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Old 10-09-2013, 10:56 AM   #1
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Technological Improvements lacking in Airstreams

It seems that Airstream is investing heavily in cutting edge design and technology attributes in their coaches. The quality of the technology is most often superior than the majority of their competitors. For example, Airstream uses SamSung TVís instead of most manufactures who use TV brands Iíve never heard of.

What I donít get is why Airstream hasnít incorporated the new automatic electric awnings or outside entertainment features like outside speakers that have been well embraced by what seems to be the majority of their competitors from the smallest RV to the largest most expensive Class Aís.

In my opinion, such things are accepted RV improvements within the RV industry and well within the wheelhouse of, ĎWally Byamís credo, ďLetís not make changes, letís make only improvements,Ē this fleet offers the latest technology advancements and conveniences in a way that is distinctly Airstream.


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Old 10-09-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
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Personally I would be a lot happier if the other guys "unincorporate" things like outside speakers and TV sets.
But then I guess that is why there is a thread on "why do you boondock"

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Old 10-09-2013, 11:19 AM   #3
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Are those things improvements or gadgets, that would be a question.

"Cutting edge" technology is often short-lived; that does not fit well with Airstream's reputation for generations of service in a design that does not become quickly outdated. I think they see their primary market as more traditional. Cutting edge technology comes in small, portable packages these days so buy those things to suit you.

Personally I would like my Airstream better without some of the electronic gadgets, something more basic, easier to use, and less quickly out-dated.

Airstreams are also intended to be self-contained. There is some simplicity and a need to conserve power with that. Many of us boondock frequently, no hookups, and Airstream knows it.

The electric awnings are an option on the new ones, but the manual awnings are easy to use.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:21 AM   #4
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by davcarv View Post
What I donít get is why Airstream hasnít incorporated the new automatic electric awnings or outside entertainment features like outside speakers that have been well embraced by what seems to be the majority of their competitors from the smallest RV to the largest most expensive Class Aís.
They do put Fiamma F65 Eagle automatic electric awnings on their 2013 and 2014 Interstate class Bs. Some people like them, others don't. Before they tried the automatic ones, they used Fiamma F65 awnings that were electric but not automatic. That's what I've got, and I'm happy with that.

I suppose if there was enough demand, they would provide such features on their trailers. Simple fact, Airstream is a business, and they're in it for the money. If the folks at Jackson Center had enough reason to believe that people really want to pay extra for automatic electric awnings or outdoor speakers, they'd provide them. But in my case, I hope they don't provide outdoor speakers. There are already too many campers in parks that play their music way too loud, without consideration of whether their neighbors want to hear it. At least I can take comfort in the fact that the noise polluters aren't fellow Airstreamers!
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:49 AM   #6
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Outside speakers? I have yet to "camp" in a park where that would not be a problem for neighbors. I tried to keep up with electronics in the boating world and that cost a small fortune in continual upgrades. I would not like to see the same challenge with my AS. I am happy with LED lighting, flat screen TV's and a Sony Bluetooth integrated sound system. I do not think more gadgets would improve the experience.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:55 AM   #7
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Airstreams are not for everyone. If one wants outdoor kitchens and entertainment systems, perhaps they would be happier with something else.

I expect Airstream is selling about as many as they can make, without some major changes in the production methods without these options, so my guess is why rock the boat?


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Old 10-09-2013, 11:57 AM   #8
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Newer models seem a bit too techie. I vote no on the outside speakers. Electric awnings are nice but not necessary. Electric dinette table not necessary. All these things drive up the price of the trailer. I thought we were going camping?
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #9
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I like the KISS principle. I deal with all of the "Hi-Tech" upgrades daily on the aircraft I work on, and the up keep is out of this world expensive. On our Gulfstream V, the "G" stands for gold, just weigh the part and that's how much it is going to cost in bullion at the current market rate.
All of these gadgets that they are putting on the new SOB,s is staggering, and the cost to keep it up over the long term is going to be more then the couch is worth.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:51 PM   #10
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I'd like to see a bit more innovation....if you want to call it that.....with their battery monitors and converter. My batteries are shot after 1 year of ownership and after much research I've learned a few things. 1). The parallax 1 stage converters are terrible especially if you don't spend hours researching care of deep cycle batteries. How much more could it possibly cost to install a multiple stage converter/charger during manufacturer when it only costs $150 to replace after the fact? 2). I guess I should have known (even though it's not in the manual) that if the airstream is connected to shore power the battery monitor will read's reading the charger and not the battery.

Oh....and a big no vote to speakers on the outside. I personally don't go camping in nature to listen to music or watch tv......much less listen to someone else's music or tv.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:16 PM   #11
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um, ... I'd like to point out that I learned about the term, 'Glamping', on Airfourms.

they ought to be options for the early adopters.

Airstream's current model line up reflects a sensitivity to multiple socio economic demographics.

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Old 10-09-2013, 01:48 PM   #12
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I am an early adopter -- who else would get up at 3am to order a new iPhone (they are available at midnight PDT, 3 am EDT). NO external speakers, thanks. I've seen the gold plated awning ZipDee makes, but mega thousands don't make sense -- at least to me. The remotes on my two Samsung TV's interfere with each other, and I find the Sony overly complex and the documentation non-existent. I don't feel my Airstream's strong suit is electronic technology (AT ALL)...and if they decide to get with it, ought to invest in some solid research before going off willy nilly.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:03 PM   #13
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Nice set of Blu-Ray speakers for external use, use with iPhone. Have a couple of old iPones loaded with music just pickup and move where you want them. I can see the TV mounted above the dinette from outside of the trailer. I just did a count and we own 9 Flat screens, plus one unit to turn our computer into a TV and we only have 2 people living in the house. This was not by design but just happened. To be fair one TV is with the son at college. Glad they are cheap.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:04 PM   #14
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Personally I'd rather they pay more attention to basic quality control and long-term durability with an expanded and well respected dealer network......


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