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Old 04-01-2013, 09:14 PM   #57
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Renting an airplane "wet" is including fuel and oil. Not a pilot. If you want the pilot it is called a charter. The piece in auto week was good, it is too bad that the web page is not ready for all the traffic it got today.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:46 PM   #58
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:25 AM   #59
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Mr. Riegel Answers Quickly

I contacted A2Go via their placeholder website. Mr. Riegel answered almost immediately, prompt and professional. The new website will be up real soon now, and he sent along a brochure. Drop them a line if you want to know more about prices. The fleets are stationed in LA and Las Vegas so far. I don't have any relationship with the company, but as many have said, it's an intriguing idea. Attached is a brochure Mr. Riegel sent me just a few minutes ago.
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Thanks for posting that. Nice brochure.

The "digital owners manual" phone app is a freaking brilliant idea that AS should quickly adopt. That way I could remember how to get the Zipdee out at the start of each season...

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Old 04-02-2013, 10:40 AM   #61
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I contacted A2Go via their placeholder website. Mr. Riegel answered almost immediately, prompt and professional. The new website will be up real soon now, and he sent along a brochure. Drop them a line if you want to know more about prices. The fleets are stationed in LA and Las Vegas so far. I don't have any relationship with the company, but as many have said, it's an intriguing idea. Attached is a brochure Mr. Riegel sent me just a few minutes ago.
I don't see an attachment. Can I "charter" tech support for this posting?
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:14 PM   #62
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There aren't many of these companies on the east coast. I've considered this might be a good business model, IF you were to tow it for the renter. I just can't imagine throwing a 25' Airstream on someone who may have never towed before. We had our trailer almost 10 months before we towed it!

Just watching with interest, if you had a new Airstream and Denali would you rent it to some yahoo that walks in off the street? I rented Penske trucks at one point in my previous life, the condition that some folks returned those trucks was borderline criminal. I got one back that the renter had left his two large dogs closed up in the cab for three days. It was so bad we couldn't drive it, we had to send it back to the terminal on the wreaker. It could be many times worse with an Airstream.
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SStar: My assumption is that they're going to have a pretty hefty security deposit and a rental contract that's all in their favor. Combine that with a pricing model that's likely to price a lot of people out of the market (the brochure mentioned river cruises down the Loire and safaris in South Africa... not your average long weekend getting the sales pitch at a timeshare for a free stay.) I think they're looking for people who can pay a lot for the rental, and pay a lot if they trash the trailer and/or truck.
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My guess is they are going after the European market, hook them here with a rental. I see circuits of RV renters all the time on my travels, there is a well worn route, JFK in NY up to Boston, over and down to Niagara Falls, down to PA, And out..about a two week tour.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #65
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My guess is they are going after the European market, hook them here with a rental. I see circuits of RV renters all the time on my travels, there is a well worn route, JFK in NY up to Boston, over and down to Niagara Falls, down to PA, And out..about a two week tour.
The southwest (hence a Las Vegas connection) has a steady flow of Europeans in rental RV's. I suspect that this will be a major portion of their business. There are lots of takers for $450 per hour exotic car rentals, so why should we be surprised that there will be lots of people looking at high dollar RV rentals for a change of pace. How is this any different than an expensive yacht charter without a skipper?
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SStar: My assumption is that they're going to have a pretty hefty security deposit and a rental contract that's all in their favor. Combine that with a pricing model that's likely to price a lot of people out of the market (the brochure mentioned river cruises down the Loire and safaris in South Africa... not your average long weekend getting the sales pitch at a timeshare for a free stay.) I think they're looking for people who can pay a lot for the rental, and pay a lot if they trash the trailer and/or truck.
That's sounds reasonable, jet on over, rent an Airstream and mingle with the normal folk for a few days. Gather around the old firepit for a little caviar and s'mores.
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NORMAL FOLK?????????????????????????????

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That's sounds reasonable, jet on over, rent an Airstream and mingle with the normal folk for a few days. Gather around the old firepit for a little caviar and s'mores.
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Here's what was posted today under breaking news on the RV Business website IRT Airstream2GO. Great to see.



When you think of it $5300 a week is NOT a bad price for a family of 4-6. I don't think you can get airfare that cheap to Hawaii fro 4-6. Then hotel, food and then you have the crowd. Let me think about this, west coast, no crowds and not enough time to count the stars in the sky, priceless!


here is the link as well.


Airstream 2 Go Offers Premium RV Experience | RV Business



In a completely new twist for the RV industry, former Thor Industries Inc. executive Dicky Riegel in May will launch Airstream 2 Go LLC, a company that plans to rent Airstream travel trailers hitched to GMC Yukon Denali SUV tow vehicles to retail consumers.
”Airstream 2 Go is entirely new for people who never have had the experience of an Airstream,” said Riegel, former president of Airstream Inc. and senior president of Thor, Airstream’s parent company.
Airstream 2 Go initially will make available through facilities in Las Vegas and Los Angeles a fleet of 20 Airstream International Signature travel trailers, offered in 23- and 28-foot lengths, with interiors by noted designer Christopher C. Deam.
Rates for a weeklong rental will range from $5,300 for people who just want to pick up a trailer/tow package and range up to $7,500 for a customized itinerary developed by Airstream 2 Go’s partner Off the Beaten Path, a Montana-based travel planning and outfitting company. Riegel noted that Airstream 2 Go would limit rentals to five days or longer.
”It’s a premium experience,” Riegel said. ”Many in the RV industry will say, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of money.’ But if you think about how unique Airstream 2 Go is, and the ability we give to visit America’s great venues in a quintessential way, we know there will be demand for the experience at the premium price point.”
Rental customers will be covered by their automobile insurance, Riegel said. ”Insurance coverage will be just like when they rent an automobile,” he said.
Riegel said Airstream 2 Go, in developing its novel business plan, surveyed 60,000 consumers about their interest in renting an Airstream and found a substantial number of positive responses.
Airstream trailer hitched to a GMC Yukon Denali SUV

”For all those people, Airstream 2 Go presents an exciting opportunity never offered before,” Riegel said.
Also as part of its game plan, Airstream 2 Go has an exclusive arrangement with Airstream Inc. to provide rental travel trailers to the public, which heretofore had not been available.
In California, Airstream 2 Go will offer rentals at the Airstream Los Angeles dealership in San Gabriel. In Nevada, the new company will have a 28,000-square-foot lot in a redevelopment project in downtown Las Vegas.
Riegel said Airstream 2 Go over the next three to five years expects to establish facilities in Florida, Texas, the Pacific Northwest, Illinois and New England, among other locations.


I think we all have it right and best of luck to Mr. Riegel in marketing a great product. Maybe down the road these will be exchanged out for newer ones at a reduced price to keep the fleet going like rentals. Something to keep the process going. Hopefully a few of those new Land Yachts will be introduced.


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Old 04-02-2013, 07:14 PM   #69
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A few years ago, we were looking at a used, one owner, Airstream that was about a year old. I was asking questions about it, and the salesman told me that they had sold it to a German business man, and actually pre-negotiated the dealer buy back price for one year later. I guess the guy had also did the same thing with a SUV from a local car dealer. He traveled around the country for a year and dropped the trailer and SUV off at the dealers and was done. I'm thinking that guy paid far less than $5300 a week. The coach was used pretty hard, we didn't buy it.
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What hitch?

Just idle curiosity, I'd love to know what WD hitch they are going to use.
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