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Old 02-13-2004, 06:40 PM   #1
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Diesel Mtrhm Data 1995 - 2003

So You Want To Buy A Used Diesel Motorhome!

Several of my friends are in the market for a used diesel motorhome, either as a change from their current Airstream trailer or as a newer used motorhome update. In contemplating their potential purchases each has a wish list of standard or optional features that they desire on the newer unit. Perhaps they would like an exhaust brake, a diesel generator, dual pane windows, ceiling ducted air conditioning, a slide out, a larger water heater, a solar charger, or some combination of these and other standard and/or optional equipment. They are shopping at dealers or on the Internet with some vehicles being in distant states. What makes their search confusing is that they are not sure what year or model Airstream motorhome had each desired feature as standard or optional equipment. Salesman and even some owners may be similarly in the dark regarding the equipment on a particular unit.
To provide some assistance in this dilemma several friends have requested that appropriate information be collected on paper so that analysis of all these variables would be easier and searching would be more focused and successful. What follows is a compilation of information regarding 1995 or newer diesel units from Airstream literature and other sources. If you can not find the information under a particular model year, look at the earlier comparable model since all features were not repeated every model year in the interest of brevity. The author wishes to express appreciation for help provided by Dave Schumann and Jim Parrett of Airstream, David White, Franklin Simmons, Larry Jones, and Don Shafer. The abbreviations LY and FY stand for last year and first year in the document. Any errors, omissions or oversights are entirely the author’s. May your hunting be successful!

95 Classic
230 Cummins DSL
36’ on Spartan Chassis
Tires (Spare)
Automatic Leveling Jacks
Rear TV monitor, Skylight
6 way power driver/passenger seat
Pleated day/night shades, Oak Galley Floor
10’4” ext. height, Corian galley
Porcelain sink, 6.5 LP generator,
6 gal water htr., 80 gallons fuel
8 cu.ft. refrig w. Ice maker
79” headroom

Gel-Cel batteries
Alum wheels
Full Leather seating
Oven, 50 Amp service
5w. or 53w. Solar panel

95 Land Yacht-35’ Oshkosh Chassis LY
230 DSL-Cummins w. Allison MD3060, Shirt closet w. adjust shelving, First Wide Body, Cedar wardrobe, 6.5 kW LP gen., 80” interior hgt. Wood floor in galley, cassette 4 speaker, Prewire cell phone, Corian galley top, Air over hydraulic brakes LY, CB radio, undercoated, Computer controlled automatic leveling jacks LY, Skylight/shade, Marble lavatory top, heated holding tanks, Water purifier , Rear view TV monitor,
6 Gal Wtr heater w. DSI, 10’9” Ext height, Powered Leather Trim Driver/Pass seat, Fantastic Fan
Tires(spare) Michelin 225/70 19.5

Optional: 50 Amp service, Washer/Dryer
Awning, Spotlight, Aluminum Wheels,
Dinette w. 2 chairs, Patio awning
Ceramic Tile in bath, oven

95 & 96 Clipper
250 DSL 36’
300 DSL 36’
Bus body, side door

96 Land Yacht-Freightliner Chassis FY
Tires(spare) 225/70 19.5
Air brakes FY, 80” interior height
Lever Controlled leveling jacks FY
8 cu ft refrig w. ice maker
9 “ bedroom TV, LY

Solar Panels, AM/FM CD player
Computer controlled Automatic Leveling Jacks,
7 kW generator, oven
50 Amp service, electric cord reel
Patio awning LY

97 Cutter 35’, 230 DSL Cummins LY
275 DSL engine optional
Freightliner Chassis FY, Tires 235/80 XRV 22.5
Air Brakes/Air ride, 78.5 Interior height
Front entry door, 1500 w. inverter
Patio Awning, 90 gal. Fuel
Regular side driving mirrors
Stainless Steel Sink LY, 8 cu.ft. refrigerator
Pleated Day/Night shades
6 gal DSI Water htr, 30 Amp power cord LY
5 w. solar, 6.5 kW LP generator
Heated holding tanks, No fresh water gravity fill

Optional: Front door awning
50 Amp service, hardwood in galley
Power jacks, Back up monitor LY
Porcelain toilet, Fantastic Vent in bedroom
Powered passenger seat, 10 cu. ft. refrig
Dinette w. 4 chairs, Skylight

97 Land Yacht-
230 DSL Cummins
275 DSL Cummins optional
Tires(spare LY) 225/70 19.5
1 or 2 engine batteries
Stronger rear axle FY
Std. Aluminum wheels FY
13” TV in bedroom FY
50 Amp service FY
Patio awning FY

