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Old 04-18-2014, 09:13 AM   #21
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The 1984 has aluminum framed cabinetry and flat panel doors. The 86 has hardwood framed cabinets and raised panel hardwood doors so it is considerably heavier.

34's carry very little weight per axle. The tires can run quite low pressure and the axles rarely need replacing. Check your suspension travel before changing axles.
My '82 still has the original axles and they have lots of travel. I've wondered how many axles are replaced just because they are suspected to be bad. What I would be more concerned about are the brakes and bearings. I'm in the process of replacing the brake backing plates which is somewhat more difficult than I anticipated as the nuts are rusted in place with no easy way to access from the back. Now I'm drilling the studs from the front which seems to work fairly well.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:19 AM   #22
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When we had her on the scales after purchase, she came in at 6340lbs dry. We removed the heavy microwave (don't even use one at home) and the old tube TV. Ready to camp she is around 7200lbs, give or take.
Andy, do you happen to know the tongue weight without/with the WDH assembly? What I have heard is the 34's have a low tongue weight, sometimes less than 10%. Was curious if this is your experience as well.
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:37 AM   #23
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Andy, do you happen to know the tongue weight without/with the WDH assembly? What I have heard is the 34's have a low tongue weight, sometimes less than 10%. Was curious if this is your experience as well.
The tongue weight is 10%, give or take a little. Those six wheels carry a lot of the trailer's weight, even more with proper WD. It's one of the reasons why this particular model does so well with our van.

I'll be doing some proper weighing in when we'll pick the trailer up from CanAm the week after next.

I lost my summer spot at the campground storage where we kept her last year - I didn't call soon enough, and although the storage field was half empty last year, this year they sold out of spaces in record time.

The downside is that I lost a space we really liked, the upside is that we'll probably store her at a specialized RV lot, with a workshop and proper scales. If we go that way I'll take an afternoon to go through all the numbers.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:56 AM   #25
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Hi, We have a 1983 31' Limited. It has Oak drawer fronts and Oak cabinet frames with woven centers. We took out the 2 couches so we could take our big chairs from home. The weight changes after each project. There is a leak in the left rear under the Twin Bed. I am pretty sure there is a separation of the body and floor.

The first twin cam torsion bars I used where 1200 lbs. After reading Andy from Inland I switched to 6000lbs. bars, but I'd already shaken the the trailer a great deal. I have installed 4 Centramatic Balancers

The clutch mechanism in the tongue mounted power jack is stripped. Has anyone found a parts source for the Barker Power Jack?

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Hi Kajendo, thanks for chiming in. I haven't even begun to look at the towing equipment, so I can't help you there.
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