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Old 11-26-2008, 08:37 AM   #21
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1977 27ft Overlander Rear Bath here With 2 double beds one NOSE and one Curb side before the bath We love it. Front is a couch all the time unless we have guests.
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:13 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by northmeck025 View Post
What makes these trailers so much heavier than the older units?
Some of it is due to an increase in width in later-day trailers.

Also, some of the difference is absorbed in the higher levels of standard content in newer models. The older (70s) brochures note that you need to add weight for options - that includes the air conditioning that is standard on newer models.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:07 AM   #23
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Thanks. That makes sense. I can see how the COMBINED effect of corian countertops, solid oak cabinetry, upgraded fixtures, and also the increased width of the units would contribute to their added weight.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:40 AM   #24
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If you buy a 21+ feet with center bath you can redo the bedding in the back for $$ and make a nice queen size bed in a Vintage model.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:57 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by northmeck025 View Post
Help me out with something I just don't understand. From looking at the .pdf of the trailer weights over the years, it appears that there was a huge jump in trailer weights in 1982 that continues to this day.

A 1981 center bath 31 ft Excella weighed 4680. The same trailer in 1982 weighed 6800. A new 27 footer weighs 7600....
Besides the frame, AC and other options, and width, a substantial weight gain is in the floor - in the '78 Soveriegn the entire floor is 1/2" plywood (true 1/2" thick).

The 1/2" makes for a "soft walk" on any vintage trailer. The MDF and OSB used on the newer trailers are certainly stronger (before they get wet, anyway) and much, much heavier.

Better? - I don't know - that's a matter of opinion.

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Old 12-08-2008, 10:18 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by 78GussyTX View Post
Together?? You mean like in the same bed?? Haha!!
We travel with our three children that still live at home, age 9, 7, and 6. We have the bunks in the back of our '78 Argosy and the fold down couch in the front. We also add an inflatable mattress on the floor for our 6 year old at night. Actually, the setup works really really well, 5 people sleeping in there!! Of course, it doesn't suit sleeping together ... call it birth control ...
What, 3 kids isn't enough of a birth control We have a front fold out couch. twin. I didn't think it was that big.. And we really like each other.

But it was like sleeping on top of each other. Which can be fun But we also need some sleep. with 2 kids

We are redoing it. Making a wrap around that will be a queen, I hope..

The kids sleep ( 2.5 and 5.5 years) on the bunks I have just made (well not yet because I am still redoing it) and I also have a dinette on the other side.. We had twin beds in the mid section.

If you can't find what you want, you can always make changes...

Thats the fun of an older trailer...

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