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Old 10-23-2007, 06:10 PM   #1
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Opinions Needed on Interior Design Issue in 34’ Classic

I want to get others opinions on what I consider a very poor interior design issue. It has to do with the kitchen in the 34' Classic. We are giving serious thought to trading up to the 34' as we may do a year or more of full time travel in the near future. The 34' is the unit chosen by a lot of Airstreamers that fulltime. If you use your range top to actually cook meals ,does it make ANY sense to have it inches from the drapes, the back of a TV on the credenza or in the case of the L lounge, the leather couch? I can not for the life of me understand why it's not at the other end of the counter like in the 30" Classic. Maybe it's just me, but after over 30 years of building furniture and remodeling kitchens I've yet to see one with the range next to upholstered furniture.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:18 PM   #2
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I wouldn't be so concerned about the drapes but the couch looks like a prime target for a tomato sauce covered spoon to hit.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:22 PM   #3
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My thoughts exactly. I bet it could do wonders down the back of a flat screen TV if it were the model with credenza.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:37 PM   #4
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Hi Craftsman,

I will have to agree. If you take a look at the view from the gaucho in my ’83 34’ Excella, you will see that the stove is at the rear.

http://www.airforums.com/photos/show...0&userid=17830

I was in 2air’s 34’ Classic at Branson while he was making his famous nuclear chili, and I seem to recall that his was at the rear too. His, like mine, has the credenza.

There were 3 34s there and one had the twin gaucho setup, but I don’t remember looking at the cooking setup. I was overwhelmed with the incredible newness of all 3. Hopefully one of them will chime in.

And after years without an oven, I am enjoying having one again. I can cook frozen pizza if nothing else.

Perhaps Janet could adjust the title of your thread to “Opinions Needed on Interior Design Issue in 34’ Classic”.

It would call attention to your specific request rather than “just” design issues in general.
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:00 PM   #5
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Kind of looks like A/S got a designer in there that was focused more on packaging than function... I mean, it sure looks purdy in the pikshure!

I agree with Janet, being who I am in the kitchen, I'd be way more concerned with what would end up on the couch than burning the place down... At least have a glass barrier of some sore between the stove top and couch...
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:12 PM   #6
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Vaughn, good idea for changing the title to the thread. The arrangement and location of the stove in your unit is where the stove should be. Putting the stove next to the drapes and furniture is just another example of designing something that you've never actually used. No matter how careful of a cook you are how are you going to keep...say bacon grease from getting on the curtains, the fuzzy wall fabric the couch or TV . This is the unit that would be the most likely chosen to actually live in. I dare anyone in the design or engineering department of Airstream to go home and back their favorite upholstered chair or position their very expensive flat screen TV next to their stove. They wouldn't even consider it, so why is it a good idea here?
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:07 PM   #7
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My 2-cents on the layout - it is a bit awkward. If you put a panel of some sort there at the end to protect the sofa/TV/curtains, I would think you would be knocking your right elbow with every spin of the spoon in the pot. I know I would being right handed...

I can kinda see what they were thinking though....
  • window over the sink - check
  • over-counter microwave towards the back to keep kitchen open - check
  • space under micro for appliance garage, again keeping the front open - check
I guess I would prefer to loose the appliance garage and locate the stove under the microwave at the back, even if it also meant loosing the overhead cabinet over the microwave or using a smaller microwave to make it work.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:19 PM   #8
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HI I have a 1993 34'ft airstream classic, the stove is to the left when you enter through the door way. I don't know why airstream , put the stove so close to the furniture. Take a look at a 1993 airstream 34 classic, this might give you some ideas!!!The kitchen is different plan. Hope this helps!!!
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hey layers outers and re a rangers...

take a look at the gally plan for the 34 slide. it's somewhat better.

i'll let someone else post the actual floor plan photo.

my range top IS next to the credenza and i wondered about that location too....

no tv for a year so the the credenza top was empty.

now there is a flat panel tv on it (picture in another thread)

i keep it covered with a 'cozy like' folded table cloth.

i'm a pretty wild cook sometimes and food flies when i chopchopchop

but i've had no issues with the curtains or tele or ceiling splatters...

and the tele cover is pretty clean too.

so the location has actually worked well for cooking.

my problem with relocating the range to the back area steetside is 5 fold...

1. the fridge is RIGHT across and really close, the microwave/convection would have to move for a vent/fan/light thing...

AND that space isn't as vented...

2. with the kitchen window open and/or the entry door open cooking ventilation is really good.

so i seldom use the vent/fan IF i can get a little cross ventilation going.

3. the pantry area is really loaded and heavy back there but it is over an axle...

and the trash can slide is there too.

4. the wheel well is back there and ALL of the plumbing. this might be a heat issue...

5. the current range/stove position allows the furnace to be underneath...

again check the 34 slide layout...

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... If you take a look at the view from the gaucho in my ’83 34’ Excella...
now THAT'S a recliner! wow great chair, vaughan.
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:31 PM   #10
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My 2-cents on the layout - it is a bit awkward. If you put a panel of some sort there at the end to protect the sofa/TV/curtains, I would think you would be knocking your right elbow with every spin of the spoon in the pot. I know I would being right handed...

I can kinda see what they were thinking though....
  • window over the sink - check
  • over-counter microwave towards the back to keep kitchen open - check
  • space under micro for appliance garage, again keeping the front open - check
I guess I would prefer to loose the appliance garage and locate the stove under the microwave at the back, even if it also meant loosing the overhead cabinet over the microwave or using a smaller microwave to make it work.

Shari

P.S. I changed the title for you...
Hi Shari,

Good comments. Thanks for changing the title of the thread. I know I pay special attention to the triple axle threads.

However, I have window over the sink.

Do give up a little counter space for the counter level microwave.

Even larger storage over the microwave. I’ll take that over the small additional counter space.

All the real wood in the newer units makes me envious, though.
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We had a 34' with a slide-out, and this was not an issue - the layout put the stovetop away from fabrics and coach.
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:39 PM   #12
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no THAT'S a recliner! wow great chair, vaughan.
Thanks Joe,

I’m sitting in the “Captain Kirk” chair in front of the giant view screen right now.

You made me feel a lot better when I saw your rig in Branson. Another single guy in a 34’ trailer with a recliner right where mine is. Your Classic is a beauty!

Where are you headed next?
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Hi, I was thinking of an easy way to relocate something to fix this concern; Then my wife came up with a great idea, Make a matching oak [or whatever kind of wood Airstream used] wall divider at the end of the stove connected to the overhead cabinet. Then cover the stove side with sheet aluminum.
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If you put a panel of some sort there at the end to protect the sofa/TV/curtains, I would think you would be knocking your right elbow with every spin of the spoon in the pot. I know I would being right handed...
Bob, did you actually add a panel to yours? Do you knock your elbow?

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