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Old 12-20-2010, 07:38 PM   #29
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Thanks for all the feedback folks. Our lean is toward the 30. In addition to the bathroom layout, I think with young children, we would find the additional table and the extra floor space between the dinette and the lounge useful as offered with the 30. If I wasn't so scared of the additional 4 feet in overall length, I'd drive up to the "show me state" and get that 34'er with twins they have on the lot there at Bill Thomas.

Also, apparently a 10 cf fridge is standard issue now on the 30 and 31's.

Again, many thanks. BTW, let me know if you hear of anyone looking for a nice/new 25'er with twins .

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Old 12-20-2010, 07:45 PM   #30
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seems i recall (a while back) jammer posting the 10 cf was standard now,

but it's always good to confirm these things.

the 34 with twins is MUCH less popular than the queen,

which means for someone who actually WANTS/NEEDs or sees the value of twins...

pricing can work to your advantage.

(simply keep telling them how much of a 'sacrifice' you are making to accept the twin beds...

BT may not have any lookers or traffic on that 34 till NEXT april/may, so a live buyer now has the advantage.

have a good bowl game trip and let us know how the 31 in austin feels.

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Old 12-20-2010, 07:58 PM   #31
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The difference in pricing between in an ordered 30 from them vs. their 34 makes it tempting. I just remember thinking when backing in at Disney Ft Wilderness this past October, and looking across the loop at a 1990s 34, I don't see how he got that thing in here! Ha!

Thanks for the well wishes in Arizona. We are looking forward to it - But not before a little time down on the coast next week at Topsail for a little CanOpener of our own.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:33 PM   #32
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We love our 30'. It is very livable, especially with the larger lounge area. Three of our friends in the WBCCI have the 31' model, and those models seem very nice. None of these friends ever intend to be full-timers. They seemed to have chosen that model for the larger wardrobe. We found that more than two couples in the 31' model made the lounge area seem cramped.

Now don't kid yourself about the size of the 30' and 31'. These are big trailers that may very well keep you from camping in a number of National Parks, and may prevent access to some BLM, NF, etc. types of parks. But, our trailers pulls like a dream! Especially with the AirSafe hitch and Reese hitch.

We are now half-timers and plan to make the big plunge to full-timers in 1012. (It will take that long to clear out the basement of the house, and Medicare will kick in for me.) Having said this, we may have one of the best white elephant sales ever next year when we have a house sale.

Choose your trailer for the two of you and not for the once-in-a-while visit of friends and family. When people ask us how many does it sleep, we say, "TWO!" All others make do. Our favorite is to bring their own tent, and they respond saying that is preferable to listening to my snoring. Of course I don't snore because I've never heard me doing so.

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Old 12-21-2010, 06:41 AM   #33
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@cms4140.....we have a 34' with twins (which we love the room) and have no problems at all getting in and out of small or tight areas....may be due to the Hensley or the drivers incredible driving skills!!
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:27 AM   #34
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Thanks for all the feedback folks. Our lean is toward the 30. In addition to the bathroom layout, I think with young children, we would find the additional table and the extra floor space between the dinette and the lounge useful as offered with the 30. If I wasn't so scared of the additional 4 feet in overall length, I'd drive up to the "show me state" and get that 34'er with twins they have on the lot there at Bill Thomas.

Also, apparently a 10 cf fridge is standard issue now on the 30 and 31's.

Again, many thanks. BTW, let me know if you hear of anyone looking for a nice/new 25'er with twins .

-Chris
We also had a tough time choosing between the 30 & 31. When we bought ours used, the dealer had both models available, same year, same price.

How many times we ran back and forth between the two!

The 31 was very tempting because of the huge wardrobe, but the lack of space between the dinette and the sofa really was a concern.

With the 30, we wondered if we would have enough clothe's storage space, I really find those shirt closets in both models nt a lot of use.

Also, with the 30' "Mrs Wingeezer" was not too sure about the fact that the toilet was so "exposed" when the sliding doors were open.

In the end, we opted for the 30' and are very happy we went that way - but then, who knows, we may have felt the same with the 30!

My biggest concern with the 30' hasn't proven to be a problem. I have worked hard to pare down the amount of clothing I bring along, and now find that our wardrobe is no more than half full.

Truth be told, probably all I should bring is a couple of tee shirts couple of pairs of jeans $ shorts and a jacket - thats about all I ever wear, the rest of the stuff just comes along for the ride and goes home never used!

Perhaps the 31' with its greater storage might be better for full timing - we have never been away for more than about 7 weeks at a stretch.


