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Old 03-02-2006, 08:15 AM   #15
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Nice coach, but no.
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:26 AM   #16
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Does look like a nice one. Where in the heck does that extra weight come from?
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:28 AM   #17
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To me, it's wheelbase, not so much the weight, though as the coached get newer from your orig post, they tend to get heavier because not only are they simply bigger, they have more stuff in them (empty weight) and have the ability to hold more stuff(GVWR).
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:02 AM   #18
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Remember, I'm not planning on RV'ing. I need to tow this thing twice for a total of about 500 miles.
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:22 AM   #19
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I forgot about that.....if you have the hitch that can deal with the hitch weight of the 34', you take it slow, no real big hills or mountains, nice day (no real wind), you could move it with the Exc. If you were planning regular towing, then it would be a bad idea....it's not really a great idea to start with, but it makes little sense to get a beefier tow vehicle for just 500 of towing like you were on thin ice.
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Old 03-02-2006, 10:06 AM   #20
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Frame sag

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I have a 79 31 foot Soveriegn which had frame sag. I found out by putting a jack at the rear main frame and jacked it up. The frame moved but the body didn't. There is a repair procedure on the Airstream site. It's not that big of a deal to repair it.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:05 AM   #21
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Another question

If I were to tow a 34' trailer of the 82' vintage, would the side mirrors on a 2003 Expy suffice? Or do I need to buy strap on extenders?
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Old 03-03-2006, 12:13 PM   #22
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Those I'd consider buying..

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Appears you have pair of threads on same project.. One reason that 34 is so heavy is that it looks like a "Limited" model, which had most deluxe interior and heavier real wood trim.. Weight was not an issue when Airstream designed that model, as they assumed many would settle down on lots in snowbird or second home sites...

As for mirrors, their value is in seeing what is coming up behind you when pulling, and avoiding surprises, as Excursion mirrors don't extend out like some of truck mirrors do. Spending ~$75 for that additional visibility is something I'd recommend, though others may differ. We bought pair of plastic extender mirrors for our Suburban, and they were well worth the investment..

Knowing pull is between Ohio and Michigan, where big mountains are not part of the environment, it should work out if you take it easy, and I'd also try to avoid heavy traffic times of the day...

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Old 03-03-2006, 12:26 PM   #23
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Rivet Expedition will be fine for tow

You should be fine towing with the Expedition. Just keep it to a reasonable speed, slow down early and watch your engine temps. Your model doesn't have a separate transmission temp guage but the engine temp gauge can give you some clues. If you intend to pull very much and intend on keeping you Exped for a while - add a trans temp gauge and a cooler. High Trans Temps kill and the there is no way of knowing till the tranny pukes.

I towed my 73 31' Soveriegn with an 03 Astro Van for one season-about 500 miles total. It did fine even in the hill's of East Tennessee. I wanted to use our trailer more - so I upgraded to a Diesel F-250. I tow the same-but with more confidence.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:43 PM   #24
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Well the trailer just got sold out from under me so I don't have to worry about towing it anywhere. Bummer.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:56 PM   #25
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Well the trailer just got sold out from under me so I don't have to worry about towing it anywhere. Bummer.
Well, that sucks. Do you still have the 31 foot coach as a back up, or has it also been sold?
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:59 PM   #26
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Patience!

Relax friend, there are a large number out there.

The more I look, the more I see, you will too.

If one acts in haste, there is a lot of time to regret.

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Keep the Faith...

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Sorry to hear of loss of the '34 opportunity, but attractively priced Airstream Trailers in good shape might average less than ten days "on the market", and it is important to be able to move quickly once you've found a really good one..

Good news is that there are relatively more 31's and 34's than mid-sized units on market. Bad news is that many of them are in snowbird country, namely Florida and US Southwest... Either location would make the drive home in Excursion much more interesting, but still do-able if it was one-time event, based on cautions above... You might also find someone eager to sell that would arrange to transport or find other creative ways to close distance gap...

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Old 03-06-2006, 01:28 PM   #28
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It does seem that most are in the South. ..... my search continues. In the meantime, I've found out that a friend just got a new heavy duty disel pickup that we could use to move a big trailer assuming I find one fairly local.
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