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Old 05-11-2016, 01:11 PM   #15
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The wanderlodge is an amazing beast! I'm looking at a 1988. It's flawless but a little dated.
This thing is hardcore heavy duty!
The storage is tremendous!
I like the fact I could burn frenchfry oil and make life almost free!

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Old 05-11-2016, 03:50 PM   #16
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They are awesome machines. I was a little out of my league on one. 30,000 pounds.
Big diesel motor, lots of maintenance, but very reliable rigs.The factory was impressive, and quite a few older ones camping out there while waiting for service

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Old 05-20-2016, 02:48 PM   #17
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I just got back from a couple of day cruising in company with the P O of my 345.
He showed up here in Az on a swing west from Fla. In his late 90s Prevost.

Wow there could not be a much different machine from the 345. First it is very big and heavy, and very complex, and in a completely different league cost wise. 5+ times the cost going in. And most repairs seem to come in at about three times similar job on the 345.

It is a very nicely built, very comfortable while parked luxurious even. He said its nice to drive on the Highways. He is very careful about any roads smaller than an interstate or major state roads.

The Prevost is a very impressive vehicle if you are up for the costs and limits to where you want to take it.

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Old 05-20-2016, 07:20 PM   #18
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Before we bought our Foretravel I thought we'd probably end up with a 'Bird. The nagging thought was that most of the people on WOG spent a fair amount of time fixing things after every trip. That made me a bit nervous.

They are heavy, though, and use hydraulic jacks for leveling. One 'Bird owner mentioned to me that he has made some "big impressions" with his coach in church parking lots. It seems that he frequently goes to various churches for periods of time and parks on their lots. Those lots aren't meant for 50,000 pounds to be there for long periods of time, and he said that he has done a fair amount of damage.

How much does an Airstream 345 weigh?
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:06 PM   #19
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The 345 is said to weigh around 16,000 lbs.

For me the the number of complicated systems on the newer more luxurious coach seem way beyond my comfort level to be dealing with myself.
The relative simplicity of the older more basic coach is a comfortable fit for me, technically and financially.

Cheers Richard

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