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Old 08-02-2009, 12:27 PM   #21
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Sarge/AF,,, I'am sure that you are more informed than I, about trucks.
However, as I type this, I'am looking at the spec sheet for a 2005 Chev Kodiak, that I was looking at, and the tow capacity is listed as being:
receiver hitch---12,000
5th hitch---15,000

This would seem to be a reasonable TV for a 10,000lb TT

PS, have no desire to tow any TT that big.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:39 PM   #22
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The weight needs to come down on all of them. When one looks at the brochures of all the aluminum trailer manufacturers from the early 1970's the weights seem reasonable. One might argue they are a bit unrealistic, I cannot say. But when coupled to the stated GVWR -- a number that would have to be in line with reality -- these older trailers were more attractive.

I recently sold my 1983 34' Silver Streak. GVWR of 8,000-lbs. Found myself admiring an early '70's AVION of 31' length where the GVWR is @ 6,500-lbs. Big difference when we are talking about TV's.

An inspection of pictures indicates less total storage space inside and out (S/S trailers are known for the vast amount of storage), but some fair calculations of stuff we carried ""just in case" didn't really justify carrying it.

My grandparents covered the US, Canada and Mexico with a V8 sedan and a 27' Streamline in the 1960's. I doubt that rig would have scaled a lot more than 11,000-lbs. I also doubt they missed much of anything not taken with them nor did anyone else of that period.
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:51 PM   #23
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I was told the 34' will not be a regular production line trailer, but will continue to be a special order unit.
History doesn't repeat itself, people do!
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:05 PM   #24
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Rednax,,,,, Wow, I had no idea that the avions, of that time were that light. I guess I just thought that they were all heavy, and the Airstream was the "light" one. Yes,,, there could be more forward thinking, towards a lighter weight. I guess that today, we are all so used to thinking that we must have "everything", in a TT, that it is so easy for the weight to grow.
Glad, that AS will still observe a custom order,,,,,now,,,,,,,when I win the megabucks,,,.
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