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Old 12-27-2005, 07:11 AM   #29
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Was just thinking that it is really nice to be talking with other 34' owners. I check the trailer listing and there has been no new activity there since forever ago - I was even the poster there.
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I suspect there aren't very many 34' owners registered on here. Most of the ones I have seen are older non internet savy couples as well as limited production. I would suspect that the 34' are only about 3-5% of total AS production...if that.

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Might there be a way within the Forums parameters to get a bi-monthly chat going or something? Would that interest anyone? Photo posting with comparisons or look, design, equipment, etc... Could even be useful to a newbie that is considering a big AS - We might even be able to go year by year if we have representational units of the major change model years. Just a thought. Feedback?
I am all for it! Eventually if not sooner I am going to get a 34' as far as we are concerned it is a no brainer FWIW the chat room is open 24/7 feel free to schedule a chat anytime you want. Pictures are always welcome and wanted! The big Airstreams are few and far between to look at and Limiteds even more so.

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Old 12-27-2005, 07:43 AM   #30
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More about the stabilizers -

Rog - Your TJ looks like a nice unit but rather pricy? Or? Seems I had a mind that they were more in the $200 range. Is the 3K capacity really needed or is that just a "I sleep better" variable? Is there a difference in the voltage between the 3K and say, a 2K? What other things do I need to consider as I look at possible replacement units for the manual crank that is there now.

Was just thinking that it is really nice to be talking with other 34' owners. I check the trailer listing and there has been no new activity there since forever ago - I was even the poster there.

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Yeah... it looks pricey... but when you're lifting both the trailer tongue AND the rear end of an Excursion to make sure that the coupler is on correctly, it's worth it's weight in gold. It IS what came on the trailer stock, by the way. I've never replaced it. They're all 12v. I suspect that the 3500 lb has a heavier amperage motor though. My advice would be just to buy the heavier tongue jack. If your front jacks ever die, you'll know you can raise your trailer just with the tongue and not burn it out. Let's face it, if you're worried about the extra $100, you probably wouldn't have bought an Airstream to begin with... EVERYTHING that has to do with the body and/or chassis is more expensive... <sigh>

There are only a few other 34' owners who are nutty enough to drag them around as though they were 25' trailers. Aaron's right, most folks who buy 34' trailers buy them to park and winter over in. Ours was used that way for nine years prior to us buying it, but the owners towed it home to New Jersey from FLA every year rather than just leaving it.

The 34' trailers really aren't any different from any other size except for the additional axle, the horizontal tanks and (maybe in the case of the older trailers,) the jacks. Everything else is Airstream stock stuff, so all of the regular discussions apply.

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Old 12-27-2005, 11:50 AM   #31
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I don't think I'm nutty! just skillfull. All it takes is practice. We take ours anyplace it will fit. Pull throughs are never as nice a the back in sites. I think they were ment for people who are in a hurry , or who don't know how to backup. If you have kids bigger is better. 34's rule.
And yes go with the larger jack. It will not work as hard and will last longer.
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Old 12-27-2005, 03:59 PM   #32
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hi looooooooooong trailler lovers.

whoonc......
during my 6 tours of the factory, over several months there were never more than 2-3 classics on the line, much less 34s. so i think they are making fewer of them these days. otoh i visited only one day when mine was on the line....and the guys building it said they really enjoyed working on the longer units more.....they had more space to work, and they had more time and were installing essentially the same systems but again with better room to work.
i though this was mostly a line of bull about them "liking" the 34s better, but when i returned 6 months later and again toured with a crowd of people, several of the guys pointed at me, smiled and said "34 limted, no carpet........nice, really nice" i was really amazed that they not only remembered me but remembered the actual trailer too.

silvertoy......
i like the idea of better 34s discussions here. ya know everyone thinks the bambis are cute and the ccds are hip and the safari se are the rage......but lets give it up for the 34s........

it is true that lots of the 34 owners are old farts but it's sort of silly/cool to go to wbcci rally and see all of those loooooong officers' trailers....

towing it is a hoot..........and not a strain with the proper tugboat.

triple axles triple the fun!!!

i wanted the shortest airstream on 6 wheels!!!

get a 34, you'll never wish for '2 feet' more!!

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Old 12-27-2005, 04:37 PM   #33
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Hear, Hear for the 34's! I have towed all variety of trailers over the years up to an including 65' with a Freightliner. To me the Airstream regardless of length is a sweet tow. "Triple Axles, Triple the fun" I love it! bumper sticker coming up! We currently have a 31'...what was available at time that fit the budget. The current "tug" is more than capable of a 34' in fact it "NEEDS" a 34...now if I could just convince the other half/financial advisor....

