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Old 07-27-2011, 08:33 AM   #15
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When we picked our 34 we then went truck shopping. One of our limitations was our garage as well...although handling, features & comfort of the TV was more critical.

We also decided to go with a diesel with exhaust brake as most of our driving is in mountain areas.

As you can see from our sig we ended up with a GMC Sierra 2500HD which has been great. Handles like a dream and the integrated trailer braking, anti-sway control (adjusts wheel speeds as well as can apply trailer brakes automatically) we have now towed about 4,000 mi through the mountains rain & shine without a hitch.

The hitch capacity, load capacity, performance is great. We went with the extended cab, standard box, SRW in order to just squeak it into the garage. Also got the camper mirrors. Only complaint is that to get into the garage we have to fold them in (manually).

Only time that we ever felt any sway whatsoever was when the exhaust brake kicked in on a downhill curve.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:49 AM   #16
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Very nice trailer. It would be hard not to enjoy a trip in those diggs.

Happy Travels!
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:00 AM   #17
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Congrats and welcome to the 34ft club. We have a 2005 Classic 34 and just love it. Actually, it handles (HA setup) better than our 25' and I find it easier to park and reverse. Just watch the turns as the curbs tends to creep up on you. We noticed no difference in over all MPG in towing a 34 or 25 footer. Just came back from a 700 mile trip.

Best of luck and happy trails.

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Old 07-27-2011, 11:32 AM   #18
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Beautiful AS!

First I have seen of the rear "lounge" set up.

Has AS 34' come with the rear lounge with the corner couches like you got in earlier years? Seems like it would be a very comfortable sitting design...and I do not think the large fold out table would be missed too much? You still get a smaller fold out from the door side.

I wonder what % of the 25 2011 34' units had the front lounge like this?

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Old 07-27-2011, 11:51 AM   #19
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Ricky, did you get your owners bag with all the manuals and books? I'm curious if you got a copy of the Newbies Guide.
If you did, on page two you may find some of the authors to be familiar.
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:58 PM   #20
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i'm also trying to reduce the number of vehicles i have and make the truck a daily driver.


Short trips .. the need for a daily driver/TV .. well-matched TT/TV. Sounds like disc brakes, PP hitch and Can Am to me. You're practically around the corner from them (compared to me; the distance is not unfairly mine to Dallas from current home; a one-day drive). That's where I'd concentrate my reading of online articles and the rest.

Search Road Ruler posts for links, etc.

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Old 07-27-2011, 03:17 PM   #21
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those are all rear bedroom models. one is a rear twin bedroom. i don't know if there were any custom units built but maybe jackson center could tell you.

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Beautiful AS!

First I have seen of the rear "lounge" set up.

Has AS 34' come with the rear lounge with the corner couches like you got in earlier years? Seems like it would be a very comfortable sitting design...and I do not think the large fold out table would be missed too much? You still get a smaller fold out from the door side.

I wonder what % of the 25 2011 34' units had the front lounge like this?

Thanks...Tom R
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:32 PM   #22
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Ricky, did you get your owners bag with all the manuals and books? I'm curious if you got a copy of the Newbies Guide.
If you did, on page two you may find some of the authors to be familiar.
yes i have the bag and read the materials a few times. the newbies guide is a great thing to have. i wish i had it the first winter with the '94 34'! this forum saved me a few times and i now arrange my meals around reading the forum, lol. i read a few hours a day here and i learn more every day. yes the authors were familiar and did a great job with the book.
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:38 PM   #23
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i'm also trying to reduce the number of vehicles i have and make the truck a daily driver.
Short trips .. the need for a daily driver/TV .. well-matched TT/TV. Sounds like disc brakes, PP hitch and Can Am to me. You're practically around the corner from them (compared to me; the distance is not unfairly mine to Dallas from current home; a one-day drive). That's where I'd concentrate my reading of online articles and the rest.
Search Road Ruler posts for links, etc.
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thanks for the suggestions. i will probably plan a trip to see the folks at can am and possibly sean. if i really want to ease into things i could always hire someone to tow it the first season.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:08 PM   #24
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Congrats on your new 34'.. We have a 1990 Excella 34' and love the space. We are going to pull it down to Florida for the winter months.

BTW, I pull it with a 2004 Dodge Dakota V8. Slow going up hills but pulls like a charm on the level. At some point I will likely get a new truck. The Diesels were always my intention; but the new Ford Ecoboost sounds pretty good.

Good luck.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:35 PM   #25
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i was hoping to get a 2011 dakota but didn't want a 'last year' production unit. the hitch limit was pretty low. i was also surprised as to how heavy the new trucks and suvs are getting.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:06 AM   #26
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how heavy the new trucks and suvs are getting.

but the drivetrain sophistication (and LRR tires) give them better FE than ever before.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:17 AM   #27
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yes, i'd like an 88 burb that gets 30 mpg!

there is also the issue of weight for the registration of truck i seem to remember seeing that in nys it becomes a commercial vehicle if over 6500 lbs.
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