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Old 10-11-2013, 05:30 AM   #43
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Please don't confuse them....let them get the easy stuff done right first. They've only been practicing since 1936.

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Old 10-11-2013, 09:57 AM   #44
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Lara Me, ... those are great ideas.
IMHO wireless backup camera's integrated with an IPhone would be a truly innovative and a market diffreniator.
Love the idea of a tankless water heater.
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Tankless hot water heater - great idea! It was not a happy experience on one of our first trips when I showered first, not understanding the concept of an Airstream shower yet, and then my wife quickly ran out of hot water when she followed me.
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Tankless hot water heater - great idea! It was not a happy experience on one of our first trips when I showered first, not understanding the concept of an Airstream shower yet, and then my wife quickly ran out of hot water when she followed me.
Yeah. Even when you're boondocking and using only onboard water, tankless is a good idea. What good is an extra 6 gallons of water in the heater (boosting your onboard capacity from 26 to 32 gallons) when the pump runs dry after you've used your 26 gallons, and you can't get the other 6 out of the water heater because the pump is sucking air?
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:22 PM   #47
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I did install the wireless backup camera. Works great. About $700.00 bucks but cheaper then putting a dent into the Airstream. I tried to get a WiFi booster put in but the guy talked me into getting a booster for my iPhone hot spot connection and it does seem to help. I have notice that some RV parks have excellent Wifi but most are only so so. Have not had much success with the TV antenna so am thinking about a dish. Kind of like to catch the news and an occasional sporting even. The real problem is TV today is so terrible that I am not sure it is worth it.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:26 PM   #48
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I just read in my manual (31' Classic) that the bedroom Samsung TV has a quick disconnect and external hookups. Although I doubt I will ever use this feature. I do not even think I would use the bedroom TV.

I do like the idea of a backup camera. I wish they had more robust solar panel and battery options.
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The power awning option lists for $3,551 in the 2014 Classic price list.

The frames for the European Airstream are made in Germany and sent to Jackson Center to fit the aluminum body. They then are shipped to the UK where the interiors are fitted. Real leather is an option.

The UK price sheet includes the £4,000 pound freight charge for shipping the frame to the US and frame with body back to the UK (which is over $6,400).
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:39 AM   #50
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Re wood floors,....
I saw an episode of extreme RVs the other night and some high end class Manufacturer was explaining that the reason they use wood floors is that wood isn't a conductor. I was thinking that was manufacturer speak for wood is cheaper than a man made alternative....
Any scientists among use that can verify their position?
Rot not withstanding is wood a better option than man made materials?
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The steel decks on Navy ships made one a conductor whenever water was on the deck. We had 440 volts in the gun mounts. Interesting combination, electricity and gun powder....

You never dug into the toaster for the bread until the unit was unplugged.

That said, there are polymers that would be stronger than wood, but the fumes in case of fire are highly toxic. That strength comes at a substantial price difference to wood.

From all the readings in the forum on floor repairs, I think the water proofing treatments that have been used might be the best solution.

Storing the trailer under a roof when not in use is probably a good (expensive) idea to cut down exposure to rain.
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There are always options...if you are willing to spend the $$$$$$.


I contacted them awhile back and relayed the info here on another thread.

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I'm a but confused. I'm seeing automatic awnings on a lot of POS's. Yes they're an option albiet not a cost prohibitive one and the structure appears to be pretty simple.
Certainly not a 3500.00 option for sure.
I really like the ones that don't have the support bars attached to the sides. Less of a chance of injury by accidentially running into one.
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There are still support arms lower at edge of the trailer going upwards to the outer corner of each end of the awning. The motor makes the arm about 3.5" to 4" square versus the 1" square tube on the regular awning. There are also two support stabilizer arms that swing out with the awning.

There is a lot of wood reinforcing under the skin to support these brackets, thus a powered awning is not probably a retrofittable item.
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If I might add Eighth: Design windows that are not a safety hazard to anyone walking beside the trailer, with mechanisms that provide for easy opening and closing. The very cheapest automobiles have such.

And a Ninth: Techological Improvement means other than gadgetry; changes to the basic design. And anti-lock disc brakes top that list.

As to quality control an A/S is cheaper today than a few decades ago. And it shows, for despite all cost-cutting measures to keep them competitive, people aren't willing to pay for a travel trailer at the luxury end in the way they once would. A Silver Streak cost as much or more than the average American new house of the time. Today that would be over $180k. I think we'd see marine quality appliances, for starters, were it so. Same for integrated solar and danfoss-compressor refrigerator.

The buyer wanting a truly "techologically-improved" Airstream needs to order one through TIMELESS TRAVEL.

But this dilemma of cost-competitiveness doesn't excuse the well-done list above of attention-needed quality control, and the basics of adding modern brakes (or better emergency lighting for roadside breakdown; LED lighting has changed this entirely so call that the Tenth).

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But this dilemma of cost-competitiveness doesn't excuse the well-done list above of attention-needed quality control, and the basics of adding modern brakes (or better emergency lighting for roadside breakdown; LED lighting has changed this entirely so call that the Tenth).
It's not just Airstream, or even the RV industry. It's a problem endemic to all industries. Safety is an intangible. You can't say, "Anti-lock disc trailer brakes would prevent X number of accidents and save Y number of dollars." The X and Y in that statement would be pure guesswork. And without some way to compute a return on the investment, few companies will want to pay the money. Especially since they also can't really say they'd sell more trailers if they came with anti-lock disc brakes. Airstream is already selling all the trailers they make; if you order one, you'll wait months until it rolls off the factory floor.

So in the choice between, "How many will you sell if you don't change anything? All of them!" and "How many will you sell if you improve the safety features but run up the cost? Maybe all of them," the choice is simple. At least for any corporate management I've ever seen.
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