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Old 12-27-2005, 07:21 PM   #34
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Backing up the 34' is FUN!

Maybe I AM a nut!

I think that towing the triple is great. The kids all have their eyes peeled out the front, and the sides, looking for triples going the other way, parked or "For sale". As others have mentioned, they are few and far between. Even SOB triples aren't that common, and if you do see them, they are 5ers. Just don't have the same class and style, but then I'm partial.

When we visited my folks near South Haven MI, we were the only triple, the only AS in the campground, and even the "Millionaire Row" Class A big toy owners came over for tours. They all marveled at 'the look', 'the room' and the usual 'they still build these?'

As I said, maybe I am a nut! I REALLY like backing the big rig. It is a really fun challenge and not difficult at all, to me! Squeezed SilverToy into several spots where nearly everyone tried to wave me off. The spot in MI referenced above, was one that had lots of shade and consequently was a narrow back in, due to hanging branches. The campground owners were telling me that the spot was nearly never used since no one could back into it without damage from the trees. AAAAAhhhh, a challenge! We loved the spot - right by the horseshoe pits! Even my dad, a lifelong non-camper, loved SilverToy. He claims it is the classiest looking trailer he has ever seen ( admittedly small selection!)

When I back, I do it solo. Lots of getting out and scouting. No rash moves. Even had to do a nineteen point turn into/ out of a gas station when my daughter needed an emergency stop - NOW!!!! Waited patiently for all the cars to get out of the way, then slowly and narrowly past 2 pump islands. Back on the road. Didn't break a sweat. Never let them see you sweat.

Might see about getting the chat room for some time upcoming. Is there any enthusiasm for something like that? Do realize that the 34' are similar to many other AS's but yet.... They really are a trailer apart. For lots of reasons.

Size DOES matter! ;>)

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Old 12-27-2005, 07:57 PM   #35
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Here's another vote for 34',s. Although we bought a 94 25' Classic last year, ( we already own a 31' 1976 Sovereign) I came very close to buying an 05 34'. My wife convinced me to hold off since we sold and bought another house and I had to build a new shop. I see a 34' in the drive in the not to distant future, so I'm always interested in any post dealing with the 34' classic or Limited.
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here's a couple of photos from the factory during the march 05 build.....


it was fun seeing the process.....but not recommended for the weak.

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and the finished product.....in used as intended.

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Old 12-27-2005, 11:36 PM   #39
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Man - every time I see a pic of someone's 34' I just fall in love all over again.

I'm going to go outside and look at mine, now!



I noticed Airstream finally put up a virtual tour for the 34' SO. Pretty sweet!
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Old 01-05-2006, 02:46 AM   #40
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I LOVE the big ones TOO!

Ah, the big ones....

The do have a certian unescapable allure to them, don't they??? It is a bit difficult to put an exact finger on where that draw is, comes from, exists....But yet, there is one. It is a bit like that electricity pulls the 2 poles together, inexorably....

Me, I JUST LOVE EM!!!!! No fancy testing needed! Stick a fork in me ,I'm done when it comes to the "Big Boy Toys" - I wanna go play with mine!

Will be posting photos from the latest trip ( as soon as they come back from the devolping place.

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Old 01-17-2006, 04:11 PM   #41
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A lot of good comments here, on my 92 Classic Limited Model, I have the leveling system where the front jacks are for lifting and stablizing (no single jack but a hole where it would be mounted), and two rear jacks that are only for stabilizing. I found that this 34 ft trailer with levelers not only is easier to level and set up than my last AS (75 31 ft model) this one also tows and pulls easier - must be that extra axle and two additional wheels. I have been trying to post this trailer for Sale in the Classified for the past three days without success. I got a heck of a deal on a large 5th Wheel Camper with a slide out so I will be selling this Classic Limited Model.
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Old 01-22-2006, 12:03 PM   #42
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How would one of those 34's back into a spot next to my garage off of a medium to tight alley? I have this NEED to have a 34 for real long trips. Our 17' Caravel was great on last years 2.5 week tour of the CO/Wyo Rockies and was a blast. But any longer and we would need MORE of everything. Maybe that's the Rule Of Thumb, The longer the trip the longer the rig. Anyway, how's the backing on one of those triples? Thanks
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