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Old 12-30-2014, 10:50 PM   #1
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Curb weight discrepancies??

Good evening everyone,
My wife and I love the floor-plan on the older Fleetwood Flair 33R. That unit ran in its first version from '01 through '03 on a Power Platform II. In '04 they changed to just a plain Power Platform. They also did away with the rear window in '04, which we both like. Fleetwood's online brochure shows both versions with 20,500 GVWR, but the later version with a curb weight 1,770 more than the earlier one. We would love to have that 1,770 increased CCC, but wonder if the older version has some inherent structural weaknesses. Nearly a ton difference in empty weight on the same apparent rig is a ton of difference :-) !!
Anybody know what the difference is between the older Power Platform II and the newer Power Platform?
Anybody have any helpful insight?
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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For one thing, the curb weight published in the catalog is often calculated, and it is almost always without any options. It is therefore an inaccurate way to judge CCC.

The best way to find out the CCC is to check the actual weight sticker that is supposed to be posted somewhere inside the unit. This will usually be on the back of a cupboard door in the kitchen or bathroom or inside a closet somewhere.

If looking at used RVs, look at rv sites like rvtrader.com to find a unit you like. Contact the seller to see if they will look for the weight sticker for you and if they will text or e-mail you a photo of it. Just be aware once a salesperson from an RV dealership gets your name, e-mail address and/or phone number, they probably won't leave you alone.
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I'm not sure that "inherent structural weaknesses" would be accurate, but the later Power Platform chassis were beefed up to improve rigidity and thus ride quieter and vibrate less. I doubt if that accounts for all 1770 lbs though - everything else in the coach is part of the curb weight too. Might have heavier floor covering, thicker roof, or just plain heavier cabinets or tile in place of vinyl.

The running gear in the Power Platform is still going to be from Ford or Workhorse - Fleetwood only builds the central portion that contains the storage bays, floor support structure, etc. And of course the framework for the body sidewalls and roof. Collectively they call that stuff the "Power Platform". There are some basic chassis improvements in 2005 and later models, so compare things like transmission and engine horsepower as well. I think you will find more horsepower and more forward speeds, for example.
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The MOST accurate way to calculate Curb Weight is to take the rig to a weigh scale and have it weighed. Some are free and others (CAT Scale) are about $9.

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