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Old 04-26-2015, 08:26 PM   #547
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Gary, good talking to earlier this evening. Couple things I should have mentioned. Do be SURE to torque those wheel lug nuts to 90-100 lbs. You probably want to do it every night if you aren't. Also, agree on the lack of USB's up front. I removed the 120V outlets on either side of the sofa and replaced them with 110V's WITH USB ports in each. That solves that problem, and what you'll install are better than what's in there (they don't use screw type outlets). Suggest a power strip up there adjacent to the BluRay, as you'll need it once you install an HDMI multiplier. Guess you could put in one of those $10.00 auto 120-12V inverters if you wanted 12V up there. Glad you mentioned the potential wood dents from door banging. (BTW, both door handles fell off my lav door on the trip to the Outer Banks....get your small Allen wrench out and tighten them.) I should have mentioned this to you, but I have a brand new Xantrex 2000W inverter. I bought it before Lew convinced me to the the Magnum install. Let me know if you are interested. Re: the owner's manual. I had the same issue with my 2012. Neither the manual for that trailer or my new Classic work(ed). Some of the generic stuff is OK, but even the location for the main panel is incorrect. I think this issue must be well-known to A/S leadership, but at this stage of their development it's inexcusable to launch a product without accurate documentation, if only on-line! Travel safe. Barry
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:49 PM   #548
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We had an unplanned delivery delay in January 2014 due to the near blizzard conditions from 6 to 9 January that completely interrupted the Airstream factory "just in time" inventory system. Our unit had to await the large television bracket and an arm cushion.

It set outside in a back lot in zero temps until the parts came in and it was "released" from production. I knew when that was done and contacted the driving company so knew exactly when the unit would be on the dealer lot.

The dealer called me to say the unit was in and and I told him I already knew that and was only a few miles away.

Since the new units come with the 16" SenDel wheels that are also used on the Eddie Bauer models, here is the factory torque specification as I photoed at the factory.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:30 PM   #549
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Barry I've seen somewhere that the torques are in the 120-130# range with the Sendel's. Will call the factory again since I didn't get anything from them from my Friday request for info.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:42 PM   #550
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One other thought. Depending on the type of WD hitch you plan to use if it has a bracket that goes under the frame you will need to make some adjustment to the propane gas line. The gas line is hard mounted to the bottom of the curbside frame. Which means that the u-bolt for the ProPride jacks and centering cross bar can't be installed until the line is dropped and rerouted. I'll take some photos when the weather improves so that you can see the nice job that Colonial did for me.

Saw that they needed to do the same think with an Equalizer on another Classic.

For the ProPride you will need to get a 2 inch 1/2 inch bolt rather than the supplied 3 1/2 inch bolt for the jacks. The supplied bolt is to long to fit between the jack and the battery box.

Also you will need to either carve out a notch in the tank cover on each side so that the side rails on the jacks don't prop up the cover. Or simply trim off the front tab. I trimmed the tab. If the bar were to swing forward, not likely, they would hit the tank regardless. So rather than change the tank cover I trimmed the rail.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:21 AM   #551
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Open stuck windows carefully from outside using a credit card, slipping under the gasket. Once open, lube all window gaskets with 303 Aerospace Protectant. It available from Amazon. Treat all window gaskets every 2 or 3 months and you will not have any more stuck windows.
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Old 04-27-2015, 04:24 AM   #552
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Old 04-27-2015, 05:09 AM   #553
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Pagey and Beetle Bob, I know how frustrated you must be and totally understand. I don't understand why we can get better updates from our dealers. I am hoping to see our unit on Friday because we have a big camping trip planned with a lot of friends and thought it would be nice to show off the new rig. We were also hoping to leave for vacation right after, but I don't know if it will be here or not. I also have not been answered by anyone, once the dealer gets the unit, what all do they need to do in order to release it to the consumer. Keeping my fingers crossed for you and know in the end, you will be happy.


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Old 04-27-2015, 06:33 AM   #554
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The specification for lug nuts with aluminum wheels is 110 lb/ft.
Less than that can result in less than desirable results.
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Pagey and Beetle Bob, I know how frustrated you must be and totally understand. I don't understand why we can get better updates from our dealers. I am hoping to see our unit on Friday because we have a big camping trip planned with a lot of friends and thought it would be nice to show off the new rig. We were also hoping to leave for vacation right after, but I don't know if it will be here or not. I also have not been answered by anyone, once the dealer gets the unit, what all do they need to do in order to release it to the consumer. Keeping my fingers crossed for you and know in the end, you will be happy.


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You probably won't like this answer but your dealer needs to do the QC that Airstream fails to do at the factory.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:44 AM   #556
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We JUST got the call! Our new home is in Tampa! Our dealer has sent pictures and everything appears to be as ordered. Yay!!!!

Sorry for having been so angst ridden.
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YEA 8;30 this morning and Mike at RV ONE called with pictures of our new home at the lot. Trying to get pictures loaded now. It has arrived. To Al-K4GLU. At the RV show I talked to Tim and the VP in person they told me if I had questions to contact them That is why I did that. Airstream is trying VERY HARD to make the Classic perfect and from what I am reading they are hitting the nail on the head. I will let you know how well next week. WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!!.
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:01 AM   #558
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One other thought. Depending on the type of WD hitch you plan to use if it has a bracket that goes under the frame you will need to make some adjustment to the propane gas line. The gas line is hard mounted to the bottom of the curbside frame. Which means that the u-bolt for the ProPride jacks and centering cross bar can't be installed until the line is dropped and rerouted. I'll take some photos when the weather improves so that you can see the nice job that Colonial did for me.

Saw that they needed to do the same think with an Equalizer on another Classic.

For the ProPride you will need to get a 2 inch 1/2 inch bolt rather than the supplied 3 1/2 inch bolt for the jacks. The supplied bolt is to long to fit between the jack and the battery box.



Also you will need to either carve out a notch in the tank cover on each side so that the side rails on the jacks don't prop up the cover. Or simply trim off the front tab. I trimmed the tab. If the bar were to swing forward, not likely, they would hit the tank regardless. So rather than change the tank cover I trimmed the rail.
Couple of questions concerning your ProPride setup. We have a F250, but I assume the hitch height would be close to your Duramax, what does your hitchbar setup look like? We have the 1400 lb spring bars and I assume you do as well, what have you determined to be the correct height to raise your jacks to? We purchased a new ProPride and had it shipped to the dealer to be installed. We had a ProPride on our 25' and I had installed it myself, but didn't want the hassle of trying to install it on the dealer's lot. If anyone is reading this and considering the same option, I STRONGLY recommend that you read and understand how this unit should be installed. Our hitch is at the highest setting with the "plates" down, we set the jacks at 5", the front fender height was within 1/4" on unloaded height and the trailer/truck looked almost level, maybe a little low in the nose of the trailer. We ran the truck and trailer over a CAT scale on the way home and we were about 150 lbs less on our unloaded front axle, so we're close. One last question, are you running your tire pressure at 80 psi?
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OK Go to my gallery and look at the pictures. Internet connection problems at home today and also do not know how to put a picture on this page, Dark leather with light counters.
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Pagey and Beetle Bob, You got yours ahead of mine! Very, very happy for you! I know you are excited beyond belief!!!


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