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Old 12-21-2010, 12:48 PM   #35
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Living Area of Older 2002 31'

Just thought I would post photos of the older 31' ASCL living area with tables & chairs deployed. The older units had a credenza which to me allowed for a more open living area and with tables & chairs deployed would comfortably seat six.

If purchasing new one could probably get the older credenza installed. My unit being a 2002 would have been produced with the "Hickory" interior, BUT I didn't like it so I ordered it with the previous "Golden Oak" interior at no additional charge.
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Thanks for the additional replies folks and the pictures (withidl). Very insightful - and I appreciate it. We are now flying out to AZ for the game so I won't get to check out a 31 in Austin afterall. While I am leaning heavily toward the 30, I do plan to make the trip to MO to check out the 34 before making a final decision. I am a tall guy and we have two small kids, so I think we will appreciate the split bath along with the additional floorspace between the dinette and lounge over the larger wardrobe and drawer space (we won't be quarter/half/full-timing any time soon so clothing space really not a big deal - I have 20 years of work left!).

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Old 12-26-2010, 10:10 PM   #37
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We've also had the 25FB floorplan. We just purchased the 30 ft Flying Cloud and are very pleased with the versitility of the lounge area. I purchased two cubes, that can be used for foot rests, storage, and extra seating.


We also prefer the split bath, just makes more sense for us. As a tall man, you'll appreciate the extra space in the bathroom. I can tell you that I'm gonna love the walk around bed with the closets on either side.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:15 PM   #38
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We also had a tough time choosing between the 30 & 31.

In the end, we opted for the 30' and are very happy we went that way - but then, who knows, we may have felt the same with the 31!
Same here. I placed an order for a 30 yesterday. I found it to be a very difficult decision; and not having a dealer nearby to do a good bit of tire kickin' made it even more difficult.

We are very excited. It's too bad we have a 10+ week wait now....

Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me that it will be a good delivery experiece. My first crack at it with the 25 was an absolute disaster.

Thanks for all the good feedback here in the thread.

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Old 03-06-2011, 03:03 PM   #39
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Last year we bought a 2007 31'. We looked at both models but decided we liked the extra closet space and extra set of drawers in the 31'. We really don't miss the extra space at the sofa. We also like the larger shower in the 31'.

We also found it difficult to find either the 30 or 31. I suspect since these models are heavier and more expensive than others that many dealers don't keep them on the lots. We ended up looking at new ones at the dealer in Missouri (west of St. Louis). They maintain a lot of models. In the NE, the dealer in NJ also seems to have a lot of units. THey are hard to find but if you're willing to hunt and aren't in a hurry, check for a good quality used unit. The classics have hardly changed since the 2007 models. We located ours in an ebay search. A dealer in Mich. was selling ours (not an airstream dealer) and we ended up with a very good price.
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See - everyone has their favorites, because of the great selection offered by Colonial Airstream (love those guys, second Airstream purchase from them), I could choose either a '30 or '31 footer with same color interior (going from coco on my previous Classic to praline on my "final Airstream"). As we all know, for me, the '30 footer won out...
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:21 PM   #41
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See - everyone has their favorites, because of the great selection offered by Colonial Airstream (love those guys, second Airstream purchase from them), I could choose either a '30 or '31 footer with same color interior (going from coco on my previous Classic to praline on my "final Airstream"). As we all know, for me, the '30 footer won out...
I'm very happy that they still make both the 30 and 31, because they both satisfy different priorities.

In my case, I prefer the 31 for its larger storage space in the wardrobe. I also like to have the shower actually part of the bathroom. The way we use the trailer, I don't miss the extra room in front of the coach on the street side, because I always sit on the curb side.

I'm afraid if they dropped one it would be the 31, because it seems that the 30 is more popular.

Ken

P.S. neither of us is very tall. I'm 5'8" and my wife is 5'6". I think the 30 layout would be better for taller people, or as I refer to them; those that are shortness-challenged.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:54 PM   #42
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We have a 2007 31. Bought it one year old in late 2007. Tony (original owner) had it built without the dinette. A one-legged table slides, forward and back, in a metal track. Tony had Airstream, Inc. build a low cupboard against the refrigerator. He called it his $1,000 cupboard ($500 for the change in floorplan, $500 for the cupboard). We've settled on the table mid point between the above cupboard and the couch. That leaves 26" open on each side of the table. There, I've placed a homemade desk on each side for our laptops. The table came with 2 folding wooden chairs. We've added two more. Yes, it's now like residing in a sailboat. We have two Cocker Spaniels that also live in there, too. We spend 7 - 8 months a year in it. It weighs 9,000 lbs as does our tow vehicle.
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