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Old 05-24-2016, 06:33 PM   #141
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I am looking at buying my first airstream and have found one with a slide - 2005 Classic 30'. I am wondering why there are so few sliders out there and is there a problem with them? Any feed-back based on experience or knowledge would be appreciated. Cheers.
That's a good model and slide. I have a 2004 30' Classic slide. There are so few for a couple of reasons. First is the fact that the slide made the trailer a lot more expensive. Second is while Airstream built the slides well, they weighed a lot. I had to change out the factory installed hitch on my 3/4 ton GMC van to upgrade it to a Class V hitch. The factory hitch platform supplied by GMC had a 1,000 lb limit when used with a weight distributing hitch. I'm using a hitch receiver built by Hidden Hitch which is rated for 1,400 lbs hitch weight. I using an Equal-i-zer hitch which is also rated for 1,400 lbs. I think the Airstream specs for my year of trailer was about 1,260 lbs.

Third is the gross weight capacity of the trailer. I'm not sure what the 2004 specs are but mine is 9,100 lbs. This leaves me with 660 lbs. of weight capacity in the trailer if the fresh water tank is full (60 gallons). My 3/4 ton van is rated to pull 9,900 lbs. so I'm okay there. I do have a 6 liter gas engine with a 4.10 rear axle to handle that load.

I normally only take one trip a year where I hall a full tank of water and my trailer usually is carrying at least 500 lbs. of stuff (food, clothing, supplies etc), not counting the water. So on that one trip a year I'm pretty much at 9,100 lbs. Typically we tow without much water in the tank so 8,600 lbs is my normal towing weight.

As I noted the slide is built well with an awning that opens over it when you extend the slide. That same awing can be pulled out further to extend shade of the double windows within the slide unit. The Classic also has electric stabilizer jacks that ease the effort to extend the jacks. The jacks must always be down before extending the slide and they stay down until you retract the slide.

The slide itself was built as a fiberglass shell and then was clad in aluminum. There is more bracing in the floor to support the trailer when the slide is extended. It also has a wood block/magnetic system that locks the slide in place when you retract it.

All in all there just wasn't enough interest in the slides and Airstream eventually discontinued them. We love ours and have no regrets.

I've attached a few pictures. The interior picture is when the trailer was new in the dealer's lot. The slide out is retracted.

Also be aware that this is the heaviest trailer that Airstream had built on a tandem axle. I've replaced two sets of ST tires and now have 16" LT tires for additional reliability.


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Old 05-24-2016, 08:12 PM   #142
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We just bought a 2001 in February. We love it! Previously we had a Safari 25 that had been modified to replace the sofa with recliners. We liked the comfort of the recliners but had to eat outside or on TV trays and had no guest seating.

I wanted a dinette or table to sit at and the dinette and sofa combine for good guest seating.

I had to adjust the slide mechanism on mine, actually just the position of the slide on the rails. Before you drive it very far, make sure there is a uniform gap all around where the slide goes into the body. My 2002 does not have the electric "paddle locks", but mechanical braces you have to install prior to travel. I initially was concerned about them popping off due to vibration but we saw some pretty rough roads on the Cajun Country Caravan with no problems.

Interestingly enough I just weighed my tongue on a Sherline scale at a rally this past weekend, and was pleasantly surprised to see only about 950# with a pretty full black tank, full propane and a moderate camping load.

When I traded I moved the 16" Michelins I put on the Safari to the Classic.

Other than the weight considerations, I don't think there is much you need to worry about the slideout that would be different from any other trailer.

Good Luck with your search.

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We have owned our '02 30' Classic w / slide since '08. We have had no problems aside from normal maintenance. We have taken it from SW Iowa to SW Florida each year and, since retiring in late '09, have lived in it for 3 months each season in FL. My '10 F150 pulled it very well and my '15 F150 w / Ecoboost pulls it like a dream! My hitch weight is 840# and the trailer w / full propane is about 8400#. The slide, although only moving 20", really makes the living area seem spacious. We love our slide as do most owners!!

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Brain fade - we have a 2002 Classic 30.

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