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Old 07-07-2003, 12:05 PM   #1
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Any slideout folks - 2004 Classic?

Do we have any folks on the forum who own a newer A/S with a slideout? I'm curious about your thoughts now that you have one and if you have any remorse.

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Old 07-07-2003, 12:13 PM   #2
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Jack,
I have spoken with two s/o owners in the last year...both loved the extra room, but lamented the loss of storage space overhead.
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Old 07-07-2003, 12:26 PM   #3
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Good point. We are going to check out a Classic 31' unit with a slide out dinette maybe this weekend. I've ruled out a 34' slide due to the excessive hitch weight. We saw used '34 unit a couple of weeks ago. You do get some extra lower cabinet space due to the fact that they swing the curb side counter top out which creates some additional lower storage. I assume the 31' slide would also have some additional slide out space.

The practical side of my brain says no way do I want to deal the the mechanics of a slide, but the visual side says the inside has more space and livability. What I really wish is that I could see slide and non slide side by side, both with dinettes.

It would be really easy to discount the slide if I ran into a few folks with some remorse or stories of concern. The owner of the local dealership told me that the last couple of years have produced some very good slide units. According to him the early models were a different situation.

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Old 07-23-2003, 05:19 AM   #4
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Slideout

We had a slideout on our 34 ft. It was great with NO problems. Airstream did a fine job on the slide seal and mechanism. I think it is the best I have seen on the market. I like it well enough I have a 2004 34 ft on order with a slide. This is a very good system and the added space is great. Just remember to level the trailer before deployment. Simple enough!!
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Old 04-05-2004, 03:47 PM   #5
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Well what 9 months will bring about. It's interesting to sometimes go back and reread the older posts (this one in particular for me) and see what is changed.

I did my research and ended up with the 30' slide out. Our first trip is about 10 days from now so we will find out how things perform. Its been a long winter and it's been agony to buy a new trailer and have to wait for the warm weather to use it. Can't go south 'cause I'm still working to pay the bills.

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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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I can't imagine how excited you are for the spring. Well, can't wait to hear about your maiden voyage. Have Fun!!!
Nine days and counting!

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I can't wait to see it in person in June.

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Wow that has got to be killing You ive had mine since August 2003
4 seperate trips and loving it. Just back from FLA.
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Wow that has got to be killing You ive had mine since August 2003
4 seperate trips and loving it. Just back from FLA.
What happened is that we placed an order knowing well that the trailer wouldn't show up until December or January. Problem is I went up to the dealer to arrange for a hitch change and I walked out on the lot. There I found a duplicate of the trailer I ordered. The only difference was this one had a leather sofa, (which my wife and I both liked but didn't order originally). So the day after Thanksgiving we take delivery of that Classic, so I've had another 45 days to deal with. The one I ordered showed up mid January.

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First trip Classic

Well the first trip ended up well. We did discover a leak which was in a threaded water heater connection. Since our rally was at the dealer's we had that taken care of promptly. We also needed some recaulking of the shower door which probably needs additional attention. It also looks like the water pump is allowing water to feed back into the fresh water tank when we are connected to city water so we will need to revisit the dealer.

One question for you all, I noticed that three of my kitchen drawers had slid open on the trip to the dealer's. I chauked it up to the fact that I had not pushed the drawers in tightly since there is no locking catch like my Safari had. These drawers are sort of a lift and pull out. For the trip home I rechecked the drawers to make sure they were all pushed in. When I got home I found a different drawer had slid out partially. This drawer was not one of the three I found open on the trip up.

Have any of you new Classic owners seen this?

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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.
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Sounds to me like it might be a possible future production change. For example, in 2003 they had these horrible kickstands as roof locker door holders...by mid to late 2004, they had some awesome self supporting units that really do the roof lockers justice. I suspect the '05s might see latches as standard fare?
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