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Old 10-08-2002, 02:35 PM   #1
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I dont understand why OLD airstreams are lighter than the new ones?

I was looking at the airstream pdf and the weights drop as they age.. Dosnt make sence.

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Old 10-08-2002, 03:41 PM   #2
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During part of the '70's they used laminates for the cabinet doors. This is considerably lighter than oak and cheaper.


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It's because some of them had only one holding tank, lightweight cabinetry, lighter frames, less wiring, often single axle, etc.
Many of the newer units are wider, have bigger holding tanks, heavier cabinetry, heavier countertops, and it all adds up to a heavier trailer. I am sure there are more reasons that I am not even thinking of right now.
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Uwe and david have both hit on it. In the 70's cabinets all had extruded aluminmum frames, and tambour doors with a plywood countertop and lightweight(thin) plywood as bottons/sides/dividers. Now the cabinets are SOLID WOOD. They are beautiful and I know many owners love them but they weigh a lot! Also in the 70's the main water tank was in the 35 gallon range with a 20 gallon black and a 0,10,15,20 gallon gray. Now the tanks are 50 gallon fresh, 25,50 gallon grey and 35,50 gallon black. Not to mention how much corian counters weigh.

In the 60's the trailers had plywood interiors, but the wood was thin and there were not that many cabinets, let alone the size tanks we have in the new ones. Fres of 20 and no gray, minimal black if even. The older ones take some additional thought for dry camping but are beautiful to see.
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