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Old 09-07-2014, 07:48 PM   #169
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Thumbs up 34'

So from what I'm seeing there are only a handful on here with experience full timing with family who chipped in an opinion. I Still say used market 31-34' models are the bees knees for mobile living ESPECIALLY with mobile kids. That's from experience actually living the dream and currently renovating my girl so I can get back to that lifestyle. It takes more tow vehicle to pull grades at altitude and highway speeds with a 34', but they actually tow with less drama than a tandem axle (again real world experience with both here) and have noticeably more braking ability per pound. People say they can't fit them anywhere, but the people saying that 99% of the time have never actually had one or tried.

A 25' has the essentials, but every foot beyond the essentials is added storage, personal space, and comfort to enable full timing with 2 kids. Using only the essentials is a great zen philosophy, but the essentials for growing active kids include private space for them as well as play space. Buying for two works until you wake up a few years later and realize you have four+!

If I ever finish my renovations on my 34' I'll have tons of useful storage, with two REAL kids beds, space for a 70lb dog, and that's not even weighing in the fact that 34' narrow bodies go for discount rates relatively speaking. Even if I didn't do the work myself, I could've bought the trailer, towed it to "name-your-rebuilder", paid for updated interior work, and still gotten more trailer for less $$$ than a newer tandem axle.

Don't fear the triple axle, especially with all that truck muscle.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:58 PM   #170
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A 34 with twin beds would be the absolute best for full timing because of the wardrobe and storage space. Full-timing in my 30 would be hard for lack of wardrobe space. A 31 with the side bath and bigger wardrobe and twin beds would be second best to the 34 for full timing.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:32 AM   #171
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Does size really matter when full timing?

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I'm a fan of the interior aluminum. If I had the skill/time to restore an older one, I'd have to do aluminum inside.


I don't like the aluminum interior because it reminds me of living in a sterile lab room. I also wonder how warm the interior is when camping in colder weather, which we prefer to do.

Years ago we had two twin beds on each side of a SOB and it definitely felt colder when sleeping. I would think with aluminum next to you it would be worse. wolf146
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:42 PM   #172
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I wish my Classic had a little more interior aluminum, especially the bathroom backsplash.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:33 PM   #173
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After 38 years, I still don't sleep well without being near my bride. Call me a romantic....

Also, with a larger bed you can put a sick child in bed and keep tabs on them. Yeah they get sick as you know, but your immune system should survive.

Our 34 still seems small next to the "Jones' " when in an RV park.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:53 PM   #174
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I don't like the aluminum interior because it reminds me of living in a sterile lab room. I also wonder how warm the interior is when camping in colder weather, which we prefer to do.


And yet - some of us actually prefer the exposed aluminum interior!
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:22 AM   #175
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If you pass the factory, the aluminum backsplash can be retro-fitted to your Classic. We had some friends do that to their 2013 Classic. Just make a reservation so they know the plan in advance.

Actually, with a high limit credit card, most anything could be done at the factory as reported here on the forums.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:27 AM   #176
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Not to worry about the aluminum interior not being warm in cold weather (which is routine for our camping season), it's nice and cozy. Otherwise I suppose it's personal preference like a lot of things. We wouldn't get an Airstream without it.
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:44 PM   #177
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If you pass the factory, the aluminum backsplash can be retro-fitted to your Classic. We had some friends do that to their 2013 Classic. Just make a reservation so they know the plan in advance.

Actually, with a high limit credit card, most anything could be done at the factory as reported here on the forums.

We are headed to the mother ship for service next week on Tuesday.
Chris Burch has already said they could put an aluminum backsplash in the bathroom.
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I'm glad we put to rest that size doesn't matter and it's all about personal preference and tastes. And everyones experiences and needs vary. One size does not truly fit all.
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Does size really matter when full timing?

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And yet - some of us actually prefer the exposed aluminum interior!


That is the great thing about this country- we have choices and we can share our opinions.

Also, the great thing about this forum is that one can get all that information and use it to make informed decisions before buying a trailer.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:29 PM   #180
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It's a fine balance depending if you want to squeeze into alot of older National Parks. Yet I agree coming from a 28' extra space would be nice for our family of 3, 2 dogs, and cat. The bunkhouse model or even Panamerica might be next.
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