Originally Posted by Fly at Night
I am suspicious of any RV/trailer start-up company that champions the environmental movement. Why? At first blush it strikes me as being misleading and explotive. Is there such a thing as an "environmentally friendly" trailer when it is pulled by a gas guzzler? It's an oxymoron. "Earthbound" was preaching to the non-converted. A true environmentalist would find the concept laughable. Most RVers/trailerites are indifferent - for the most part.
It's better to face that truth and try to do the best with what you have as a manufacturer and RVer/trailerite.
Looking beyond cynicism, I guess "try to do the best you can with what you have as a manufacturer" can involve different corporate choices.
- You can build an aerodynamic trailer that saves fuel when you tow it.
- You can try and save weight.
- You can use "green" building practices, like zero-landfill policies.
- You can use materials that don't off-gas - our eyes burn when we spend a sunny day touring RVs at a big show.
Sure, it would be silly to make "green" the primary marketing pitch, but Earthbound was also pitching style and innovation. Airstream makes a big deal of their "greenness" in their brochures, although they probably haven't substantially changed their process in years.
It seems that Earthbound was undercapitalized and launched at a bad time. I looked at various trailers they built - some were nice while others didn't improve on Airstream QC. Their final business plan - custom-order only, around $85k and up - seemed pretty unlikely from the get-go. (Too bad, because it included a nice 23' floor plan.)
Got to say, one of the reasons I got the AS is because many of the panels could be crafted by a skilled restoration shop - and there's enough trailers out there to find the formed end caps and windows, if need be.
I'm sad that Earthbound went under - I'm all for having more competition in the high-end "performance" trailer market. There's not much out there. Casita doesn't play there, Trailmanor doesn't build hard-side trailers anymore, Bigfoot is basically a regional brand now, but I guess the Evergreen Element can neatly slide into the spot where Earthbound left behind. And the Element seems to be more successful...