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Old 04-15-2014, 09:10 AM   #29
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I like that layout. Every Airstream should have a dinette.

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Old 04-15-2014, 09:36 AM   #30
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We traded our 27 ft for a 30 with S/O about a year ago and just love the extra room. No problems with it so far. I can't recall the source but somewhere I was told they made about 110 with S/O. Would not be surprised to see them come back as that seems to be the trend in the industry.

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Old 04-15-2014, 09:59 AM   #31
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The "trend in the industry" is what caused Airstream to make a trailer with a slide in the first place...
The trend in the industry now is 2, 3, 4, or 5 slides and a slide within a slide or a whole length slide.
I would love the room, but I would want to know before I bought it that it would be rock solid reliable and not give any trouble. I grew to hate the slide on a SOB trailer and just gave up on the idea. Slide wouldn't go in all the way or wouldn't go out all the way or was crooked or parts fell out of the mechanism...
If it doesn't go all the way in or all the way out the trailer is exposed to the elements.
My boss had a 2005 Fleetwood Expedition motor home. The slide was never right. I could reach into the coach from the outside because the slide would not close all the way and seal.
We knew a couple with a nearly new fifth wheel that had to have slide gaskets replaced.
I took that former SOB back to the dealer for something every week. So far, I have not had any problem with the Airstream that kept me from camping. What good is a camper that stays in the dealership service bay? That's partially what caused me to get an Airstream, aside from the coolness factor of owning an American icon.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:58 AM   #32
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Everything needs some maintenance, and everything eventually wears out, especially us.


However, other than the awning, to date we have had zero problems with our slide, knock on wood.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:32 AM   #33
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Maybe the Airstream slide was a better design...
My previous SOB was a 2009- we began having trouble with the slide (among other problems in general) in 2010- shouldn't be an issue of aging or wearing out, but is an issue of poor design and poor construction.
If they still made a slide I might buy one as a compromise with the wife. She misses the extra room of the slide-out on our other trailer.
If they would come out with a 34' center bath dinette slide...
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:58 PM   #34
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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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That's not bad at all - always thought I read the tongue weight was much greater - I agree, I bet you in person the added space is better realized then via picture.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:37 PM   #35
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they do have a Safari with a slide
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:01 PM   #36
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To me the irony of the SO models from Airstream, is they only did them on the longer trailers. I have a 19' SOB, and it has a slide. In my shopping, for me anyway, it's the short trailers that really benefit from the added room of the slide. After having this trailer with it's slide, I simply would not own one without a slide. I'm totally spoiled by the added room.
So listen up Airstream: build a SO model in a 20 footer....there are some potential buyers out here.
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A slide makes any trailer roomier.
What if they come out with a 2, 3, 4, or 5 slide Airstream?
Or a 30' slide on one side?
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:41 PM   #38
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Don't know for sure, but I suspect because of the way an Airstream is built, that it is more expensive to add a slide to them than it is to add a slide to a square, or flat sided trailer.


Additionally, I suspect it is the added cost on top of an already expensive trailer that makes them difficult to market.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:01 PM   #39
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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.





Is that shiny vinyl original??? It looks so uneven and bunched up...especially under the dinette and the front of the sofa...is that Airstream's ultraleather? It doesn't really look as fake as Airstream's pleather...maybe it's just really thick actual leather?
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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.
ZoominC6,

My compliments, that is a comfy looking combination. Ours is a fabric dinette with the whateveritis leather for the couch.

The slide just makes for a roomy feel and opens the living area up. I haven't had any issues with the slide, hope I never do but as with the whole trailer repairs are part of the possibilities. I accepted that when I bought it.

One other thing we have done especially if its been dry and the next day is go home day and its gonna rain overnight, I just bring it in and store it. We can still navigate the living area, the TV swings out still view-able.

It gets some stares it may not be for all, but its our AS S/O.

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Is that shiny vinyl original??? It looks so uneven and bunched up...especially under the dinette and the front of the sofa...is that Airstream's ultraleather? It doesn't really look as fake as Airstream's pleather...maybe it's just really thick actual leather?
I just want to take this opportunity to express that I meant no ill will in my original post; I tried to edit it but the site won't let me. I didn't realize that "vinyl" was a bad word...I actually prefer high quality vinyl as nowadays it tends to age better and doesn't become as brittle, wrinkled, and worn out as cheap leather does. High quality modern vinyl also doesn't crack and become hard like it did in the 70's.

If someone did that work themself or had someone do it, my sincerest apologies; if Airstream did it (I'm not up on the options with Classics over the years) I would expect it to be a bit more even and finished; that's all I was originally trying to say...along with my comment that Airstream should call their ultraleather what it really is, i.e. "pleather" or vinyl.

To me, "shiny vinyl" wasn't meant as insulting but one of my friends here on the forum alerted me to how it could be taken that way. I didn't mean it as such; please accept my apologies.

Now I will go pound sand.

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We got our slide out in November 2003. It's a 31' Classic and it is heavy. Hitch weight for the 2004 models was about 1,260 lbs or so. I had to upgrade the hitch platform on my van since it was limited to 1,000 lbs. I ended up putting in a Class V platform and am using a Equal-i-zer with a 1,400 lb rating.

Slide has been flawless and I have no regrets other than we couldn't order one without a carpet. I remember the slide out shell was built in fiberglass and was aluminum clad. I saw them at JC back in 2001 and remember them being white in color. The 31' Classic slide out is still the heaviest trailer that Airstream has ever built on a tandem axle.

I remember asking the dealer if they could build one without the carpet and at the time he said that the carpet was necessary for the rollers supported the slide when it moved inside. Supposedly the roller would damage a hard floor and the factory refused to build one without even though I requested. Later models did come without the carpet but I was told that the roller system had been modified to not cause floor damage.

Hard to believe though that only 81 were built since there were also Safari slides built.

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