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Old 01-23-2019, 12:31 PM   #1
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Actual carrying capacity of 2019 Classic 33

Airstream published the base weight of the Classic 33 as 8261 lbs (includes LP and batteries). Given the GVWR of 10k, that yields a carrying capacity of 1739 lbs as published. However, I happened upon this link

https://www.windishrv.com/product/ne...33fb-940592-29

Which shows an actual photo of the trailer specs plate on the unit and it says the manufactured weight was over 8800 lbs! That would yield a NCC of less than 1200 lbs! Any actual owners out there care to report the numbers on your unit according to the specs plate and even better maybe someone weight their unit prior to putting anything in it?

If weíre going to purchase and full time in one of these, I think 1739 lbs (which I believe has to include your fresh water weight) is manageable but if itís more like 1200 or less then Iím a little concerned.

What gives??!
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:37 PM   #2
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Nothing on my 17 sticker to indicate the fresh water tank (full) weight is inside the manufactured weight.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:55 PM   #3
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Seems off a bunch...same dealer has plate for a 30' Classic with factory weight of 7962lbs vs Airstream spec of 7788lbs so only heavier by 174lbs.

Your example is factory weight of 8810lbs vs Airstream spec of 7788lbs or heavier by 1022 lbs. Wow...
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Just to clarify, I donít believe manufactured weight ever includes the fresh water weight. My example of the 33 is where the base weight on the Airstream site says 8261 lbs not 7788 lbs. The diff between what the Airstream site says and the photo of the actual trailer is 8810 - 8261 = 549 lbs.

Assuming that the ďmanufactured weightĒ on the trailer does NOT include fresh water, why would Airstream publish a base weight that THAT far off (549 lbs)? Thatís a net carrying capacity of 1190 instead of the published 1739 on the Airstream site. A full fresh water tank will weigh 451 lbs, so if the photo is right then this leaves only 739 lbs for cargo after filling fresh water! Could that really be correct?
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:32 PM   #7
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I see Airstream deception never ended. Our 2006 Bambi Quick Silver brochure information says trailer weighs 2,825 lbs with a 3500 lbs rated axle. But what Airstream neglected to state for our trailer, weight of 2825 lbs didn’t include options or fluids. The Bambi Q/S is Inernational trim. Options included
1) Spare tire and carrier
2) Air conditioning
3) Zip Dee Patio awning
4) TV
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And.... to throw it out there, No Shock Absorbers so Bambi bounces free like a superball.
With added water and propane, Bambi weighed in at 3480 lbs without a single sock added.
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:44 PM   #8
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Actual carrying capacity of 2019 Classic 33

Wow! So my next question is: is this normal for Airstream to publish weights that are hundreds of lbs less than actual? In the case of the Classic, its not like they can claim that it depends on what options are selected because there are no option choices other than decor and whether you want the gas oven, which wouldnít come anywhere near accounting for these weight differences.

Iím guessing theyíre fudging on the Classic 30 weights too?

What bothers me about this is the net carrying capacity being so inflated according to the published vs real values. Makes me wonder why they donít just use a 11k GVWR trailer frame at least on the Classic 33. Bummer!

Any Classic owners know how much their cargo actually weighs, particularly if you are full timing? How close to GVWR are you?
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Airstream weighs every single trailer before it leaves the factory, and prints the weight on those labels I pictured.
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@overlander63 Thanks for those pics. This is very disappointing.

I wonder how difficult it is to full time in a trailer this size with only 739 to 977 lbs of cargo capacity after filling the fresh water tank. Anyone with experience here Iíd love to hear your thoughts. Am I being paranoid or does this mean nobody can safely full time in their Classic 33 without staying uncomfortably lean with their cargo? Maybe the 33 owners donít use the fresh water tank because theyíre staying only at campgrounds with water hookups? We very much plan on doing lots of boondocking or at least want the option to do so without fearing being overweight.

We donít plan on having a rock collection or something obviously unnecessary and heavy. I can put heavier things in our future Ford F-350. However, I also donít want to feel like we canít even come close to filling our storage areas due to exceeding net carrying capacity.
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I wonder how difficult it is to full time in a trailer this size with only 739 to 977 lbs of cargo capacity after filling the fresh water tank. Anyone with experience here Iíd love to hear your thoughts. Am I being paranoid or does this mean nobody can safely full time in their Classic 33 without staying uncomfortably lean with their cargo? Maybe the 33 owners donít use the fresh water tank because theyíre staying only at campgrounds with water hookups? We very much plan on doing lots of boondocking or at least want the option to do so without fearing being overweight.
Your stuff doesn't weigh as much as you think. When we fulltimed, all our stuff together was about 700 pounds or so, in an Airstream roughly the same size as a 30 Classic. Yes, it adds up, but not as fast as you might think.
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Also being 100-200 lb over weight isnít going to result in catastrophe. Thatís literally 1-2% extra weight. The way things are engineered is for a wide margin of mechanical safety.

In addition not all the weight is on the axels to begin with, the tongue definitely takes a good chunk, so even at 10K lbs the axels are experiencing less than 5k.

Do I wish AS just used beefier axles? YES. But this will never really be a limitation for us.
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Yes, from what Iím gathering in this and another older thread, as long as neither of the axles are exceeding their rating (5k each) and the tongue stays within the recommended 10-15% of total weight then we should still be safe. I suspect that Airstream and other manufacturers just keep it simple and conservative by setting the GVWR to the sum of the axle weight ratings, ignoring the fact that the tongue will carry a nice chunk of total weight. They probably know most folks wonít bother to weigh the load on the individual axles so they just add their ratings together and ignore the load carried by the tongue to minimize the chance of someone overloading an axle.

Maybe I got that right. Anyone else agree?
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Yes, from what Iím gathering in this and another older thread, as long as neither of the axles are exceeding their rating (5k each) and the tongue stays within the recommended 10-15% of total weight then we should still be safe. I suspect that Airstream and other manufacturers just keep it simple and conservative by setting the GVWR to the sum of the axle weight ratings, ignoring the fact that the tongue will carry a nice chunk of total weight. They probably know most folks wonít bother to weigh the load on the individual axles so they just add their ratings together and ignore the load carried by the tongue to minimize the chance of someone overloading an axle.

Maybe I got that right. Anyone else agree?
Airstream did that for a while, but people complained the gvw of the trailer was higher than the total axle rating, and didn't want to hear about the tongue carrying part of the load.
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