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Old 10-20-2006, 11:48 AM   #183
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The Vista View windows for the 25'FB/SE come installed in the rear around the dinette. The dealer that we have purchased from did not know, so I called the factory to confirm. For an additional $ 1050.00 +/- they will add Vista Views to the front also. Let there be light!!
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All the FB's that have the added Vista View windows are extremely hot inside from all that added radiant sunlight that beams in. If you live in a hot climate you do not want these windows...
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:40 PM   #184
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I think that you want these windows where ever you are. The Vista Views have shades that keep out the heat and they allow nice light to filter in on overcast days. You can also pull your shades at night and leave the Vista View shade open. I like them so much I had the factory add the to the bedroom in my 2007 Classic 25. don't leave home without them.;-)
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:49 PM   #185
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All the FB's that have the added Vista View windows are extremely hot inside from all that added radiant sunlight that beams in. If you live in a hot climate you do not want these windows...
Like Craftsman said the vista views are very versatile. We don't encounter a lot of hot conditions and really like the added view and light especially in wooded sites. When the sun does try to beat in we put a piece of bubblewrap insulation between the glass and shade, but we have it open more often than closed.

Of course Stonecrest is correct too, every unshaded opening an AS has will let direct sun and heat in if left uncovered. It is a compromise and needs to be assessed by your individual needs and priorities.

Upon rereading the posts I think I was confused. I was thinking of the small window ovals over the regular windows and now I wonder for the $1,000 plus upgrade if the poster was not referring to panoramic wrap windows in the front. We opted for no front wrap to keep the heat, cold and light out of the bedroom, it works too. The bedroom holds it's temperature much longer than the rear dinette with all the glass. However the curtains and shades make a big difference over a single layer of fabric.
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:46 PM   #186
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No the poster was right: $1000.00+ $500.00 change order. I paid a little more because i got stacked windows in the bedroom too. That meant eliminating the over window cabinet and adding longer drapes and shades.You have to really want them and i got exactly what I wanted.
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Yikes! Well I guess they do have to do a lot more work and carefully to install those properly. You surely have a great custom unit. I am green with envy over that over the door light you have. It's so retro cool.
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:53 PM   #188
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All the FB's that have the added Vista View windows are extremely hot inside from all that added radiant sunlight that beams in. If you live in a hot climate you do not want these windows...
I haven't found any problem with excess heat through the vista views (and I live in Texas). I do keep the road side shades closed much of the time, but the curb side is under the awning and pretty much stays open most of the time.

I have a lot more problem with heat through the lounge skylight. With the vista views, I would have omitted the lounge skylight had I not bought off the lot. I would keep the smaller bathroom skylight since it lights the room with the doors closed.
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Old 10-22-2006, 03:19 PM   #189
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"For example, I have replaced the Fantastic fan with a new Maxx Fan unit that can be left open in the rain. I have replaced the stock Parrallax converter with a new WFCO unit. I have changed out the 6 gal. water heater for a RV-500 tankless on-demand unit (required sheet metal work). I am replacing the water pump with a high flow variable speed unit. Basically, I'm adding the best components that I can find for my own comfort and enjoyment even though the ones that Airstream provided work perfectly well!"
Responding to Lewster's quote above: Will you elaborate on the use of a Maxx Fan over a Fantastic fan--pros and cons? Also the same for the converter.. How is the Tankless water heater performing? Thanks, pjpoll
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:08 PM   #190
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OK, read 14 pages in one sitting on the 2006's my head is spinning with vicarious problems. We have a 2007 Safari SE 20' coming 12/7. We live in San Diego but dealer is in Draper Utah. From the number of problems incountered by others I guess I can forget the skiing and plan on camping out in the dealer parking lot. I am not going to stop in Vegas, best I save my luck as return to the dealer could be a bit of a problem. Any recomendations for a competent dealer in the Southern Cal area? Also does anyone have experience with the 2007's yet? We need a new thread started
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:35 AM   #191
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All the FB's that have the added Vista View windows are extremely hot inside from all that added radiant sunlight that beams in. If you live in a hot climate you do not want these windows...
We have front and rear Panorama windows. We also boondock in the Ca. & Az. desert. We have not found it to be a heat problem at all. he fronts are covered by tinted stone gaurds and the curtains.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:41 AM   #192
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OK, read 14 pages in one sitting on the 2006's my head is spinning with vicarious problems. We have a 2007 Safari SE 20' coming 12/7. We live in San Diego but dealer is in Draper Utah. From the number of problems incountered by others I guess I can forget the skiing and plan on camping out in the dealer parking lot. I am not going to stop in Vegas, best I save my luck as return to the dealer could be a bit of a problem. Any recomendations for a competent dealer in the Southern Cal area? Also does anyone have experience with the 2007's yet? We need a new thread started
Easy now 3Dog, We got a new 07 25Safari FB in Aug. and the only problem we have found is that the black tank sprayer that you use when dumping to rinse the tank is in backwards. No biggie, remove turn around and reinsert.

Remember not every A/S needs attention.

If you do have items that need attention just look on the Airstream website under dealers. Along with dealers are Arstream Authorized repair centers. All these guys do is repair Airstreams new or old.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:11 AM   #193
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3dog--our 06 classic is our 3rd Airstream in as may years. There seems to be a real effort on the companys part to improve their product. Our 06 has had very little compared to our 04. This is not to say they are perfect or you'll never have a problem. I've found Airstream very concerned about customer satisfaction and will do whatever it takes to make you happy. --Pieman
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:22 AM   #194
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Also does anyone have experience with the 2007's yet? We need a new thread started
That thread is already started! 2007 model year quality thread.

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Old 11-13-2006, 09:43 AM   #195
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We purchased our '06 in May and have only had 4 or 5 warranty issues. The two most serious issues were 1) the tank monitors needed calibrating (instructions are in the owner's manual, I understand this can need to be done from time to time down the road, too); and 2) the sewer hose connection cap kept coming off. Other than that there were just a couple of minor fit and finish items that were easily repaired with a tack/neumatic staple and a little laminate glue and all were taken care of at the factory when we had some body damage repaired. We had boo-boos from the start...but they happened after taking delivery: one was my fault and one was a now deceased deer's fault.

So don't go into it expecting a long laundry list of problems. You may have them, but, at the same time, you have a good chance that you won't have any major issues. Just remember, your Airstream is made in a "factory" but it is still a hand made product and as such may have "irregularities". From what I hear, Airstream has no more than any other brand, it's just that people get hung up on the price paid and expectations of perfection for that price. For these folks, their expectations won't be met. For those who understand the quality is in the monocoque shell and that the hand built product will not be flawless, their expectations will be met and their enjoyment of their Airstream will exceed their expectations with each use.
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:24 AM   #196
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Anyone else have any data to share on a 2006?
Grey and black holding tank valve labels were reversed. I drilled out rivets and switched them. It was a surprise to dump the wrong tank on the first try.

Caulking on the shower door hinge side was so poor one could see through. Had to recaulk and stabelize it. Lucky to catch it before taking a shower. Check this out with extra light.

Refrig works fine but the front panels kept falling down and blocking the doors. Put double side mirror tape on the backs slid them in and they are holding.

Interior counter caulking left something to be desired. It parted between counters and walls, both kitchen and bath. Recaulked everything to keep water from running down between.

The door fit isn't very good, they corrected it with a double tape spacer...
Just check everything before you take a maiden voyage.
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