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MikeRP 03-15-2019 10:05 PM

I would t worry about the year whatever youíll like it!

MikeRP 03-15-2019 10:06 PM

Next week will be the first weekend camping! Awesome!

tcrossan 03-16-2019 07:56 AM

Not worried about the year but wonder if there were any changes between the 19 and 20 models. Think I'll run my vin # and see what that says.

tcrossan 03-16-2019 08:08 AM

It hasn't been registered yet!

Daycruiser 03-16-2019 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by tcrossan (Post 2047670)
Not worried about the year but wonder if there were any changes between the 19 and 20 models. Think I'll run my vin # and see what that says.


If you have a VIN number already I'd guess it will be a 2019. I won't get a VIN number for my 2020 for a while yet.

MikeRP 03-16-2019 06:20 PM

Got pics I will post tonight! At Benihanaís right now.

FrankBianco 03-17-2019 08:37 AM

I just saw the one I ordered with the queen bed option and it gives you just enough space to get your arm and hand in there to make the bed.

tomkatb 03-17-2019 08:57 AM

We have the 2018 34RE which has a similar bedroom area.

We choose the king bed. Making the bed is tricky. Not easy. Had to learn the tricks. Changing sheets is no fun.

Even getting up on the bath side is tricky.

However, when the lights are off the king is such a luxury!

I think they only change the bed. Same minimum little shelves. We saw one when we ordered ours.

Daycruiser 03-17-2019 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by tcrossan (Post 2047685)
It hasn't been registered yet!


What's the 10th character of your new VIN? L?

tcrossan 03-17-2019 05:36 PM

Daycruiser
Yes, L

SimchaSabre 03-17-2019 07:56 PM

I'm thinking L = 2020

tcrossan 03-17-2019 08:19 PM

Daycruiser,
Interesting. What makes you think that? It doesn't make a lot of difference to me either way. I figured we were buying a '19 but a 20 will be fine.
That is Unless they came out with a new under engineered chassis or polyethylene windows or.......

SimchaSabre 03-17-2019 08:34 PM

I checked several 2019 34IKs on online and all had VINs with a K date code. Also, I was told a

SimchaSabre 03-17-2019 08:38 PM

..at the plant last month that they would be changing the titles "soon" . The actual model year changes will occur later like June or July. I was also told the changes would be minor because there were so many changes for 2019.

SimchaSabre 03-17-2019 08:41 PM

But the real advantage would be if you plan on attending the International FROG rally where the model year is used to prioritize service provided during the rally. Service is typically limited to units 2yrs or newer.

SimchaSabre 03-17-2019 08:45 PM

So if mine comes in as a 2020, then I should be eligible for service for the next 3 rallies. Not that that matters because I ordered my unit to be delivered w/o any defects.

Daycruiser 03-17-2019 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by tcrossan (Post 2048758)
Daycruiser
Yes, L


That would be a 2020. Much earlier than I would have expected. Generally the change over occurs in April.

MikeRP 03-18-2019 09:30 AM

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MikeRP 03-18-2019 09:32 AM

Got some pics also Iíd like to get everyoneís opinion on, on my rig hooked up.

tomkatb 03-18-2019 10:38 AM

Same as mine with a king bed. Only a lot less of the trailer shuffle.

My bed touches the wall on both sides.

SimchaSabre 03-18-2019 10:43 AM

Nice pics. They did a really nice job. My wife noticed your fabric section is the same as ours. We were wondering where to store the vac accessories. Maybe we need to re-think the dinette option.

Yes Please post as many pics as you like.

MikeRP 03-18-2019 02:51 PM

Yeah we are excited, my dealer said there was really very little to do to the camper. They really had the Coach very clean. We cleaned it anyway and had one bucket of dirty water.

We did have a screw get under the slide with the dinette and thatís called the main slide and it damaged the Congoleum slightly. Really could barely see it 2 weeks later.

MikeRP 03-18-2019 03:12 PM

New 34IK
 
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Ok hereís the view with the slide 12 inches back in maneuvering position. I have the Coach about 3/4 loaded.

The unloaded rear end height in the middle of the rear wheel is 42.5 inches, 40 inches loaded in the position.

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As you can see the truck is leveled.

When I moved it forward, then the new reading on the middle of the rear wheel is
40 3/8 inches loaded. Truck is now tilting down slightly to the front.

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So what do you all think? So Do I need airbags. I am going to add an aux fuel tanks also soon. That will be 350 lbs.

tcrossan 03-18-2019 04:48 PM

Well, I'm no authority but it looks good to me. You still have more load to add so it would be very close to level at that point. If it handles good and headlights are still on the mark you ought to be fine. You'll know for sure after a trip to see how it works the way it is.
Is your truck a dually?

MikeRP 03-18-2019 08:58 PM

No itís a one ton Ram 3500 Bighorn, SB, CrewCab 3800 lbs payload.

SimchaSabre 03-18-2019 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeRP (Post 2049523)
Ok here’s the view with the slide 12 inches back in maneuvering position. I have the Coach about 3/4 loaded.

The unloaded rear end height in the middle of the rear wheel is 42.5 inches, 40 inches loaded in the position.

