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Old 03-06-2015, 04:34 PM   #15
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Hope you have a diesel to pull a 34' that can use truck stop style fueling facilities because you are going to have problems finding gas stations that have the space to maneuver that behemoth.


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Old 03-07-2015, 04:35 AM   #16
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We enjoy our 86 34' Limited. It has been in the family since new. It has many, many miles on it and has held up well. Ours is a twin bed model that works well for us. I have learned how to maneuver it around just like any of us with our vehicles. The cabinets have held up very well through the years. We have replaced the floor covering, upholstery coverings, the furnaces, the AC, the water heater, and have installed new window coverings (curtains and blinds.) I really enjoy my recliner chair, and the wife enjoys her couch. We love the extra room for both seating arrangements.

If something horrible happened to the 86, we would replace it with another 34 footer.


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Old 03-07-2015, 02:51 PM   #17
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Old 03-07-2015, 06:28 PM   #18
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cwf shows his 34 footer by the lake. Here's mine in a very tight, wooded campground in New Hampshire. A guy can figure out how to get his trailer into almost any spot.

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Old 03-07-2015, 10:25 PM   #19
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Have you considered how quickly you will bore of being a fixture on America's highways and byways, 24/7365. As a young Soldier stationed in Germany, the wife, my best friend and I were hurrying to return to Ansbach, Germany after just two weeks of seeing the sights Britain. After day five the snow and mud that awaited us was being to look better every day we were gone.
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Old 03-12-2015, 01:02 PM   #20
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Don't be intimidated, go slowly, use the mirrors and your spouse to spot you while you back up, the skill comes quickly and the advantages of the larger trailer far out weigh the negatives. so much more space to work in and not have to move something to do something else. The difference in towing a 30' vs a 34' is small. We have had both, I think it is easier to back up a longer coach then a short one. Do consider a diesel powered truck if you plan on much mountain driving. Fuel is not a problem, with all the places that have fuel islands. Besides with a little practice maneuvering you will be able to put it where you need to As far as access to campsites, we only had an issue once in 83000 miles of touring, and the staff at the site just had us move to a different site, (the only one to say you will have access issues doesn't own a 34, so how would he know?). We have camped in tons of state and national parks with no issues, (if one of the monster motor homes can park there than it is no sweat for a 50 foot AS rig). Go for it!
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:57 PM   #21
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Is bigger really better?

Dillonation, welcome to Air Forums!

Two comments I would like to make:
  • I haven't seen anyone on the Forums say they wish they had bought a smaller trailer. I have, however, seen a number who bought a lesser-sized one and moved up to a larger one, or just wished they had bought bigger in the first place.
  • As mentioned above, Airstream switched most models to 6" wider. This happened in the 1996 model year, so if you can get one that year or newer, well, just sayin'...
If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:18 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by msmcv51 View Post
The only thing I can see with a 34 is if it has horizontal propane bottles. I have heard that the horizontal bottles are no longer made should they need replacement.
They make them everyday, see here.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:28 PM   #23
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Go big or stay home!

We had a 30 foot Avion. Traded up for a 34 foot Airstream.....haven't ever looked back. Never had a problem "fitting in" either!

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Old 04-01-2015, 08:46 PM   #24
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Had a 22', then a 31' and now a 34'. Love the 34' for the space, and it is not much different than a 31' to maneuver around. Pulls easier than the 31', but you have to watch the tight corners or you will skid a wheel. Go for it!!! you will love the 34'!!! Chris
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:03 PM   #25
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We love our 1984 International. As others have said, it tows straight as an arrow, it backs up gently and obediently. We've been in some tight spaces when camping in Provincial Parks, so far we've made it every time.

The space inside is big enough for our family of five, with the kids having their own bedroom. We love the dinette for rainy days, we even had enough space to install a dishwasher.

Our ready to camp weight is about 7500lbs, with a tongue weight of 800lbs and a vehicle payload requirement of 600lbs.

They are great trailers. We will keep ours forever, and hopefully one day, when we're old and grey, roam the continent in it.

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