it lifts the whole rear end of the truck. The air bags also make the truck ride better over rough roads and seems more stable.

I have one more hitch question. When I park for a few days in an RV park and want to unhitch, what do you all do with that heavy hitch? Do you just drop it on the ground in front of your trailer? Do you lock it somehow or just not worry about it? Thanks-

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I have always just thrown the hitch under the front of the trailer along with the bike rack off our truck. I don't lock it and never had any problem in 20 years. Hope I haven't jinxed myself now!

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We can send you a packet of information (too include our monthly newsletter). We meet at the Golden Corral in Boise on Emerald Street the second Saturday of every month (except November). The packet will contain the membership information - the newsletter has information about our rallies and caravan activities. PM me with your email and mailing address so I can send the info.
BTW how do you like your Firestone air rides? I am thinking of doing the same thing; where did you have them installed?

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Old 02-06-2011, 10:55 AM   #12
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Regarding the Firestone air bags, I love them. I installed with the "on-board" compressor so I could add or subtract the pressure easily. Works great and don't know how I lived without them. One of the best options I have ever added. I had the local Ford dealer in Morgan, Utah, Barber Brothers do the work.
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