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Old 06-24-2015, 07:55 AM   #15
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Purchased new 2002 30' with slide, still own it, love it and never have had a single problem however with the slide, no leaks. The slide awning locks can be somewhat touchy to maintain adjustment.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:41 AM   #16
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DITTO on your reply about slides, ares was a 2003, 34' had over 100,000 when we wanted something smaller, Big mistake, never did we have a problem with the slide, and we miss it. She was are home thru out every state in the USA, we did miss HI, Eighteen states of Beautiful MEXICO, and all of CANADA WE MISS HER!!! Carl Johnson
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:46 PM   #17
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Thanks to all for the replies , I wasn't quick enough on this one , However now that I'm educated about slides I'll be quicker next time, I never got a chance to look at it in person.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:17 AM   #18
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We have a 2004 28 foot safari with the slide out & we enjoy it very much. As someone mentioned, if it rains & it needs to come in, the water does not get removed by the rubber gaskets. We have to wipe the outside as well as have chamois ready on the inside (a 2 person job). Much better if you know it is about to rain, pull it in before it happens.

We also have had an ongoing leak at the sofa end of the slide; Canam have worked on it for us over the past 3.5 years & Andy Thompson looked at it recently & what he had his service dept do seems to have worked. We are still testing it but so far so good. We are very happy with that for sure & appreciate Canam's time working on this.

Having a slide in our particular trailer is a plus for us.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:48 AM   #19
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If folks are looking for one of there, there is one in the Central Texas area for sale. Been on there for months.

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Old 06-25-2015, 12:09 PM   #20
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We have a 2004 28 foot safari with the slide out & we enjoy it very much. As someone mentioned, if it rains & it needs to come in, the water does not get removed by the rubber gaskets. We have to wipe the outside as well as have chamois ready on the inside (a 2 person job). Much better if you know it is about to rain, pull it in before it



Having a slide in our particular trailer is a plus for us.

Just to clarify my post, it's not an issue every time it rains, it's just those times where it is a wind driven rain that blows under the awning. If we are at a site for any reasonable length of time, any water will evaporate prior to our departure. For us it probably occurs one trip a year and is really not a big issue. If I had to pull the slide in every time it rained, that would be a major issue! The awning which covers the top of the slide does a good job in keeping the slide top dry. It automatically is pulled out as the slide is extended,

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Old 06-25-2015, 03:24 PM   #21
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On a chance that it's rain forecast the night before we leave, I'll bring the slide in. Kinda helps one less concern.

It's got a slide too? Wow.

How many times I've heard that one.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:22 PM   #22
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Lots of positive's here, so I'll be Negative Ned. Slides increase the potential for mechanical & electrical repairs & leaks. They definitely make the RV harder to heat and cool and they increase the purchase price. Rain, snow, leaves, bird droppings, etc. can be brought into the inside of the RV. They may decrease the resale value because some buyers DO NOT want a slide. You can't always put your slide OUT and some areas in the RV may not be accessible with the slide IN.

That said, they do a priceless job of expanding roominess. This is why we bought a truck camper with one, and some of the negatives above are why we won't buy another one.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:50 PM   #23
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Well you need to qualify the negative side of owning a slide with the performance of the Airstream slides. Heating and cooling of my 30' slide has been great. Pricing of the Airstream slides are good. Mine is valued higher than the non slide 30' Airstream of the same vintage. Rain, snow, leaves, and bird droppings are not real issues due to Airstream using an awning to cover the slide roofs. The Airstream is accessible with the slide in. All in all it sounds like your impression of the Airstream slides is based on your experience with SOB slides and not Airstreams. Airstream did a good job on design and function of their slides. Negative Ned's view really doesn't support the experience of the owners who are represented here.

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Old 06-25-2015, 11:27 PM   #24
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Ditto, Jack's observation. We have full use of the trailer with the slide in but do lose some floor space. Note my initial observation about the naysayers in post #6.

Luckily, I have never had an issue with rain water entry at any time and I haven't 'cleared' the top as others have noted above. However, I do 'lube' my gasket twice a year with 303 protectant and have done so since purchase. The gasket appears new and is very flexible; great squeegee action at all contact points at age 14. I do need to note the rest of the trailer and appliances are subject to the same issues all Airstreams suffer. I have replaced the refrigerator, microwave, toilet, brakes, propane regulator, and lots of small stuff like drawer catches, etc.

As for heating/cooling, my observation would be the insulation in the slide walls exceeds the performance of the other standard walls. During cooler months, my feet are comfortable in socks at the dinette and I notice the floor feels cooler elsewhere whenever I walk about.

I'd guess the Texas unit for sale has been around for a few months because it is priced higher than any other Classic 30' SO I have seen for sale rather than a viewer having found an issue not identified in the posting (which might be the case). Even though it may have been bought "new" in 2010, SO production stopped quite bit earlier and the unit sat unsold on the lot before his purchase. It may be a 2008, he never states the model year.

I was told by a dealer last fall he could sell my unit in a week for low $40's if I was interested in a commission sale arrangement. We decided to refresh all the fabrics and cushions rather than trade for another model.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:50 AM   #25
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Well said Jack, it appears to me that most of the negative comments come from people that have negative experiences with a SOB / slide. Makes me wish I owned a slide-in truck camper with a slide...on second thought I think we'll keep our 34' Classic S/O.
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Old 06-27-2015, 05:49 AM   #26
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Well I can't attest to Airstream's Trailer department but their moho guys had the slideouts ironed down pat. Never had an issue with mine. Then again I don't have a bullet body. If I could find a 95 classic DP with a slide Id sell mine and buy that on the spot even at a premium.
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:25 AM   #27
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So my dealer just got one on his lot if your'e still interested. Airstream 2008 30 Classic Limited Slide Out

Ask for Henry. They're the best RV dealership around imho and they always treat people with respect. (mention you know Lucas and maybe he'll throw in some free stuff, lol)
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So my dealer just got one on his lot if your'e still interested. Airstream 2008 30 Classic Limited Slide Out

Ask for Henry. They're the best RV dealership around imho and they always treat people with respect. (mention you know Lucas and maybe he'll throw in some free stuff, lol)

Unit looks like it was hardly used. Biggest negative I can say on that specific trailer is that it only has the 13.5k air conditioner. Would be marginal. Hopefully the new owners will stay in the cool climes.

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