2000 W inverter with 2 extra batteries
100W inverter for TV in dash
Vinyl Tile floor in bath

98 Cutter-35 CAT 300 DSL FY
Galley Slide Optional FY, Back up monitor
11’8” exterior height, 5 w. solar charger,
Regular side driving mirrors
Jacobs exhaust brake FY- Wash/Dryer Prep.
ducted air in roof FY?, Dual Pane Windows
2 engine/2 auxiliary batt., Rear Ladder
Alum. Wheels(Std 2-98), Inverter 130w. TV
Ceram or Hdwd galley/Ceram or carpet bath
Full Air Brakes, Porcelain sink FY
180 lb. LPG/ 105 with Diesel Generator
50 Amp Service FY, Tinted glass,
Mud flaps, no pass-through storage LY
Tires(No Spare) 235/80 XRV 22.5.
Power Gear jacks, No fresh water gravity fill
Begin on-line parts info at

Optional 7.5 kW diesel gen.
Power Pass. Seat, Skylight
Fantastic fan in bedroom
Slide Out is optional

98 Land Yacht-230 DSL 36’
275 Diesel Optional, No Spare Tire/Wheel,
Air Brakes/Air Ride, 130 w.inverter/ TV, Cassette/6spkrs, Alum Wheels (std. 3-98)
Dual Pane Windows(Std 3-1998)
Ceramic Tile Floor (Galley/Bath – Std 3-98)
Tires(No spare) FY
5 w. solar w. volt meter
Begin on-line parts info at

1500 w. inverter, Washer/Dryer
Fantastic fan in bedroom
7.0 kW. Quiet DSL Generator

99 Cutter- 35’CAT 300 DSL
DSL SLIDE 35’ optional, 5 w. solar
Regular side driving mirrors- last year
6 gallon water heater- LY, Air brakes, Exhaust brake, Automotive paint FY
has pass-through storage FY,
Prewired for satellite- first year?
Tires (No Spare) 235/80 XRV 22.5
*All Freightliner air brake chassis mfgd. after 3-1-98 have 4-wheel ABS brakes
1500 w. trace inverter, 78.5 int. height, Dual pane windows, 6.5 LPgenerator, Aluminum wheels

Optional: Dinette w. 2 chairs
7.5 Diesel Generator, , washer/dryer
Slide out 16’ X 153 is optional
Power Passenger seat, oven Skylight, Bedroom Fantastic

99 Land Yacht 35 feet- Last Year
230 DSL, 275 DSL Optional
Reg side driver mirrors(last year)
Last Low profile DSL 10’9” ext height
Dash TV inverter 130w., 6.5 LPG Gen
*All Freightliner air brake chassis mfgd. after 3-1-98 have 4-wheel ABS brakes
90 gallon fuel
Deeper basement storage
No Spare tire/wheel, Prewire Satellite
Dual pane windows, 6 gal water htr LY
Leather seating with recline
Cassette, CD changer
Skylight, Automotive Paint FY?
Tires(no spare)

Optional 1500 w inverter, Washer/dryer
7.0 kW DSL Generator

2000 Land Yacht 35 XC, 35 feet LY
CAT 300 DSL, 330 DSL optional only yr.
2000w.inverter , 10gal Wtr heater w.elect fy
11’5” ext. hgt , Out Front driver mirrors FY,
16” SLIDE out standard fy, Prewire sattelite
Ceiling Ducted AC, 10w solar, CD changer
90 gal, Std ladder, Ceramic tile galley/bath, Driver Vibrasonic, Air brakes, exhaust brake Air dump, ½ Pac brake (req lubrication) fy., Hydraulic slide out, Ext Finish w.Clear Coat finish fy, Tires 235/80 XRV 22.5 (No Spare but Frame Space for it with added bracket)
Refit with 275/70 XZA1 22.5 for more load But Must Enlarge width of Rear Wheel Well (1-2” out of flange at top of wheel well) before Releasing Air Lifts. Watch max. rim pressure and maximum speed.

Optional: Bedroom Fantastic, Skylight, 7.5 Quiet DSL Gen., Wash/dry. Power Pass Seat., foot rest, Dinette 2 chairs

2000 Land Yacht 390 XL, 39 feet FY
CAT 330 DSL, ½ Pac Brake (requires lubrication)- fy, 17 “ ELECT. Slide-out FY,
Ext finish w. Clear Coat fy, Driver Vibrasonic seat, Overhead TV, CD, 2000w inverter, 10 w. solar, Ceiling Ducted AC, Door awning fy,
11’10” ext height, Prewired Satellite, 100 gal fuel, 7.5 Quiet Diesel Gen.
Dual fuel fill, 10 Gal water htr.w.elect-FY
Out Front driver mirrors, Basement Storage
Tires(no spare)Michelin XRV 255/80 R22.5 carrying 5205 lbs @ 105 RECALLED Front replaced with Mich XZA1 275/70 22.5 carrying 6385 lbs @120

Optional: 150 gal fuel, Washer/dryer, rear ladder, Skylight, power pass seat footrest,
Bath Fantastic fan

