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Old 06-03-2016, 01:33 PM   #1
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34' Classic Comments

I am interested in finding a 34' Classic to travel with my daughter and grandson for a few years. I feel we will need the extra space but I notice that the 34's tend to be a bit lower in price than comparable shorter models. I can appreciate that they will require possibly a more robust tow vehicle and greater care when maneuvering, however, I'm wondering if there are other things that account for the price discount. Are they more difficult to resell? Do they have inherent problems of larger units and therefore require more maintenance? Could any one help me decide if this is just my over cautiousness or is there something real to this thought.

I'm a newbie to this sight but have owned two smaller Airstreams in the past.
Thanks for any thoughts and opinions. Hope to see you around the campfire someday.

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Old 06-04-2016, 03:09 AM   #2
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Less popular due to length. 25-28' is likely "most popular" in RV world.

Tongue weight is light (30' is heavier). Tridem axle configuration tracks great.

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Old 06-04-2016, 05:57 AM   #3
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We fulltime on a 34' classic.
Love the space, love the stability. In 5 years there has been only 1 park we couldn't get onto only per the rules! The only drawback is washing and waxing.... its got its own zip code!
good luck!
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:14 AM   #4
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basically the only difference (besides the obvious third axle) between a 34' and 30'/31' is the additional storage space of the 34'. Most do share a very similar layout (rear bedroom/center bath shower/dinette and front LR/gaucho).
I owned an 93 34' and now a 97 30'. The huge difference to me is the widebody that started in 94. The extra space and headroom by the overhead cabinets makes it a lot more desirable to me than the 93 34'.
This could be the reason why they are harder to find and demand a higher premium.
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:49 AM   #5
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I've always assumed the "lower" prices on used '34's is due to a combo of economics and modern trends. Yup, your gonna need a HD truck to haul it, ( 3/4 - 1 ton ) and that truck is gonna cost more to maintain, burn more gas and cost more to purchase. ( More than say.... an F150 ) Some will say the length is prohibitive at some parks & monuments, but arguably very few ( think North Eastern USA) Hauling one is a cinch. They "track" behind your vehicle well and if you know how to back a trailer, backing a '34 triple axel is a dream. #backinginslowmotion. The biggest drawback is making tight turns or U-turns requires quite a bit of space and is usually very hard on your tires.
As much as we love the "newer" Airstreams, I believe the build quality of the older Airstreams is better as well. ( Just personal opinion)
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