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Old 09-08-2014, 07:17 PM   #1
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Help understand trailer tongue load

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I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra and I'm trying to figure out what size Airstream she can tow before I begin my hunt to purchase one. I know that I don't want to go any larger than 25 feet. Can anyone tell me what the trailer tongue load is for an Airstream 25 feet and smaller?

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Old 09-08-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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My 25' trailer 's tongue weight varies 650 and upward. The hitch load varies as high as 850.

Trailer tongue load is the weight of the trailer where it bears down on the hitch ball. This weight varies as the gross trailer weight changes due to different cargo each time you travel.

When figuring out the load on the tow vehicle's hitch (some people incorrectly call this tongue load) you must add the weight of both the hitch and sway control to trailer tongue weight.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:56 PM   #3
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Here's a link to a PDF that lists them all:


http://www.airstream.com/wp-content/...me-Weights.pdf

Good luck!
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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Our 1987 25' Sovereign has a tongue weight of about 900 Lbs..
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:48 PM   #5
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My 25, 1988 Excella adds 800 lbs to the truck weight when hitched.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:00 PM   #6
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Hitch weights vary from model to model, year to year, and depends on options and how it's loaded. Our 2012 25' has a heavier factory hitch weight than an early 34'. Airstreams have also gotten heavier overall in the later models.

So it's not only Airstream trailer length, but also the model and year that matter.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:29 PM   #7
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I don't know much about your 2006 Xterra, but I suspect you may be limited to a single axle trailer with a loaded trailer weight of 3,500 to 4,500 lbs.

Here are some actions to take:
- Find out the max payload and the GVWR. This should be on the drivers door post.
- Find out the max trailer weight the mfg says you can tow. Google it and ask the dealer. Hopefully there answers will match.
- See what other Airforums members are towing with an Xterra.

Good luck, Dan
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:23 PM   #8
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There is no standard tongue weight. Both my '74 Argosy 20 and my '14 Airstream FC 20 have tongue weights very close to 700#
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:19 AM   #9
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Hello!

I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra and I'm trying to figure out what size Airstream she can tow before I begin my hunt to purchase one. I know that I don't want to go any larger than 25 feet. Can anyone tell me what the trailer tongue load is for an Airstream 25 feet and smaller?

Thank you!
Lisa
Hi Lisa,

I would start by knowing what your Xterra can handle, Max Trailer weight 5,000 lbs, Max Tongue load 500, then I would look at which style trailer speaks to me. If you're interested in a newer model you may be stuck with a max length of 19' to fall into your SUV's hauling specs.

Good luck on your search.

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