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Old 09-15-2003, 08:20 PM   #15
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I was just on airstream.com and the following was the topic of the right-side "Rivet Bit" when I refreshed the screen. First is the text accompaniment and of course I will paste the jpeg exactly as seen:

"The Airstream Interstate
With a Mercedes-Benz drivetrain, the all new Interstate offers exceptional power, performance, and economy - contained in the most petite of our fleet."
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Old 09-15-2003, 09:08 PM   #16
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Can't help but wonder what Wally would think.

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Old 09-16-2003, 10:39 AM   #17
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I was told the Mercedes was the same platform as the delivery vans used by FEDEX and others, the Freightliner nameplate was to give it some distinction, and not make FEDEX look too snooty using MB Vans. The Airstream looks just the same..it needs some rivets or something to make it Wallyized.
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Old 09-16-2003, 12:11 PM   #18
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The VA A/S dealer told us that the Freightliner badge was used to save on some sort of tax. The dealer did have a different brand of m/h built on the same platform and it seemed to work well.

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Old 09-16-2003, 02:01 PM   #19
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The VA A/S dealer told us that the Freightliner badge was used to save on some sort of tax. The dealer did have a different brand of m/h built on the same platform and it seemed to work well.

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would the name Freightliner make it a domestic vehicle???
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Old 09-16-2003, 02:24 PM   #20
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By making it a Freightliner I would bet it changes the DOT requirements for the chassis. It could also have to do with the GCVR maximum number that DOT allows.

I am just guessing, but having had 1 ton trucks, they get a break on part of the liscensing fees, vs a standard passenger vehicle.
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Old 12-01-2003, 10:58 AM   #21
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here is a brief update from Airstream regarding the new "Classic".
Drawings are not yet available for public view.
I am hoping to see a Motorhome factory event when the new one is made available for viewing to the public.
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The design process for the new Classic Motorhome (name TBD) is well under way. It is proving most challenging to design a product that resembles the original (but updated), has the storage demanded by modern motorhomers, and is produceable. But we're working out these issues and are confident that we'll end up with a beautiful rig!

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Old 12-01-2003, 11:50 AM   #22
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Wonder if it would be possible to graft a 25' Safari onto one of the Freighliner chassis?

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Old 12-01-2003, 01:40 PM   #23
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mercedes owns freight liner. my son had freight liner tractors with mercedes engines and they stayed in the shop. he sued and got a settelment manufacture of your choice he took mack now volvo bought mack it is a vicious circle. depends on which mercedes engine you get.
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Old 12-05-2003, 02:12 PM   #24
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Correction on the update from above.
Evidently the drawings are being finalized in the next week or so, and then Airstream engineers will be pondering just how to build what it called a "challenging" project. I am sure we all will be interested to see what they have come up with.
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I know I loved the old Classic MH class. I hope they bring it back. I know the boxes are king, but there was or is just something about the twinkie design in a motorhome. They should have never left the design IMHO.

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Old 12-06-2003, 08:13 AM   #26
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the RV markey is different today than in rhe early 90's when the Classic went away. Probably it was too expensive to make sense for prduction at that time. Other manufacturers have been bough out a number of times, and it was only in the last few years that the RV industry has seemed to have a big revival...9/11 helped as I understand it, in a twisted way....as it seems so many more americans are valuing their family time and staying in this country for their vacations and such. It is too bad it took that awful event to stimulate it, but I am glad some good came from that.
As we all know traveling the highways you see so many Rv's , and the sales are up huge percentages in the past two to three years especially. I would bet places like Camping World are really coining it in.
Maybe now the market will bear the cost of a sharp looking and very different rig.
And one that doesn't look like your daddy's motorhome.
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in my trips through Atlanta I have seen a couple of the Freightliner vans and they are rated as 3500's and are marked as Dodge Powered.
I have seen one from middle Ga. set up as a passenger van and hauling children and it was rated as a 3500 but no marking as to driveline.

Is the Mercedes onl;y offered in the Airstream ??
when I looked at the web site it didn't indicate the types of drivelines available
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I have seen 3 versions now of the Mercedes powered unit. One is featured this month in Motorhome magazine. Looks sharp, list for $69,995.
22mpg rated with the diesel. Nice appointments inside also.
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