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Old 03-10-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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New on this scene in this stage of life. Need information from experienced on tow vehicle for 34 footer.Have been reading lots but overwhelmed with all that is out there and hope to get a condensed version from someone that has actually lived it. Thanks so much. Peace
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:20 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We have a 2005 Safari 25FB that weighs 7,400# with a 850# tongue weight. A 34 foot will probably got as much as another 25% above that. Accordingly, you're probably in at least 3/4 ton territory. We pull our 25FB with a 3/4 ton Suburban with the 6.0 liter gasoline engine. We also use a Hensley Arrow Hitch System.

I believe that a gasoline engined 3/4 ton tow vehicle could probably do the job with a 34 footer, but may be a little shallow in the pull power department. A diesel powered tow vehicle would most likely be more satisfactory.

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We have a 3/4 ton GM diesel and are extremely happy with the way it handles our 34' AS. Have taken it from Seattle to Las Vegas and back and never had to take it out of cruise control in the mountains...exhaust brake works great as well and the built-in trailer brake controller has been fine.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:18 AM   #4
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We have finally got a 1996 Ford F250, and will be trying it out here soon. But I swear you sure need to get something thats going to pull. Our Airstream is a 27 footer.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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Thanks for your quick reply and warm welcome. Just purchased a 95 34' 10,000 dry weight so will be turning to the forums for all my info from those so willing to share their experience. Pick it up tomorrow and he has a heavy duty van to sell that he pulled it with so will have time to get exactly what I need. Lots to learn and do to get her back into shape and become responsible and proud AS owners. Thanks again.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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Thanks for your quick reply and warm welcome. Just purchased a 95 34' 10,000 dry weight so will be turning to the forums for all my info from those so willing to share their experience. Pick it up tomorrow and he has a heavy duty van to sell that he pulled it with so will have time to get exactly what I need. Lots to learn and do to get her back into shape and become responsible and proud AS owners. Thanks again.
You'll want to do some reading around here. Easiest questions are:

1] How long will you own it?

2] How many miles do you expect to cover in that time?

3] How many nights of use?

4] How important is fuel economy (as a trade-off)?

5] Will you be full-time or part-time?

A good range of vehicles can tow a 34' A/S, but that range is only narrowed by the above questions, and how much gear one expects to take along.

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We pull our 91 34' Excella 1000 with a 99 Ford F250 7.3 diesel and have been pleased. Congratulations on your purchase and good luck on the tv search!
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I would strongly suggest F250/F350 or 2500/3500 Diesel with either ProPride or Hensley hitch - PERIOD.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:52 AM   #9
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Thanks for your quick reply and warm welcome. Just purchased a 95 34' 10,000 dry weight so will be turning to the forums for all my info from those so willing to share their experience. Pick it up tomorrow and he has a heavy duty van to sell that he pulled it with so will have time to get exactly what I need. Lots to learn and do to get her back into shape and become responsible and proud AS owners. Thanks again.
From the above, do I understand that you HAVE the van? and a WD hitch set-up. If so it will help a lot in determining exactly what may be necessary to get you where want to be.
If it's a "short" van without the extended rear overhang it may be quite capable 'til you decide on the up-grade.

I would recommend at least a 2500 anything, with a HD towing package and a quality WD hitch with sway control along with a quality brake controller.

We use a 2500 06 Burb with Hensley Arrow and TruControl Brake controller.

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Old 04-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #10
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Hi again,
Still looking for that right TV.So afraid to make wrong decision.Have heard many,many,suggestions.Bought the van that came with it and it does the job for now with all the extras.An 87 ford upgraded to 7.3l ,brakes towing package etc.and mechanic says another 200,000 miles.I just can't get past the diesel smell. Has been suggested a V10 f250/350. My AS weighs,I'm told 9700 lbs dry.Will this v10 be enough? Will not be full time but maybe 3-4 months/ yr up to Tenn.,Carolina's etc. Thanks in advance.You all were incredibly helpful last writing.
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I tow with a Ford Excursion 6.8L V-10 4x4. I cant say much for fuel economy, but torque/HP are right up there with the diesel. I have been very pleased with the Ex; I am about to flip 200K miles- it seems to be built well and I have had no major problems with it. Plenty of power and stability with the AS. Without the third row seat I have about 6' of cargo space behind the back seat.
I would think with the fuel prices going up, you might be able to find a good used 3/4 ton truck or SUV at a decent price.
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I pull my 1993 Classic Ltd 34" with a 2008 Dodge Ram 5.7 Ltr. 1500 Mega Cab. It seems to do the job.
Once again you will need to determine how often you will be pulling your trailer.Where you are pulling it . Are you full-timing in the future?
This forum will help you!!!
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Stay with the van, or at least try it for awhile. jim
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Hi again,
Still looking for that right TV.So afraid to make wrong decision.Have heard many,many,suggestions.Bought the van that came with it and it does the job for now with all the extras.An 87 ford upgraded to 7.3l ,brakes towing package etc.and mechanic says another 200,000 miles.I just can't get past the diesel smell. Has been suggested a V10 f250/350. My AS weighs,I'm told 9700 lbs dry.Will this v10 be enough? Will not be full time but maybe 3-4 months/ yr up to Tenn.,Carolina's etc. Thanks in advance.You all were incredibly helpful last writing.
"My AS weighs,I'm told 9700 lbs dry.Will this v10 be enough?"

Congrat's on your new Stream.....Welcome!!

Go Camping....loaded, stop at the CAT's, get a baseline to work with and go from there.

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