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Old 04-07-2011, 10:18 PM   #15
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Best wishes for many years of trouble free enjoyment with the new truck and trailer! You should be set for a while.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:39 PM   #16
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Well I can tell you that that F250 is gonna love puling that 30!

Congrats! I can only hope that you love your new trailer as much as we love ours
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:36 PM   #17
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Towed my new baby today with the F-350 for about four hours heading home from Colonial - the long way via the mountains. Here are a few quick notes....

Did not notice difference between the disc brakes and the drum brakes on the new trailer - was expecting a negative delta. Purposely braked hard a few times. All smooth stops. I will keep keep an eye out as I monitor the drum brakes, really scarred they would feel so different, again - nice and smooth...

As expected - the PP hitch and F-350 combined to make a very stable tow platform. Caught myself around 75 (even 80 a few times) and soild through the whole speed range - had some strong showers and lots of big rigs. Again, rock stable but I was expecting this...

Backing up the 30 vice the 25 was not difficult at all - just need to start the turn a little eairler. Did notice the need to pull out a little more before executing my turns when moving forward so to keep the wheels off the curbs (btw, tow mirrors on the F-350 are great, no excuses hitting tires or side of trailer with objects with these mirror appliances as long as one can use them).

F-350 engine a beast. Went up over a few steep grades, plenty of power, diesel brake works well going down hill. Lots of power to accelerate into traffic... Can't wait for break-in so I can see mpg numbers. So far pretty good but let me wait before I post anything for the truck to be broken in.

I'm sure I will post a more detailed report when I have some time, just wanted to give everyone a "quickie".


Can't wait to take her back out on the road for some ventures!
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:57 PM   #18
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John,

The Ford ITBC is a very good unit in my opinion and is probably contributing to your drum brake performance. Having towed a 26 SOB and now a 31 Airstream I agree with you that backing and cornering are not very different. My 31 tows and maneuvers much better than my SOB ever did. I take it you have the new 6 speed tranny?
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:31 AM   #19
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BTW - thanks to everyone for all the great wishes - hopefully in 25 years I'll be posting with this same trailer but in the Classic's" section.

Doug - new Ford Diesel Engine & Ford Tranny.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:49 AM   #20
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Nice unit and thanks for the updates! You shouldn't need a bigger one so 25 years will be easy to do! My Bambi looks like a guest house compared to your mansion! Happy travels!
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:53 PM   #21
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Btw, the f350 is the same engine as the F250.

Also, I dont see you keeping this one for 25 years...They will have upgrades and a Newer one with more "fun stuff" in a couple years...LOL

BTW, getting outta the "2009"..."2010"...Classic into a new musta been a hit in the wallet!

I am jealous!! There I said it!!

you are the MAN!!!
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:21 PM   #22
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No reason to be jealous as we all have great trailers - just wanted (needed) a bit more room & couch (for my zombie flicks) and music playing. Since I was afforded the opportunity to "jump" out of the 25FB and into the 2011 30 footer with "minimal pain" I "jumped on the opportunity"!

If it wasn't such a great deal I could have lived with the 25 footer for quite a while.

Looking for a very long term relationship with this one - I'm usually that kind of guy...
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:46 PM   #23
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just wanted (needed) a bit more room & couch
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What is your initial assessment regarding the additional space after a couple nights in it? Noticable - or do you wish you had gone with the 34'er ?

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Old 04-10-2011, 09:04 PM   #24
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Don't you dare tempt him! He hasn't even pulled off the stickers yet.
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34!

34!!

34!!!

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Old 04-11-2011, 10:03 AM   #26
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The 34 Classic would have been too big in my initial observations - but since I was spending money now (once again) and getting my one free "mulligan" on the purchase of my 25FB Classic and now in possession of a tow vehicle that can tow anything Airstream offers - I did consider the 34 footer as Colonial did have one available in the color scheme of my choice "Praline" (which I do like better than my previous Cocoa).

Knowing the second time around I really needed to nail the "Airstream" purchase and get one that would best fit my needs (don't want to become an "Airstream of the month club" member). My desire is to keep this one as the one Airstream, so I studied the 34 Classic in depth. Yes – if it was not for the Touareg I would have went with a 27FB before so that one year using the 25FB taught me what I wanted in an Airstream via my usage patterns over one year - and thus even the 27FB would not have been perfect for me after learning my habits of one year (the 25FB & 27FB are so similar -they are both great - one just a more "efficient" use of space vice the other, as could be argued by myself when I had to go with the 25FB due to my previous TV)...


Like I said, spending one full year with the 25FB Classic and traveling all over the country in said trailer (in rain storms, snow storms, beach locations, mountains, etc.) I really got a groove for what and how I like to spend my time when "Streaming".

The only improvements over the 25FB that I readily recognized were:
1. Couch area so to watch movies with my back to the trailer vice at a "90 degree" angle via sitting on the dinette. The little "hutch" in front of the couch where I can purchase a 3rd TV and sit it up there (36” or 40" with two spots for the Bose 3-2-1 system is nice addition with the 30 footer). For some reason, I love to watch movies late at night when the outside festivities have ended.
2. Separate dinette area for when cooking, eating, or as an additional work area.
3. Swing the bed around so two folks can get in and out without crawling over each other.
4. Little bigger wardrobe…

So, not really much to complain about on the 25FB as it was a great compromise of the 27FB that I originally wished for but could not purchase because of the limitations of my then TV. The 30 footer meets all those requirements (and some tosses in some pleasant design surprises as well).

The 34 footer would be great if I needed the larger pantry (lost my pantry in the 30 footer but plenty of storage for canned goods and dry goods - more than the 25FB or 27fb with their pantries) or the larger wardrobe of the 34. Spent time in the 34 footer and 30 footer (and a 31 as well) plus studied the diagrams of all - price difference was not much after all things considered - and as we all now well know - the 30 footer Classic won out....

So for me - the 30 Classic was the best fit....
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:28 AM   #27
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How long of a rig do you have when it's all hooked together? I'm at 50' 2" with the 27. I went with a long truck bed in the TV. I'll bet with a longer trailer and shorter TV you have a similar foot print.
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With my shorter bed but 31' long trailer with the 30 Classic, I bet you and I are most likely at the same length - will have to measure next weekend but best "guesstimate" for now...


Using “published numbers”….

2011 Airstream = 31 feet in length
2011 F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab with Short Bed = 20.5 feet

So my total length from front of truck to back bumper of Airstream would be estimated at 51.5 feet…
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