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Old 01-13-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Hello - Noob here and I have a couple of questions about a 1995 36' Land Yacht that is for sale on CraigsList in Phoenix. This rig looks well kept and in good condition but it does not have a roof ladder and I am wondering if one can be added or if there is a structural reason it doesn't have one. Also, there is evidence of a soft/rotted spot on the interior wall near the bedroom window. No evidence of a problem appears on the outside. Does anyone know what would be involved to repair this area? Any info would be appreciated. I really like this motorhome but would like to have an inkling as to what I might be taking on. Thanks very much. Carol
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums.

These units were not offered with a rear ladder at the time by Airstream. There was no real need for them as the roof was only rated at 300# max.
A ladder could be added if wanted but probably would require a reinforcing plate on the rear cap where it mounts.

The other consideration was, even though the book said these units were 11'10" high, I believe this and later Freightliner chassis were actually just over 12' if the OEM air suspension is adjusted to factory specs.

This unit that you are looking at has been reviewed on this site previously and is owned by a current forum member.

It is always buyer beware when purchasing anything, and more so when the unit is 18yrs old. Do your homework with consideration of problems you might encounter.

These older units are best left to those people with some resources and abilities to do your own repairs as the shop rates are very expensive.

Now if it passes your detailed inspection, I am sure you will get great enjoyment from camping in an Airstream.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:27 AM   #3
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Interesting roof only #300. How about adding solar panels? Need to reinforce mounting area? And you still need to go on the roof for periodic inspections and resealing as needed. I think I'm uncomfortable with the thought I couldn't get up there to repair a broken whatever (antenna, satellite dome (though I don't have one), air horn, whatever.) What does everyone else do to get on the roof? Thanks for info this rig. Carol.
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Interesting roof only #300. How about adding solar panels? Need to reinforce mounting area? And you still need to go on the roof for periodic inspections and resealing as needed. I think I'm uncomfortable with the thought I couldn't get up there to repair a broken whatever (antenna, satellite dome (though I don't have one), air horn, whatever.) What does everyone else do to get on the roof? Thanks for info this rig. Carol.
I've been gaining weight lately, so when I get on the roof I wear giant snow shoes to spread the load. Sal
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My guess/hope would be that 300# rating is for when moving, not when stationary.
So you could add solar and a satellite dish/dome say 150-200# total and still be able to go onto roof for maintenance.
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If there is a soft spot and it around or under the window,the window seal might have leaked and damaged the interior luan wall panel. Depending on the damage from deterioration the repair could be small to extensive.
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