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Old 12-06-2014, 03:58 PM   #15
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Slide

We have a slide on our 30' Classic. No problems what so ever.
We love it, I know it is only 20" but we have two recliners and still have a table to set at.
No wet spots, no dust problems, tow with a Dodge 2500 so no weigh issues.
Had to go back to regular trailer.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:23 PM   #16
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I suspect there are units that have problems but mine has NOT had an issue during it's 12 years of service. Preventative maintenance is limited to lubricating the tracks and gears annually, wiping the rubber gasket with protectant (303) frequently, and not leaving the slide awning extended during gales. The 20" extension adds about 14 square feet of space which is a significant add to living space in a 28' footer.

We have camped in every situation from boondocking to RV resorts. Our slide has never been restricted from opening due to space limitations by trees or intrusion into an adjoining site including parks where slides are restricted. We do use our dinette at rest stops as it does not restrict access to or use of the interior spaces.

If you are level enough to operate your refrigerator, you can use your slide too, so I wonder what was meant by the earlier comment. I have encountered quite a few Airstream Slide-outs in my journeys and have yet to meet an owner displeased with their unit. A common question in those discussions is, "Have you had a problem?" and the reply has been negative.

I was told Airstream quit production due to low sales volume as the number of slides produced was ~84 units for all models and years which is less than a month at current manufacturing levels.

My experience with owning a slide mimics Pappy19.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:33 AM   #17
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Advantages or disadvantages of an AS slide out

I've had no issue with my slide either. One of the easiest ways to mess up a slide is to extend it or retract it when the stabilizer jacks are retracted. This causes the frame to have excessive torque on it. Dealers were notorious for units on the lot to extend those slide outs without the jacks down.

The basic issue that hurt the sales of Airstream slides were the heavy hitch weights of the slides and the cost that they added to an already expensive trailer. My net cargo capacity of my 30' Classic is 660 lbs when traveling with full water. That pretty much puts me at the published gross of my trailer which is 9,100 lbs. With that in mind I usually only have one trip a year where I will tow with full water. I also have a 3/4 ton van that can handle tow trailers up to 9,900 lbs. I also had to upgrade to a class V hitch that is rated for 1,400 lbs of weight.

I do love the slide and have no regrets. I don't think we have any slide users on the forum who have posted significant slide concerns. Airstream did their homework on the slide and produced one of the best slide out units of any manufacturer.

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Old 12-07-2014, 11:52 AM   #18
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If I recall, my one and only cat scale ticket reflected a 1476 pound tongue weight! Whopper!
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:51 AM   #19
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All Is Not Lost

If weight is a significant issue, look for a 28' Safari slide-out unit. The lighter weight cabinets, laminate counter tops, and shorter overall length of mine causes it to weight in at 6,760 lbs with a tongue weight of 980. The GVW rating is 8,600 so after adding 560 lbs for full tanks (gas & water) I still have 1,280 of cargo capacity.
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Airstream addressed the weight issues with the later years. I think the frames could carry another 1,000 lbs over my 2003.
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:59 AM   #21
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Thank you one and all for your responses to my question about the efficacy of the AS slide out. I'm convinced, based on the response. Now all that has to be accomplished is to work out the right deal on the one I'm looking at.

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Old 12-08-2014, 11:31 PM   #22
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carver 1, good luck in your search. From what I have been told over the years, there were approximately 84 total slides built spread fairly evenly across the 28 (all Safari models), 30, and 34 lengths. Finding one may take patience.
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