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Old 06-10-2012, 08:21 AM   #15
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Bumpers, exterior and interior lights and wheels, and rock guards are different too.

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Old 06-10-2012, 08:47 AM   #16
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We've had a classic in the past and now have a 2008 Fb international Ocean Breeze. One of the reasons We traded in our classic because the int was easier for inside maintenance. I love the alum walls vs the carpet/vinyl walls. I don't know how this happened ( maybe from kids) but those carpet/vinyl walls did get dirty and scuffed and were a pain to clean.

Our classic had also carpeting - now I just sweep and swifter. We loved th FB also since you miss out on the nice view from the inside with the regular models. We just came back from ft desoto and loved those water views!I worried that the cabinets ( ours are white) would not hold up but they still look great. Mr Eraser takes off any marks.

We didn't like either type of shades because we wanted to have some privacy but still be able to see out. We replaced our shades with the alum blinds and are really happy with these.

Good luck with your choice. I agree with others than you should choose the one that "feels" right for you.

What I miss about the classic is the bedside tables which were taller and had a little cubby for cell phone, book etc.

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Old 06-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Bluebird View Post
The Classic 31 has a side bathroom with a specific door similar to the 34. The 31 is the same length as the 30 but has a layout more similar to the 34. It does not have a dinette but a table with chairs. Airstream calls it a 31 to differentiate it from the 30.
The comment about the 31 dinette is not entirely correct. When we ordered our 2010, the table and chairs were an option. We chose the dinette, because it better fit our uses.

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Old 06-10-2012, 11:39 AM   #18
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We previously owned a 25' Classic for over 10 years. It had the private door to the bath which seemed to get smaller during the time we owned it. It did not have a dinette, which we had seen on a 30' Classic while camping next to us.
It was at that time we decided what we wanted - a dinette and more room in the bath, toilet area (which closes off into a complete enclosure with 2 sliding doors with more room).
As previously mentioned, it depends on an individual's taste. We like the Classic wood cabinets, the dinette and the bath with more room.
Good luck on finding the right one.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:31 PM   #19
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Thanks for your replies...keep them coming! And thanks for speaking about the double bathroom doors in the 30'....I totally missed the 2nd one, so that makes a huge difference.
The covered walls in the Classic was one of my major concerns. I have 3 dogs and I just know that the wall fabric will quickly soil with them moving against it. Plus I like the aluminum look.
A couple of other questions/thoughts:
I am still a little confused regarding the structural makeup between the Classic and the Int'l, and even FC for that matter. I was under the assumption that the steel frame was the same on each, just the axles were heavier on the Classic to account for the extra water, hardwoods, etc.
And speaking of dogs, how does the vinyl floor hold up to constant dog traffic?
As I mentioned in my 1st post, the Classic comes with a center support brace for the main awning...why did AS see the need to put it on only one model...does that mean the others are less structurally sound?
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:16 PM   #20
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We have 2 dogs and our vinyl floors are holding up well. No problem Not enough room for them to get up too much speed to do any damage . We put a large bath mat under the dinette and that's where they sleep at night unless they decide to sleep at the side of our bed.
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:32 PM   #21
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Our experience so far with the vinyl flooring has been good. The dog hasn't harmed it and it's easy to clean. In the cold we unfurl a couple of rugs just to making getting out of bed bearable on our feet.

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