How Much Do Airstream Trailers Weigh? A Towing Guide.

Lots of people want to know if their current vehicle can tow an Airstream Trailer, so they need to know how much Airstream trailers really weigh. Well, because I love trailers and have a love for the classic Airstream models I made a towing guide with all the information that you need. 

So, how much do Airstream trailers weigh? There are 9 different styles of Airstream travel trailers, but the 5 most common trailer base weights are:

  • 2019 Basecamp weighs 2585 lbs. 
  • 2019 Sport weighs 2860 lbs.
  • 2019 Flying Cloud weighs 3852 lbs. 
  • 2019 Tommy Bahama weighs 4200 lbs. 
  • 2019 Classic weighs 7788 lbs. 

These are some great trailers that can be the perfect fit for your family and hopefully for your current vehicle. There is a lot that goes into towing weight though other than just the base number. So, there are lists, tables, and examples below for each of the nine separate models of Airstream trailers.  

How Much Do Airstream Travel Trailers Weigh? 

Most people hear a towing weight and think assume that the weight they hear is all that goes into towing a trailer. Airstream travel trailers are just like the rest of the trailers in the world which means that there is more information needed to determine the towing weight than just the number of the base weight. 

The base weight is just how much the trailer weighs when it is taken off of the assembly line, and it does not account for water weight and the weight of the stuff put inside of it. 

It is so important to know more about the trailer than just its base weight. 

I will list all 9 models of Airstream trailers and their base weights; then I will dive in to specific detail about each model of trailer and all the different weights that play a part of the Airstream’s towing weight. 

  • 2019 Basecamp weighs 2,585 lbs. 
  • 2019 Nest weighs 3,400 lbs. 
  • 2019 Sport weighs 2,860 lbs.
  • 2019 Flying Cloud weighs 3,852 lbs. 
  • 2019 International Signature weighs 4,761 lbs. 
  • 2019 International Serenity weighs 4,761 lbs. 
  • 2019 Tommy Bahama weighs 4,200 lbs. 
  • 2019 Globetrotter weighs 6,074 lbs. 
  • 2019 Classic weighs 7,788 lbs. 

Before we get into the specific specs (aka specifications) of the different models of Airstream travel trailers it is important to know what each number means and why it is provided in the specifications of the trailers. 

What are All the Different Weights That Airstream Trailers Have? What Do Those Weights Mean?

The five different weights that you are going to see on the specs of Airstream trailers are:

  1. Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
  2. Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
  3. Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
  4. Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
  5. Fresh Water Tank (gal.)

Hitch weight, which is also referred to tongue weight, is referring to the amount of downward pressure that is put upon the hitch by the trailer when that trailer is attached.

This weight is important to know because you want to make sure that you buy the right size and weight of hitch. It is always wise to buy a hitch that has a larger tongue weight than the trailer you are going to be carrying so that you have a buffer, and just to be safe. 

Unit Base Weight is how much a trailer ways as it leaves the assembly line. This means that this weight is not accounting for any of the personal items that you will place inside your trailer. 

It also does not account for any water weight. whether that is fresh water weight or waste-water weight. None of these extra weights are taken into account when providing the Unit Base Weight. 

Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) is the combined weight of the trail, so the trailers base weight, plus all of the cargo that is placed inside-of the trailer. 

That includes both of the water weights and the extra weight that is added from things that will be placed inside your trailer before you begin towing it. 

It is the total weight that is applied to the axles plus the total weight that is applied on the trailer tongue. 

GVWR is an acronym for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and is the maximum operating weight or mass of any vehicle or trailer. This number is specified by the manufacturer. 

Net Carrying Capacity is the maximum weight of cargo that the trailer can or should carry. This includes all of the tanks like water tanks, propane tanks, and everything you add to your trailer. 

Manufacturers get the Maximum Trailer Capacity by adding the Net Carrying Capacity to the Unit Base Weight of the trailer. 

Fresh Water Tank is the amount of water that the fresh water tank holds. It is incredibly important to know this number for two main reasons. 

  1. You need to know how much fresh water you will have available to you while you are using your trailer. 
  2. You need to know how much weight that the water is going to take up so that you can better know how much stuff you will be packing into your trailer. 

