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Old 06-12-2006, 07:22 PM   #1
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We are considering moving to a 34' Classic SO from our current 30' Safari bunkhouse. I was wanting input from current 34' owners as to any issues particular to these size trailers? I don't expect any great differences but thought I would ask. Any tips that we may need to know. We have dual cam set up on our current trailer.

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Old 06-12-2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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Hi , I don`t have a s/o but I do have a 34ft trailer and really like the extra space. Previously I had only owned 31ft trailers for 14 years and can not tell any difference while towing. Now when I go to some of the state parks that are geared more for smaller trailers then I have problems finding sites that are big enough. If you don`t go to state parks then that won`t matter. Good luck. Davis
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Old 06-12-2006, 08:46 PM   #3
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We recently moved up from a 29 to a 34. Size is noticable difference inside and out. The 29 wasn't a widebody either. But I think we'll enjoy the 34 especially on the longer trips and stays. You have to think ahead about getting in and out of service stations and with a diesel as I have you may not have as many pumps to choose from.) I'm happy with the 34. I'd do again.
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:15 PM   #4
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Glad to see the good reports on the 34'. We have been looking for sometime and have found a very nice 87 34' Excella which we plan to pick up this Friday. This is our first trailer and the learning curve looks pretty steep, but I have received good information here and from other AS owners I've met recently.
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:51 PM   #5
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We've been fulltiming in our 34 for a little over 2 years now. It is nearly perfect for our needs.
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Old 06-13-2006, 11:10 AM   #6
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We are considering moving to a 34' Classic SO from our current 30' Safari bunkhouse. I was wanting input from current 34' owners as to any issues particular to these size trailers? I don't expect any great differences but thought I would ask. Any tips that we may need to know. We have dual cam set up on our current trailer.

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You'll love the extra room. It'll just require slightly more thought in planning routes to avoid too many tight squeezes and tail-draggers - these 34's do hang a bit more over the back. You also have to be mindful of the way the rear will swing around in a sharp turn, so as not to whack anyone with it. Beyond that, you won't notice any real difference at all in terms of towability over the 30, other than the increased weight that the SO will bring.
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Old 06-13-2006, 11:17 AM   #7
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Glad to see the good reports on the 34'. We have been looking for sometime and have found a very nice 87 34' Excella which we plan to pick up this Friday. This is our first trailer and the learning curve looks pretty steep, but I have received good information here and from other AS owners I've met recently.
You'll be fine. Just take your time, get your questions answered to your satisfaction, and read all you can. We're always here to help!
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Old 06-13-2006, 12:05 PM   #8
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TS -

I too started ASin' with a 34'er. Heck, I always liked the deep end of the pool! SilverToy was my first step into the camping life. Go BIG! trailers!

Seriously though, they are fine pulling trailers. There is LOADS of room inside for you and all of you things. If you run out of room in this trailer, then you have other issues....

As others have said, you need to be deliberate pulling into ANYWHERE you haven't been before. You don't want to have to back this size of rig out of anywhere - especially into traffic.

The swing issue is one that I had quite a bit of concern about before pulling SilverToy, but honestly it really hasn't been an issue that has come up for me. But then, I NEVER pull really tight turns. Too much stress on the hitch, the trailer tires (on triples something is ALWAYS rubbing off) and then there are the visibility issues.

Find YOUR trailer, pull it, enjoy the heck out of it!!!!

Any and all questions re your AS should be posted here - there are some of the most knowledgable folks here! And they are all willing and happy to share it all with you, sometimes at length!! All you have to do is ask....

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Old 06-14-2006, 03:00 PM   #9
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You'll love her!

I've got the 34' S/O lounge, and we love her. I think the one thing you should seriously consider for your purchase is adequate cooling. I traded up from a 31' Classic that had one A/C, 13,500 BTU. It was too small to cool the rig down. When it was 102 outside it would just get down to 90 on the inside, and DuoTherm said that was the best it was going to do with that size rig.

When I ordered the 34, I made sure it would have the second A/C. The forward A/C is 15,000 BTU and the aft unit is 13,500. We were in New Mexico last summer. When it was over 100 outside we were nice and comfortable inside, 75. The rig will be require 50 amps to use the forward A/C, but it's worth the few extra $ to be comfortable.

Oh, don't think it doesn't get hot up north. It was well over 100 for several days at the Rapid City International rally. When we were in Cody, WY it got up into the high 90's. There isn't really any reason to not have enough A/C to keep you comfortable when you're going to spend that much for the rig in the first place.

I'm right with the rest of em - I love the 34' for all the reasons already mentioned, and have no desire for anything else.

Good luck, and enjoy the ride. Tom
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:37 AM   #10
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Smile Thanks to all for the input

Thanks to everyone for the input. We assumed that we would have to be more careful getting into service stations and that the size would limit our site selection at campgrounds. The tail-dragging issue was one that we were not aware of and we really appreciate the heads up.

I do have one additional question. We currently pull our trailer with an '01 F250 PSD. This has been adequate for our 30' safari and a 34' is still in the tow range for it. However, we would like to go on a Western tour in the next couple of years and I need to know if I need to consider a power boost (Banks or Bully kit). Again, any advice is appreciated.

BTW, we ordered our new 34' last week.

Thanks again.....
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:49 AM   #11
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The Banks would help but you should not need it. We pull with a older not PS diesel and it does ok. It would depend on your gearing on weather not you would have any problems. Our 34 is not a wide body and I think it is a bit lighter than the newer ones
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:56 PM   #12
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Tow vehicles and 34s

Thanks, Bill -

Glad to know that my stock set up should work.

Any comments on fuel mileage? I currently get 13.5-14.5 mpg pulling my 30' with my diesel. I expect to take a 2 mpg hit with the move to the 34. Is this about right?
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Old 06-18-2006, 07:14 PM   #13
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I usually get between 9 and 13. 9 when I'm in the mountains an 13 where it's pretty flat.
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:24 PM   #14
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Hi I found my 34' airstream Classic Limited (the cat's Meow.)
I had a 1969 airstream sovereign 31' trailer. I found it was easier to back up the 34' trailer. The 34' is longer but in comparison to the big rv motor homes they don't seem to have a hard finding places to camp.
Lets face it ,there is a growing demand for larger camp sites with all the hook-ups available for all types of Campers.
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