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Old 04-24-2009, 03:06 PM   #1
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So just why are the later model trailers so much heavier than the older models? When I compare mine to memories of my Dad's 73... the wide body would add about 1/16th, but otherwise the following should weigh about the same

- skin, ribs, and insulation
- appliances
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- battery, LP tanks, plumbing, and wiring
- axles, brakes, wheels and tires
- the 2003 Safari's cabinets are very lightly constructed - feels like Balsa wood cored, so I don't think that is a big factor
- The curtains, cushions, and table don't seem to be much different

The frame is much heavier duty looking on mine... is this the big factor?
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:40 PM   #2
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I'll have to admit, I have been curious about this too.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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New weights are honest and include many standard items that used to be options.

However weight is highly overrated as a factor when towing. Aerodynamic drag, balance and suspension are all far more important than weight.

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Frames, appliances, large BTU A/C units, TVs, subs, it all adds up.

I would argue that aerodynamics, though important are not the sole determining factor in efficiency in towing these heavy monsters. Most folks that tow with V8s get *around* 10mpg regardless if they have an SOB or an Airstream. I towed my Safari in a 25-30 mph headwind at 55 mph...know what the DIC on the dash indicated I was getting in terms of MPG? SEVEN...with my superior balance, suspension and aerodynamics. Fact is an Airstream is better than a box, but it still is a force to be reckoned with in terms of volume, size and weight. Lateral winds will effect an Airstream very similarly. Weight may not be the only issue or the most important, but it is nonetheless an issue and a big one at that. Load 300lbs hitch weight then load 850lbs and tell me that is not significant....then tell me that towing a 19' Bambi or a 19' SOB is any different at a 7% grade....fact is that it really is not that different and equally as stressful on the tow vehicle. Towing over the manufactures rating only adds to it.
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So just why are the later model trailers so much heavier than the older models? When I compare mine to memories of my Dad's 73... the wide body would add about 1/16th, but otherwise the following should weigh about the same

- skin, ribs, and insulation
- appliances
- floor
- battery, LP tanks, plumbing, and wiring
- axles, brakes, wheels and tires
- the 2003 Safari's cabinets are very lightly constructed - feels like Balsa wood cored, so I don't think that is a big factor
- The curtains, cushions, and table don't seem to be much different

The frame is much heavier duty looking on mine... is this the big factor?
That frame is a big factor.
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