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Old 06-19-2006, 02:19 PM   #15
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We towed the 34 with a 7.3 PSD and it got between 10 - 15 with all variables except the Rockies. There was no noticible engine strain.

We've only towed twice with the 6.0 PSD and it's gotten between 11-12, but the engine just turned 18k miles so that should improve as it ages. The towing has been limited to the Texas hill country and a trip to the Houston area, so the Excursion really didn't have to work all that hard to get us there. The 34 tracks inside the swb on turns, but backs up easier.

Congratulatons on moving to the 34, you'll really enjoy it.


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Old 06-19-2006, 07:09 PM   #16
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Been on a couple trips now so I can report that I'm pretty consistently in 11.5 range if I'm pulling at about 65.

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Old 08-08-2006, 04:34 PM   #17
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Smile Been to Jackson Center to see our 34' Classic

Our dealer provided the build date for our new trailer with the advice that we go toward the end the week window so that we could see it near completion. Unfortunately, I had a meeting yesterday which was the end of our window. So, we went today with hopes that it would not be in the paint shop. We had been wanting to go on the factory tour so getting to see the trailer was the bonus. So we left this morning on the 3.5 hour trek from SW Michigan to Jackson Center for the tour at 2 p.m.

Don, the tour guide, got the VIN number from my wife (funny, she had memorized it but can't remember my work cell phone number) and promised that he would try to find it for us. The tour was really great, Don was a great tour guide and pointed out all the various models in various stages of assembly. We even got to see the Basecamps from a distance but weren't allowed an up close view. As we went along the tour, Don constantly asked the crew about the 34 SO with dual ACs. Finally, we went to the paint shop only to find that it was not there. Don checked with a crew supervisor and found that it was finished and ready to be released. Since it was parked away from the assembly building, he told the other tour members that they could either go with us or head back to the front office. Everyone stayed with us as we went to see the new trailer. We got a quick lookover and everyone stuck their head inside the new trailer. It was great to share the moment with a great group of fellow Airstreamers (actually, I think a couple may be potential Airstreamers!). All in all, our thanks to Airstream and to Don for a special tour and a chance to see the new trailer.

BTW, the new trailer has been christened the Betty Lou II. My dad was an Army Air Corp mechanic in WWII and worked on a B-17 called the Betty Lou. Our current 30' is the Betty Lou, so this one is to be the BLII.

We will continue to post with updates and will try to add pictures once we actually take delivery.

P.S. If you want some decent Mexican food, the El Azteca in Wapakaneta is the place to go. Just remember, you are in the Midwest and even the Mexican food can be a little bland compared to the Texas/Louisiana fare that I grew up on.
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Old 08-08-2006, 04:39 PM   #18
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Hi Jeff,

Congrats on your new coach.How exciting it must have been to see it for the first time and to show it off before you even leave the factory.It's the first time showing it but I'm sure it won't be the last time.

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Old 08-14-2006, 04:05 PM   #19
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Smile Our early experiences

The thoughts that come back about our break-in of the new trailer are:
  • the Corian cover on the stove cover DOES burn when cooking, hot pan edges lay against the “folded over lid”. By leaving that lid standing up straight at the back of the stove, we now get about 2 inches more surface space and the metal underside of the lid protects the Corian from singe.
  • In our layout for the 34 foot, the hot water tank bypass valves are easily accessed thru the removed bottom bathroom cabinet drawer (not needed to remove the “access” cover like we did first).
  • the absolute best investment in “trailer toys” and gadgets is the “pressure pro” tire pressure monitors. We have had 2 leaker events that caused NO problem because we were alerted early and could monitor the situation as we proceeded to our next stop. NO deflations should ever sneak up on us!!!!

Best of luck with your new 34 foot.
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Old 08-27-2006, 08:04 PM   #20
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Talking Picked up the New Unit

Picked up our 34' SO this Friday. Moved to the campground that we have a seasonal site and use as a basecamp. Pulls like a dream - a heavy dream - but a dream nontheless. Amazing how much more room the 34' SO has than our 30' bunkhouse had. Didn't notice any problems towing and it was actually easier backing up than the 30 (according to my wife who is the family expert at this). We currently have the Reese Dual Cams but may upgrade to a PullRite before a really long (both miles and duration) trip.

We both have a definite case of newairstreamitis which is characterized by loss of brain function and euphoria.

I do want to thank everyone for their advice and input. It really helped in getting the correct options (Thanks Stream1529 - the second AC is the trick!) and on what to watch for when pulling the longer unit.

Once I have pictures, either my wife or I will post them. Unfortunately, the campground we use does not have WiFi yet! A point of major contention with most using the park.

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