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Old 07-10-2014, 01:38 PM   #15
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Let me tell my stories on AS. 1st one is that back in 89 my family was moving from the east coast to Montana and we had a 32' AS. It was fully loaded with stuff for the 5 of us to live in for a few months. Long story short the AS got in a wreck and the only thing that broke was the turner on the small tv we had back then. On that same trip in SD we saw a trailer that was not a AS in a wreck and all there stuff was all over the hwy.
on to story 2 I bought my 58 Overlander and just moved it from the place I bought from to its current location. Three days after moving it we had baseball size hail hit it. The only thing wrong was the sun cracked lights that I would have to replace anyway broke. Not dents at all. So as for as the old and the new classic is my game just because of these two stories.

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Old 07-10-2014, 02:40 PM   #16
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The Oliver looks quite promising, actually. I want to like the Oliver because it's kinda cool and innovative, but they have yet to create a layout that speaks to me.

I don't see enough windows (our 27FB is the "King of Glass", and we really like that).

In my adult experience a five person dinette that converts into a King-sized bed can serve as a reasonably good dinette as long as some of the diners are agile, but it makes a pretty poor bed. As a kid, teen and young adult I could sleep on pretty much anything, but now I care a bit more about my comfort. So, the 27FB with a real queen bed is a winner for us.

With the two-person dinette on the side, we could probably leave the other as a permanent bed but I'd really hate to have to make that bed when laundry day comes by unless the bedding consisted of a couple pillows and two sleeping bags zipped together. Again, for us the 27FB with a free-standing queen bed and no closets to block access is a clear winner.

So, when they come up with a length / floor plan that speaks to us, we'll definitely give the Oliver another look. For now, we're very happy with our AS.

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