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Old 04-04-2005, 02:03 PM   #1
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The new "Classic" Motor Home??

Wonder if this is the new "Classic" Motor Home??


http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/st...1/daily33.html

Not well written, but the "projects" page of the interior company is fairly impressive.
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:00 AM   #2
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Thor subsidiary partners with Creative Mobile Interiors to build RVs
A subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc. has signed a partnership agreement with Creative Mobile Interiors Inc.

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Airstream, a mobile home manufacturer acquired by Wade Thompson and Peter Orthwein in 1980 to form Jackson Center-based Thor Industries (NYSE:THO), reached a partnership with Creative Mobile Interiors to make mobile homes. Creative Mobile Interiors is a coach modification company based in Grove City.

The first product to come out of the partnership is the A37, a 37-foot mobile home with custom interiors. Airstream supplied the chassis and Creative Mobile Interiors supplied the interior.

The A37 is priced at $310,000 and features leather, ultrasuede and Corian countertops, according to Creative Mobile Interiors. It is a change from the typical RV interior of floral print fabrics and oak cabinets, the company said Thursday.

Creative Mobile Interiors was founded in 1999 by Owen Connaughton and operates two plants in Grove City totaling 14,000 square feet.

Airstream was founded in 1936 and is known for its distinctive "silver bullet" mobile homes.


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On Edit - Direct Link to Creative Mobile Interiors - looks as if they put out quality stuff.

www.creativemobileinteriors.com/

Anyone have any idea what "Project A-37" is?

Speculation - An interior for a BMW designed exterior? - but 300 Grand??
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:12 AM   #3
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Further research revealed --

A mamma-jamma 42,000 lb GCWR (32,000 lb GVWR) Diesel Pusher offered in 37' and 39' lengths.

http://www.airstream.com/product_lin...ries_home.html

Wow - Competition for Monaco.

http://www.monacocoach.com/products/index.html
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:39 AM   #4
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Saw this bad boy at the RVIA show last December.....very pretty. But at $310 it could be competing above its class. Lot's of quality DP products from SOB in the 200 - 290 range.
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Just to be clear -- the A-37 and A-39 are NOT the "New Classic" motorhome. They are a new model with no propane systems on board (all-electric, powered by 12kw diesel genset). The New Classic has yet to be revealed...
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I think we will be seeing a version of the tru riveted aluminum look not a painted graphic art coach like the Monaco and others. not that those are bad mind you, just not a "Classic" look.
We all patiently await its debut.
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I think we will be seeing a version of the tru riveted aluminum look .....
I think Alan hit it "rivet-on" - with the comment "riveted aluminum look".

We all must keep an open mind - and be prepared for some "surprises".
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Could it be this Bambi?

Well, I've seen David post around here, so maybe he knows more about this "classic" project than we do! Anyways, good luck!

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ADA -- The cult-like following enjoyed by aluminum-clad Airstream trailers may prove lucrative for David Winick, a self-employed designer.

The professed Airstream junkie has been tapped to help build a prototype of Airstream's 19-foot Bambi in his Ada-area workshop.

He'll have to work fast: Airstream wants the finished product in early June. It will be rolled out this summer at Airstream's 75th anniversary celebration.

The Ohio-based company tapped Winick to work on 75 of the limited edition, commemorative trailers. The price has not been determined, but Winick said he believes they will sell for at least $45,000.

If response if good, a second order for 75 more trailers will be placed, he said.

"We are working in collaboration on the prototype," Winick said. "They'll assemble the body and send it to me to work on the interior. It will be an empty trailer when it gets here."

Working in a well-equipped 40-foot by 55-foot workshop behind his home, Winick will finish the interior of the classic Bambi model, introduced in the 1960s.

Once the prototype is done, he'll build high-end interiors for the 75th anniversary edition Bambi. Assembly will take place at company headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio.

"Basically, it is like building a house," said Winick, a 1969 East Grand Rapids High School graduate who studied art in Grand Rapids and Colorado. "You start with the foundation and build up."

Winick, owner of Winick Design Studio in Ada, is not the sort to buckle under deadline pressure.

The athletic 53-year-old in January was on a five-person team charged with building a 1950 Nashua trailer from the ground up. Winick was the sole designer working with four builders under the glare of television cameras. They were working for an upcoming episode of Monster House.

"We did 85 hours of work in five days," Winick said. "Work and eat; that was about it."

The episode, titled "Good Ol' Boy Trailer," will air at 8 p.m. Friday on the Discovery Channel.

For his efforts, Winick got $3,000 in power tools.

He was tapped for the show by a Monster House producer who happened upon his Web site. Winick about three years ago created a separate site devoted to Airstream trailers, www.vintagetrailering.com.

"I'm amazed at the number of hits it gets," he said.

Winick has restored six Airstream trailers, a venture that started in 2002 when he bought his first in California. He drove it back to Michigan, restored it, and was hooked.

Winick was at an Airstream rally in Lansing last summer when company officials got a look at his work and asked him to help with the 75th anniversary model. He did not hesitate.

"I've always liked the shape of these since I was a kid," Winick said.

And he is not alone.

Airstreams suddenly are hip. Actor Matthew McConaughey owns one. A recent episode of NBC's "The Apprentice" featured an Airstream, while Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie took a cross- country Airstream trip on their Fox program, "The Simple Life."

Airstream trailer sales hit a record $1.4 billion last year -- a jump of 83 percent in just two years.

Winick appreciates the classic style, but notes some devotees can take the Airstream obsession too far.

"There's a fine line between cool and weird," he said.
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