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Old 02-10-2016, 09:19 PM   #155
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😜. Touché!

Dammit that's funny!! 😃

What would really be funny is if trailer #62 of 100 has the laminate lined up perfectly straight - horizontally - and THAT was the manufacturing defect! 😜
Since we just purchased #62 last Saturday, Feb. 6, being built and delivered in March, I guess I'll have a chance to personally examine all of the points in this thread. Soon.

Allotment from AS is determined by the dealerships rank in total sales. So the top dealership received National Park Service 100 year anniversary/Pendleton number 01. Next highest in sales #2 and so on. There are approximately 40 or so dealerships that sell travel trailers, so everyone has at least two. The top 20 or so will get three. We bought number 3 of 3 and there were a number of showings scheduled for later that day. No doubt that this is a popular trailer and is most likely already sold through.

If a dealer is asking over list, shame on them. I wouldn't play that game, as the price premium was substantial to say the least. But I am excited about the Pendleton design for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that I just love woven wool. Grew up in a small town that operated a woolen mill and thus grew up with the Fairbo Woolens stadium blanket, own a vintage Hudson's Bay "Four Point" blanket, have a limited edition Pendleton throw and wear a Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser. You could say that this trailer was designed for me!!!!
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:31 PM   #156
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Well congrats MarkFinAtx.

Of course I picked #62 at random - but I feel like I know you now 😃

That was when Doug and I were, uhm...seeing the intention of the design differently - and apparently he's making offers on them now 😃

Do tell us though if they screwed up and lined up your laminate in an orderly fashion!

And seriously - enjoy the hell out of it! Great trailer!
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:53 PM   #157
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Steve, a few of us think he misalignment of the laminate still wrong, no doubt about that. And the photography we all have seen makes it worse. The point is the overall design is so good it doesn't matter. You have to experience it to appreciate it.
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:18 AM   #158
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short hijack, or alamand left

just did some catch-up reading on this thread...

noticed electric stabilizers as one of the upgrades

I don't know WHY I dislike the hand crank stabilizers so much. Perhaps because to keep them working smoothly and easily I have to clean and re-lube them 4 times a year? Truth is unless I arrive at my destination well rested and ready to frolic, they're kinda the last step that I can easily skip until "later" and if it's an overnight stay "later" never happens. Occasionally if its a 3 day stay "later" never happens.

Hm. Believe I'll call OODM and see how major the damage would be for the upgrade.

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Old 02-11-2016, 04:58 PM   #159
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Steve, a few of us think he misalignment of the laminate still wrong, no doubt about that. And the photography we all have seen makes it worse. The point is the overall design is so good it doesn't matter. You have to experience it to appreciate it.
I have to agree with dkottum on the "experience it to appreciate it" assessment. We are very pleased with the overall design impact, and as head of an architectural design department, I wasn't sure I would warm up to the kind of cliché "woodsy cabin" execution before we saw it this week. (Actually, the misalignment of the vertical pattern is not as disruptive to my eye as the mixture of horizontal and vertical orientations in the base and drawer components.) Regardless, the laminate is richly textured, semi-matte in reflectivity and uses a good warm color structure. After all, let's face it, it's fake wood, looks like fake wood and I expect it to perform like fake wood by being a lot easier to maintain, as a laminate should be. I can live with that compromise in my trailer. The mash-up of textures and finishes - faux wood, ultra-leather, exposed sleek aluminum skin with rivets on full display, traditional wool accents, panoramic glass, stainless steel, internally illuminated cabinets, etc. feel like a wonderful compromise, at least for us, between the dark interior Airstreams of the past and the Christopher Deam era Airstreams which we also love. Looking forward to driving it off the lot on the 24th.
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I am a full-timer and now work in the Airstream department of LazyDays RV! Woo! The first of our Pendletons arrived so I put together this video. Enjoy!

