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Old 05-14-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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Wide body 34' questions!

We started Airstreaming 2 yrs ago and enjoy it move than we ever imagined. We have a very nice 87 34' with twin beds. We have decided that we would prefer a queen bed and will probably look for a wide body with a queen bed. Are there any model years, or other advice we should be aware of as we begin our search? What is the concensus on a slide?
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:13 PM   #2
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The slide is a gimmic. It will add $WEIGHT$ and hardly any real value. The classic (not classic model) floor plan is hard to improve on.

My 2000 34' Excella is as nice as any I have seen. I did not have to pay the premium for a classic, but the floorplan is identical. No major problems, just the usual MTX that needs to be done no matter what you own. In fact I would not go much newer. The build quality of mine vs. what I see new down at Oasis is clear. The older units were better made. 2000 is a Thor product but maybe the cost cutting had not come into full force yet.

There are more gadgets and electronics, but basic structural integrity has not changed. Go older as the prices are better and not much to be gained from the newer. True there are some camping fiends on this forum, but in general, most TTs are lightly used.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:19 PM   #3
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I was told by a friend that has a slide that you must be perfectly level to extend the slide and still has had problems with it rolling up the carpeting and tearing it because the opening is off and not because of regular adjustment requirements.

Having a newer model I agree entirely that the quality of the older units is much much better than the quality of the newer models. You can just "see" it when you go from unit to unit. Cutting production costs seems to be a very high mandate of Thor's in recent years. See the materials used and the fit and finish and corroison issues, you will see why this advice has been given. Cut backs and quality control have been big issues on the Quality Control threads, do a search and read them.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:50 PM   #4
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I have the slide, and I enjoy it very much. You need to see one to get an idea of the extra room it provides - you're considering a wide body for an extra 1/2 inch. Perfectly level, IMO, can't be achieved in any RV park, but it does need to be level side to side and front to rear. A lot of the newer units have corrosion problems - there's a very long thread on this issue. On the other hand, a lot of older units have clear coat problems. But there are units that don't have corrosion problems, and mine is one of them. My carpet hasn't been damaged by the slide, and the trailer has never had a leak. My trailer may be the exception to the rule, but I don't think so. The only problem I've had with the slide was self inflicted.

The added weight doesn't affect it's towability as long as you have the right TV. If you already have a 34', I presume you also have a 3/4 ton TV. You're set to tow any Airstream TT on the market. My mileage hasn't decreased since I bought the 34' from when I had my 31'.

Go to a dealer and check out a unit with a slide. What ever you decide on you'll enjoy it because it's an Airstream.

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Old 05-15-2008, 07:26 AM   #5
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Have you considered modifying your 34 footer to a queen setup? Might cost less in terms of selling the current one and hunting for another good unit with a queen. If that's the only shortcoming of your unit now, and it's a unit that is in great shape, consider modifying it. If you don't want to do it yourself, contact Chris Burch at the factory...I think his email is cburch@airstream.com and see what he thinks it might cost for the factory to modify it.

Though I am not a slide person, I would repectfully disagree that they don't hold value better. JCanavera and I bought our Airstreams within 3-4 months apart. The slide has kept it's value better than my non-slide.

That said, it is true that it adds significant weight to the RV, but it does, when fully exteneded, make the interior look like a full size room. I was amazed at how much space JCanavera had when I first saw his unit. I too thought slides were just fads.

I am still not about to run out and buy a slide, but I would not be quick to discount them either, even if I never plan on getting one myself.
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:23 AM   #6
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We had the same thoughts you did during the use of our 79 31' Excella with the twin gauchos (fore & aft).
Now have a gently experienced '00 with a rear queen and are very happy with it, plenty of room.
I've not ever been in a slide out AS so I couldn't comment on that.
Cost aside, swapping units will update everything else too, all appliances and decor and the wide body adds noticeable room, otherwise the Queen conversion seems to have merit, especally if you could find a salvage unit to pull parts from.
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:34 AM   #7
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Queen bed modification

Thanks, Silver for the suggestion. I've emailed the guy at Airstream. I asked Steve at P and S and the dimensions he gave me for the bed vs the size of the bedroom in my unit, allowed almost no room to walk around. Plus my storage is on the sides and we would want the head of the bed to be at the rear, which would involved cutting a door at the rear to enter the storage under the bed. A friend just bought a 97 34' widebody, and there is ample room to walk around with the queen in his unit plus nice cabinets on the side and above.
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Thanks, Silver for the suggestion. I've emailed the guy at Airstream. I asked Steve at P and S and the dimensions he gave me for the bed vs the size of the bedroom in my unit, allowed almost no room to walk around. Plus my storage is on the sides and we would want the head of the bed to be at the rear, which would involved cutting a door at the rear to enter the storage under the bed. A friend just bought a 97 34' widebody, and there is ample room to walk around with the queen in his unit plus nice cabinets on the side and above.

Great point...I had forgotten yours was not a widebody.
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My '83 34" Excella had the "queen" bed mounted sidewinder with the head against the streetside wall. There is just enough room for me to ease my way around to the back if I am barefoot (size 12). Since the "queen" is not any longer than a full and I am single, I replaced it with a good home full size mattress and box spring set.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:31 AM   #10
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98 34' Classic vs Limited

We are considering trading our 87 34' Excella for a 98 34 Excella Classic. What are the differences or upgrades from the Classic to the Limited. My wife noticed for instance, that the cabinet doors were not as nice and solid as our 87 or a friend's 97 Limited. I noticed also that he has electric jacks. What are the other basic differences?
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:11 AM   #11
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we have a 1998 34' classic limited which we love. the only 1997 i have been in is a friend's 1997 norman rockwell edition and there is very little difference between the two - cabinets are similar great quality. Maybe the one you saw had seen a lot of use? i recently put some pics in my photo gallery, there is one of the interior. Sorry i can't answer in more detail about the differences - just learning myself! good luck in your search!
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oops maybe i don't even know what my trailer is called - it's just a limited not a classic limited?
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:51 PM   #13
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classis vs limited/slide vs no slide

In 98-2000 range, what are the basic differences between a classi and a limited in the 34'
Also, I've seen pros and cons on slides. The extra space seems nice and I have the TV for the extra weight, so I'm mainly concerned with functionality.
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:00 PM   #14
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oops maybe i don't even know what my trailer is called - it's just a limited not a classic limited?
Nope, you're still a 'classic' though 'limited!'


You know, it really does my heart proud to see active 34-footer threads!
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