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Old 04-29-2004, 10:06 AM   #15
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Yes I had several drawers that did this. Some we loaded differently and the problem has went away. Several we had complained about when in for warranty work and Airstream put latches on.
If you could spare a picture, I'd be interested in the latch they put on.

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Old 05-14-2004, 11:05 PM   #16
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Thumbs up First trip in 34 foot classic with slide, 2004

Our first trip was to Texas in April. Pulls great with the Hensley hitch.

We had a little trouble. Found that we had no electricity in the gally, and bath outlets. When we got back home we found that the GFI breaker was bad. Everything seems to work fine now. Also, the connection for cable was missing. The factory had just missed putting on the end connection. My husband finally found it and fished it out with a wire. Also had trouble with the electric jack. It just quit working when we got home. Couldn't get anyone here to work on it so our dealer promptly sent us the parts to fix it ourself. We will take it to the dealer when we get around to it to check it for us. Also we couldn't get it leveled like they showed us when it was delivered. We don't know if we need a refresher course or if it needs adjusting. The gap between both sides is to be equal before extending the slide. It seems to extend just great but the gap isn't as equal as I think it is supposed to be.

Don't misunderstand...This is an awesome trailer. The slide is well worth it. We travel with my mother and the extra space really helps. We had plenty of room. Bill Thomas Camper service is great and they are ready to help in a minute. I would buy it again with no changes.
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Old 05-15-2004, 01:04 AM   #17
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Also we couldn't get it leveled like they showed us when it was delivered. We don't know if we need a refresher course or if it needs adjusting. The gap between both sides is to be equal before extending the slide. It seems to extend just great but the gap isn't as equal as I think it is supposed to be.
I'm curious about your statement that you couldn't get your trailer leveled. Was this due to the jack being out of service? Or were you having problems with the leveling gauge on the front of the trailer? I know we had a minor problem with the front to rear bubble level on the leveling gauge. The screw that adjusts the front to rear level wasn't holding that level tight and needed some adjustment.

If the gap around the slide isn't equal it could mean that you are putting to much pressure on the stabilizer jacks when you extend them. They shouldn't be lifting the trailer. If you allow this to happen you will torque the frame which can affect the gaps around the slide out.

Since you have electric stabilizers you can hear the motor change pitch as soon as the stabilizer jack begins to bear any weight. You should immediately stop the stabilizer once you hear that pitch change. I've not had any torquing issues using this method.

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Ok , it's been busy but here are latch pictures. looks like the stadard rv type cabinet latch that is on the dinnette storage area and the doors to the wardrobes in bedroom. Airstream put these latches on the drawers in the bedroom wardrobe and the top galley drawer.
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Old 05-23-2004, 02:29 PM   #19
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RE: Latches and Slideout problems...

Hi, I saw your post with the latch pictures. We had the same problem with our new 28' Safari with slideout. Before we left the selling dealer, (Turner Airstream) we caught it. They replaced the latches with some from inventory from older classic models. They latch in from rear. Work fine. As for the comment on the Slideouts. Our new one was balky from the start. Would go out an inch or so and then stop dead about 25% of the time. The dealer had his techs working on it for several hours. Turner had Power Gear send up a new control switch (located next to lounge under armrest on street side) as a back up. Found out from Power Gear that the voltage control on the control (small white,round) next to wiring could be adjusted to compensate for voltage change. It needed to be turned to "increase" and so far so good. As I write this, we are on our first trip with trailer and about 600 miles from home. I've got my fingers crossed! Also, no matter what th adjustment made by the techs at the dealer, the S/O does not go back in exactly the same on each side but close enough to look OK. We have been generally pleased with the A/S other than the usual finishing touches that everyone seems to overlook.

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Old 10-26-2004, 08:25 PM   #20
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I am wondering how you are liking your new unit. We are currently looking at the 34' SO
Limited. Any words of wisdom you want to share with us?
My husband and I, live in Alaska and will be leaving it in the lower 48 states, most likely in Washington or Oregon. We are will be purchasing a new truck to pull it with.

I noticed something about the Henseley arrow hitches. Anything you can do to help us out would be appreciated. Thank you Judithd
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Old 10-26-2004, 08:54 PM   #21
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I think we have all the bugs out now!!! We had our 34 foot limited in twice for problems with the slide out. The second time they got it fixed. The repair man worked quite a long time getting it aligned correctly. It was touching metal on one side at the top. After all that adjusting, it now works perfectly. Now the gap is perfect when we level. Nothing we could do before would make it have the correct gap on each side of the slide. We have been to several rallies this summer. We love this trailer and we also love the Hensley hitch. I hate the price but I know two people in my WBCCI unit that totalled their Airstreams. No they did not have that hitch. The passing trucks don't bother at all. My husband reluctantly let me drive once. It was easy. Would I do it again? yes, yes yes. By all means check out the Hensley hitch. You can do a search and I am sure it will pop right up. They will send you a video.
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More than happy with my 30ft slide out , really did want 34ft limited but had to draw the line at the cost somewhere and the wife seems to have a three axle phobia. Got the hensley it is worth it , the video is a little oversell but You will like the hitch. No problems with the slideout itself , had some jack problems corrected by factory , complete vinyl floor replacement due to cuts from the factory(Floor cuts , defects do seem to be a problem for the factory) a wonderful job was done on the replacement , now it looks like the trailer i envisioned , we special ordered complete vinyl wood grain floor like the ccd , except for the bed area. I really love my Airstream
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We love our new 2004 28' Safari Slide. No problems at all with slide and only minimal problems overall.