All of the weights and terms are important to know when purchasing any trailer and while trying to figure out if your current vehicle can tow that much weight. 

The vehicle you choose to pull your trailer needs to be able to pull over the Maximum Trailer Capacity. This is important because a vehicle’s towing capacity doesn’t just include the trailer it is towing but it includes all of the people and things that are paced into the actual vehicle itself. 

Specs for the 2019 Basecamp 

The Basecamp Travel Trailer was made for those who want to see the world. Built for adventure, it’s a small camping trailer that’s tough enough to go anywhere your wanderlust takes you, and comfortable enough to help you really enjoy the time you spend there.

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The Airstream Basecamp trailer is the smallest travel trailer that Airstream has. It is cute and cozy but definitely not big enough for more than 2. In order to tow an Airstream Basecamp the vehicle will need to have a towing capacity of at least 5,500 lbs. 

The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream Basecamp are as follows. 

SpecsWeight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
410
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
2,585 
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
3,500
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
915
Fresh Water Tank (gal.)22
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.)183.7

Even the Airstream Basecamp which is the most basic and the smallest of the Airstream trailers still comes with great ammenities like a kitchen and a bathroom. 

Although it is a tight squeeze this trailer is perfect for two and has all of your camping needs included. Airstream come with a lot of fun suprises for their weight and sizes. 

Specs for the 2019 Nest  

The all-new Nest by Airstream offers a modern twist on our iconic silver-bullet travel trailers. Its fiberglass body and bold automotive styling will speak to anyone who loves contemporary design.

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The Airstream Nest is the next size up from the Airstream Basecamp. It also sleeps two but is a tad bit more roomy and has two different floor plans to choose from. 

If you are planning on towing an Airstream Nest your vehicle should be able too tow at least 6,000 lbs. This buffer is there to account for the amount of weight that could possible be within your own towing vehicle. 

The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream Nest are as follows. 

Specs Weight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
375
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
 
3,400
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
 
4,000
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
 
600
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 24
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.) 200.4

Specs for the 2019 Sport 

Compact, lightweight, and loaded with a surprising number of features for its size, the Sport Travel Trailer is perfectly equipped for weekends spent exploring.

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I love the Airstream Sport because it is still small and light weight, but it easily sleeps four people. This is nice if you want a little camping trailer that allows you to move around pretty freely. 

As always you are going to want to tow this trailer with a vehicle that has a bigger towing capacity than the Maximum Trailer Capacity that the trailer has, so your vehicle should be able to tow 5,500 lbs. 

The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream Sport are as follows. 

Specs Weight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
378
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
 
2,860
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
 
3,500
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
 
640
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 23
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.) 192

Specs for the 2019 Flying Cloud  

Decades of listening to Airstreamers on the road have helped us come up with answers to all kinds of preferences. And no model has more floor plans than the Flying Cloud.

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The Airstream Flying Cloud is similar the the Airstream Sport in that it is comfortable and light-weight, but the Airstream Flying Cloud has a lot of extra perks that the Airstream Sport does not have. 

The major differences include the fact that the Flying Cloud can sleep anywhere form 4 to 8 people. It also has 19 different floor plans which makes it the most popular model of Airstreams that there is. 

Your towing vehicle should be able to tow 6,500 lbs. or maybe more depending on the actual floor plan that is decided upon. It is important to check the weights of the specific trailer you purchase. 

The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream Flying Cloud are as follows. 

Specs Weight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
550
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
 
3,852
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
 
4,500
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
 
648
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 23
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.) 192

Specs for the 2019 International Signature

The International Signature’s clean lines and sophisticated finishes make everything feel perfectly in place, from the roomy lounge areas to the smartly arranged galley kitchens. It’s the signature Airstream experience: adventure without compromising luxury, even for a second.

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The Airstream International Signature is one of the medium sized Airsreams and it comes in 12 different floor plans and can sleep up to6 people. 

That makes it great for families and friends alike, as they go exploring around the world. The vehicle chosen to tow this vehicle should be able to tow at least 8,000 lbs.

