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Old 01-11-2006, 10:57 AM   #15
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I really appreciate all the inputs for selecting our 1st AS (30ft vs. 34ft). We are going to look at a couple of 30 ft'ers this weekend. At this point I am leaning toward the 30-32 ft primarily because of my tow veh. and the fact that most of my travel will be in the west and northwest. Again, thanks to all.


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Old 01-11-2006, 11:09 AM   #16
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We've really enjoyed our 34' and would find it difficult to go any smaller. With the exception of one occasion, we've not had any trouble getting in and out of filling stations (the one time involved actually unhooking and repositioning the truck). Typically a good idea to plan routes and, most especially, turns in advance, and anything which might create a tail dragging situation. Beyond that, it tows wonderfully, plus I like having two additional braking wheels with the third axle. Very easy to back up - I can typically put it right where I want it on the first try - even in the dark.

I also like the fact that you don't see the long long trailers on the highway as much as those 32' and under. Get more gawkers.

I don't know what year model you're considering, but if you are serious about a 34', a pre-widebody is about all you'd want to take on with your current truck, and I believe that would be right on the borderline. In contrast, a 3/4 ton with a Duramax/Allison combo, or even the ZF-6 manual, and I'd think you'd be just fine.


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Old 01-11-2006, 02:05 PM   #17
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hi nail44 and others

there are many many issues to consider when selecting a trailer;
having decided to go air'........
thankfully most of white box/5er issues have been eliminated.

also many ways to solve the trailer size/tow vehicle equation and money is a significant factor known only firsthand.
my preference is to select the size/layout trailer that will serve best and them bring the t.v up to spec.....

you haven't indicated if your trailer shopping is new or used.

i divide the long trailers into:
1. late 05 and newer,
2. wide body years up to mid 05 and
3. prewide years

with the added issue of slide/no slide.

you have suggested long trips so again selecting the space you will live in is paramount.

how many travelers and how much gear?
this is a very important issue if you plan to travel much because for wide body years the net carrying capacity (ncc) can be a little as 600-700lbs, which imo restricts utility on extended travel trips. some 30/31s have more capacity for gear than 'bigger' 34s.

so don't just focus on size but look closely at base unit weight, fluid capacity/weight and net carring capacity for any given trailer.....

mid '05 and new have uprated carrying capacities of 1700-2700 lbs. so they are better suited for extended travel or 'bringing stuff'. this is true for 30/31s and 34s from mid 05 on....

others have offered volumes of good advice here so search the many threads on selecting a's all here somewhere!

it's a fun challenge to sort out what you need from what you can afford, while accounting for the t.v. upgrades or replacement, hitch, mirrors, generator and other costly items.....and it's no wonder that many folks start with a smaller unit, up grade every few years while leap frogin' tow rigs...

have fun looking, expect to make mistakes, and keep up informed.

it's amazing how many costly mistakes can be eliminated if folks post what they are considering here......and have a thick skin for the advice that follows.

i very much like the 34/triple axle solution....


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