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Old 11-08-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Classic Slide Outs - Years and Lengths

We recently sold our 350LE Classic Motorhome. My wife and I would like to find a really nice Classic trailer with a slide out. I know that Airstream is no longer making SO's but I haven't been able to determine in what years they were offered and in which lengths. I'm looking for a 25-27 ft trailer but again I'm not sure that SO's were offered in the shorter lengths. Any insight would be appreciated.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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To the best of my knowledge, Airstream offered rather minimal (12") slide outs in nothing smaller that a 28 footer, and those were in recent year models. I am not aware of any classic Airstream trailer that had a slide-out.

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We have an '02 30' Classic w/ slide. It is just right for us, 2 adults, no pets, to stay 3 months in FL. (We could stay longer in the AS) The mfg years are about '98 - '08 for slides.
The lengths available that I have heard of are 28', 30', 34'
Our 30' weighs about 8400# empty. Hitch wt. about 900-950#

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The 28' model was a Safari. The 30' and 34' were Classics. We preferred the Classic for the layout and the windows opened fully. The last year of SO's was '09.

With the slide closed you could walk inside the trailer. Friends with SOB's with the slides in couldn't. Makes it kinda hard to get to the fridg at a rest stop.
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We have an 01' even though my avatar says we have an 02'. I wasnt aware they were offered in 98' but we are very happy with the layout and overall quality of the coach. Its a bit heavy so your tow vehicle has to be up to the task but I dont think you will have any regrets.

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How far out do the modern slides go? Surely more than 12", that hardly seems worthwhile!
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Thanks for the replies to date. To Airslides point. We have a Toyota Tundra with the 4.7L engine, rated to tow 8800lbs. A local AS dealer said that we were good for a 25ft. trailer but not much beyond. Don't really want to invest in a new truck at this point. I think that I'd would risk a 28ft. Classic, just need to find a nice one.
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How far out do the modern slides go? Surely more than 12", that hardly seems worthwhile!
12in. slide is not worthwhile, i dont think airstream frames will handle anything larger.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:32 AM   #9
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How far out do the modern slides go? Surely more than 12", that hardly seems worthwhile!
Surprisingly, that 12" opens up a large area with the dinette pushing out. You won't go ballroom dancing. We prefer the 30' SO over a 30' because of that extra room. Between the slide and the refrigerator is a pantry with the microwave above it. This is an ideal place for the microwave. The pantry area is large with two shelves.

Everyone I have met with a SO enjoys them.

The SO adds about 800 lbs to the trailer weight.
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I measured it once, the slide extension is about 20" IIRC.

DW wanted a 34'. I didn't want the extra length (suburban/hensley and 31' trailer is already +50' rig!), or additional set of running gear (and expenses that includes) that goes with the 34'.

We found the 30 (it's really a 31') S/O a happy compromise. It opens up enough to give you the extra space of a 34', without any drawbacks.

We much prefer it over our last 31' Dinette.

I thought Airslide's was the first production year, 2001.. but I could be wrong
There was a year or two in there where they made a 28' & 30' Safari S/O
2009 was the final year for the 30 & 34 Classic S/O
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When I was shopping last December, saw the 30' S/O and went inside, I was done for. It does add a lot of volume and I like it. We sit on the front sofa, fire up a DVD and enjoy the space. And you can easily navigate the interior with it closed.

Just gotta learn the slide and kinda like measure 4 times cut once, you check and recheck for obstacles b4 pressing extend.
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When I was shopping last December, saw the 30' S/O and went inside, I was done for. It does add a lot of volume and I like it. We sit on the front sofa, fire up a DVD and enjoy the space. And you can easily navigate the interior with it closed.

Just gotta learn the slide and kinda like measure 4 times cut once, you check and recheck for obstacles b4 pressing extend.

Check for obstacles.. We were at a rally replacing a rivet.. operated the slide once fixed... folded up my buddies ladder. Somehow it only bent the hinges on the ladder and did absolutely nothing on the slide. I was lucky this time. Check check check before you hit that button.
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Hi...we just imported a 2005 30' Classic S/0 from WA state to BC this past Friday. We still have to have it inspected (this Friday) for a CDN compliance sticker, then insure and license. We are thrilled so far and all we have done is tow it for two hours! It will be hubby and I and the two doggies, one med. and one tiny. We are looking forward to enjoying the luxurious butter soft leather sofa, and other appliances which have barely been used. It still smells brand new and even had the large maufacturers sticker still attached to the sofa!! That slide really does make a huge diff. and we are looking forward to years of adventures. I love this site and will have lots and lots of questions for months and years to come. ENJOY!! Shannon
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Mollys Mom,

I think you'll find lots of help here and I'll start with one of the NO NO's that was "presented" to me as a new Slide Out owner, level first/stabilizers down and then and only then do you get to slide it out!

Good luck from a 1st yr. S/O owner.
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