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Old 11-20-2006, 05:08 PM   #1
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Talking Just purchased a 1999 34' Excella

Would love to hear from any other owners! Tips, pointers, "watch for" anything you'd like to share! We will start shopping for the ZipDee Screen room this weekend - has anyone else used one? We have ZipDee chairs but now the research begins to find what "extra's" we just can't camp without!
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:32 PM   #2
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Mona: Congrats on your purchase. You'll love the space of a '34. They tow like a dream.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:36 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Just finished reading about COST of a Zip Dee screened room - I think we'll use a Coleman that we already have! Not as big - but we own it!
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:10 PM   #4
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Keep a watch on the front corners under the stone guard. I have seen some with skin fatigue in this area. First clue is the trim begins to come loose. The hinged steps can have/will have the screws work loose over time, tighten them and keep the hinges lubed. LED taillights are a nice gift to give your unit it really makes it visable. A good choice it should bring you many years of pleasure and fun.
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:33 PM   #5
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Welcome Well you can't get any better than a 34.Mabe others think you can but we 34 owners know better.Glad to have you aboard. On word of caution.SWING WIDE. But watchout for the rear end whiplash into the other lane on corners
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:39 PM   #6
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Congrats. Owned a 34 footer for a few years and loved the space. You even have the wide body! Ours was a 94 model in perfect condition but we sold it because the headliner was falling everywhere and the smell of "something" got to us. Not offensive, just overwhelming. I think they have fixed all of that, hopefully.
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:44 PM   #7
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Taking mine in next week to have a 20' panel replaced, didn't swing quite wide enough. Stuff happens.
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:21 PM   #8
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Exclamation Great advice, and another question.....

Thank you! We are presently towing with a '95 G20 Conversion van 3/4 ton with 184k will be purchasing new tv. We are seriously contemplating an F250 Quad Cab 6.0 diesel Super Duty 2WD with tow package. Is there any need for us to think about a full ton F350?? Of course, more is always better, but is this over kill to tow the 34' Excella?? Any thoughts??
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:12 PM   #9
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No a F250 diesel will do fine.
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:44 PM   #10
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Purchased an 87 34' Excella 1000 this summer and have been refurbishing. This is our first RV and we love the extra room in the 34'.
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Old 11-21-2006, 08:31 PM   #11
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Thank you! We are presently towing with a '95 G20 Conversion van 3/4 ton with 184k will be purchasing new tv. We are seriously contemplating an F250 Quad Cab 6.0 diesel Super Duty 2WD with tow package. Is there any need for us to think about a full ton F350?? Of course, more is always better, but is this over kill to tow the 34' Excella?? Any thoughts??
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I tow my 30' Excella with a F250 Crewcab with the 6.0L diesel and the 5-speed automatic. My truck is a 2WD, weighs about 6800 lbs empty, and has a 9800 lb GVWR. With 3 people, 2 dogs, and the bed of the truck full of bikes and camping gear the truck has never been over 9000 lbs with the trailer hooked up.

Plenty of power, good mileage (17 commuting-12-13 towing) decent ride, and a bunch of room in the cab.

There is a reason Ford sells more Crewcab Super Dutys than Supercabs.
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:20 PM   #12
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Thumbs up Many thanks!

Great to hear what is working! Looks like our Van may not be able to pull the trailer so the truck is "calling" to us even now! We like Fords - own a Ford Explorer (my daughters) and a Ford Windstar. I'm not really crazy about the minivan - they are for "mini" size people! I'm almost 5'10" and my husband is almost 6'. Nice vehicle but I guess we really want that truck!
Thank you for answering the question - we appreciate your thoughts!
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We had a 1999 34' Classic and loved it - upgraded to a 2005 34' Classic with slide-out.

For your purposes, the F250 will work just fine. We towed our 1999 with an Excursion (same thing as F250) - no problems. When we moved to the slide-out version, the tongue weight was greater. I have added air bags to beef up the suspension, and might consider an F350 if I was in the market for a new TV. But we just returned from 5,000 miles and many elevations and the Excursion did just fine.
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34' Owners Club in the making....

We love the room. Like a small vacation home on wheels.
I tow a lot of trailers with our F250. Nothing has ever been so recognizable while towing as our 34 footer. It does the job & we move on down the road but if I were in the market, I would certainly look at the $ difference between the 250 and 350. (not the dually, just standard F350). (sorry for the run-on sentence)

ps Tarheel is right about the folding steps. Ours just fell apart one day. We were lucky the screw was right there and I learned that this was something to keep an eye on.
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