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Old 11-30-2018, 09:47 PM   #29
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Looks like you already have what you want.

You own an AS built in 1972. Others who wish for such a basic trailer have hundreds of "proven" units for sale in the Classified section.

Why would AS cater to anyone who buys a trailer once every 45 years? And do you really want JC to horn in on that market? Your trailer's value would plummet.

Also, those in the market for a new trailer today, let's call 'em "the youngins" love, Love, LOVE screens and blinking lights.

You want basic manual camping? Get a tent. For real, any owner of an Airstream no less complaining about complexity? How is this old boy scout supposed to take them seriously?
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:26 PM   #30
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You own an AS built in 1972. Others who wish for such a basic trailer have hundreds of "proven" units for sale in the Classified section.



Why would AS cater to anyone who buys a trailer once every 45 years? And do you really want JC to horn in on that market? Your trailer's value would plummet.



Also, those in the market for a new trailer today, let's call 'em "the youngins" love, Love, LOVE screens and blinking lights.



You want basic manual camping? Get a tent. For real, any owner of an Airstream no less complaining about complexity? How is this old boy scout supposed to take them seriously?


I’m not saying Airstream shouldn’t continue to make tech heavy gimmicky trailers, I’m saying they should make a rugged simplified trailer line for those who dig the aluminum capsule but are more interested in camping than they are consumed about keeping all of their trailers complex systems like remote controlled blinds working.

As far as my trailers value goes, I don’t really care, if it ceases to have value for me I’ll sell it for what it sells for.

Tent? Nah. I think I prefer my truly one off Airstream over any tent. Click image for larger version

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It’s warm, cozy, comfortable, reliable, and a pleasure to stay in. It makes me happy even though it’s primitive.
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:35 PM   #31
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Honestly, I'd be happy if they just built them better.

Nice to haves would be:
  • true four-season capability
  • eliminate the insane suicide door on all models
  • coosa board sub floor
  • wiring conduit

None of those extras are technically complex, but they would fix some of the most common problems, and result in a better, longer-lasting trailer.
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Honestly, I'd be happy if they just built them better.



Nice to haves would be:
  • true four-season capability
  • eliminate the insane suicide door on all models
  • coosa board sub floor
  • wiring conduit



None of those extras are technically complex, but they would fix some of the most common problems, and result in a better, longer-lasting trailer.


Maybe if so much construction time didn’t need to be spent installing complex systems, maybe more time and effort could be spent on making them more rugged right?
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:49 PM   #33
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Maybe if so much construction time didn’t need to be spent installing complex systems, maybe more time and effort could be spent on making them more rugged right?


Conduit is a great idea, my next trailer build will be constructed with 1/2” rigid conduit throughout.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:27 AM   #34
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A lower price with less “stuff” and less complexity could mean more profit per unit.

The simpler ones it seems would move down the line more quickly.
Hi, you are pretty much describing my 2005 Safari 25-B; But people always want to out do the next guy. [LS, CCD, Classic, Etc.] Our trailer is our one and only and works very well for us.
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Maybe if so much construction time didn’t need to be spent installing complex systems, maybe more time and effort could be spent on making them more rugged right?
I don't get the impression they spend more time installing the complex systems
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:37 AM   #36
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A lower price with less “stuff” and less complexity could mean more profit per unit.

The simpler ones it seems would move down the line more quickly.
And way less warranty work.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:11 AM   #37
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I don't get the impression they spend more time installing the complex systems


Well, they do.

Anything put into an Airstream takes time, and it all adds up.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:29 AM   #38
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Hey J. Morgan, is that a flat screen tv I see in your trailer? Were tv's standard in 72?
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Hey J. Morgan, is that a flat screen tv I see in your trailer? Were tv's standard in 72?


I don’t know about TVs in Airstreams in 72, but I doubt there was ever a factory installed television in a 72.

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