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Old 10-16-2003, 10:37 AM   #1
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What do you think? I have designated 5 pages on my website to the New Airstream Interstate. I have interior photos, exterior photos, options, features and Specifications. I think the Interstate is great new addition to the Airstream family and believe that it will be a huge success in the 2004 model year. Let me know if my information was helpful.

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Old 10-16-2003, 11:03 AM   #2
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Dear dealer,

I'm sure this converted Merc Van is well built and will please the well heeled week-end campers .
However I don't think it should be named Airstream, as it is a stock Mercedes van with a dog bowl/sink and a mini wet bath fit for somebody real slim .
Why does Thor want to capitalize on the AS name to sell this Mercedes
It is not an AS and never will be.
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:11 AM   #3
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The issue is not Thor capitalizing on the name.

The issue is that the members that have towed for years need a smaller unit as they age and their driving capabilities start to limit their ability to tow and hook up. The current loyal Airstream owners that get into this condition (age, we all do it) are buying born free and roadtrek motorhomes because they want to keep camping. This affects the future sales of Airstream as well as having a negative impact on the WBBCI that has been very vocal about the need for this type of unit.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT DON'T BUY IT.

I love my 70's vinage Motorhome, but to some it is still a bast****d child beacuse it has a motor and is not silver. It does not meet the ideals of the 60's trailers and while I may not have many memories of the 60's, the product (Airstream) would be lying alongside Avion and silver streak if they had not continued to innovate and change with the customer.

Change is inevitable if Harley Davidson had not changed they would be a has been too.

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Old 10-16-2003, 12:42 PM   #4
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I agree with Brett 100%. Airstream needs to expand it's product line in order to survive. Maybe by the time I am ready to retire, in about 20 years, I can get a good deal on a "Vintage" unit!
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Old 10-16-2003, 01:06 PM   #5
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it is a stock Mercedes van with a dog bowl/sink and a mini wet bath fit for somebody real slim .
Yeah... that wouldn't be me I wonder if that 73" height is under the AC or all the way to the ceiling? Looking through the rear doors, it appears the shower floor is a good 6" or so above the main deck.

Open the cabinet under the cooktop and find the spare tire. Open the cabinet under the sink and find the water heater. Wonder what's in the other cabinets? Is that the furnance below the "entertainment center?" Where's that 2.5kW Onan gonna go? Something tells me that roof rack oughta be standard vs optional and there should be a ladder on the back.

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Why does Thor want to capitalize on the AS name to sell this Mercedes
Because it's going to be outrageously expensive... so it fits in with other Airstreams

I see it as a nice weekender for towing a decent sized boat to the lake. With only an electrical hookup, living off the internal water and sewage tank, it wouldn't be too bad to break camp for towing to the ramp, and getting around town in the evening.

The combined sewage tank needs to be larger though by about 10-15 gallons. Besides what comes from the fresh tank it has to hold digested fluids and solids from other sources than the fresh tank. And you need to start out with at least 3 gallons of water to prevent "the mountain" and stop using it at least 2 gallons short of full to avoid seepage around the flange.

It's nearly a foot narrower than the Born Free and other small units, and considerably shorter. Has the same wheelbase as my F250 extended cab/long bed, and only a foot longer overall length. Good on the street, at the price of interior space.

Time will tell if there's a market for it.
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Old 10-16-2003, 01:09 PM   #6
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PB,

Welcome to the Forum
I'm sure this converted Merc Van is well built and will please the well heeled week-end campers .
However I don't think it should be named Airstream, as it is a stock Mercedes van with a dog bowl/sink and a mini wet bath fit for somebody real slim .
Why does Thor want to capitalize on the AS name to sell this Mercedes

Hart
I like it.

For a couple or a single it has a lot of potential. 22 est mpg is awsome for somebody to travel around in to see the sites. Has what you need. I think it a much better design and lay out then any of the Van bassed campers I have seen on the market.
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LOL! This just hit me... wonder what it would look like towing a 19' Bambi for the MIL? Or even a 16' CCD?
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Old 10-16-2003, 01:30 PM   #8
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LOL! This just hit me... wonder what it would look like towing a 19' Bambi for the MIL? Or even a 16' CCD?
We have a unit member who tows an old Bambi with the old B-Van. She and her DH sleep in the B-Van and her grandson sleeps in the Bambi. They even went to International with the pair.
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Needs one of those 60's/70's bumper stickers that said, "If this van's a rockin', don't come a knockin'! "
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Looks cool. How much is it?
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Old 10-16-2003, 04:40 PM   #11
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I agree with drober05 ... PB, has Airstream released an MSRP for the new Interstate B-Van?

And since I'm fairly new to Airstream trailers and motorhomes, I'm curious where the "drop-in table" is stored when not in use.

PB, your information is indeed helpful, and I go to your site almost as often as I cruise the forums here to see if there's any new information or pictures about the 2004 trailers and motorhomes.

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Old 10-16-2003, 05:26 PM   #12
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Out of the league

I grew up with "Airstream" meaning one vision/perception/appearance THAT thing aint it. It's like trying to make a Pan-Shovel shaft drive. It just don't happen. I dig you're new mini-camper, But it will never be an "Airstream", just an opinion.
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Old 10-16-2003, 05:32 PM   #13
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Looks cool. How much is it?
Not sure about the AS model but Gulfstream has the same basic thing for a list of $65,000 I can buy alot of fuel for that price

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Old 10-16-2003, 05:46 PM   #14
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I agree with Brett 100%. Airstream needs to expand it's product line in order to survive. Maybe by the time I am ready to retire, in about 20 years, I can get a good deal on a "Vintage" unit!
You ain't gettin' mine,by that time it will be 50.
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Old 10-16-2003, 10:00 PM   #15
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Anyone know how this driveline would handle traveling in the mountains ??
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I grew up with "Airstream" meaning one vision/perception/appearance THAT thing aint it. It's like trying to make a Pan-Shovel shaft drive. It just don't happen. I dig you're new mini-camper, But it will never be an "Airstream", just an opinion.
In some ways I agree with you but I am sure they said the same thing 30 years ago when they started up the Argosy lines, then after that all the motorhomes, Argosy, Airstream, the current "white boxlike" pusher motorhomes and worse yet the current B-vans which in my opinion are the furthest from a true Airstream as you can get.

However, I like the Sprinter and have seen a few Sportsmobiles built out on it. My bet is that the Interstate will be a good seller.

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Anyone know how this driveline would handle traveling in the mountains ??
Not sure about the AS model but both UPS and FedEx are using them. I was on I-40 going up the Eastern Continental divide at 45 mph (5'ver in tow ) and had several of them blow by me at 60+ so I don't think there are any major issues there.

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Anyone else notice...

some significant similarities here?

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some significant similarities here?

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Gee I didn't know that AS used VW's for B vans

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Old 10-17-2003, 08:38 AM   #20
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Thank you for all your help with feedback on the new Airstream Interstate. Base M.S.R.P. will be in the low 70's and the options are listed on my website. As for the fold away table I have to call my factory rep to find out the storage location.

I have registered under my dealership name but forgot the password and had an different email at the time so i just started over.

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