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Old 06-08-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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So excited...brand new, big family Airstreamers!

We have been camping with our four children for a while now in a tiny SOB (21 feet with a bed bump out) and really love it. I found that I could be happy as a clam in any space as long as I had internet, air conditioning, and a microwave. We realized that it may be a little too small because mom and dad wanted some privacy so we decided to start researching our AS dream.

My husband has wanted a big 'ol diesel forever and when he brought home a 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew cab a couple of weeks ago I knew the Airstream was coming soon! We looked at every dealership from Seattle to Alabama and finally found the camper of our dreams: a 2004 34' Classic (not slide out). We are bringing it home this weekend!

I have to say that we eyed all of the SOBs quite carefully, but after bucking 52 mile an hour winds all the way across South Dakota, we decided that what we sacrifice in space we make up in we are just smitten with the way they look and the fact we can probably keep it forever and renovate it down the line as styles change.

We just bought a Hensley hitch too.

What generator do you recommend? We boondock quite a bit (5 walmarts on the last 7000 mile trip) and need something with enough snort that won't wake the dead.

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Old 06-08-2011, 07:49 PM   #2

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You will get a lot of opinions about genset's, this was our choice, we only need one for our needs. We have it converted for LPG/gasoline operation.
You can parallel two for 4000w total, easy to handle, quiet and reliable.

Honda Power Equipment - EU2000i

Good luck in your new adventure.

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:56 PM   #3
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Congrats on the big-o-34'...I lived in Huntsville as a young 'un...moved to Hazel Green for a stint...

Gensets? I have a pair of Honda 2000's and in hind sight...I kinda wish I'd of got a Honda 3000...then again...If Airstream made a 45' trailer...I'd probably want to upgrade to it also...

Bigger IS better....right????
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:39 PM   #4
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Sounds great CarolineJ,

Post pictures when you can. Oh.. and welcome to the airforums!

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Old 06-08-2011, 10:06 PM   #5
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Thank you so much. I was so excited to find this forum...and my hubby is checking those links right now!
Daniel and Caroline + 4 kids and a cat
2004 34' Classic "Monkey House"
2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab w/Hensley Hitch

We moved 16 times for the military and just can't stay still!
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:01 AM   #6
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Congrats on the Alumiliner, you will love the 34. Can't help with the Genny though. Safe & happy travels. John
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:09 AM   #7
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For gensets, we've been happy with our two Yamaha Inverter EF2000iS. I don't think you can go wrong with these or the Hondas. Quiet, reliable and enough juice to run the AC.


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