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Old 01-18-2011, 09:59 PM   #29
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I wouldn't take it through the Burger King drive-through, but I don't believe you'll have any issues. I actually miss our 34'; I never had a problem towing or backing it. The diesel will only make it seem easier - you'll forget you have a trailer behind you.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:19 AM   #30
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Never towed with a diesel before or any trailer that long. Any words of wisdom with do's and dont's is appreciated.
See post #17 above for some good pointers.

The only reason I passed on a 34 was because of concern that I couldn't get that long of a trailer backed in to my driveway when we wanted to clean it, load and unload it, etc.

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Old 01-19-2011, 11:19 AM   #31
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Congratulatons on your new 34 and truck.

We have a 34' and pull with a 2005 Dodge Cummins turbo diesel 2wd and love it. We also use a Hensley. Just remember to make wide turns. This is our first diesel truck. Prior to the 34 we pulled a 30. If we were going to be doing a lot of traveling throught he rockies I would get an exhaust brake.

Last year we pulled it from the Chicago area to Acadia National Park in Maine via route 80 in Pennsylvania returning by way of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. No problems pulling. I had some problems with my disc brakes but that is a different issue.

The 2005 34 should have a 11,500 gvwr and disc brakes. We do like having disc brakes.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:27 PM   #32
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Congrats, Titu and Gail! Sounds like a sweet rig.

You'll enjoy the space; when we moved from a 25 to a 31, we haven't yet found a use for all the storage space available.

You'll also enjoy the diesel and ha. Perhaps we can find a way to join up with you guys again.

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Old 01-19-2011, 05:27 PM   #33
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If all goes well we will be up sizing from a 2004 25 ft Safari to 2005 34 Classic next week. The TV will also be upgraded from a 2004 Yukon Denali to a 2004 Dodge 2500 CumminTurboD, 2WD (24K miles) with a HA. Never towed with a diesel before or any trailer that long. Any words of wisdom with do's and dont's is appreciated.

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Congratulations Titu and Gail. You will enjoy this combo and by the way, 2 A/C or 1 on the tripple axle ?. I'm sure you did your home work on the Trailer brake controller and the max towing / tongue wt capacity of the TV. You might want to post pictures so that you can recieve more specific feedback from this forum prior to purchase. Also check to see if all recalls allready performed (brake actuator on 2005 -2009 classics - Hydraulic brake controller by active technologies I think)
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:32 PM   #34
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Titu & Gail,
Do you have to extend your new garrage or the "34" will ride in without modification/s. Just so happy for you both. Enjoy it.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:33 PM   #35
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yopu remeber our TV dont you.... no need for a huge truck.... just ask Andrew Thompson...........
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:40 PM   #36
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only '05 trailers produced after ~ jan/feb of 05 (mid production year) have disc brakes.

IF it was built during/after this time, the disc brake actuator is V.1 from actibrake,

and V. 1 is NOT subject to the recall.

of course the previous owner may have installed a different unit,

if built earlier in the year it will have standard drum brakes, unless added later by the owner.

the HEIGHT of the segment protectors is a clue,

since TALLER protectors were incorporated at ~ the same time as discs.

the early / late '05 also had a msrp differential of 4,000$-9,000$.

again production date matters.

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Old 01-19-2011, 05:46 PM   #37
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If all goes well we will be up sizing from a 2004 25 ft Safari to 2005 34 Classic next week. The TV will also be upgraded from a 2004 Yukon Denali to a 2004 Dodge 2500 CumminTurboD, 2WD (24K miles) with a HA. Never towed with a diesel before or any trailer that long. Any words of wisdom with do's and dont's is appreciated.

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I have the same truck (305/555 motor with manual) to tow our 34' Silver Streak. Trailer was at 7,350lbs for full-timing. Saw the same fuel mileage as others with this truck and an aero trailer: 13-16 mpg with the truck between 7,500 and max gross. The truck needs no tuners or other kiddie toys. Stay with the BALDWIN F7977 fuel filter and the new MOPAR air filter, too.

I posted my "adventures" with setting up the HA according to scale weights on a thread entitled " . . Cat Scale". Hope you're more successful with weight transfer. I will change from the factory receiver to a TORKLIFT or similar, as I believe that was part of "the problem".

A '34 is one nice sized trailer. Any longer would be too long (I was at 63' end-to-end), and any smaller would have lost storage and room for the fulltiming we did in a 100F Texas summer. We look forward to another one with a different floorplan.

Good luck.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:14 PM   #38
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Not sure which of the 2500 Cummins you plan to purchase but above link might be helpfull.
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Good Evening,

Thanks for all the kind words and wisdom. It is an early 34 footer and we have confirmed via vin # with Jackson Center that it was not part of the recall. The truck just came as a package deal and we could not refuse. We are flying down next week, and if everything is a go, we will be bee lining back to RI. If not we have return airline tickets . It will fit in our garage as it is approx. 40 ft deep and 26 ft wide. We will certainly post picture if she is ours. I must have lost our mind, 2 AS, 2 Harleys, 2 John Deere tractors, 2 Trucks, 2 daughter and alas only one wife

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My 34 has a sofa slide, so I have the vista windows across the front, but I also like the skylight. I do have 2 ACs.
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Amazed by this pic, and thought of this thread...
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