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Old 03-22-2011, 10:45 PM   #43
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One thing I might try if I had it to do over is to get Airstream to install a 15,000 front and an 11,000 rear A/C to better match the capacity to the cooling load.

Odd - the 2011 Airstream Classic 30 footer (one year newer than yours) that I'm thinking about trading up too comes with a 15,000 btu front and 13,500 btu rear....

Guess it's gonna make up for the loss of my disc brakes if I do the up-trade....
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:52 AM   #44
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Odd - the 2011 Airstream Classic 30 footer (one year newer than yours) that I'm thinking about trading up too comes with a 15,000 btu front and 13,500 btu rear....

Guess it's gonna make up for the loss of my disc brakes if I do the up-trade....

Are you saying that you have disc brakes on your 2010?

I know mine does not. It has drums.

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I've got a 2007 classic and it also has disc brakes. Did they discontinue these for the 2010?
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I would agree with the second AC unit. When it gets over 90 degrees it is difficult to cool down the bedroom. No Carpet as well.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:21 AM   #47
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I've got a 2007 classic and it also has disc brakes. Did they discontinue these for the 2010?
On my 2010, Dexter Nev-R-Adjust brakes were standard.

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Old 03-23-2011, 11:32 AM   #48
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Are you saying that you have disc brakes on your 2010?

I know mine does not. It has drums.

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He really does not have a 2010 model trailer. The last year they made a 25' Classic was 2009.
I think he explained once that he calls it a 2010 because he bought it that year.
Good thing he's not into Vintage units! That would really be confusing.
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On my 2010, Dexter Nev-R-Adjust brakes were standard.

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Disc brakes were discontinued towards the end of the 2009 model year, apparently due to a combination of actuator problems and production problems. It is my understanding that it is still possible to order a trailer with disc brakes by having the Jackson Center service center remove and discard the drum brakes and install aftermarket disc brakes before the trailer is actually shipped. Since no credit is given for the parts that are removed it is an expensive upgrade.

I have been satisfied with the braking performance I get with my drum brakes but plan to replace them with disc brakes when they reach the point where they require extensive maintenance.
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Disc brakes were discontinued towards the end of the 2009 model year, apparently due to a combination of actuator problems and production problems. It is my understanding that it is still possible to order a trailer with disc brakes by having the Jackson Center service center remove and discard the drum brakes and install aftermarket disc brakes before the trailer is actually shipped. Since no credit is given for the parts that are removed it is an expensive upgrade.

I have been satisfied with the braking performance I get with my drum brakes but plan to replace them with disc brakes when they reach the point where they require extensive maintenance.

I also have no complaints about the drum brakes. Since I live right at the base of the Rockies, they get a good workout. I do however go down steep grades slowly, using extensive engine braking. If I find I need to use the brakes other than a touch here and there, I slow down and get in a lower gear.

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He really does not have a 2010 model trailer. The last year they made a 25' Classic was 2009.
I think he explained once that he calls it a 2010 because he bought it that year.
Good thing he's not into Vintage units! That would really be confusing.
It can get confusing. I bought my 2010 in August 2009.

It was of the first few 2010 31's built.

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Disc brakes were discontinued towards the end of the 2009 model year, apparently due to a combination of actuator problems and production problems. It is my understanding that it is still possible to order a trailer with disc brakes by having the Jackson Center service center remove and discard the drum brakes and install aftermarket disc brakes before the trailer is actually shipped. Since no credit is given for the parts that are removed it is an expensive upgrade.

I have been satisfied with the braking performance I get with my drum brakes but plan to replace them with disc brakes when they reach the point where they require extensive maintenance.
Interesting. I had my Dexter Disk brakes replaced with Kodiaks and my actibrake actuator with a Carlilie. I go pick up the trailer in a couple of weeks.
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I have a question, and I think it pertains to the opening line of this thread. Does AS have any kind of warranty on these trailers? For the sheer tens of thousands of dollars spent, it seems that they would repair or replace things that wear out in these timeframes (looking at your trailer dates). At this point, I'd much rather buy a vintage trailer restored by a restorer than a new trailer. It seems that there are numerous issues with the new AS that have to be restored by the owner. Granted, floor rot and leaky windows were in the old ones as well, but I don't know that society had the same expectations back then (how do I know, I'm still in my 30's).

At this point, even though I think the new ones are very pretty, I don't think I would even consider trading out my vintage AS. I'm putting in what I believe is top of the line appliances, and if I had been building the cabinets, those would be tops as well (actually somewhat disappointed my cabinets were perfect - I really had thoughts about redoing the interior)

Is AS meeting your expectations of quality workmanship?
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rob', presently Airstream has a 2 year limited warranty. Some people have been successful getting things fixed after that period by working with consumer relations. Things that were designed poorly may be the subject of a product liability lawsuit, but for most people that just doesn't make economic sense.

I think in the very early Airstream days, there was a lifetime warranty.

As for your question about quality expectations, though we don't have a Classic, I think disappointment is high for many owners of all the product lines. It's not just workmanship, it's also poor design and cheap parts.

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As for your question about quality expectations, though we don't have a Classic, I think disappointment is high for many owners of all the product lines. It's not just workmanship, it's also poor design and cheap parts.

Gene
I would add that this is not uncommon in the RV industry and you would find that owners of other brands have similar issues.
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Old is still old no matter what is done to it. A ground up restore still leaves one with an old trailer, albeit a very nice one. I have owned one vintage and three new AS. What I saw in the vintage was old style cost saving construction and labor. What I see in the new units is pretty much the same. I prefer the new designs far and above the old, to each his own. The biggest problem I have seen in my units is water leaks. I bet the old ones when new had exactly the same problems. So as far as quality in my mind there is no dif. If one wants a completely restored older unit, go for it. I prefer something new. You restore the oldies, and I will maintain the newies. We can all be happy. Let's go camping!!!. zz
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