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Old 08-11-2007, 09:51 PM   #1
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Hello and safe travels to all.

We are trying to decide which specific Airstream to select for use as our 'Exploring North America' enabler during the run-up to putting roots down ...... somewhere.

We don't see becoming 'fulltimers' however we will probably be making some month long (or longer) trips. We are leaning towards the larger 'Classic' series, 30', 31' or the almost myhtical 34' tri axle.

A few questions: Are the 34' tri axle Classics a regular production model or are most specfically ordered through a Dealer from the Factory? There don't seem to be any available at any Airstream Dealers in the Western US right now.

Second: Are the Airstream disc brake systems really compatible with the Ford 2008 Super Duty Integrated Trailer Brake Controller? Does Airstream install the necessary brake actuator electronic gizmo that addresses the cautions from Ford about the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller?

The 2008 Super Duty Owner's Manual (page 223) says
"The Ford TBC has only been verified to be compatible with
trailers having electric-actuated drum brakes (one to four axles)
and not hydraulic surge or electric-over-hydraulic types. It is the
responsibility of the customer to ensure that the trailer brakes are
adjusted appropriately, functioning normally and all electric
connections are properly made."

Thanks in advance - this feels like a very decent, helpful community.
...dan & julie aka "MuddyPaws"

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Old 08-11-2007, 10:49 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Dealers don't often stock 34's as they can be hard to move unless just the right customer comes along.

Don't rule out the smaller units. We have a 25FB and have been on two separate six week trips in the past year and have been very comfortable. There are just two of us with no pets.

We have heard a lot of good things about the disc brakes and are considering a conversion next year.

Good luck in your search.

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Old 08-12-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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muddy paws,
The 34 is a lot of trailer and the extra space over teh 31 is up front between the eating and relaxing area. A waste in my opinion. An extra foot in the bedroom and bathroom would have been useful.
I bought the classic 31 for that reason.
Is the F-250 integrated brake controller compatable with the brake system of the classics? most likely. Ford is just saying they only tested it with electric drums. Check with active technologies. My 06 tow comand is compatable per active technologies actibrake system. If it is not then you can use a third party brake controller.
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Old 08-12-2007, 09:11 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by MuddyPaws
A few questions: Are the 34' tri axle Classics a regular production model or are most specfically ordered through a Dealer from the Factory? There don't seem to be any available at any Airstream Dealers in the Western US right now.
My impression for the last couple years is that 34' models are built to order only. I did see one sit for months on a showroom floor in mid-2005. Fuel prices say something about the current popularity of Airstreams in the low 20 foot size. My 25' FB with twin beds has 3 outside storage compartments (queen 25'ers don't have these) but it is a tight pocket cruiser. For extended traveling, adequate storage, pantry, closet & living space I would suggest a minimum of the front-to-back oriented queen bed models -- so 27' FB, 28', 30'...

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Old 08-12-2007, 11:41 AM   #5
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Rivet 34’ Airstreams

Having moved from a 24’ Trade Wind to a 34’ Excella this year, I have to say that I really like the extra space in the living area. I enjoy having room to entertain. My brother and sister in law have a 32’ Excella, and they are envious. They went with me to pick it up (Kind of a Jeff Foxworthy moment) and have been in it again since I did some remodeling. The last time they were here, Reba was talking to Ron about how much nicer the arraignment in my 34’ is. I think I see a 34 in their future. Consider the classifieds here. It’s where I found mine.

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Old 08-12-2007, 08:23 PM   #6
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First off welcome. I was perusing the Craigs List for Vancouver, BC today and happened on this and thought I'd at least let you know used 34's are out in the world looking for new homes from time to time. I don't know the trailer or the people, or even if their pricing comments on new ones is accurate, but thought you might at least want a looksee.


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34 Foot Airstream Classic (Excella) Travel Trailer - $35000

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34 Foot Airstream Classic. Completely loaded with all the luxuries and quality that Airstream is famous for. Well maintained. Three large solar panels. Brand new batteries. Tires in new condition. Queen bed. Equalizer hitch included. 2nd owner (low miler).

To purchase a brand new 34 foot Airstream would be close to or over $100 000 Canadian.

This unit is priced to sell. @ $35 000 (OBO)

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