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Old 02-11-2012, 03:30 PM   #15
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What do you guys plan to tow with an extended Interstate? The only thing I can think of is a Honda CRV toad which weights in around 3500 pounds.
Towed loads don't have to be toads or dinghies. The question of towing capacity came up based on a semi-facetious comment from Foiled Again asking how big of an Airstream it would tow. I'm sure any Airstream dealer who wants to take both a trailer and an Interstate to an RV show has thought about it. In fact, an Interstate would make an excellent tow vehicle. I can see an Interstate owner offering to tow someone else's Airstream trailer for a WBCCI caravan, and go halvesies on the price since even though it's two Airstreams it's only one tow. Glad I thought of that; when I retire, I might just try it!

By the way, you get extra storage behind the sofa in the Extended model, but not so much as they say, UNLESS you never make the sofa into a bed. When you do, a lot of your extra 30+ cubic feet of storage goes away. It's more like only 10 cubic feet extra (my estimate, not measured) if you still want to make the sofa into a bed. You gain the ability to convert the sofa into a bed without removing the headrests first, though.

It's just unfortunate that in exchange for extra cargo volume in the 3500 Extended, you lose some of your towing capacity and cargo weight capacity.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:16 PM   #16
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Brochure is for the 22 foot models (not the extended).
Sorry, didn't notice to I printed it out.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:29 PM   #17
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Here's the current floor plan that's available for the EXT -

Did you intend to post a link for the floor plan?
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:34 PM   #18
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I drove the Ext yesterday and I llked the unit much. However the wife complained about the front seats being uncomfortable. Can anyone comment on the seats?
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:14 PM   #19
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I drove the Ext yesterday and I llked the unit much. However the wife complained about the front seats being uncomfortable. Can anyone comment on the seats?
I see from your profile that you already have an Interstate. Do you find the seats in the Extended version to be different from the regular version? I haven't driven an Extended, but my Interstate is the most comfortable vehicle to drive that I've ever owned, so much that whenever I go out of town, even when I'm not camping, I take the Interstate instead of my other vehicle. Granted, it took a while to find just the right combination of seat adjustments, but once I did, it was perfect!
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:03 PM   #20
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I drove the Ext yesterday and I liked the unit much. However the wife complained about the front seats being uncomfortable. Can anyone comment on the seats?
I can drive for several hours in mine and when I get out, I'm not stiff like when I drive the same time in my Tahoe. Could be cuz the seats are higher off the floor. I think they are comfortable.

Doesn't the EXT have the same seats as your regular one?
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:51 PM   #21
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I can drive for several hours in mine and when I get out, I'm not stiff like when I drive the same time in my Tahoe. Could be cuz the seats are higher off the floor. I think they are comfortable.
+1 I think the seats are great!
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I just bought it. She figured she could get comfortable somewhere. I haven't taken delivery.
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Took the Interstate out for a shake down cruise yesterday. Loved the quiet ride and the seats were fine. The unit is extremely maneuverable so you can go anywhere. Going to use it tailgating this week end I think it will be great.
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Great! How about some pics?
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I can drive for several hours in mine and when I get out, I'm not stiff like when I drive the same time in my Tahoe. Could be cuz the seats are higher off the floor. I think they are comfortable.

Doesn't the EXT have the same seats as your regular one?
5500 miles this summer and no complaints about the seats. This is a very comfortable vehicle to tour-in.
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Are the seats in the Extended version any different than your previous Interstate?
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Sorry this is my only Airstream. After several short trips the seats are fine. zero complaints. Thanks:
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Sorry this is my only Airstream. After several short trips the seats are fine. zero complaints. Thanks
I'm sure the real, burning question on everyone's mind is: if you have the Extended model, exactly how much can you store behind/under the sofa and still be able to convert it to a bed? On my non-extended 2012 Interstate, the theoretical amount of storage is about the size of two airline carry-on bags side-by-side but in actual practice the seat belt webbing is in the way of fitting in anything that large. All I keep back there are odds-and-ends like wheel chocks, jumper cables, and a small toolbox.
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