Originally Posted by HoosierPapi
I’m doing a ton of research in preparation of getting an Airstream for full time living.
I was surprised to see Airstream list a lower tongue weight for the classic 30 then the Globetrotter, even though the classic is actually longer.
If anyone has actually weighed theirs, please share, I’d love to know what are real world numbers.
It depends where the kitchen is, tanks, etc. Typically an empty front kitchen will have a higher tongue weight than a front bedroom when dry and no packing. HOWEVER, when you start to pack the tongue weight gets heavier on the front bedroom because there is more storage area under the bed. So my tongue weight for my 28’ front kitchen is around 930lbs. And it is that way when I get done packing. We tend to pack the heavier stuff toward the back. You can buy a tongue scale to see how your trailer handles weight placement. I would recommend it. It helps see how placing things in your trailer affects the tongue weight.
So the first thing I would do is compare where the kitchen is on the Classic vs the Globetrotter.
Most people state their tongue weight is around 1000lbs when all is said and done. Airstream recommends a tongue weight of not more than 1000lbs. There are things you can do to reduce your tongue weight such as removing the spare tire, keeping one LP tank empty, or go with lighter lithium batteries.
What you don’t want to do is get the tongue weight so light you get a sway condition with too much weight toward the back.