Attachment 199070
Attachment 199071Attachment 199072

As you can see the truck is leveled.

When I moved it forward, then the new reading on the middle of the rear wheel is
40 3/8 inches loaded. Truck is now tilting down slightly to the front.

Attachment 199073Attachment 199074

So what do you all think? So Do I need airbags. I am going to add an aux fuel tanks also soon. That will be 350 lbs.

I am also not an expert, in fact, I'm confused. My Ram does have air suspension and besides operating in auto level mode, you have the option to set it to an "alternate height" when towing which lowers it about an inch. So how should I have it set when we're trying to figure out how to set up the hitch height/Pin Box height?

Also...
Can you lower the tailgate in the Tow Position? Looks tight!

tcrossan 03-18-2019 09:33 PM

I hope that pic was in the maneuver position not tow position. I had a slider in my last truck, a 3/4 ton Ram, but never used it in the maneuver spot. Way too close to tailgate for me.
My current truck is a SRW 4x2 long bed F350 and until we pick up our new 34IK we pull a Carriage Cameo that weighs 12,450 UVW. It handles the load very well. Gets a bit squatty when I put the genny in the bed but still handles and stops well.

MikeRP 03-18-2019 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by SimchaSabre (Post 2049845)
I am also not an expert, in fact, I'm confused. My Ram does have air suspension and besides operating in auto level mode, you have the option to set it to an "alternate height" when towing which lowers it about an inch. So how should I have it set when we're trying to figure out how to set up the hitch height/Pin Box height?

Also...
Can you lower the tailgate in the Tow Position? Looks tight!



You know just off the top of my head, I think you need to setup the hitch height/ pin box height with the air bags not assisting. Get in the best position you can.

Because if you lose the air while driving for an unknown highly unlikely reason, you donít want to have more weight on the bags than necessary.

There actually is plenty of room to lower the tailgate in the towing position. Of course better in the maneuvering position.

I really donít why people who have this donít use it more. Itís very easy to switch positions.

MikeRP 03-18-2019 09:52 PM

New 34IK
 
Yeah pic 3 of 11 is in the maneuvering position and 5 of 11 in the towing position.

Daycruiser 03-19-2019 04:23 AM

It's hard to tell from the pictures but it appears that if you are in the maneuver position and the truck front axle pitches down the tailgate might catch the underside of the pin box mount.

SimchaSabre 03-19-2019 07:11 PM

On pic 2842...what it that black square on the lower left closet side ??

Daycruiser 03-20-2019 04:21 AM

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Originally Posted by SimchaSabre (Post 2050558)
On pic 2842...what it that black square on the lower left closet side ??


Looks like a vent, appears to be louvered.

tomkatb 03-20-2019 04:33 AM

The vent on the closet left side is Near the dirty clothes basket on our fiver.

Probably a good idea.

Wife is really fond of having a washer/dryer. We are long past enjoying the entertainment of laundromats. We plan a trip of over a month each year.

But, even on short trips we use the washer dryer. Wife hates hauling dirty clothes home.

MikeRP 03-20-2019 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Daycruiser (Post 2049960)
It's hard to tell from the pictures but it appears that if you are in the maneuver position and the truck front axle pitches down the tailgate might catch the underside of the pin box mount.



You know what you are right I had better check that this weekend. Thanks!

Daycruiser 03-21-2019 04:26 PM

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Originally Posted by SimchaSabre (Post 2046673)
Well after a long study, we now have a 34IK on order due for a early June delivery including a long list of well over thought options.


When did you actually order your 34IK and when did you get the VIN number to it from Cedar Creek/Dealer?

tcrossan 03-21-2019 04:53 PM

Order Placed at Tampa RV Supershow Jan 19th. It arrived at the dealer 8 weeks and 3 days later.Angela gave us the vin # about March 8th.

spock123 03-21-2019 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by tomkatb (Post 2050788)
The vent on the closet left side is Near the dirty clothes basket on our fiver.



Probably a good idea.



Wife is really fond of having a washer/dryer. We are long past enjoying the entertainment of laundromats. We plan a trip of over a month each year.



But, even on short trips we use the washer dryer. Wife hates hauling dirty clothes home.



I wish I could have sold you ours. Washer/dryer shakes the camper. Ours is downstairs

SimchaSabre 03-21-2019 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Daycruiser (Post 2052090)
When did you actually order your 34IK and when did you get the VIN number to it from Cedar Creek/Dealer?

We ordered Mar 5. No VIN yet.

Daycruiser 03-21-2019 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by SimchaSabre (Post 2052137)
We ordered Mar 5. No VIN yet.


Ok, so it looks like they're running about 6 weeks from date of order to issuing the VIN from what I can tell. If that holds true I should get my VIN next week.

Sandbagger 03-22-2019 07:54 AM

Ordered our 34IK last Saturday, March 16, 2019, with expected delivery in Mid-May. Planning to tour the Cedar Creek plant sometime in April and hope to see our unit in production. Our last unit was a Primetime Crusader that served us well over the last 6 years. Sold it in 10 days!

One question I have is if a regular size RV sewer hose will fit in the bumper?


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