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Old 06-26-2019, 11:37 AM   #21
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After 40 years of motor-homing, the last a 42’ diesel, we chose the 30’ Classic because of the floor plan. We decided the 33’ was too much money for the bathroom. And that’s pretty much what it is. Additionally we didn’t like being so close to the TV. We also wanted to give up the stress of Will the levelers come up, slides go in, air build up etc. Also, at times it was hard to find RV parks that could handle us. We looked at maintenance costs, license plates, and ins as well. We made the jump and are ecstatic we did. I was concerned about the refrig and w/d. The only thing we miss is the w/d. On short trips we simply collect it and do it at home. On long trips we usually use laundromats in towns. They’re bigger than those in parks.
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Old 06-26-2019, 12:43 PM   #22
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We really like the floor plan of the 30 but the couch looks the same but doesn't sit the same. I have back problems and if I don't have a really comfortable place to sit I'm not a happy camper. One expensive couch!!
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Old 06-28-2019, 08:50 PM   #23
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We really like the floor plan of the 30 but the couch looks the same but doesn't sit the same. I have back problems and if I don't have a really comfortable place to sit I'm not a happy camper. One expensive couch!!
A couch is a unique reason to go with a given length of RV, in my experience--which I admit is limited to six years. I've seen a fair number of sexy custom upgrades in late-model rigs.

Glad you are making the switch and I hope you find the AS community as helpful and fun as we have!
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:20 AM   #24
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We really like the floor plan of the 30 but the couch looks the same but doesn't sit the same. I have back problems and if I don't have a really comfortable place to sit I'm not a happy camper. One expensive couch!!


I agree that the couch on the 30 is not the best, although our 2019 seems better than the 2018 we had (totaled in an unfortunate tree encounter). I do not know why that is. But we have talked about having it replaced with a custom piece that would make into a bed before we go full time.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:18 AM   #25
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The couch in the 33 and 30 are different. I prefer the one in the 30. It is more of a "recliner" ( = the back tilts as you recline). Now the center section is pretty much useless. I've replaced ours with something a bit more useful to us.

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Old 07-02-2019, 09:26 PM   #26
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We did it!!! We pick up our Classic 33FB yesterday.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:32 PM   #27
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CWSWine, any comments or feedback you wish to pass on? Items you missed in PDI?
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:58 AM   #28
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My wife isn't happy with the Airstream to the point that she says it's got to go. She looking at another. Class A diesel pusher. Looks. like it was a very expensive mistake.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:51 AM   #29
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:11 PM   #30
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My wife isn't happy with the Airstream to the point that she says it's got to go. She looking at another. Class A diesel pusher. Looks. like it was a very expensive mistake.


Wow. What’s her feedback? A bit too different? Not enough space to stretch her feet?
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:17 PM   #31
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My wife isn't happy with the Airstream to the point that she says it's got to go. She looking at another. Class A diesel pusher. Looks. like it was a very expensive mistake.
That was a quick decision. Did you use the AS?

Just curious what she isn't happy with?

Isn't it great to have choices! I hope you get what you want!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:11 PM   #32
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:56 AM   #33
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That was a quick decision. Did you use the AS?

Just curious what she isn't happy with?

Isn't it great to have choices! I hope you get what you want!
Here are a few of her complaints.

Not being able to pull into here favorite Harvest Host with the Rv coach already at 72 degrees. Pushing a couple of buttons to level the RV and put slides out then push the generator button with about 150 hours of fuel onboard. All this without stepping outside in less than 3 minutes. The generator can run everything from the A/C to microwave to my wives blow dryer and all at the sametime.

She went to washes clothes and the parks laundromat air conditioners were broke and had run all town trying to find a clean place to wash clothes. She had a separate washer and dryer in the coach and does a load or two each night before bed when needed.

She would rather drive a. 40,000-pound 40-foot coach pulling a car then driving the Ram 2500 and the AS. I would rather drive the truck and AS but she does half the driving of Class A.

Stopping for lunch and having a cool coach and flipping on TV watch news on Dish Network while taking a break at a rest stop.

Overnights are easier, being able to pull in hit couple buttons and plug-in power only. We had 105 gallons of water not a problem taking showers and weight isn’t a big deal since we had 10,900 pounds of cargo capacity (more CC then the GVWR of the 33FB). We could easily do 5 days of stops without dumping.

My wife grew on a farm doing farm chores and living without air conditioning in Kansas and now she likes being pampered.

Her complains about easily accessible storage with nice pullout trays. Limited storage inside the AS.

These are just a few of her dislikes with zero positive comments over our 20-day trip with 5 stops. I think a Newmar is in our future.

PS I can share her opinion of the fridge in public forum.
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:00 AM   #34
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The difference between the overall experience with a motor home and a trailer are so large that I think our preference might be imbedded in our DNA. There must be a gene for one or the other (and maybe another one for tent camping).

Some of our closest friends were inspired by our modest Airstream and traded in their DP for a new 25” AS. They used it twice, genuinely hated it, and quickly switched back to another DP. The shuffling of recreational vehicles, toads and TV’s was a blur. Now they’re happy again. Can’t fight your DNA.
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:40 PM   #35
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Hitching, unhitching, and backing up probably causes most of the ones that go back to a motorhome...I have thought about it myself a lot...
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:52 PM   #36
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CWSWine, I read your posts. You have my deepest sympathy.
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Old 08-27-2019, 02:22 PM   #37
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I think you hit the nail on the head. Costly mistake but not my first mistake that I have made in my 70 years on this earth.





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The difference between the overall experience with a motor home and a trailer are so large that I think our preference might be imbedded in our DNA. There must be a gene for one or the other (and maybe another one for tent camping).

Some of our closest friends were inspired by our modest Airstream and traded in their DP for a new 25” AS. They used it twice, genuinely hated it, and quickly switched back to another DP. The shuffling of recreational vehicles, toads and TV’s was a blur. Now they’re happy again. Can’t fight your DNA.
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:31 AM   #38
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Oh wow looks like the Class A type of travel is ingrained in your wife. I must ask, surely the different type of travel in a travel trailer versus Class A was thought about before the change?

I assume you guys like the big wide-open "resort" type RV parks and not National/State parks that Class A's really don't fit in.
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Old 08-28-2019, 02:15 PM   #39
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We thought we would like the smaller and lower cost of maintenance would be worth it but my wife doesn't agree. We do some resort stuff but we are big on Harvest Host Boondocking and just plain boondocking just have to be selective of what kinds of roads. We scout the roads with the Jeep before we take the coach down the. road. We camp about 150 to 180 day a year and probably 50 days. or so without hookups. Just so easy with an onboard 8,000-watt generator and 100 plus gallons of water.

We are not much on state parks, we either resort with nice amenities or boondock with no amenities.



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I assume you guys like the big wide-open "resort" type RV parks and not National/State parks that Class A's really don't fit in.
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:30 PM   #40
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So when all is said and done...bummer. I would try to sell your AS outright and not trade it. Will take a bigger beating and there are all kinds of people looking for good used ASs. Hope you don't take a big beating up on it.

But may I ask, how did you like the RAM 2500 with the 6.4 Hemi? When I retire in the very near future that's the truck I'm thinking of getting. Interested in selling your truck?
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