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Old 07-05-2020, 05:10 PM   #1
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345/350 or Classic 36?

Hi,
As you saw in my other post, I was looking for a 345, the nice one in Canada slipped through my fingers... (not too happy about that) so my search is back on.
I found a nice Classic 36 in the airstream classified in Ohio, I have a quote in to see how much it would be to have it imported and shipped to Toronto so I could pick it up.
Does it belong to somebody here? How are the 36 compared to the 345/350s? I was quite fond of the old ones but the 36 looks somewhat similar inside and just more rounded inside. Is the build quality as good in those Classic 36?
Thanks for any help!
David
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Old 07-05-2020, 06:56 PM   #2
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I really enjoy my 1989 345LE, and like the exterior styling of the older classic motorhomes.

However performance advantages of the 36' diesel pushers is very appealing. The cost to get one and the maintenance costs are quite a bit higher than the older gas models. But the ability to comfortably cruise at highway speeds towing a car behind. And to breeze over mountains have big appeal.

If cost is not a big issue then the 36' diesel pusher is the rare HOLLY GRAIL of classic Airstream motorhomes.

Airstream also made some gas powered front engine version of that same " ant eater" styled coaches, but they don't seem to offer much improvement over the later built earlier styled classic units.

Choice of preferred exterior styling is subjective, so others may see it differently than I.

Cheers Richard
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Hi Richard,
Thanks for the info. The one I saw in the classified is a gas model. Not a diesel pusher... (unfortunately, however, as you say, pusher's cost is quite high).
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Hi Richard,
Thanks for the info. The one I saw in the classified is a gas model. Not a diesel pusher... (unfortunately, however, as you say, pusher's cost is quite high).
Thanks
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What can I say .I bought my 85 345 new when I was young and crazy (they said) now we have hit 35 years on the road every year.Yes some maintainence of course but even now after popping in a new engine trans at 250,000 miles we are off for another summer run. Stored my rig in So cal for 5 years (all the rubber rotted) in Florida for 3 years (mold was insane) now back in Ma and driving around the USA /Canada again stopping at our home Colorado where vehicles never rot /mold etc .find a 345 in four corners if you can those are the best preserved I have seen
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Thanks! I found a 345 and bought it in Alberta. Now I have to get it here, 3000 miles away in Nova Scotia! Exciting times!
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I wouldn’t pay a premium for a 360 gas vs any other classic. Same configuration and chassis and has a tag axle. The 360 diesel is on a Spartan diesel pusher chassis.
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