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Old 11-23-2003, 04:43 PM   #181
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Well its a done deal. We decided to take the Classic at the dealer's rather than wait for my ordered unit to come in. As noted the only difference is the fact that this one has the leather sofa, all my other wants are on this unit.

For those interested in what a slide out looks like inside when the slide isn't extended, here's a picture.
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Old 11-23-2003, 05:03 PM   #182
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Looks like fit and finish is good. The unit hasn't been dealer preped yet but we have checked out all cabinets, doors, drawers, countertops, fixtures, and appliances. This unit came off the line in October.

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Old 11-23-2003, 06:44 PM   #183
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She's a beauty Jack. Bet you both are going to be getting cabin fever waiting for spring!

The offer still stands to park it over here for the winter...of course, you'll need to leave the van....um...just in case I need to move it......you can take the Impala home for the winter!

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Old 11-23-2003, 07:36 PM   #184
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I envy you the stack of drawers and the additional galley counter space. Those were the biggest things I gave up in going from the 22' to the 25'.

I like the lighter wood.
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Old 11-23-2003, 08:47 PM   #185
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Congrats on the new AS, Jack. That looks like a Sumatra interior .. is that right? If so, how do you like it?

This wait is killing me!
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Old 11-24-2003, 07:27 AM   #186
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Well happy camping , I just got mine back from AS and am pleased with the interior work done. You will like the leather couch much better than the cloth, had cloth on Safari went leather when I upgraded and and love it. Cant wait till vacation time in the spring.
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Old 11-24-2003, 09:07 AM   #187
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The offer still stands to park it over here for the winter...of course, you'll need to leave the van....um...just in case I need to move it......you can take the Impala home for the winter!

Eric
Eric, you are the nicest guy! I'm sure if my Classic and van are over at your place, you might be short of space for the new Safari!

So I be glad to offer in kind the storage of your Safari and Impala.....

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Old 11-24-2003, 09:11 AM   #188
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Congrats on the new AS, Jack. That looks like a Sumatra interior .. is that right? If so, how do you like it?

This wait is killing me!
You are right on the interior (according to my wife). The flash washed out some of the color so it looks sort of blue. Well our first introduction was Saturday so we will have to wait for dealer prep and for my new hitch equipment to come in before it comes home.

Escentially once home we will pack it up and take it to inside storage until April. It will be a long cold winter. I don't know what's worse, waiting for it to be built or owning it and not having a stitch of vacation until spring. That's what I get for buying this and then taking a new job.

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Oh I'd make the room!

But as a happy compromise....you can store the Impala and the Safari for the winter and I'll take....I mean store the Classic and the van for the winter.

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You will like the leather couch much better than the cloth, had cloth on Safari went leather when I upgraded and and love it. Cant wait till vacation time in the spring.
My Classic on order did have the cloth couch since we were afraid of what my dog might do with his "needle" claws (he bites them). We initially saw the leather couch on the 70th anniversary Airstream and fell in love with it. I did have some misgivings about not ordering it so when this Classic turned up having the couch, it wasn't hard to say yes.

We might just end up putting something down on the seat area in case he jumps up when we are gone.

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Old 11-24-2003, 09:18 AM   #191
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Oh I'd make the room!

and I'll take....I mean store the Classic and the van for the winter.

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Ah I see the slip.....would it be too hard to believe that there may be a few miles on her when I come back next spring?

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I suppose that would largely depend on what your definition is of "a few miles".

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First Weekend Out

I took my coach out for the first time this weekend and had an absolute blast. My unit was manufactured in 10/03 and I have to tell you, everything looks great.

The only issues I had were minimal and I am listing them below:

1) Latch for factory installed LCD television is not holding television in place.

2) Small tear in shade by button on blind over kitchen sink.

3) Edges in cabinetry could have been sanded a little better. I spoke with Airstream about this because I wanted to make sure that they did not forget to put laminate there and I was told that this was supposed to be exposed wood. The gentleman at Airstream apologized for it not being as smooth as it should be.

My only issue with the coach is that when I was lowering the front foot right above the kitchen, I did not like the way the lowering mechanism rests on a gas line. I could already see the new metal pieces rubbing and I am no engineer, but this does NOT look safe.

All comments are welcome!
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Old 11-24-2003, 11:24 AM   #194
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Re: First Weekend Out

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My only issue with the coach is that when I was lowering the front foot right above the kitchen, I did not like the way the lowering mechanism rests on a gas line. I could already see the new metal pieces rubbing and I am no engineer, but this does NOT look safe.

That was also in my radar scope with my 2001 Safari. That front curbside is uncomfortably near the line, which if you use your wrench at a slight angle will cause the wrench to rotate against the pipe. What I did was to buy some water pipe insulation. That black foam which has a slit in it to slip around the water pipe.
I cut a piece to size and that way the foam would protect against a direct rub from the wrench.

