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Old 09-11-2003, 02:07 PM   #1
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Dry weight variances

I find the variances in the listed dry weights amongst Airstream and Argosy models intriguing. For instance,

The Argosy Minuet 7.3 (24') is 3820 dry/ 510 hitch while the 1979 AS Tradewind 25' is 4005 dry/670 hitch. I understand the Minuet line is about seven inches narrower than the AS line. If the Minuet's were developed for gas savings (lighter weight) why is there not a greater dry weight difference between the two?

The AS Caravelles of 1980 are also interesting from a weight standpoint, not to mention that they are very attractive looking
. The 1980 Caravelle 24' lists a dry weight of 3317/347 hitch, which is considerably different from the 1979 Tradewind specs listed above. Why were the Caravelle's so light in comparison to the other Airstreams and even the Minuets?

Kudos to Overlander64 for the info I got on the Minuet dry weight. Anyone know the dry weight of the Minuet 6.7 meter?

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Old 09-11-2003, 08:06 PM   #2
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The thing on the weights form the 60's and 70's is that they are all with a stripped down unit. What I mean is book weights do not include AC, Awnings, Batteries in some cases, TV Antenna, or anything else that was optional at the time the trailer was built. I belive it was a way to try to survive the gas crunch and convince people that the Family car was alright to tow with.

This is the dirty little secret that most people don't figure out until the drag their "properly loaded" unit over a scale and see that they are overweight. Most of the Owners manuals from the period all have a grid in them for the owner to sit down and calculate the base weight of the trailer, before adding "stuff". I have studued them in every owners manual I have had, and have yet to sit down and actually figure it out.

Also as has been discussed on the forum the base weight of the trailer is assigned by the factory. Sometimes I think they give it a good guess, newer 19 FT bambi's that weigh 4200 lbs? I dont think so. The engineers say it should weigh this amount with this interior, so that is how they plate it.

Just my $.02 worth, YMMV
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