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Old 02-23-2015, 07:29 PM   #15
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Hmmmm, I wonder if I should fabricate a slide for my new Classic, Gary? Think of the challenge. Funny story. Summer before last I pulled into a campground in West Texas. This "good old boy" comes up to me while I'm doing the "just pulled into the campground setting up routine" and says, "that's sure a purty trailer ya got there, how many slides you got?" I said, "none." He gives me this strange look. I said, "this is a TRAVEL trailer, not a 'park at the lake for the summer' variety." He shakes his head and walks away. 'Nuff said.
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:35 PM   #16
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I thought the issue with slides was the tongue weight. I had heard the weights are very heavy. True or false?
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:42 PM   #17
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I thought the issue with slides was the tongue weight. I had heard the weights are very heavy. True or false?
They are heavier, and I've heard it estimated about 800lbs heavier, but don't know if that's accurate.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:08 PM   #18
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Here's one for sale in North Carolina.

2000 Airstream 34 LIMITED S/O - Out of Doors Mart

When I spoke to them about a month ago, they were asking around $40,000 for it. I can't vouch for the shape/condition of the trailer, but OODM does enjoy a good reputation here on these forums. Nice Airstream, tho.

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Old 02-24-2015, 12:30 AM   #19
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@Bigventure - tongue weight on my 28' unit is 980 making it only a couple hundred pounds more than most. The bigger units run upwards to ~1,100 pounds but those are the 34' Classics with all the bells and whistles and either office or kitchen cabinetry in the front layout. Again, cautionary posts by non-slide owners are mostly hearsay stories that grow overtime.

Since my first post in this thread I've learned of two 2000 year units which moves the first manufacturing date to an earlier year than I mentioned. My 28' Safari model was built in October 2002 and is titled a 2003. The forum model selection does not offer that choice so I clicked on 2004 SO. At thirteen, it sure has held up well with ~30,000 miles and close to 1,000 nights on the road.

I tow with a 2500 4x4 diesel with exhaust brake and the combination is a very easy, non-tiring tow. My longest one-day drive was a 725 mile/14 hour run from Bangor, ME to Winchester, VA running from a snowy artic blast that threatened to trap me in New England. We have been to 41 states so far and anticipate a Canadian Rockies trip soon.

Like CA Streamer, we like the added floor space for our two Great Danes who have traveled every trip with us. They are 150 & 165 pounds so the added 14 square feet the slide provides in the 'living room' is mandatory for a pet free bed.

Gary (GCinSC) has a beauty, his '07 30' Classic is the sweet spot model and in superior condition, but I doubt he'll part with it :'(
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I have weighed the tongue of my trailer with a Sherline scale at 1150 pounds (We only have a couch in the front of our '08 couch slide out), and have weighed the tongue of a friends '00 34' couch S/O with cabinetry, big TV, and a fireplace in the front at 1300 pounds on the same Sherline.

I tow with a 3/4 ton and my friend tows with a 1 ton pickup.
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I thought the issue with slides was the tongue weight. I had heard the weights are very heavy. True or false?

I don't have my manual here, but we did try to measure it with Sandlapper's 1000 lb shurline scale. Pegged the gage. It was over 1000lbs, we did not get an actual wt.

3/4 ton dodge cummins takes care of it.
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They are heavier, and I've heard it estimated about 800lbs heavier, but don't know if that's accurate.
Slides did have a higher hitch weight. Mine is around 1,280 lbs or so with full LP tanks. Non slide unit of the same size is 730 without the LP load. I remember having to change out my factory hitch platform on my then new GMC Savana van to a 1,400 lb Class V hitch. In 2003 all GM large vans with the factory towing package were equipped with 1,000 lb. hitch receivers.

Slides have a lower net cargo capacity that their non-slide twins of the same length. My net cargo capacity with full water tanks is 666 lbs. That's why I typically I only carry full fresh water when absolutely necessary. Also the 2004 Classic Slides were built on the 9,100 lbs GCWR frame. Later years, 2005 and beyond Classic slides came with the 10K frames. Unloaded weight without options on a 2004 30' slide is about 7,877 lbs. while its non slide twin is 7,230.

I'm towing with a 3/4 ton, 6 liter gas, and 4.10 rear axle. When I ordered that van I configured the van for the largest capacity (9,900 lbs) that GM made at the time. In hindsight I'm glad I made those choices. It is a sweet towing machine and the slide on the Classic has been flawless. I have no regrets on either purchase.

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