Originally Posted by t walgamuth
We sold our excella 35 last year and recently bought one of those Award trailers which only weighs 4200#. I am thinkinf of selling off my dodge with cummins and going to a less valuable vehicle. Is anybody out there towing with one of those large gm wagons of this era?
I found a clean one on the web with a tow packag, 8 passengers and a beautiful leather interior.
I am wondering what kind of fuel economy they will actually get? it has teh 293 rear end so it might not do too badly solo. I used to get 8 towing with my suburban with 5.7, but it ran a 373 rear end, so maybe the car would do better.
Can't comment on the TV, but hope you enjoy the Award.
We have owned one for the last nine years or so and it served us very well.
Ours was a 1993 27ft. twin bed version.
It had a light wt. of 3950# and towed like a dream - interstate speeds of 70mph+ no problem at all.
We towed it first with a Safari Minivan which had more than enough power but did get into mild sway problems due to a relatively short wheelbase.
Nevertheless we made several trips across the USA with that setup before switching to a Sierra 1/2 ton 4x4 extended cab. As a tow vehicle, it was far superior and made for a much more relaxing ride - its wheelbase was maybe 24"longer.
The only thing I would really keep an eye on with the Award is the integrity of the caulking. For some reason Awards are very prone to water leaks and this can cause extensive and costly damage.
Particulary vulnerable spots are the front lower corners and that big front window.
We did also have problems with the bathroom skylight and the back wall, where you need to pay close attention to the caulking around all the exterior lights.
If you sight down the side walls on the outside and see any large irregularity on the fibreglass surface (bulging out) that will be an indication of delamination due to water infiltration.
Another thing to watch is sagging of the sidewalls. The cross-braces that come out perpendicular to the main frame members are inadequate to properly support the sidewalls and they will drop - especially in the 27, 30, and 34 ft models.
The factory has a "fix" that they install extra sidewall supports fore and aft of the wheels - about $1000 installed as I recall. Some owners have had their own made up locally.
There is a "Yahoo Group" of Award owners where you can get lots of good info.
We finally decided to move away from our Award is it was just getting too costly to maintain - if I had the space to work on it myself, I would have kept it.
The Awards have a very nice layout and are well suited to travelling couples, they were quite expensive when first sold. The factory, only 50 miles from our home, folded up in the mid nineties, then a few years later re-opened in a much scaled down way.
They were building only maybe 20 a year, and these were only made to order. Price was 2 or 3 times what you would pay for an SOB - ind the range of $60k Can or more.
Once the Canadian Dollar came up somewhat they stopped building new trailers because most of their production had been going to the US
Last time I visited them (last Spring) they were really operating on a shoestring and only doing repair work - I doubt there were more than a half dozen employees if that.
After much searching for a replacement trailer, we determined that the Airstream was the only make that would compare for us.
I don't mean at all to be discouraging, we really loved our Award and I'm sure you will too, but just a few things to watch out for!
If I can be of any help at all, please email me!