I also use that on all of the exposed gas line and also the flexible
line as it leaves the bottom of the gas bottle tray. Keeps the metal from wearing on that hose.

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Old 11-24-2003, 03:43 PM   #195
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I thought Airstream ack this issue and started installing it differently so there was no physical contact....as a matter of fact, I think one of the posters to this thread showed the adjustment that Airstream made (or at least I thought Airstream made).

BTW, not sure where I was, but very happy to hear you finally got your new coach Josh! Even happier to hear that is is virutally problem free!

It's the home streach for me, I hope to hear something pretty soon!

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Thumbs up Yeaaaaaa!!!

Just got off the phone with Paul Sherry RV.....the coach IS in production! They told me that the coach will be ready by the end of next week!

They also said that orders placed recently (last 3-4 weeks) are pending a March delivery.

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Old 11-24-2003, 04:04 PM   #197
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I thought Airstream ack this issue and started installing it differently so there was no physical contact....
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Well technically there is no contact if you hold the wrench at the correct angle. The problem is the nut you have to turn for the jack is inboard of the gas line which is located close to the streetside edge of the trailer. Unless that nut hangs down significantly lower, or they bend the gas line down, your long handled wrench can rub the gas line as you crank it. That's why I found the foam pipe wrap insulation worked so well. I haven't checked this out on my new Classic so I'll be interested to see what they have done, or how it differs from my '01 Safari.

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Just got off the phone with Paul Sherry RV.....the coach IS in production! They told me that the coach will be ready by the end of next week!
Merry Christmas, Eric!

Airstream informed me that mine goes into production during "late December" ... which means it will be assembled by drunk employess who don't want to be there.

On the bright side ... my F-350 is on a UP train headed my way ... should be driving it for Thanksgiving.
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Storks, Elves and Santa are sure busy with you guys...

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!!!!
and 'Welcome home to Jack's baby'.

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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It's Home!

We got a call from our dealer earlier this week to let us know the new class V reciever (Hidden Hitch) and Equalizer (1,400 lb) hitch came in.

We went to the dealer's yesterday and the Classic was set up on one of the dealer's overnight sites hooked up and purring. It was about 32 degrees cloudy with a northwest wind between 25-35 mph. Not a nice day to be outside or towing.

We did a fast check of the outside components and I got my first surprise. Power stabilizer jacks! Something I wasn't expecting but apparently standard equipment on the Classic S.O. We went through the rest of the hatches and fittings and then went inside. There we found the lights all turned up, the insides toasty warm, and the radio on my wifes favorite station. Since the water was on we got to go through all the functions and all looks great. No issues to correct. The dealer thought we may want to spend the night but I didn't think he was setting us up like this so I wasn't prepared.

We went through the fridge, A/C unit, thermostat, water heater, furnace, stove and slide out components. All looks perfect so until we spend our first night, I think I have to grade an A+ for this new unit. At that point we blew out the lines and pumped in some anti-freeze. Wow access to the pump! Something I didn't have in the Safari.

The Hidden Hitch bolted right on in place of the GM supplied factory hitch. It has the same profile as the GM unit but gives me 1,400 lbs of weight distributing capacity. Plenty for the 1,125 lbs. that the Classic provides. The Equalizer hitch is great. The dealer had never heard of the 1,400 lb. hitch since they only advertise up to 1,200 lbs. The bars are heavy and are quite apparently heavier than my 1,000 lbs Reese bars.

The owner of the dealership, Bill Thomas personally did the test tow with my van and Safari. He was curious regarding the handling and was quite surprised how stable the 3/4 van and Classic were. He was also quite impressed with my Jordan Ultima brake controller and looked at it carefully before making some notes for him to look at this unit for possible use at the dealership.

We came home in the dark (belive it or not I have not towed at night for almost 10 years. First time towing an Airstream. With the wind howling, off I went. Those big clearance lights are really neat, especially with the side mounted lights that are midway on the trailer. No one entering the highway could miss seeing me. The towing difference in the Safari and the Classic was minor with the noticible issue being hills which of course required some more pressure on the gas. Stability was a rock solid and that 3/4 ton GMC van suspension is equal to the task of this trailer.

The hitch is just great. No sway no noticable effects from the passing 18 wheelers on busy I70. As many of you know I have pulled with a Reese dual-cam sway control on my SOB and on my Safari so I knew I would be critical of this new hitch. Well I found the Equalizer kept the Classic right behing the van, even on some pretty big cross wind gusts which moved both me and the trailer in unison. So for those looking at an alternative to the Reese, I would give thumbs up on the Equalizer product. Especially when dealing with the new dual-cam HP product which requires you to drill holes into the trailer A frame.

Well at this point I've got to cut the grass for the last time of the year, and get the stuff from the garage into the Classic so I'll post more observations later!

Regards,

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