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Old 08-21-2003, 04:41 PM   #1
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Question SOB weight

An acquaintance of mine just bought a very nice 1968 19' Yellowstone TT (against my advice, of course, but she only paid $450 for it). It's complete with solid wood cabinetry, bunk beds, toilet, and dinette.
Here's the rub: The weight on the title is only 1800# and she plans on towing it with her Pontiac Aztec. The Pontiac dealer told her the Aztec is fine for towing up to 3400#.
I had my 18' Caravel weighed at a grain mill a couple weeks ago and it came in at 3040#. Is it realistic that a SOB can be so much lighter than a similar sized AS or is something badly amiss?
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Old 08-21-2003, 04:45 PM   #2
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I don't know about "strong enough," but the Aztec is certainly "ugly enough." I believe there's a state law in Arizona that says you can't pull an Airstream with something as ugly as an Aztec.

Lucky for her it's an SOB!

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Old 08-21-2003, 04:58 PM   #3
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Re: SOB weight

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An acquaintance of mine just bought a very nice 1968 19' Yellowstone TT (against my advice, of course, but she only paid $450 for it). It's complete with solid wood cabinetry, bunk beds, toilet, and dinette.
The title for my old Scamp read 1800# and they advertised it at 2000#. I weighed the trailer packed ready for a short trip at 3240# (tanks empty except 5 gallons of fresh water). Since I didn't have a lot in the trailer, the advertised weight was off by at least 50%.

I would suggest she have the trailer weighed. I think most empty weights are fictional.

To paraphrase Tom hanks, "Ugly is as ugly does".
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In 1968 I worked for Apache trailers and we pushed them from station to station as they were built. I bet the frame and axles weighed nearly 800 lbs, they were 1/8" wall tube. I know by the time they were complete they were way over 1800 lbs., it took everyone at a station to move them on a concrete floor.

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Old 08-21-2003, 05:51 PM   #5
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I would suggest she have the trailer weighed. I think most empty weights are fictional.
I even offered to pay the $5 scale fee but she shrugged it off.
She's already had a Reese receiver installed on the Aztec.
Oh well, I guess someone has to keep the local tranny shops in business.

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Hmmmmmm .............
Hope they have good brakes since you would not normally have brakes on an 1800lb TT. Best guess on what goes first tranny or brakes.

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