2001 360 XC, 36foot FY
CAT 300 , Dual Fuel Fill
10 and 53 w. solar chargers
11’9” ext. height, Over Driver Seat TV
8 kW Quiet DSL generator on slide FY
Driver seat vibrator FY
Tires (no spare) 235/80 R22.5 Michelin

Skylight, VCR, Washer/dryer
Power passenger seat/ vibrator
2 Chair dinette, Bedroom Fantastic Fan

2001 390 XL slide 39 Foot
CAT 330, 3126 E 860 lb.ft.torque
395XL 2 slides, tub, small toilet
396XL 2 slides, shower, reg. Toilet
When in, Bedroom slide blocks closet
Free standing dinette 2 chairs, Tile floors
VCR, Driver seat vibrator
Raised rail frame/ basement storage
150 gal. fuel
Air brakes, exhaust brake
Std ladder, CD
8 kW Quiet DSL generator on slide FY
Tires(no spare)Michelin XRV 255/80 R22.5 carrying 5205 lbs @ 105 RECALLED Front replaced with Mich XZA1 275/70 22.5 carrying 6385 lbs @120

Optional: Skylight, DVD, Washer/dryer,
Bedroom Fantastic Fan,
Power w. vibrator

2002 360 XC, 1 slide
365XL, 2 slides
Closed Bedrm slide smaller, closet opens
CAT 300
Door Awning (first year)
DVD, Painted roof FY
Painted Graphics w. clearcoat fy
½ Turbo exhaust brake- FY
Tires (no spare). 53 w. solar

Full Paint, Washer/dryer,
Skylight, Bedroom Fantastic,
2 Chair Dinette, Power Pass Seat w. footrest

2002 390 XL, 1 slide 39 foot
395 XL, 2 slides, tub, small toilet
396XL, 2 slides, shower
Closed bedroom slide blocks closet
DVD, 53w solar
½ Turbo exhaust brake – FY
Painted Roof – FY
Painted graphics w. clear coat - FY
Tires(no spare)Michelin XRV 255/80 R22.5 carrying 5205 lbs @ 105 RECALLED Front replaced with Mich XZA1 275/70 22.5 carrying 6385 lbs @120

Full Paint, Washer Dryer, Power Cord Reel
Skylight, Power Pass Seat w. footrest,
Rear Ladder, Bath Fantastic Fan

2003 In 2003 Airstream continued most models from 2002, featuring running changes and upgrades. Specifically they:
-Introduced new 2003 SKYDECK with 12’8” or 12’ 6” (conflicting literature specifications) exterior travel height when folded –limited production of 100 units. (Other 39 foot models are 11’ 10” exterior height.) Roof capacity of 15 people. GCWR 36000 lbs before S/N 810839 and 41000 after S/N 810839
-360 and 390 models continued
-Discontinued 365 XL
No 2003 Motorhome literature printed by Airstream.

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Old 09-19-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
65th Anniversary CLIPPER
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Re: CLIPPER 1996
Thanks for all the info: but I want to correct the info on the "Limited Run" Land Yacht Clipper. This was an anniversary show piece for the 65th year celebration at Airstream. Every effort was put into this development to make it an outstanding performing luxury motor home. This chassis was the heaviest built ever supplied to Airstream with a factory GVW of 29500#. This required wheel size of 22.5" and with precise engineering, a spacious and practical design resulted in a suburb handling unit on any road.
The engine supplied for the CLIPPER was the highest HP engine to this date installed in an Airstream. The CUMMINS CT 300 matched to the MD3060 Allison produced the highest HP/weight ratio in the industry for a "dry weight" unit of similar size and specs.
The interior layout gave a spacious kitchen, large counter space, unmatched by even the larger units of today. Because the washer/dryer was up front, the wardrobe area was large and the bath included a full garden tub, again, not seen in later models.
The Oshkosh/Freightliner raised rail chassis gave the largest basement ever built by Airstream.
The Airstream Clipper was, without a doubt, the ultimate luxury cruzzing motor home of the day, and time has not lessened the attractiveness of this home.

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Old 09-19-2010, 01:03 PM   #3
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Some details on the CLIPPER
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:47 PM   #4
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Great info Dave, I added your information to my ad in the classified for ours. Sometimes information is all over the place and as we seach for other Clipper owners hopefully some will see this information somewhere in the forum.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:48 PM   #5
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For all the MOTOR HOME lookers:
I just thought I'd put a picture on to confirm the size of the kitchen and counter area on the Clipper. Unmatched by any unit of similar size or very few larger or newer models.

Another bit of information is the WB/OAL ratio that should always be considered when purchasing a motor home. Length of the wheelbase - divided by the overall length of the unit. This ratio should be over 50%. If not - you will only see the road on your travels, and you will be to tired to enjoy anything when you get there.

The CLIPPER ratio is 53% and with the loaded weight distribution being top notch, it is just a pleasure to drive.
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Wow! I want a '96 Clipper!

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