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Old 05-14-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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I am "This Close" to a '94 Classic 360 MH Purchase. The unit I found seems very well cared for with an airline pilot owner who has seemingly gone "above and beyond" with upkeep and repairs. Please take a look at the URL below, and make your comments while I'm still in negotiations. He has lowered the stated price somewhat. I have examined the unit, and it seems great to me. I love the lines of the "modern" Classic AS MH.What do YOU think? I want both the positive and negative. Those of you who know me also know I can "take it". N2XBW


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Old 05-14-2012, 07:02 PM   #2
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Interesting....
Looks well cared for....
The paint is a worry... You can hide lots under paint as you know!
Not so keen on the drivers side couch colors nor some of the other stuff too... but thats a very personal choice.
Keep us informed!
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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Watched this on eBay the whole time it was listed. Like Keyair, I've really wondered why the aluminum was 'painted' not clear-coated. Then again, maybe by having the aluminum color paint is LOTS easier to maintain. I'd be sure to go over EVERYTHING mechanical (ie. engine, transmission, drive-shafts, rear differential) as well as electrical (converter for 120V to 12V, wiring, batteries for both coach and chassis) There's a lot that can go wrong on these Airstreams, but that's the nature of the beast.
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:10 PM   #4
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Aside from the fact that painted can hide stuff, there is the subject of the paints adhesion on aluminum. Not easy to do I am told and add the joints and rivits into the mix, and I bet its a nightmare long term.
The was a later model 345 classic parked at my storage yard that had been painted.... The paint and clearcoat was bubbling. I had no contact with the owner, then one day it was gone.

Now, there is a scholl of thought, that if it did start to bubble.... it would be time to POLISH!
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it would be time to POLISH!
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:48 AM   #6
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A matter of taste...clear coat bubbles and clouds...paint does, also, but, well, clearcoat IS paint...adhesion to aluminum is an aircraft problem, too, but they seem to have it under control...and they have all those rivets and things that hold them together underneath the paint...i can remember all the Continental Airlines Corsairs with mostly clearcoat, shiny and bold-looking for their day...I'll bet Southwest would be willing to give pointers....how my rig looks is not really important, but what it does for my selfish self does...we're usually on the road 8-9 months of the year, and the polish just doesn't matter to me...I'm out there USING mine, not talking about when I'm going to...some of the most beat-up looking rigs have some of the most affable occupants, because they get it. m
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:48 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I will be going to Ohio next week to look again and likely purchase.

Regarding the paint issue, the present owner said that the aluminum used on the motor home was of more than one look, finish, color, reflectivity, alloy...call it what you will. So, he took it to the best RV paint facility available to him - http://www.precisionpaintingrv.com/ - and had it done. I believe the man to be honest, and saw no evidence of body repair, except for the three compound curve panels above the rear window which were flawlessly replaced by Airstream. These are not painted, but match pretty well. According to the owner, the paint job has a warrantee.

I DID notice that the voids behind the rear wheels had been filled, and under the front-end wheel wells had been sprayed with insulating foam which was then painted black. Has anyone seen this done in an Airstream motor home befor? I'm sure it was done to cut down noise, but I'd never seen this before. If there was any uneven or rough looking thing on the rig, this was it.

Regarding the color of the cloth couch, it IS a bit much, but not nearly as hideous in person as in the photos. The yellow trim (!-?) around the windows will certainly need some attention.
Thanks again to everyone who answered, and to those about to chime in.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:05 PM   #8
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The older Allegro MH had the sprayed insulation under the wheel wells, most likely for sound, but I haven't seen any Airstreams with it. The price is certainly more in line than a lot of Classic's that have been listed lately for the same model year. But pictures don't allways tell the whole story so give it a through going over.
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #9
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Alumeisters,

I am "This Close" to a '94 Classic 360 MH Purchase. I love the lines of the "modern" Classic AS MH.What do YOU think? N2XBW


URL: 1994 Airstream 360 Classic, All Aluminum, Banks Powerpack, Great Classic 1994 Airstream 360 Classic, All Aluminum, Banks Powerpack, Great Classic - eBay (item 230782288203 end time May-04-12 07:31:36 PDT)
We agree your opinion of the lines. Besides cosmetic reasons these lines actually perform.

Whenever on that subject it always reminds me time we were crossing a long bridge, SE of NV somewhere, and the high winds were really ROCKING this square box mh in front of us to the point where the occupants had to be getting sea-sick. From what I picture now our ol' classic (1990) seemed to just sail across. Do remember really 'gripping' the wheel though, so I would think with the nose shape of your 1994 it would even be smoother in similar high wind situations.

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It appears the owner has sold this unit to someone else. Sigh...
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:12 AM   #11
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It appears the owner has sold this unit to someone else. Sigh...
Keep looking... I had a couple sold out from under me as I hesitated on making the deal. If I had made an impulse buy, I'd be driving a 95 Tiffin with a leaky roof and jamming slideout. I'm much happier with what I ended up with. I did move quickly when I found what I was looking for. They had a backup offer if I hadn't closed the deal.
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It appears the owner has sold this unit to someone else. Sigh...
Those things are made to happen; I came close to buying a 360 a few years ago, the wife did not want it, I did. I contacted the owner, had some friends look at her, pre-sold Bess, all was well, except the matter of a bank loan to cover the difference. The bank drug their feet, and the more time I had to think about it, the more I realized I had replaced almost everything in Bess, knew her well and I was going to start over, with a mortgage, no less? I passed, logic (and wife) ruled.
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So sorry you missed it, N2XBW. I hate it when that happens. :-(
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:02 PM   #14
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I think you will know when the right one appears...on some level, if you don't jump, there's a reason...we looked for almost a year, and inspected 8-10 coaches...Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Airforums, eBay, Craig's list, and just plain Google...there was one listed on eBay that didn't sell, then showed up as a dealer offer. We flew to Nashville from Austin, rented a car to get to Cookville(Tenn), took one walk-thru, and we've had her for over 6 years...we just KNEW, and bought her about an hour after we saw her in person. don't let a sense of urgency override your gut reaction...m
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