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Old 04-24-2005, 01:21 PM   #1
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Differences..Classic <vs> Limited..1988 to 1999

............As in all things in life our plans get delayed or Postponed and So I need to work for another 4 years or so. During this time I'm hoping to find a used trailer , bring it home and get paid it off about the time I turn 62 . I'm in no great hurry but I need some advice on the significant diff's in the Excella , Classic , and Limited . I plan on living in this trailer , Full time , moving to the northwest and working then moving back south for the winter .
............I've looked at lots of different trailers but I keep coming back to Airstream . Can you'll educate me as to what I should be looking for in a Well maintained trailer that will become my home in the near future?? thanks , r66
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Old 04-24-2005, 05:08 PM   #2
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In a used trailer, don't worry about the nomenclature. They only indicate trim and goodies which don't impact the value to any significant degree. The basic classic aluminum curved shell Airstream trailer is the same basic beast no matter the trim package.

It is age, length, and condition that count. Floor plan and interior layout are matters of personal preference.

There is a lot of good advice about what to look for in a used Airstream and what to be concerned about depending upon age and length or just in general. You just have to keep your eyes open, inspect carefully, and find one that rings your chimes.
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Old 04-24-2005, 06:38 PM   #3
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................Thanks Bryan , appreciate your advice. I've got lots of time to find the best trailer when I get ready to deal . I understand and agreewith your thoughts . sanford
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You might try the search factor on this forum, looking for threads on fulltiming and length preferences in trailers and so on. I believe you will find reading to last several days (!) offering many different perspectives. Just my own impressions from reading threads on length and fulltiming, it seems that many planning or engaged in fulltiming prefer the 34' length just for the advantage of space and storage over other models. These triple axle trailers may prove to be a little more challenge-such as requiring you to plan gas stops in advance to avoid tight crowded conditions-on the road when moving from site to site, but if you do this only a couple times a year, then that is not such a problem. You will have the daily advantage during your winter and summer lengthy stays to enjoy a more spacious coach. Enjoy the research and best wishes in finding your dream Airstream!
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... it seems that many planning or engaged in fulltiming prefer the 34' length just for the advantage of space and storage over other models. These triple axle trailers may prove to be a little more challenge-such as requiring you to plan gas stops in advance to avoid tight crowded conditions-on the road when moving from site to site, ...
Most of us with 34' trailers aren't even concerned a great deal about the tight spots. The only time it is an issue is whether or not you can get into the corner gas station with it, and of course because they track further inside, you have to allow slightly more room for turns. You can pretty much get a 34' anywhere you can get a 25' trailer. I've parked ours in some pretty tight places! Our parking space at home requires an "S" backing maneuver to get it off the driveway and alongside the house. I can pretty much do it in a single backing maneuver now and put it exactly where I want it. Once you've towed a 34' a few miles, it's really no different than towing any other Airstream, so don't be intimidated at all by the length.

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rog you forgot....

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Once you've towed a 34' a few miles, it's really no different than towing any other Airstream
roger, you forgot to answer sanford's question about the difference between limiteds like yours and classics like mine!

with the limited models, you get the super cool swoopy colored graphics!

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The REAL difference, Sanford, is that I have electric stabilizer jacks, keyless entry, AND the swoopy colored graphics that John is SO enamored of!

You have to watch these guys every second... particularly when they're hovering around your trailer with impact wrenches and their entire tool box just waiting for you to leave...

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The REAL difference, Sanford, is that I have electric stabilizer jacks, keyless entry, AND the swoopy colored graphics that John is SO enamored of!

You have to watch these guys every second... particularly when they're hovering around your trailer with impact wrenches and their entire tool box just waiting for you to leave...

Roger
..........Thanks guys for all the responses . I thought that "Limited" meant I could only invite Blondes , Brunett's(sp) , or redhead's into my trailer . Well , maybe that ain't so limited after all !! sanford
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