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Old 04-11-2007, 08:52 AM   #1
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I just read, and re-read to make sure I read correctly, in the April edition of the Blue Beret that Airstream plans to produce Class C motor homes! That's right, Jim Elmlinger, Region 12 President of the WBCCI, announced in his Club News article that "Airstream is also on record stating they are still planning on providing motorized product(s), such as Class-C and Class-B RV's so they are NOT a part of the proposed motion." (This is in reference to the motion to allow Four Winds Class-A motor homes into the WBCCI.)

They already provide Class-B motor homes so that must mean they are going to start providing Class-C motor homes! A few years ago, Airstream made a prototype Class-C and it was very nice. It had a very nice gray hard side exterior (fiberglass) with nice graphics and a beautiful interior very reminiscent of the interior of the Safari/CCD interior so I think this would be very desirable. It also had a slide-out with the sofa contained in the slide.

While the article I read in Trailer Life didn't give the price that the Class-C Airstream motor home would have sold for had it gone into production at that time, I think it very well could be a great seller in the Class-C market. After all, it would be an attractive coach with the Airstream cache'.

I think I'm going to write Airstream a quick e-mail and encourage them to proceed with this concept into production!
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:36 AM   #2
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An Airstream Class C resembling Airsteam Classic Class A's would be really neat.
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:48 AM   #3
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Love to see some specs and/or conceptual drawings.
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Didn't AS life have an article last year about the Class C prototype and an interview with the folks who own it?
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:26 PM   #5
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Didn't AS life have an article last year about the Class C prototype and an interview with the folks who own it?
yep. I've met them both.

(that is..."the owners", AND the class-c MH)
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An Airstream Class C resembling Airsteam Classic Class A's would be really neat.
Unfortunately, it didn't resemble the Classic Class-A. It did, however, look like a very high quality Class-C on the exterior and the interior looked like the highest quality Class-C I've ever seen. The interior was all Safari-CCD styling.
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the most important thing to me would be what chassis and engine they use.
sometimes looks don't get it.
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We saw the previous Class C proto-type last summer at the International in Oregon. Looked like any other Class-C. Van front end with a box attched. The new one, I would expect is to be placed on a cut-a-way Sprinter version of what they use for the Interstate..But I am only guessing.
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Hey, now, that would solve the current constitutional amendment issue: Just get the IBT members to get themselves Class C Airstreams instead. (Oh, I'm sure they'd jump at the chance.)

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At the FL State Rally, Airstream said there are several new motorhomes coming on a new Sprinter chassis that's due out in a year or so. They said only a few RV manufacturers would get these new Sprinters to use. The new Sprinters are able to carry more weight and I think they said would have more engine power. One of the new motorhomes will be a "cutaway" like a class C.

My impression leaving the meeting was that Airstream still will be in the motorhome business if and when gas goes sky high or is restricted.

The Sprinters are diesel and get good mileage compared to other RVs.
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I have seen a number of Sprinter vans with dual wheels on the rear axle. I assume this would be the Sprinter van of choice.

My only concerns with the Sprinter van is that is appears narrower than the Ford products that are traditionally used for Class-C's so that might either make for limited space on the interior or awkward proportions.

Now if they used the Chevy/GM C5500 Chassis that is sometimes used on the higher end Class-C's like the top end of the Born Free motorhomes, they might have a winner. Either way, I think Airstream could very well be able to tap into the family market because of the popularity of the Class-C's.

Also, I had thought that this could very well be the answer to the Class-A debacle that will be before the WBCCI at the International this summer. It could be a compromise that would allow the aging IBT to get a new motorhome and still have an Airstream product. Yes, they would have to give up a little space and luxury, but they wouldn't have to give up the principles of the WBCCI to stay in the club.
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the most important thing to me would be what chassis and engine they use.
sometimes looks don't get it.

I totally agree!
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The Class C has a lot of good features - not the least of which is a very good safety record. Having owned a Class A, the next vehicle in line was the Class C - until we came across the Airstream. One of the features I seriously liked about the Class A (---ours was only 22' long) was the ability to tow a vehicle along behind us. We had a Geo Metro convertible that was just perfect for touring once we parked the motorhome - and the Geo got 50 mpg to offset the 8 mpg of the motorhome! Lately, as I enjoy my second childhood, I've been looking at used Honda Del Sols and Mazda Miatas to play with in interesting places. I would never go back to a Class A - unless I could afford a diesel pusher - and that's not going to happen in this lifetime! A high-quality Class C - built by Airstream - could be interesting.
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