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Old 01-29-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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Lined Interior??

I am currently looking at Airstreams and seriously considering purchasing one soon. I have heard different opinions about the lined wall interiors. Some say that it is better to have this for many reasons, ie; less sweating, warmth, cleaning, etc. I would like to have any information/opinions about the lined wall interior vs the unlined.

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Old 01-29-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy, with the lined interior. We have spent 250 nights in Lucy and have pulled her over 40,000 miles. We prefer the lined interior for its insulative qualities both for summer and winter.

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Old 01-29-2009, 10:24 PM   #3
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We have a 2005 31' Classic with lined interior and we are very pleased with it. Easily cleaned, reduced noise, and more insulation. Having said that, I'm sure you will find many others with aluminum interiors that are very pleased with that design as well. Welcome to the Forums.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:27 PM   #4
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We have the aluminum (in the trailer named Aeriel), and though it is all the above, it is waaayyyy cool at night, especially with indirect lighting (such as I put in, if I do say so myself) We have spent 75 nights there so far...

See the thread http://www.airforums.com/forums/f468...tml#post632803
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:48 PM   #5
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Mousefur... yup.. we have it too and boy was it ever dirty. The PO must have used something to clean it and made a huge mess of it..
So i decided to replace all of it. We used cream wall liner to match the original equipment. It took me two full months to strip everything off the walls and replace with new. OMG.. dont attempt this unless you are as crazy as me. Im very happy with the results but its alot of work. Be very careful when cleaning as the glue or dark spots can come through if you start scrubbing.. damp cloth and blot only!

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There is no doubt that our 25FB Safari with a lined interior is warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the Special Edition versions that have the aluminum interior. The insulating effect of the liner is obvious. In addition, the lined interior versions have smaller windows, which undoubtedly helps as well.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:11 AM   #7
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There is no doubt that our 2005 25-B Safari with a lined interior is warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the Special Edition versions that have the aluminum interior. The insulating effect of the liner is obvious. In addition, the lined interior versions have smaller windows, which undoubtedly helps as well.

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The aluminum is cool looking and very easy to clean with a damp microfiber rag - a bit of dishwashing detergent if greasy, etc. It also doesn't hold odor or mould in high humidity. Nor will aluminum oxidation happen - then show through because the liner has absorbed humidity.

As a fulltimer I've heard many threads saying how humidity can be a problem in the winter. I always leave my shower vent open, and have never had this problem. Whether it's the shower vent or the aluminum interior I'm not so sure. Hotter in summer? With a 15K air conditioner it doesn't stay hot. Big windows facing the sun let in lots of heat, IMHO that may cause more problems than the bare interior.

Fling your arm up over your head while sleeping in 28 degree weather - you'll wake up abruptly.

Wish Airstream had a happy medium - Wainscotting with fabric in the bedroom - and bare above. I suppose that with a minimum of effort I could use a quilted fabric to make my own, and even attach the with the removable 3M removable hook hanger thingies (double sided foam strips with adhesive on both sides - that you pull and stretch to release. Easy to clean too.

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Crap - another project - and I don't even own vintage.

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Lined is the only way to go - cooler in summer and warmer in Florida's winters. I prefer the harder surfaces versus the fabric surface due to the sagging issues.
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:18 AM   #10
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There is no doubt that our 25FB Safari with a lined interior is warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the Special Edition versions that have the aluminum interior. The insulating effect of the liner is obvious. In addition, the lined interior versions have smaller windows, which undoubtedly helps as well.
Good point, we like our 22' SS for the same reasons.
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We bought our 28 S/O at Toscano RV in Los Banos, CA. It was 110 degrees F in the late morning (got up to 117 that day whew!) We went through about 20 different Airstreams and all of the lined trailers were 10 degrees cooler inside than the unlined. While I prefer the looks of the alumininum lined interiors from a design perspective, I prefer function over form so we bought the lined interior and have been totally happy with it.

ROBERTSUNRUS is right, you can hang velcro backed items from it. I have baseball hats with velcro adjustable straps and they hang great too!
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:44 AM   #12
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One of the reasons we traded in our Classic for the Ocean Breeze was that we didn't like the wall lining (or the carpets) in the Classic. We have two children and I'd find scuff marks on the wall (I never did figure our how that was possible). Also, it just started to look old and tired. We're very happy with the aluminum now. Aside from the cool look it's very easy to clean and keep looking nice.
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Rgentry,

By the time you get to this reply you have figured out that liner vs aluminum is a personal decision, both having +'s and -'s. One benefit of our aluminum interior that I don't believe I've seen mentioned is with no liner, you can detect rivit heads that have sheared off. With over 68,000 miles we have had several (10+) rivets that have been replaced. How you would detect this with a liner I don't know. Airstream will tell you (or at least they told me) that missing interior rivets do not effect the structural integrity of the unit. For my money, I want as many screws, rivets, etc. in place at all times.

Pay your money, take your chances.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:53 PM   #14
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We have the lined walls in our unit. Around the stove, sink and bathroom lavatory we have what looks like a vinyl wall covering that has a tendancy to wrinkle in the corners around the counter top. I have seen this replaced with aluminum and that looks great. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
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