Also... the Hensley is a must in my mind. We love it and won't go with anything else in the future as well.


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I am wondering how you are liking your new unit. We are currently looking at the 34' SO
Limited. Any words of wisdom you want to share with us?
My husband and I, live in Alaska and will be leaving it in the lower 48 states, most likely in Washington or Oregon. We are will be purchasing a new truck to pull it with.

I noticed something about the Henseley arrow hitches. Anything you can do to help us out would be appreciated. Thank you Judithd
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Old 10-27-2004, 09:48 AM   #24
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We have had no problems with the slide out on our Classic. The dealer's first words to me when I picked up the trailer was, "Don't extend the slide without the stabilizer jacks being down first. Don't retract the stabilizer jacks until the slideout is in." I think that's the big key in keeping the slide functioning properly.

We did however learn a new slideout lesson this past week where we spent 6 days in rain. Some of it wind driven. When we were packing up to leave, Patty was inside working the controls and I was outside watching the slide retract. As it was retracting I noticed water coming off the two top sides of the slide. Apparently water had been blown under the Zip-Dee awing which protects the top of the slide.

The inner gasket of the slide was acting like a squeege pushing the water off, but in our case not completely. Patty suddenly stopped and yelled that water was coming off the top of the slide into the trailer. I went in and with a couple of rags dried off the water that had run down the slide walls onto the inside carpet and dried any water left on top of the slide roof.

Nothing terrible, but enough that I will buy a long handled squeege to use in case we see this situation again. Prior to this particular trip we had never had this happen before.

One other thing is to keep those gaskets lubricated. I sprayed them down with silicone. I noticed that the inner gaskets lose some flexability in cold weather and may not flex to their proper position when the slide is retracting. Keeping them lubricated keeps them flexing and will minimize any problems.

As far as hitches go we decided to buy an Equal-i-zer. No regrets at this time. The Classic is extremely stable with this setup.

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Old 11-02-2004, 02:41 AM   #25
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Thank you for your information regarding the hitches. My husband asked the dealer about the Hensley hitch and he didn't seem to know what we were talking about. He said, the hitches that come standard from the factory seemed to be OK. Actually, do you know the brand? If we did upgrade our hitch should be make sure we have it done at the factory? Also, can you tell me if anyone has seen the units with twin beds in them? What is your take on the resale with twin beds?

Any help you might give me would be greatly appreciated. Also, thanks for the heads up on Colonial Airstream .. they certainly know how to show there goods.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you. Judithd

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Old 11-02-2004, 11:58 AM   #26
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Thank you for your information regarding the hitches. My husband asked the dealer about the Hensley hitch and he didn't seem to know what we were talking about. He said, the hitches that come standard from the factory seemed to be OK. Actually, do you know the brand?
Hitches are not an Airstream product so there is no "factory hitch". You have your choice of many brands. Obviously many feel the the Hensley is the ultimate hitch and is the best. You pay a hefty price for that setup. There are others however that are very good. I can attest to the Reese Dual-Cam and the Equal-i-zer. Both very good hitches. You will find many folks on the forum who will stand behind their choice of these three hitches. Each Airstream dealer has their opinions and most will order and install any hitch you want.

My previous hitches were Reese but after talking with my dealer I decided to change to the Equal-i-zer with the purchase of my Classic slide out. He has gotten excellent customer feedback and I can attest that I have been very impressed with this hitch.

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Old 11-02-2004, 07:32 PM   #27
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ON YOUR INFORMATON ABOUT YOUR SELF YOU SIGN OFF WITH 2 AUZZIES. IS THAT AUZZIES AS IN CATTLE DOGS? IF SO, WE HAVE A 8 YEAR OLD.

JUST CHECKING. ALSO, WHAT COLOR DID YOU SELECT FOR THE INSIDE OF YOUR NEW UNIT? DID YOU SELECT TWIN OR QUEEN? WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE/DISADVANTAGES IF ANY FROM THE FOLKS OUT THERE?

WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ORDERING OUR NEW UNIT. ANY ADVISE YOU MAY HAVE WILL BE MOST APPRECIATED! jUDITHD
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Oh man Jack- I didn't know you haven't been out in your new Classic yet! Man, that has to be some kind of special torture. I thought I had it bad just waiting a few weeks. I can't imagine how excited you are for the spring. Well, can't wait to hear about your maiden voyage. Have Fun!!!
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