Originally Posted by Althea68
I was thinking I could put on an Atwood coupler that's rated to 5000lbs. As my coach weighs in at approx 4000lbs and being that the tongue weight is 10% of this I should be fine. The coupler that is on there now is still doing the job, questionably though. Also the ones I've looked at seem to be much more heavy duty than the older ones. And yes the welding will be done professionally.
I would be hesitant to consider a coupler rated at less than 6,000 pounds for your coach. When checking the Airstream website, the specifications
for the 1968
Tradewind indicate an Empty/Dry weight of 4,080 pounds. It is critical to remember at this juncture that this figure does not include:
- The weight of any options or accessories installed on the coach.
- The weight of personal possessions carried in the coach.
- The weight of fresh water carried in the fresh water tank.
- The weight of LP Gas carried in the LP Cylinders.
- The weight of any wastes carried in the waste tanks.
My guess is that your loaded, ready to travel weight is going to be very close to 5,500 pounds. I know that the ready to travel weight for my '64 Overlander rarely drops below 6,000 pounds and is almost always just a little more than than 6,100 pounds.
Good luck with your investigation!