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Old 07-18-2015, 07:41 AM   #715
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graysailor and Sjcjr - We ordered a 2016 Classic this week as well. Was due Oct 21st but AS is pushing back production 2 to 3 weeks to address some quality issues; ours is now due out Nov 16th. We did not want the power awning; most do have it, but we wanted to keep that simple. If it did malfunction, it would no doubt be when a storm was coming or it was time to leave.
Mine is scheduled for production start on Monday and offline Thursday of next week. That was confirmed by my dealer yesterday. I haven't heard about any QC issues delaying production. What have you heard specifically? Also, I was torn on the power awning option but ultimately decided to buy it. I sure hope I don't regret doing so. Time will tell.
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:49 PM   #716
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We love our power awning! Worth every single penny it cost! Has a nice tilt option (front or back) and is as slick as can be. We are happy!


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Old 07-19-2015, 07:23 AM   #717
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I opted not to go with the power awning, and now that I have see a few in operation, I realize I should have stepped out of the box and added the option. I may add it at some future point.


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Old 07-19-2015, 08:10 AM   #718
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After fighting strongly for months against the idea of getting a new Classic for our upcoming full-time adventure (trying to be financially responsible in thinking about the opportunity cost of that extra 30k), I had an epiphany yesterday while reading this thread and the recents posts about the pros/cons of the power awning.

Living and traveling full-time as we hope to do for several years, it will be (or so my epiphany is telling me) the little minor annoyances -- manually cranking down the stabilizers, putting the darn awning up and down, up and down -- that will wear on us over time. It will be the nice little touches of luxury (overall build quality and finishes, recliners in the sofa, power beds and dinette table, day/night shades) that will take the rough edges off and make us much more content to stay with our Airstream for the duration and not trade up in a few years for the comforts of a Class A. If true, the extra 30k might be a bargain in retrospect.

Now just to decide whether to go with black or light countertops with the ivory ultra-leather. Any opinions on this? Anyone have the light countertops with the ivory leather?
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:51 AM   #719
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I can not see what all the fuss is over the power awning. It is great. Push a button and it works. Just to let everyone know IF the awning stops working you can manually operate the top with a PROVIDED cable and for speed you will need a battery or electric drill. For those who do not understand you do have a invertor to make 120 volts that will run a drill. NO battery power you say that use the cable and get a hand crank. Their are several ways to open and close the awning. Also get the remote. Nothing better than coming up to your home in a storm and being able to open the awning enough so you can get in without bringing in the storm with you.
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:18 PM   #720
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FreshAirStmr we have the dark leather and lighter countertops. Both are beautiful, but felt for our lifestyle and the fact that we take our grandchildren from time to time, we thought the dark would be better. Very very happy with our decision! We can't say enough good things about the new classic!


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Old 07-19-2015, 05:39 PM   #721
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Yes, we have the ivory leather & the light counters & we like it. Our friends have the same counter tops with the darker leather & it is also very nice. Do not think you can make a mistake either way.

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Old 07-19-2015, 07:02 PM   #722
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We went with the dark leather and light counter tops as well thinking of grandkids. Honestly, would have done it regardless as I think it is beautiful! Can't wait for ours to come off the line.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:10 PM   #723
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I can not see what all the fuss is over the power awning. It is great. Push a button and it works. Just to let everyone know IF the awning stops working you can manually operate the top with a PROVIDED cable and for speed you will need a battery or electric drill. For those who do not understand you do have a invertor to make 120 volts that will run a drill. NO battery power you say that use the cable and get a hand crank. Their are several ways to open and close the awning. Also get the remote. Nothing better than coming up to your home in a storm and being able to open the awning enough so you can get in without bringing in the storm with you.
What is the cost for the remote control?
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:49 PM   #724
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Yes, we have the ivory leather & the light counters & we like it. Our friends have the same counter tops with the darker leather & it is also very nice. Do not think you can make a mistake either way.

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bobcat, would you be willing to post a photo of your light/light configuration? I'm sold on the ivory ultraleather, but still up in the air about the countertops.

I'm afraid that the black countertops will be hard to keep clean (fingerprints?) but they do look good. I'd like the interior to be as bright and light as possible, so am considering the light countertops, but not sure if I'll like the look as much.
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I was sold on the dark leather and light counter tops but alas I changed the counter tops to the dark. Seemed to be a little more richer. Plenty of windows on Airstreams to lighten things up. Sometimes you just have to flip a coin. All the combinations look good.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:58 PM   #726
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Sorry but I not able to able to get you photos but you can see the light counters & leather combo at airstreams web site.
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Does anyone know the name of the makers of the original recliners that Airstream used?
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