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Old 11-16-2014, 11:21 AM   #1
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How many airstreamers thinking of getting a new Bowlus trailer

Are you thinking of buying a new 2013-15 Bowlus trailer? Sure like them more aerodynamic then airstream and a lot lighter,and you can park them inside your normal height garage!
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Do not think so. IMO nice but a bit pricy.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:16 PM   #3
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Isn't it cute when Airstreamers call out another trailer for being too expensive? Haha, I'm such a kidder.

Anyway, they are gorgeous and we'd love one, though the cassette toilet thingy kinda threw me off. Funny, I'm willing to wrestle with a stinky slinky but I can't get excited about carrying a loaded honey bucket around the campground looking for a place to dump it.

I'm sure other, smarter, campers would get right past that issue and have wonderful experiences in a modern Bowlus. They really do look amazing on the web. I'd love to see one in person!
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:21 PM   #4
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Never heard of them. (I don't get out much.)

Looks really cute, tho.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:22 PM   #5
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New construction - around $110,000 base price for 2015.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:26 PM   #6
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Here you go. Shop and drool to your heart's content: http://www.bowlusroadchief.com/

It's a beautiful website, and it looks like a gorgeous trailer with a fascinating history. Fans of towing with small vehicles, take notice of this one.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:41 PM   #7
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OK, I looked it up. It's cute and all, but it's definitely not me.

I like sitting under my big awning, with the door right there. I like my big bathroom. I like my walk around queen bed. I like all my kitchen space. I like all the room in my "living room" at the front of my AS. I like my cedar lined wardrobe. I'm not willing to give any of that up.

It would be nice to tow, but at some point you have to live in it.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:50 PM   #8
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The interesting part is that you could tow it with a Subaru.

More interesting thing is that they have incorporated design that Thor needs to pay attention to. Although a composting toilet would be a better choice....
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For the Airstreamer who has everything, perhaps one of these for overnighters...
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Nope, not for me.

As an aside, Bob Bowlus, Hawley Bowlus' nephew was one of my chemistry profs. I believe he worked in the factory for his uncle prior to WW 2.
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The Bowlus is the perfect "a place for everything and everything in its place" habitat. Beautiful, small, elegantly designed and engineered, and light enough to be towed by nearly anything.

They speak to the cassette issue in an 11/4 blog post: http://www.bowlusroadchief.com/blog/

I've not owned a composting toilet, so I have no idea what it's like to clean one of those out in comparison to dumping a cassette.
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:46 PM   #12
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Pretty... and pricey, but they are basically handbuilt one at a time. No issue with the cassette potty. We had one on our Coleman popup, not a real hassle to deal with. We would usually dump it at the dump station on the way out, or if the line was too long, down the sewer cleanout at our house.

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The bowlus link above is well worth it. This outfit seems to have carried the original Hawley-inspired AS concept to its logical modern form. Finally, someone that can prod AS to lighten and re-modernize the design. I hope they become a going concern.

As for the cassette toilet, apparently this is the usual design in Europe. It has its pros: ease of dump in any restroom, and cons: small capacity, frequent dumping.

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And they appear to have done away with plywood sub-floors.
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Nice, but I like my Airstream fine.
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