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Old 01-10-2015, 04:26 PM   #1
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2011 Classic 31?

We are looking to move up from our 25' international. There is an 2011 Classic that we are interested in. My only concern is that the space between the front of the couch and the back of the dinette is very limited and in addition the height of the dinette back would interfere with any conversation between the dinette and the left side of the couch. We do noit have access to see this AS in person and we are judging form the floorplan and the listed pictures. Any advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated. I wonder if we should limit our looking just to the AS 30 layout.

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Old 01-10-2015, 04:48 PM   #2
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We had a '10 31' Classic, and the space you mention was not a problem. Yes, the 30' has more space there, but it also has the split bathroom and very little closet space. For us, the 31' was a better floor plan.
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:33 PM   #3
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It is very much a matter of personal choice, but when we bought our 2005 Classic 30, there was also a 2005 Classic 31 at the same dealer for the same price (both were used) so we were able to compare both layouts very closely.

The Classic 30 as you may know is exactly the same length as the 31 despite its name. The two differ only by interior layout

In our case, we much preferred the layout of the 30 that has a credenza ans a great spot for a television right between the back of the dinette and sofa. The larger lounge area of the 30 was very much the deciding factor for us.

The 31 does have a much larger wardrobe, but we have never found the smaller one in our
30 to be inadequate for our needs - we STILL bring far too much clothing, and probably wind up only using 25% of what we bring even on a 7 week trip!

The split bathroom arrangement of the 30 looked a bit odd to us at first with the toilet on display all the time almost i the aisle! But we soon became used to it and do appreciate that when the fore and aft sliding doors are closed, you get a really large bathroom - i.e., full width of the trailer. You just have to coordinate with your significant other so that he or she does not and up being trapped in the bedroom without warning!

So it is totally a tradeoff / personal decision - as seen from SteveH's post, where his preference & choice was the opposite to ours!

If you have chance - as we did - take a close look at both layouts - you will likely find that you have a clear preference for one layout over the other!


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Steve, Brian and Connie,

Thank you both for your opinions and experience. Right now I am leaning to the 30. I saw a 31 today and from what I can tell the 30 lounge area will be more appropriate for our needs. I am concerned about the lesser amount of clothing storage though. Hopefully there will be others that will voice their opinions.

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Steve, Brian and Connie,

Thank you both for your opinions and experience. Right now I am leaning to the 30. I saw a 31 today and from what I can tell the 30 lounge area will be more appropriate for our needs. I am concerned about the lesser amount of clothing storage though. Hopefully there will be others that will voice their opinions.

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Ron,

Since you already have RV experience, you would be in a good position to evaluate clothes storage space to suit your needs.

Our experience has been that since we got the classic 30 trailer, year by year we have used less space in the hanging wardrobe.

We find that the "shirt cupboards" at side of the queen bed are a bit short for hanging stuff - especially if you have the cubby / nigh table areas at the bottom in use as we do.

I have learned over the years - and I think my wife also - that we mostly take pretty casual clothes, shorts/jeans/sweats/tee shirts/golf shirts etc. and the large drawers under the bed along with the shirt cupboards can easily hold all our needs when these items are folded or rolled - along with shirts, underwear etc.

Thus, we use the larger wardrobe only for a few dresses for my wife, and maybe a pair of decent slacks and a couple of shirts for me, along with our jackets - there is plenty of space for that.

To keep "clutter" out of the trailer, we tend to keep footwear such as hiking boots, running shoes, duck boots, etc. in large rubbermaid boxes in the truck.

Same with any heavy winter coats, if we have brought any, on our annual snowbird trips, they stay in the back of the truck once we get to warmer climes!

As mentioned, we still wind up taking all kinds of clothes we never wear and do have space for them all. Each year I swear I will cut down, but inevitably keep throwing other items into the trailer at the last minute "just in case" I feel like wearing them - but I never seem to do so!

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