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Old 01-27-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Airstream a "no show"?

We just purchased tickets for the 2012 Louisville Boat and RV Show and noticed that Airstream does not have a booth. We searched the listing of all RV's at the show and Airstream was not even listed. What's the deal? Evidently, they do not need the advertisement that the show offers.....really disappointed.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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Those shows cost the dealers a bundle. Our local dealer and some other dealers put on their own show for a couple of years rather than pay for space at the Convention Center. Most rigs at the Austin show are big motorhomes. There are very few products that interest me.

I have attended a number of the Austin shows and Victoria shows to help the local dealer talk up Airstreams (and recruit for our WBCCI unit). There are not a lot of Airstreams sold at those shows; most folks that come by are "lookie Lous."
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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We just purchased tickets for the 2012 Louisville Boat and RV Show and noticed that Airstream does not have a booth. We searched the listing of all RV's at the show and Airstream was not even listed. What's the deal? Evidently, they do not need the advertisement that the show offers.....really disappointed.

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Same thing with the Springfield MO, Boat & RV Show.

The local Airstream dealer has many new models, but didn't show, and they were less than 10 minutes away.

But after seeing what was in the show, Airstream would have been way out of the demographic for many of the show goers.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:52 PM   #4
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I guess I assumed Thor would have some representation with at least one example of the 2012 Airstream line. Who knows maybe Evergreen will be there with the new Element....
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Same thing can be said for the Pittsburgh RV show. No representation for Airstream. In fact, there were very few higher end units there. The vast majority of the units on the floor were your low end Forest River, Keystone RV, etc.
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Be thankful........we don't even have a dealer in NYS.:
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:41 PM   #7
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Same thing here. Attended my first RV show after purchasing the AS, and asked my dealer why they did not take an Airstream. They said they did not want to subject one of their trailers to people whalloping the sides with their curious fists, mothers pushing strollers into them etc. They also felt no one would want to purchase a show-model Airstream after thousands of people had walked through it.
Yet, thousands were tromping through some of their $375,000 Class A motorhomes.

As murrey stated, I think the demographics have a lot to do with it. Many of the goers are young families looking for a starter RV. Others are the retired or soon-to-retire extremely well-heeled types who fancy a Class A - perhaps are thinking of full-timing for a spell. Others own a RV - are just lookey-loos who would love to snoop inside an Airstream.

In short, Airstream doesn't find us; we find Airstream.
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No Show

This seems to be the norm at most RV shows. We have attended the Louisville show as well as the Good Sam Rally in Louisville where there were plenty of other Thor products but no Airstreams. We were at the Tampa RV Supershow just a couple of weeks ago and Bates RV had a very nice Airstream display. They even had the new airstream bicycle rack installed on one of the Flying Clouds. Not sure why Airstream is the orphan brand at these shows.

Speaking of RV shows. Good Sam is having a rally in Louisville this summer. This is usually a great time. 3000+ other rvers on site, lots of seminars, vendors, and things to see and do. Sheryl Crow is the headline entertainment this summer along with Burt Bacherac?? and some local bands. If you can stand the summer heat you can get dry camping for $220 or 30amp for $420. The entire Exposition facility is air conditioned. Year before last the entire vintage trailer display were Airstreams.

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Smile Airstream at Florida Show

My wife and I went to the Florida Super Rv Show in Tampa 2 weeks ago. We went there to look for a fifth wheel but fell in love with Airstreams. There were about 15 Airstreams there and they were constantly filled by visitors. Had AS not been there I know we would be buying a Keystone or something.
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Our nearest dealer is about 120 miles away and they have not been visible at our local RV show for several years. I assume it is due to the cost.
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RV shows in Virginia

My wife and I started in 2005 going to shows in Va Beach, Newport News, Richmond, Fredricksburg Virginia, and Columbia SC. We were just looking for future retirement and really thought we wanted a motorhome. We always enjoyed seeing the several Airstreams but thought they were quite hi compared to others. Over the years we fell in love with the Airstreams and bought one in 2009. With so few dealers around, without seeing them at the shows we might never have finally come to the realization that they are probably the only RV worth their price. I hope they continue to bring a few to the shows to introduce them to those that won't have any other way to explore them.

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Every time one of us pulls our Airstreams out of the storage lots we are creating a Show for Airstream. Nothing like a slab of shiny Silver going down the highway, or parked at that spot by the lake. Airstream should pay us for doing their work for them.
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All of the shows are regional, so it's up to the dealer in the area. US Adventure RV was showing at the recent show in Chicago.
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