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We loved the feel of the interior, it all worked together beautifully. Never felt this comfortable with an Airstream's interior design before, and she adored it.

The pricing was interesting. We priced a new Classic with our trade some weeks ago, and this week the Pendleton with our trade at the same dealer. It would cost us more to buy the Pendleton than the Classic. I don't know if there was a major shift in used Airstream valuations. Or if some dealers are convinced they can get far more than MSRP, the difference in trade-in offers.

Actually our trailer is a great Airstream and near perfect for our travels, it's always fun to look. Forget looking at the awful brochure, go see one. It's a treat for the eyes, you won't want to leave.
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Old 02-11-2016, 06:23 PM   #162
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HELL YES!!!!! 😃

Really - I'm not trading in my trailer. But if I were buying today, I'd pay asking price and never look back.

Now to purchase some Pendleton blankets. 😃
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just did some catch-up reading on this thread...

noticed electric stabilizers as one of the upgrades

I don't know WHY I dislike the hand crank stabilizers so much. Perhaps because to keep them working smoothly and easily I have to clean and re-lube them 4 times a year? Truth is unless I arrive at my destination well rested and ready to frolic, they're kinda the last step that I can easily skip until "later" and if it's an overnight stay "later" never happens.
I converted my hand crank stabilizers to electric for about $5 dollars. Bought a 3/4 inch socket made to fit into a cordless drill. I keep it charged in the Airstream. Takes about 5 seconds per stabilizer.
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We agonized for a week over getting the Pendleton or a new 30 Classic. (Saw a Pendleton and a Classic in person) We are getting it for full time, so this is some of the pro's vs con's for us:

Size: The 30 Classic has more living area (especially with recliners). The Pendleton smaller but easier for tighter campgrounds.

Bedroom and door layout: Prefer the front bedroom and rear door of the Pendleton over the rear bedroom and front door of the Classic.

Storage: Really no contest here, the Classic has far more storage.

Dual AC: Wash.

Cabinetry: Basically a wash. Love the rustic wood of the Pendleton but also love the rich wood in the Classic. We were a bit afraid the wood/western theme may tire after a while if you are full timing.

Hatch: Obvious win for the Pendleton seeing as the Classic doesn't have one. One of the main features drawing us to it. Be able to back up to the scenic areas and just pop open the hatch.

Consumables: Classic has larger LP, refrigerator, furnace and fresh water tanks. Win Pendleton for boon-docking.

Countertops: I LOVE the Pendleton's kitchen Corian countertops, but was really disappointed with the laminate bathroom, dinette and night stand counter tops. If they spent that little extra to do those with the same Corian as the Kitchen, it would have been a whole 'nother ball game for us.

Queen vs Twin Beds: Being able to get twin beds in the classic (both powered) and it's associated "visual lengthening" of the the trailer and more storage was a big plus.

Attention: We are a bit low-key type people, and felt the Classic would blend in more. I would expect quite a few people would want to check out the Pendleton at parks. Nothing wrong with that for some people.

Room feel: The classic's "living" and "dining" area's are a bit separate unlike the Pendleton, some may like that and others not.

Bathroom: Hands down the Classic. One area the Pendleton felt a bit cheap.

Shades: Pendleton has regular side pull curtains, Classic has two way full blackout shades for those of us that like to sleep in the pitch dark.


It was a hard decision! I think if we weren't going to full time, we would have gone with the Pendleton. Since I could get a new Classic for the same price, it made more sense for full timing.

You can't go wrong with either!
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We also compared Classic and Pendleton recently considering our extensive travel, preferred tow vehicle, ease of parking and fueling the combo, and the sense of travel and adventure while camped in America's most natural places. Between these two value went beyond bang for the buck, it was an easy choice.

Less is more.

However we aren't ready for a new Airstream yet, but I hope they continue to lead the RV industry with design efforts as wonderful as either of these models to keep tempting us.
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I really appreciated the video. Some great features.

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