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Old 04-13-2014, 06:32 PM   #15
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Love to hear about the ridiculous tongue weights the slide outs have. How much does the slide out actually move and the extra space provided.

It's just our Airstreams are so heavy already....

Love to see some pics, very curious!
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:27 PM   #16
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Tounge weights from my '07 manual:

30' S/O 1,050 Lbs.
30' 670 Lbs.
31' 770 Lbs.
34' S/O 1,150 Lbs.
34' 770 Lbs.

Dinette S/O 22" D X 76.5" L X 64" H from a 2008 sales brochure.

The dimensions on the slide don't tell the whole story. You have to step inside, its not huge but it adds room.

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:55 PM   #17
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I wonder how reliable the slides are.
Slide problems with an SOB are partially responsible for the Airstream purchase.
Why did Airstream stop making the slides?
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:02 PM   #18
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What I was told that As quit making the S/O due to lack of sales. The industry as a whole adopted the AS slide design mostly with very few modifications. No difference in the slide setup from 1999 to 2009, just a sales thing. I haven't heard of any issues about the slide per se, unless anyone has something to add. Ours has always worked perfect. About the only concern I have is in the future, the awning overhang wearing out and replacement.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:19 PM   #19
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We bought our trailer used, and it had set out in the sun on top of a hill in California since new, with the slide out. The slide awning material was bad. So, I called Zipp Dee and ordered a new fabric. It was not what I'd call cheap, and it was not a snap to change, but we got it done. It was one of those things that looked easy, but you do need to read, understand, and follow the instructions. I could do another one very quickly having done one already.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:19 AM   #20
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I saw an interior picture of an early model slide, where it appeared there were no electric "paddles" to hold the slide in retracted position. There were manual extension rods between the backside of the slide "fascia" and the interior wall.

Was that someones work-around?
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:41 AM   #21
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I saw an interior picture of an early model slide, where it appeared there were no electric "paddles" to hold the slide in retracted position. There were manual extension rods between the backside of the slide "fascia" and the interior wall.

Was that someones work-around?

Yes, the earlier model slide outs did not have the electric safety locks.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:23 AM   #22
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I can attest to Safari model slides in the 28' length as an owner of one and having seen three others on various road trips.

The tongue weight is increased with the slide mounted forward of the axles but they tow beautifully with proper WD setup: my tongue weight is ~980 lbs. The slideout trailer frame is much stouter than std. trailers and, in the 28' Safari model, can carry ~1,800 lbs of additional weight which is more capacity than there is storage space.

Abide by the "level before slide out" rule and there are no issues with the slide durability or operation. I have never had a leak or gasket problems, nor an awning issue at age 11.25 now. The additional 14 sf of floor space concentrated in the 'living' end is a huge feature on inclement weather days.

84 units is consistent with the total slide production numbers I've heard for the last three years. My unit is titled as a 2003 model despite a Oct. 2002 build date and my handle states 2004 because that is the earliest year 28'SO offered in the Airforum list. One of the other slides I saw was also a 2002 28' Safari model so that mod could be made among site improvements in que.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:43 AM   #23
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not to hijack - but if you think slideouts are funny - There's an SOB across from my site right now that has a slideout with a slideout. Yep. It looks like it's for a bedroom as the bigger slideout is only about six feet long and four feet high, then there's a smaller one about six inches in from the edge of the big one. The big one slides out about 2 feet and the smaller one about a foot and a half.

I seem to see a lot of oddball trailers, the one that's a story and a half in the back, and now this. Makes me love the old school bus that a neighbor has converted into a Pittsburgh Steelers rolling shrine.

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Old 04-14-2014, 11:47 AM   #24
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Hi Paula - I would interested in seeing what you are looking at... Do you have the ability to take a picture and post it?
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Yes, the earlier model slide outs did not have the electric safety locks.
Ours has the manual slide locks, one marked left and the other one right. Once the slide is "in", I install the locks, takes about 2 minutes or less.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:35 PM   #26
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I can attest to Safari model slides in the 28' length as an owner of one and having seen three others on various road trips.

The tongue weight is increased with the slide mounted forward of the axles but they tow beautifully with proper WD setup: my tongue weight is ~980 lbs. The slideout trailer frame is much stouter than std. trailers and, in the 28' Safari model, can carry ~1,800 lbs of additional weight which is more capacity than there is storage space.

Abide by the "level before slide out" rule and there are no issues with the slide durability or operation. I have never had a leak or gasket problems, nor an awning issue at age 11.25 now. The additional 14 sf of floor space concentrated in the 'living' end is a huge feature on inclement weather days.

84 units is consistent with the total slide production numbers I've heard for the last three years. My unit is titled as a 2003 model despite a Oct. 2002 build date and my handle states 2004 because that is the earliest year 28'SO offered in the Airforum list. One of the other slides I saw was also a 2002 28' Safari model so that mod could be made among site improvements in que.
When we were looking for an AS with a slide a few years ago, there was a 28' advertised with a slide, but we found our 2002 31' almost in our back yard that was for sale and bought it.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:12 PM   #27
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We probably have the only Safari S/O 28' up here in Quebec, Can. !!.. Happy with it and looking to hit the road this coming summer....
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We purchased our 30' Classic S/O new in 2004 and have had fun changing things and making it our own. Can't think of ever trading it as Airstream makes such a great platform.
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