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Old 04-10-2006, 05:45 PM   #1
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Curious to what you think . . .

. . . about this popular European manufacturers interiors and layouts for their caravan trailers.

Personally, I see some stylistic ideas I both like and dislike, but overall these caravans appear to have good colors, nice looking finishes, and tasteful trim. Neat (and soft) lighting options appear to be abundant. I could see Airstream incorporating some of this into the current production trailers to compliment the current CCD and SE interior finishes, or to create a new 'euro' feel.

This is from the 2006 Hymer-Eriba product line.

Please ignore the outside of the trailers. The Airstream wins in this arena, and probably always will.

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Old 04-10-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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Those are pretty cool. Did you notice the extremely low weights of the trailers? The interiors do look nice, but I wonder about the quality, they are so light weight, you have to wonder a bit.

BTW, that has to be the biggest shaving razor I've ever seen on page 7! Ah, those Europeans.

Do you know where they are made? The advert seems to say they are imported to the UK. Duh, never mind, Southern Germany.



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Old 04-10-2006, 06:14 PM   #3
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Yes, they are nicely styled inside, but I think that my chances of seeing an Airstream in Europe will be greater than seeing a Hymer in south Georgia for the next 20 years or so, and by then will it be THESE Hymers? Somehow I doubt it.

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Old 04-10-2006, 06:15 PM   #4
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EU Airstreams..

nice, but I still prefer the CCD's. By the way, I downloaded the latest euro Airstream catalog. Talk about weight savings - they're down to 7 ft in width, and the old Argosy sandwich floor seems to have made a comeback. Now why aren't Thor using these weight savings on our domestic ones, is unclear. They also seem to have some sort of boiler, heating arrangement vs. our blown heat.

However, in typical Thor fashion, the pics don't jive with the floorplans (the domestic 25ft Safari is shown, in all it's 8' 6" width for example). Sigh. I do like the added vista view windows too. The model 684 looks like a modern Tradewind. I wish they'd sell them here.
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Even Euro-Airstreams are going to be lightly constructed -- very necessary with their tow vehicles over there. The frames are going to be galvanized -- formed from sheet vs. steel tubing? I dunno.

There's beautiful light inside those trailers -- love the light woods too (if they're really wood). Reminds me of an old photo of a 1950 Spartan I've saved (attached). In a quick read I can't tell if it's real veneers vs. plastics. Neither my 2006 Safari nor the blue CCD plastic veneers are that impressive.

C'mon Airstream -- we'd really like to see this in an ordinary trailer, not just in a $59,000 retro Bambi!
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