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Old 06-08-2008, 04:24 PM   #1
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From 31' to 34"

Have towed 31' classic for over 20 years. Have opportunity to move up to 34'. Other than Obvious: ( 3 more Feet ). Any difference in towing etc and anything I should be aware of? Tow with Ford Superduty Diesel.
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
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Bob, from what I've heard,, the 34 is a little more stable to tow, as the extra pair of wheels adds to its tendency to go in a straight line. Several forums members have them, and tow them, most love them. I do know they can be a little harder on tires as far as wear.
If you can find one in a wide body, you get not only 3 more feet, but an extra 6 inches of width for the entire 34 feet.

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Old 06-08-2008, 05:56 PM   #3
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I started Airstreaming two years ago in an 87 34'. With the proper TV, it tows great. I remember asking the same questions when I was deciding on mine and I remember someone on this forum saying, "it tows just like a 27', the extra 7' just follow the first 27'. Many who have towed them as well as shorter models, say the 34' tows better than any of them. I just traded up to a 98 34' widebody with a Hensley Hitch. I had wanted a Hensley, but had not put out the $ to get one. It came with the rig I just bought.
My wife and I would not have anything other than a 34' for the space and enjoyment it provides. I run into more people who say that would like to have more space than people who want to give up the 34' for smaller quarters. It is really though a personal preference. I would not let towing be the central issue my my decision however.
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:07 PM   #4
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Going down the road it does tow easyer. The extra weight about 3-4000 lbs is very noticeable. The worst thing is turning. When you make a tight turn the tires will slide. I have to keep the windows up because the noise of leaving my tires on the road is to much.
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:14 PM   #5
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About the only time I wish it were a 28' (mine) is in the quick contemplation of places to pull off as I'm looking for fuel or to inspect the rig as we travel. The turns one has to make with a 34' are long, wide and slow. My rig totals 63' in length, and there are times it feels as long as a tractor-trailer. I occasionally have to re-set the rig to back up (the ingrained "picture" is still a 28").

I doubt that the difference between 31' and 34' will make much difference along these lines, with the possible exception of u-turn tire scrub.
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