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Old 11-17-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Thor Annual Report

I just received my Thor stockholder's 2013 Annual Report, and found a couple of things of general interest. Thor has divested itself of its bus manufacturing businesses, including some that had been acquired fairly recently, so that it is now solely dedicated to the RV industry with towables and motorhomes.
An interesting acquisition in the past year was Livin Lite, manufacturer of a number of brands of light weight trailers made entirely of aluminum and composites "without a splinter of wood". Maybe this technology will migrate to Airstream, and we'll see wood floors become obsolete.
Overall, Thor is pretty damn healthy.
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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I just went to the Livin Lite website.. Now, why cant Airstream have a composite floor instead of the plywood floor which rots over time.. We pay enough for them..
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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They just acquired them, so it will be interesting to see if this feature of the Livin Lite line is transferred to Thor's premium product line - Airstream.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:21 PM   #4
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They just acquired them, so it will be interesting to see if this feature of the Livin Lite line is transferred to Thor's premium product line - Airstream.
Or, would they send the plywood floor over to Livin Lite?
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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Been searching on line for the Extruded Aluminum Interlocking Plank flooring in our CampLite. Found this link:

Extruded Aluminum Interlocking Plank Floor ALM1705 | Heavy Hauler Trailers & Truck Accessories

Here's some shots of the aluminum floor & frame in our CampLite TT:



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Old 11-28-2013, 11:36 AM   #6
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That aluminum floor would need a thick pad as insulation under the carpet!
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I'm all for this but I wonder how much insulation yous need to offset the effects of cold and condensation....beer that's a huge surface area with no air gap like the shell.

Personally I'd like go see a light composite along the lines of trex.

In Europe one can buy a 4x8 sheet of trex like plywood.
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We use a carpet while camping and roll it up before towing in the rain. When towing in heavy rain, water will sometimes seep between the planks. One guy I met uses a water hose to wash the floor of his LivinLite Toy Hauler floor after a trip. Thinking a sheet metal skin could be placed on the bottom to prevent water from getting in while towing, and then place an insulated mat inside. The floor is tough.
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Tough is right! I wish I could hose out my Excella and panamerican.
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When I find a vintage Airstream project, my idea is to install an aluminum plank floor like the LivinLite CampLite, with sheet metal skin on the bottom of the floor and insulated mat with carpet on top.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:56 PM   #11
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For living trailers, why not turn it upside down, fill the cavities with wiring/plumbing, etc. and spray insulation and cover the top with light composite or wood flooring? Finished top and bottom and strong.


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The cost of this floor may be a problem for AS. On a 30' trailer you looking at $400 for plywood vs $3600 for the interlocking aluminum floor. It would be a nice upgrade when buying new. Totally worth it.
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I have enjoyed our Airstream very much since we bought it a few years ago - it is our first.

If AS could somehow get a handle on filiform, and would get rid of the wooden floor I would certainly be considering treating ourselves to a new one as our last RV.

Then I would feel I was getting half decent value for money - assuming these features didn't have a dramatic impact on price

Otherwise not - we'll just make do with the one we have!

I wonder how many other folk feel the same way.

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