The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream International Signature are as follows. 

Specs Weight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
672
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
 
4,761
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
 
6,000
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
 
1,239
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 39
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.) 325.7

Specs for the 2019 International Serenity

With easy, peaceful style and purposeful design, the International Serenity Travel Trailer earns its name everywhere you look. Ready to excite as well as soothe, it’s all about a fine balance that makes for the perfect adventure. 

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The Airstream International Serenity is quite similar to the Airstream International Signature. They both have 12 different floor plans and similar lengths, but the Airstream International Serenity tends to have a little bit more room than the Airstream International signature and the floor plans in both models are different. 

Using a vehicle that can tow at least 8,000 lbs. is a must, but like always I would sugest that your vehicle can tow more than that. The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream International Serenity are as follows. 

Specs Weight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
664
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
 
4,761
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
 
6,000
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
 
1,239
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 39
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.) 325.7

Specs for the 2019 Tommy Bahama 

The spacious 27FB floor plan includes a rear hatch and plenty of space to spread out or invite the party inside. The 19CB floor plan is compact, easy to tow, and ready to take the party anywhere. Take the beach vibes with you, no matter where you’re headed.

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The name of the Airstream Tommy Bahama is probably my favorite just because it makes me feel like I need to be active and outdoors. Both of these feelings are great when you are out camping with family or friends. 

The Airstream Tommy Bahama is starting to push out of the mid-sized trailers into the large trailers being anywhere from 19′ to 27′ feet. It also has quite the relaxing and beachy feel with its decorations and styling. 

You really should have a vehicle that tows at least 7,000 lbs. But like always preferably more. 

The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream Tommy Bahama are as follows. 

Specs Weight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
550
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
 
4,200
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
 
5,000
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
 
800
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 23
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.) 192

Specs for the 2019 Globetrotter  

From its crisp, clean lines to its delicate neutral colors – the Globetrotter Travel Trailer is the epitome of modern style.

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The Airstream Globetrotter is quite a bit bigger than the Airstream Tommy Bahama having its lengths be from 25′ to 27′ feet. The feel of this trailer is great. 

The Airstream Globetrotter has four different floor plans to choose from and buyers can choose to have a queen sized bed up front or two twin sized beds up front. 

9,300 lbs. is the least amount that your vehicle should be able to pull in order to move around well with the Airstream Globetrotter. 

The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream Globetrotter are as follows. 

Specs Weight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
882
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
 
6,074
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
 
7,300
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
 
1,226
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 39
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.) 325.7

Specs for the 2019 Classic 

Ranging from 30 to 33 feet, the Classic Travel Trailer gives you dedicated cooking, dining, lounging, bathroom and bedroom areas, each as luxurious as the last.

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The Airstream classic is just what its’ name says it is the classic Airstream trailer. Personally, it is the image that comes to mind when I picture an Airstream trailer. 

 It is quite the beast coming in lengths of 30′ to 33′ feet and weighing 7,788 pounds straight from the factory. It is the roomiest trailer though and does a great job with families are large groups of friends. 

It comes in four floor plans and normally sleeps around 5 people. You should be certain that your vehicle can tow no less than 12,000 lbs. But it is wise to have 12,000 pounds be in the middle of your towing range, just like it should be with all of the trailers that we have talked about. 

The different important weights that need to be known about the Airstream Classic are as follows. 

Specs Weight
Hitch Weight (with LP and Batteries)
886
Unit Base Weight (with LP and Batteries)
 
7,788
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.)
 
10,000
Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
 
2,212
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 54
Fresh Water Tank (lbs.) 451

Related Questions

Are Airstream Trailers still made today? Airstream trailers are still manufactured and made today with updated looks and features. They have new model designs and they are a bit wider than the Airstream trailers that were made previous to 1994. 

How much do Airstream Trailers cost? The most basic model of Airstream trailers is the Airstream Basecamp and its starting price is $36,900. While the largest Airstream trailer is the Airstream Classic and its starting price starts at  $149,900. So, they come in a wide range of prices and sizes. 

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  1. Lol, that is NOT an Airstream in the photograph. It looks like a Rocket Caravan.

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