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Old 05-05-2015, 07:25 PM   #15
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Thanks, Channing. I'm in the chat room now (lobby). Alan, don't worry about typing speed in the chat room. Often I'm the only one there (like right now).
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:26 PM   #16
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Trying again tonight. I'm in the chat room now.
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:16 AM   #17
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We love our 30', but we would've bought a 34' if we hadn't found a good 30' to buy. My parents have a 34', and they claim it's the best towing trailer they've ever had (and they started with pop-ups and slowly got bigger over the years, so he's towed plenty of them, including SOBs and other Airstreams).

The extra space afforded by the 34' is immediately obvious in the front lounge and in the fact that they have more wardrobe closets than we do. But, we like our larger bathroom, too. It's all a tradeoff.

I honestly wouldn't worry about the extra length. It'll make getting into some very tight spots slightly harder, but I doubt it's significant, and you'll probably never notice the difference. It also comes down to skill; I've seen people shoehorn their 34's into some pretty interesting spots, things I might not have been able to accomplish with my 30'.

The lack of visibility behind the trailer is the same - you can't see the tailgaters.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:01 AM   #18
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There are no state length restrictions that you will even come close to. So you'll be fine anywhere you choose to travel. I've read that some state / national campgrounds have restrictions for length but we have never been rejected with our 30' Airstream although there have been times where the sites were pretty tight. Backing with a longer trailer is easier than a shorter one except when it isn't. Sometimes campground sites are tough getting into due to trees, rocks etc. But if you can get a 30'er in you can get a 34'er in.
I've never met a person with a 34' AS that said they wish it was shorter so go for it if you can.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:08 AM   #19
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You can count me in the 31' to 34' upgrade. I had a 31' that was destroyed in a fire. My wife wanted something shorter until I showed her an ad for a 34'. A couple days later she found the 34' that we currently own. It's amazing what 3' more does in a trailer. We love it and it tows like a dream.

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Old 05-07-2015, 06:12 PM   #20
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I'm in the Lobby chat room again, and I'd like to chat with those of you who own the largest Airstreams, those 30' and longer. I'm specifically interested in the wide-body versions of these coaches.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:39 PM   #21
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I'm in the chat room again for an hour or so. Anyone want to chat about the largest Airstreams?
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:13 PM   #22
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I'm in the chat room again and have a specific question. How much room is there at the foot of the bed?
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:21 PM   #23
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David,

So sorry to be SO long in getting back to you. I forgot to subscribe to this post and so just now saw it again.

To answer your question; No, I have never been denied due to overall length. I did stay at a campground last summer in St. Augustine that was very nice, but rather tight on their lane widths and corners. The site they gave me was more suited for a 25 footer than a 34 (and the Avion is actually 36 feet bumper to ball.....well 35'-11" if you want to really get fine about it) and it was tight. But that is the only place in 8 years and 25,000 miles that I've run into that. And this wasn't that big a deal, it just took a little longer to get her situated.

I realize I am slow to post and most of your questions have probably already been answered. But overall, I like my big triple axle a lot and wouldn't trade it for a shorter one. I would like to have a 16' Shasta Airflyte repro to park beside it. But I don't see trading the 34 for a 26 any year soon

Best of luck and see ya on the road!
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:36 PM   #24
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Thanks for the response, Jim. The length question wasn't so much about campgrounds but State highway regulations. A couple of States have combined lengths (tow vehicle and trailer) of 50'. That means that your Avion can have a tow vehicle of 14' 1" including the hitch. I suspect that even in those States one can exceed that length limit within a certain distance of an Interstate highway. Most States have 60 or 65' combined lengths.
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Thanks for the response, Jim. The length question wasn't so much about campgrounds but State highway regulations. A couple of States have combined lengths (tow vehicle and trailer) of 50'. That means that your Avion can have a tow vehicle of 14' 1" including the hitch. I suspect that even in those States one can exceed that length limit within a certain distance of an Interstate highway. Most States have 60 or 65' combined lengths.

Texas is 65'. I'm at 63'. FWIW I haven't ever heard of anyone getting an OAL ticket in 50-years where the combination was an otherwise ordinary coupling of car truck and trailer.
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Old 05-23-2015, 10:07 AM   #26
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Yep, that 50' restriction is news to me. I'm 58' front bumper to back bumper. Well, if they want to give me a ticket, I guess I'll just take my tourism dollars to another place

But, so far so good

I wouldn't worry about it. A lot of 5ers make our 34's look like a pop can.

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Old 05-23-2015, 10:37 AM   #27
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I'm guessing that 50' restriction might be for a single vehicle, not a combined tow vehicle and hitched vehicle.

My rig, towing the 34', is approximately 56'-57'. (21' truck+1' hitch+35' trailer = 57')
My 34' Excella is a fraction over 34'-11". I measured it.

(add edit: I think the confusion about maximum length could come from the legal description of Recreational Vehicle in DOT terminology. Recreational Vehicle as written in USDOT regulations means motorhome, not tow vehicle and trailer)
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:43 PM   #28
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Here's what I found:
60 feet: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island
55 feet: DC, West Virginia
53 feet: New Jersey
45 feet: New Hampshire
All others are 65 feet.
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