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Old 03-01-2016, 01:04 PM   #99
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From what I am hearing from our dealer and his factory reps. most custom mods incur a $500 uplift plus cost of the actual option. And some things just can't be done within specs based on weight. This particular model has one of the highest tongue weights out there, so adding weight to the front is probably not advised, and as others have pointed out not necessarily do-able due to other hidden components being there. I think I would be looking at mods like the sofa swap being done at JC after the build at some time in the future as our needs change. But the elevated single bed used in the Classic is a near must have for some folks with certain medical needs so I would think Thor would be flexible on that from an ADA perspective. I thought I saw where the queen has that option...
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Old 03-01-2016, 01:40 PM   #100
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We took delivery of our 26U Twin last weekend. It came with two A/C units (needed in Texas). Our dealer installed the factory solar kit (2x50W panels with Lifeline batteries). Attached is a photo of the top of the 26U when it was in the dealers shop having the solar panels added. Hope this helps with location of additional A/C unit.
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Old 03-01-2016, 01:58 PM   #101
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Yes, this helps greatly. So the optional AC appears to be over the bedroom. Is it any noisier being more concentrated in the back? BTW, I have read somewhere it is a 13,500 BTU unit, a tad smaller than the standard 15k unit. Is that true?

I like this for night running and boondocking as my Yamaha EF2400is can probably only drive a 13.5k unit. BTW, what configuration is the front mounted Generator hookup? Is it a standard 20A socket of some sort? Or is it something like the 30A connection? Anyone have a closeup photo of it? Forgot to look at this when we visited the dealer. I am thinking I will connect my Yamaha and be able to run the rear AC. I'd rather not connect through the standard shore power connection.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:33 PM   #102
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Seem to have an issue with the tv mount crimping connection on back of tv. And Winegard RS-0306 Roadstar antenna not working well.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:48 PM   #103
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In most 50 amp two air conditioner systems, the front one is 15,000 BTU and the rear is a 13,500 BTU. Since they are the same physical size, one could retro-fit a 15,000 BTU in the back. But that bedroom might get a tad bit chilly. The same 20,amp breaker could carry the load.
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:27 AM   #104
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On the 50 amp service with dual air conditioners Airstream trailers, there is no factory installed secondary power input location. 50 amp service is in reality 240 Vac at the pedestal which is composed of two 120Vac legs.

The 50 amp to 30 amp conversion cords power both power legs inside the trailer from the single hot wire associated with 30 amp service.

There is a major change in life style when going from the 12,000 watts of available power on 50 amp serve to the 3,600 watts of available power from 30 amp service.

Only one air conditioner can be operated at a time on 30 amp service and the refrigerator and water heater need to be running in propane mode. Firing up the microwave or a hair dryer when the air conditioner is running may trip the main breaker.

If the modification requested will use already used parts, there is a much better chance of it being approved. We wanted a different flooring material from a lower trim line and backsplash behind the bathroom sink in our 2014 Classic. That was approved for a total $500 charge. Fortunately I was at the factory every day and caught the fact that the change order was not implemented in the shop floor work order as the wrong flooring and backsplash were installed. So overnight those two incorrectly installed items had to be removed after taking the shower and bathroom wall out and the correct ones installed and reinstall the shower and bathroom wall.
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Old 03-02-2016, 01:27 PM   #105
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I tend to agree per the 2nd AC, but we do live in FL and often go to festivals in the summer here and throughout the SouthEast. I like the flexibility of running one or the other different times of day. And yes, we may travel to CA and the Central Valley in the Summer and it does routinely go above 110 degrees... As far as investment goes, I would think a dual AC would boost the desirability of resale, but would go with awnings first if cost is the determinant.

My Wife hates the L-seating, be it L-Lounge or extended dinette. We have a 23ft with L-Lounge out in California and its fine for our daughter and grandkids but we found it pretty uncomfortable. My wife looks at the extended L-dinette seating as a waste of space and I tend to agree. That's what drew us to the 26U to begin with. Bigger Lav, and dedicated dinette space. She would like to work on the road and while visiting our grandkids, and the split table setup would be ideal for workspace for her. Take out half the table and put a good quality office chair in there and what better office could you have with the panorama windows?

Still, looking at how we live at home, having a sofa with built in recliners (lazyboy style) would be sweet too. A twin 26 with the classic's sofa is about the best of all worlds to me.

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This is a modified Gourmet Kitchen 23' from Airstream Adventures....if you like the 23' could be an option to consider with your unit...


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That's a beautiful kitchen lounge area. Just one problem, if that's a 23 then it is no doubt a corner bed. We have such a beast and have written it off and given to our daughter. We tried separate sleeping arrangements for awhile, with me on the l-lounge, but she still hated the corner bed, and although this dinette looks more comfortable than the L-lounge, its still a no go... Still deliberating about the 26U but frankly the tongue weight has me worried. Looking at the 25 now albeit with the extended lounge thingy, but at least its tongue weight is a tad lower.
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That's a beautiful kitchen lounge area. Just one problem, if that's a 23 then it is no doubt a corner bed. We have such a beast and have written it off and given to our daughter. We tried separate sleeping arrangements for awhile, with me on the l-lounge, but she still hated the corner bed, and although this dinette looks more comfortable than the L-lounge, its still a no go... Still deliberating about the 26U but frankly the tongue weight has me worried. Looking at the 25 now albeit with the extended lounge thingy, but at least its tongue weight is a tad lower.
Well, you have a good point there...we had that size bed in our first 25' Safari and was very "tight" for sure...that's main reason we sold it was bed. We have a twin model now and love it. That same front arrangement "Gourmet Kitchen" upgrade is available in 25' & 27' also; just kind of pricy. I think the practicality of the way it is done makes a lot of usable sense. Wish AS would adopt as an option....we also dislike the long lounge...waste of space for us.
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Still deliberating about the 26U but frankly the tongue weight has me worried.
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I watched a video demo of the 26U from Colonial Airstream, with the TV being rotated toward the door opening. But what the heck part of the country could you do this in without swarms of evening bugs be drawn toward the light of the tv and inside the Airstream. I cannot even leave our Airstream screen door open during the daytime, no tv light, without a collection of flying insects coming in.

That's easy! California's central coast!
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Still, looking at how we live at home, having a sofa with built in recliners (lazyboy style) would be sweet too. A twin 26 with the classic's sofa is about the best of all worlds to me.
My tongue weight is 990 with 25 and front sofa- soon to be a Villa Classic sofa. The question- is the 26U lounge comfortable?
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:59 PM   #111
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Have been in our 26U since Jan. 20th. Got it @ the Tampa RV show. Comfort and storage have been good. Beds are good. Bath is large. Ducted Air is Quiet. Have mostly been using the Heat pump for the cold nights. Nice to have warm air coming thru vents.
Have TV reception problem. Found Bad cable from amp to back of set. Intermittent continuity. Tv mount breaks cable when locked for travel. My solution has been to add right angle connection at back of TV..still will need new cable. Also require trip to JC to replace wall (thermostat location) it has Bubbles in it.
Still in southern coast,until the dash up north.
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It is fortunate for knunut that they will not drive much out of their way home to stop by the factory for the wall replacement due to improper manufacturing. Folks on the West coast with that issue would face a major fuel and time expense getting the unit to the factory and back home again plus the lodging and food while the trailer is worked on.

One would have to hope to find a really qualified shop close by for this kind of repair as it would be beyond the capability of many dealerships.
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