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Old 05-30-2010, 07:18 AM   #1
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We just bought an '02 Classic 34....

Hello Forum : Well after several years of considerations, the Admiral & I have traded our 97 25ft Safari in on a (very clean) 02 Classic 34.

We're not quite at retirement age yet, & are a bit intimidated by the size of it all...but I figured since we are wanting to full time in the future (during the winters..) it was the right thing to do.

The fact that many of you presently own 34's & (apparently) get along alright with them...was a big part in our decision to take the plunge...& so that leads me to a big question to all of you 34 owners out there...

Owning to her size...because with the tow vehicle it's "a pretty long proposition"...are there any special considerations about owning the 34 that I should be keeping in mind ?

Have you folks that own 34's found that there are any real issues due to her size ?

Many, many thanks in advance to those who kindly respond !!

Cheers, P.
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:30 AM   #2
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:44 AM   #3
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Hello Forum : Well after several years of considerations, the Admiral & I have traded our 97 25ft Safari in on a (very clean) 02 Classic 34.

We're not quite at retirement age yet, & are a bit intimidated by the size of it all...but I figured since we are wanting to full time in the future (during the winters..) it was the right thing to do.

The fact that many of you presently own 34's & (apparently) get along alright with them...was a big part in our decision to take the plunge...& so that leads me to a big question to all of you 34 owners out there...

Owning to her size...because with the tow vehicle it's "a pretty long proposition"...are there any special considerations about owning the 34 that I should be keeping in mind ?

Have you folks that own 34's found that there are any real issues due to her size ?

Many, many thanks in advance to those who kindly respond !!

Cheers, P.
CONGRATS Paul on your purchase, I believe that you will find that after having one for awhile that you will wonder how you ever got along without one. One thing you should be aware of is the temptation to carry more than you should with all the extra space which is going to effect your load ratios and make you over weight or over on front or rear. What type of Tow Vehicle (TV) have you decided on? with this trailer it should be at least a 3/4 ton. One thing that you may also consider is a set of Ride Rites for the TV rear, I just put a set on my 05 Excursion and what a difference in towing and ride.
We bought a 1997 34WB Legend Norman Rockwell edition and tow it with a Ford Excursion. We love the 34, but unfortunately the following is growing smaller and smaller which means that the amount of 34 owners are less and less.

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Backing is a "new" experience once past 28', IMO. Can't go wrong with a sway-eliminating hitch and disc brake upgrade. TV with 4-whl discs and a turbocharged diesel (an '04 305HP/555TQ Cummins, stock, is king for fuel mileage and long life). Twin A/C if you expect to travel in hot weather. Tires all from same lot number preferable. Upgrade to LED signal lighting.

Take your time on setting up weight-distribution, and use certified scales regularly. Same with mirrors. I have used MULTI-VEX inserts on an earlier truck, and am considering going to CIPA replacements on mine to replace factory towing mirrors and add those inserts: no blind spots and no need for convex mirrors afterwards.

I like to use GOOGLE MAP "Street View" to check fuel stations, other, for swing and turn space in trip planning. (My 34' trailer and truck were at 63' total length). BING also has "Birds Eye View" that is helpful.
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Definitely consider the A/C issue. Many of the 34' units are running around with a single 13.5K air conditioner. Woefully inadequate when you hit those 90+ days, camping in full sun.

My dealer used to rave about how well that tri-axle trailer tows. Enjoy!
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