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Old 03-10-2020, 04:35 PM   #1
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Actual tongue weight?

Im 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, Id love to know what are real world numbers.

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Old 03-10-2020, 04:59 PM   #2
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Im 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, Id love to know what are real world numbers.

Thanks!
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 dont want to do is get the tongue weight so light you get a sway condition with too much weight toward the back.
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Old 03-10-2020, 05:56 PM   #3
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The AS stated 1000lb limit question has been around for a few years now...I still have a 1200lb TW, 15 seasons with the Hensley on the AS, SFSG.👍

Add about 200-300lb to whatever AS states the TW is, that should get you in the ball park....our stated TW is 860.🥴

Actual TW is a loaded AS, un-hitched on a tongue scale.

The CAT scale method is measuring the load added to the TV rear axle transferred by the TV frame...not the same.

Note...that mystery 200lb gets returned to the FA when WD is set.

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Im doing a ton of research in preparation for 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, Id love to know what are real-world numbers.

Thanks!
When I took delivery of my Classic 30' with empty everything the tongue weight was 870#. Loaded with all equipment the tongue weight actually dropped because much of the storage is in the rear, behind the axles. I run with a full fresh water tank to help push the tongue weight up. I have added a rear 2" receiver to mount a Thule XT Pro bike carrier. Now I carry two large bins with wood in the front of the trailer to help with the tongue weight.
The Thule is not recommended for mounting on a trailer (I will note this before the clamor begins. The rearview camera is easily adjusted to view the bikes as well as the rearview. Works well.) I need to go back to the scales as I suspect I am pushing the load limit for the trailer axles.

I will state that for me when the tongue weight gets significantly under 800# that I have trailers sway issues.
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