Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-23-2012, 04:51 AM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
WK57ABF's Avatar
 
2007 25' Classic
kendal , cumbria, UK
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 213
Images: 4
Bob Wheeler at The Motorhome, Caravan & Camping Show at London's ExCeL

Hope you find this interesting :

Caravan Channel > Videos

John & Carole in the UK
__________________

__________________
WK57ABF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
mutcth's Avatar

 
2007 23' Safari SE
Central , Connecticut
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,632
My goodness I want that trailer. Red leather U-shaped lounge in the front, long kitchen galley, big bed across the back. Dual panoramic windows and a narrow body trailer.

I don't want to pay the equivalent of 60,000 pounds UK though...

Thanks for sharing that video!

Tom
__________________

__________________
mutcth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,400
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
Interesting that it's a UK-built trailer (according to the brit being interviewed) yet the door is still on the US (and continental) "curb side" of the trailer. I guess that's for continental sales?
__________________
ó David

Zero Gravitas ó 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto ó 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. ó Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawas"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,153
Images: 1
Interesting....always falling back on their Icon-o-me and riveted skin.

Nothing about great quality/control or experienced dealer network, same-o same-o.

Bob
__________________
PFC.....

ďAfter all these years the reason I continue to love Thanksgiving.....I still sit at the kids table.Ē
RLC

Sandra wanted to go to Cleveland on vacation,
but Iím the Husband, so we went to Cleveland.
RLC
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 04:19 PM   #5
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
bredlo's Avatar
 
1954 22' Safari
Deerfield , Illinois
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 1,419
Images: 23
Send a message via AIM to bredlo
Thanks for the link, WK57ABF. Nice to know they're being built locally over there, makes a lot more sense than exporting them from Ohio - and gives some good jobs to some great Brits!
__________________
Brad
bredlo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 04:45 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
MrUKToad's Avatar

 
2011 28' International
Chatham , Ontario
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,372
Images: 17
Blog Entries: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by DKB_SATX View Post
Interesting that it's a UK-built trailer (according to the brit being interviewed) yet the door is still on the US (and continental) "curb side" of the trailer. I guess that's for continental sales?
The shell of the trailer is made in good ol' Jackson Center but the interior is kitted out in the UK. I reckon it'd be too expensive to set up a production line to have the doors on the other side, unless sales went big in Japan and Australia where they also drive on the left; it's no big deal which side your door's on really.

£60,000 is a lot of money!
__________________
Steve; also known as Mr UK Toad

"You can't tow that with that!"

http://toadsoftowedhaul.com
MrUKToad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
MrUKToad's Avatar

 
2011 28' International
Chatham , Ontario
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,372
Images: 17
Blog Entries: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by WK57ABF View Post
Hope you find this interesting :

Caravan Channel > Videos

John & Carole in the UK
Thanks, really nice to see.
__________________
Steve; also known as Mr UK Toad

"You can't tow that with that!"

http://toadsoftowedhaul.com
MrUKToad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #8
3 Rivet Member
 
10Smiles's Avatar
 
2005 30' Classic
Kingston , Washington
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 238
I enjoyed the video. I like the bunk model, that would be great with the kids!

Thanks for posting.
__________________
10Smiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2012, 03:59 PM   #9
2 Rivet Member
 
ajdesq's Avatar
 
2008 532 International
Rye, East Sussex , UK
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 23
Funnily enough I met Bob at the London show...

He laughed and said how the new International 685 would suit his needs (with his three children) better than a US model. So who knows what the future may hold...

I did mention that there was a lot of transatlantic envy on both sides of the pond!

Just for the record, the assembly regime is still as follows:

European BPW chassis is sent from Germany to JC
European wiring loom is sent from UK to JC
JC assemble chassis and make bodyshell, incorporating the EU wiring inside
Empty shell gets shipped to the UK
Furniture, plumbing, and appliances (from the UK, Germany, Sweden, and Netherlands) are fitted at Airstream's UK depot
Resulting trailers are then sold in European countries

As the UK is the only EU country where we drive on the left, the door is on the 'wrong' side (for us) because naturally the volume of sales outside the UK is higher.

Interestingly enough, Airstream Europe are now breaking into the Australian market. Apparently, it's the law in Oz that new trailers MUST have the door on the correct side. So AEU have produced a 684 with a door both sides. Mind you, the rear door is in the bedroom, so it really does seem to be a 'box-ticker' rather than a door that will normally be used on site.

Best wishes to all,

Andrew
__________________
Andrew

.
They all laugh because we're different.

We all laugh because they are all the same.
ajdesq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2012, 05:41 PM   #10
Restorations done right
Commercial Member
 
Frank's Trailer Works's Avatar
 
1962 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Baltimore , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 5,547
Images: 2
and all that over seas build out is to satisfy the EU unions....
__________________

Frank's Trailer Works is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Note in the House Door dscluchfc Our Community 32 08-29-2012 06:09 PM
What did a Classic Motorhome Cost New? Keyair Classic Motorhomes 42 08-12-2012 07:39 PM
Jackson Center in the news my3sonsdad Our Community 7 03-26-2012 06:49 AM
Noob looking at a 31' '77 AS 270win 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 61 03-23-2012 11:13 AM
2004 Blue Airstream Land Yacht 30ft Class A Motorhome, Low Mileage! S2004 Blue Airstr eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 03-23-2012 12:40 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.