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Old 08-10-2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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Frames?

is there difference between a 27' safari frame and that of a 27' classic? I ask because the classic of the same size can carry about 600lbs more weight than a safari.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:20 AM   #2
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Bump.

I'm wondering the same thing too. I fulltime and carry too much stuff in my 28 footer. I know I can swap out the axles for more heavy-duty rated, but I'm worried about long-term effect of stuffing heavy items (generator, battery bank under gaucho) on the edge of the floor against the side walls...
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yes i was wondering if its just the axles or a combination of frame and axle
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:58 PM   #4
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Bump again.

Well, the topic should have been more specific. (20/20 hindsight)

So, Does anyone know if Classics comes with stronger frames? Perhaps, steel I-beams with heavier gauge?
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Does the classic have a lower dry weight??
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Dry weight of Classic is substantially heavier -- I assume it is because of its solid wood cabinetry.

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09 Specs according to Airstream.com

Trailer Model: UBW (dry weight) + NCC (stuff you can carry) = GVWR (Total Weight)

Safari 27FB: 5600 + 2000 = 7600
Safari 28: 5700 + 1600 = 7300
IntCCD 27FB: 5813 + 1787 = 7600
IntCCD 28: 5440 + 1860 = 7300
Classic 27FB: 6525 + 2475 = 8800

(Classic is not offered as 28' model)
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All of the models above are almost almost identical in dimensions. (BTW, Did you know 27FB is LONGER than 28 by an inch?) Most likely, that they all share an identical frame. But Classic somehow is rated at substantially heavier GVWR.

Is it simply because of different elastomers used in Classic's axles, or does Classic indeed have different beefier frame?
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