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Old 02-14-2009, 06:28 PM   #15
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I'm infatuated by this trailer. We own a T@B teardrop - we like the modern take on the classic design idiom. (I think the redone Shasta and Serro Scotty are a bit too close to the original, and the T@DA is ugly.)

After spending the day at the Springfield (MA) RV show, there is very little else on the market, beyond T@B and Airstream, that appeals to us design-wise. Everything else looks the same, and often looks cheap. (Well, OK, a Casita is pretty nice, save for the shag up the walls and in the cabinets. And I thought of a Bigfoot, but the aesthetics weren't doing it for me either.)

As a Gen-X DINK couple, the Scout would be perfect. Wet bath, so I don't have to go outside at night. (Not an advantage of the T@B.) Hopefully it would have a big queen-sized bed like the T@B - the beds in Bambis are narrow, even for two active young'ins. Lots of windows - we looked at an rPod today at the show and missed having windows all around. Airstreamers of all generations would love a composite rot-free floor.

And best of all, I could easily tow this with our Honda Odyssey (we have it to haul our whitewater kayaks and mountain bikes inside) and stay within its limits (although I feel they're understated.) It bugs the heck out of me that there aren't more appealing trailer options that can be towed by this 4600 lb, 255hp, big-disc-braked tow vehicle. I don't want to buy a truck, and frankly shouldn't have to. The most popular trailers at the show were, oddly enough, the little ones.

Until the (potential) Scout, my options were 1) Buy a 16' Bambi new for around $37k, 2) Buy a used 16' Bambi CCD for $25k, 3) Hunt down and renovate a Caravel or Argosy Minuet (almost bought a Minuet, and am still tempted to do so), spending quite a bit at the end of all of it in time and $ or 4) look elsewhere.

I think this direction is a great one for Airstream, although I get a feeling that it's too far from the classic styling to be welcomed at every party....
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:35 PM   #16
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Oh, one more thing - I'm tickled pink by the simplicity of towing the T@B. No weight distribution, no brake controller (surge brakes) - not needed for this lightweight trailer. No extension mirrors - not needed because it's narrow (Minuet owners tell me the same thing.) Don't get it parked in quite the right spot? Just push it into place.

As a first time RV owner, this all is mighty appealing. I don't see why Airstream couldn't follow suit; indeed, some of this is on their European trailers.
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Looks like a sharp little trailer, definitely reminds me of the Scotties and other early campers. With the market for larger trailers being terrible, I would say Thor may be needing to find alternative products and new buyers. I agree the Bambi is nice but $30,000.00+ in this market, I just don't see the average buyer making this kind of financial committment in this economy. New, small, less than $20,000.00, it will sale! The bonus is you do not have to buy a huge tow vehicle that drinks fuel even when you are not towing. I would like to see a comparison to the little fiberglass model that's made in TN (it was on the forum a few months ago but I can't remember the name).

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Looking at this it does look an awful lot like the Scotty 16' series, it also looks like AS maybe attempting to slip into the Tin Can group. The Tin Can is becomming a very popular group again. Given this is made for a single person or couple I would have to venture to guess it would do very well. Many of the TC's today are refurbished or home made units.
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Airstream Scout Prototype

I almost wonder if Airstream might bring back the Argosy nameplate to market something like this -- it appears to be painted and experimental much like the Argosy line was from 1972 through 1979 -- then again in the the 1980s when the "square-streams" were developed as Argosy models and migrated into the Airstream lineup a few years lager.

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Looks like a sharp little trailer, definitely reminds me of the Scotties and other early campers. With the market for larger trailers being terrible, I would say Thor may be needing to find alternative products and new buyers. I agree the Bambi is nice but $30,000.00+ in this market, I just don't see the average buyer making this kind of financial committment in this economy. New, small, less than $20,000.00, it will sale! The bonus is you do not have to buy a huge tow vehicle that drinks fuel even when you are not towing. I would like to see a comparison to the little fiberglass model that's made in TN (it was on the forum a few months ago but I can't remember the name).

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Old 02-14-2009, 09:52 PM   #21
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In the Club? I would sure hope so. These are much more an Airstream than any of the giant cardboard box mohos.

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Old 02-14-2009, 10:17 PM   #22
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what you see is the front end of a "regular" Airstream's tongue bunched up behind the Scout..lol
I cleaned my glasses now it is all in focus.
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What are the sides of the unit made of?

I just found the Molded Fiberglass Trailer site a few minutes ago and this is the trailer I want.

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My guess is that the sides of the Scout are made from a structural insulated panel. The T@B's panels are made with aluminium bonded to foam, but they have wood framing - not sure what provides structure in the "all-composite" Scout. Thor has been showing other all-composite trailers recently; an Eco is going into production this year. Guess the technology is being read across the brands...

I do wonder what this would cost. T@Bs push $17k and the new Shastas, with a similar floorplan, are about the same. Put the AS badge on and it seems it would have to break $20k. Bring back Argosy!
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Looks like the trend quessing guys are expecting camping to make a come back. Where the trailer is a step up from a tent not a step down from a vacation home at the lake. These are not your line-up in an open field units, I'm seeing tucked away in a nice state park site with some elbow room. That is counter to the WBCCI culture. Image going to a rally in this and parking between a couple monsters. Now image a dozen of these spread through the woods, which image says community to you...
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Birds of a feather flock together, as other groups cars, trailers, boats, the buyers of the units will form their own community. Will the community be a subset of WBCCI, Airforums, or a yet undeveloped club or site is not known. Pick any car or item and do a search for a forum or group dedicated to that item and you will always find one. I think it is a misconception that WBCCI has the inside track on forming a strong RV community. Airforums has proven a loose knit of individuals who enjoy each other can put on rallies and events without all the structure and regimentation often seen in some clubs. I hope this unit goes into production and is successful, I will meet and greet the owners of the units and welcome them as a friend as I do anyone parked next to me whether lined up in field or spread out in a wooded camp ground.
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Birds of a feather flock together, as other groups cars, trailers, boats, the buyers of the units will form their own community. Will the community be a subset of WBCCI, Airforums, or a yet undeveloped club or site is not known. Pick any car or item and do a search for a forum or group dedicated to that item and you will always find one. I think it is a misconception that WBCCI has the inside track on forming a strong RV community. Airforums has proven a loose knit of individuals who enjoy each other can put on rallies and events without all the structure and regimentation often seen in some clubs. I hope this unit goes into production and is successful, I will meet and greet the owners of the units and welcome them as a friend as I do anyone parked next to me whether lined up in field or spread out in a wooded camp ground.
Extremely well put, Jim.

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Jim, that is so true before getting our Argosy we traveled with a Trail Manor...and we have been parked between 2 "big rigs" and I did not feel anything different at all...we said hello as we passed and good night we packing in for the night rest.....I guess it just goes to with the attitude that you have about yourself and your trailer. I hope that these do well if they are put into production.
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