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Old 04-02-2013, 09:16 PM   #71
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Id like to know how you can leave the helm of a company on one day, and have all of your leases, business plan, website and infrastructure in place the following day?
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #72
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Notice the EB 16" wheels on the 28 International pics.
Exactly! He was the CEO, he's not going for Goodyear tires on his Airstreams either.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:49 PM   #75
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Just idle curiosity, I'd love to know what WD hitch they are going to use.
Hi, I'm curious too; Could this brand of hitch actually be endorsed by Airstream?
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One curious thing: the industry article said that renters were covered by their auto insurance policy. I'm pretty sure my (otherwise generous) policy says that any rental trailer is only covered up to $1000. Hopefully folks check that out before renting.

$5300 is a lot, even compared to $300/night at a resort + renting a Tahoe (usually $600/week). But you're paying for the experience. I'd still totally do this for an Oregon coast trip.

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Old 04-03-2013, 09:28 AM   #77
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One curious thing: the industry article said that renters were covered by their auto insurance policy. I'm pretty sure my (otherwise generous) policy says that any rental trailer is only covered up to $1000. Hopefully folks check that out before renting.

$5300 is a lot, even compared to $300/night at a resort + renting a Tahoe (usually $600/week). But you're paying for the experience. I'd still totally do this for an Oregon coast trip.

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Tom,
It's bargain day here on the west cost...ill rent you my truck and trailer for a mere $4,000. Per week As an added bonus, you'll be departing from San Francisco and will also get to see the beautiful California Coast.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:38 AM   #78
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seriously, if you want to make it a blue ridge mountains trip, i'd imagine i could do about the same
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Dennis is right about the southwest. If you go to the NP's in southern Utah, you will find a lot of Europeans with Germans a very big part of that group. Close to Vegas and international air service is available in Vegas. Also close to Grand Canyon. There's a long tradition of tours centered on western US NP's—generations ago they were sponsored by the railroads. An LA area location gives access to Cal. NP's, also popular with Europeans, but the Vegas location should be the most successful.

Tom, we are located close to those Utah parks and Grand Canyon, and then you can take the Loneliest Road to the west coast, but on the weekly rental there will be added a myriad of undisclosed extra charges and we'll have to do a criminal background check; the rental contract will be 20 pages long and you will have 3 minutes to read it—sort of like any vehicle rental contract. Price negotiable if my wife consents. A deal you can't pass up—a powerful Tundra and 25' customized trailer, both well seasoned.

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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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Remember "Wrong Way Riegel" from Cal? I wonder if Dickie is any relation. This business plan looks like if everything goes well you could realize a mediocre profit margin. If anything goes wrong, and it will, it is a loser. The secret here is preventive maintenance and perfect execution. A bad business plan properly executed will outperform a good business plan poorly executed. I just can't see getting rich in this niche market. Good luck, Wrong Way.
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Thanks everyone for your comments and discussion about Airstream 2 Go. During my over 15 year tenure with Airstream, Thor and now Airstream 2 Go, I've had lots of experience with airforums and always appreciate the opportunity for feedback. I will try to be as active as I can on airforums, but please understand that I'm pretty busy getting the new company up and running. We could certainly use your help and suggestions to help launch the company and to help it become the best Airstream ambassador it can be. I hope everyone can visit our website at Welcome | Airstream2Go. Right now the site is just a "placeholder" with only a small amount of information, but the new site should be up and running shortly.

Here's the background on Airstream 2 Go: For all of the 15 years that I was associated with Airstream and/or Thor, every single day someone would say to me, "Wow, Airstream - I love that brand. How can I rent one?". As you know, the answer to that question was always, "Sorry, but you can't." I always felt that this was a gap in the Airstream offering. For over 82 years now, only Airstream owners have been able to enjoy the Airstream way of life, which left out the many, many people who love Airstream, but can't purchase one for whatever reason. They may not be able to store one, or have enough time to use one to justify their purchase, or be able to afford the investment in a beautiful Airstream trailer and accompanying tow vehicle. There are lots and lots of these people who, for whatever reason, simply won't purchase an Airstream.

Enter Airstream 2 Go. Exclusively factory authorized by Airstream, Inc., this new company will provide all of these people with an access point to the Airstream brand and help fill the void between Airstream aspiration and Airstream ownership. We're making it simple for people to rent an Airstream 2 Go "rig", complete with a new GMC Yukon Denali tow vehicle. Further, through our partnership with Off The Beaten Path, a legendary travel planner and outfitting company, we are providing Airstream 2 Go travelers with the opportunity to plan their itinerary, destinations and even their activities. It's the complete package. And, if Airstream 2 Go's customers really like their experience, maybe they'll consider buying one from an Airstream dealer. We are going to work closely with Airstream's dealer body to help support their sales activities, not to mention relationships to service and maintain our trailers.

We're commencing our operations in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, both gateways to wonderful locations in the American west like Zion, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Arches National Parks, Joshua Tree, Bryce Canyon, the California coastline and desert, and so much more. And Airstream 2 Go will expand to other locations from there, armed with our learning from these pilot sites. In Las Vegas, we're right downtown in old Las Vegas, part of the exciting "Downtown Project." Kristiana Spaulding of "Silver Trailer" fame is our General Manager there, and her husband Greg Didriksen is also working with Airstream 2 Go. In Los Angeles, we're super excited to be working with Airstream Los Angeles in San Gabriel, located within the dealership. If you haven't seen this beautiful facility, please stop by soon and meet the great staff at Airstream Los Angeles and say hi to us too! Mona Heath, who happens to be president of the WBCCI Oregon Unit, is the new Airstream 2 Go General Manager in San Gabriel. It's safe to say that Airstream 2 Go is entirely staffed by passionate Airstream enthusiasts. We all bleed silver!

The Airstream 2 Go fleet contains both 23'FB and 28' Airstream trailers. All are International Signature Series trailers featuring iterations of Christopher Deam's outstanding designs. All trailers are custom-specified for rental use, featuring extra insulation, dual batteries, dual air-conditioners, ultraleather fabrics and standard Zip Dee power awnings (these power Zip-Dees are really excellent!). We will offer available bike racks and generators too. All trailers come fully outfitted and accessorized to make the rental experience as comfortable, safe and enjoyable as possible. 650 thread count sheets, duvets, fully outfitted galleys, Weber grills, etc...

I know there will be a lot of talk about exactly how Airstream 2 Go will operate and how our offering will be priced. Rentals will be from a 5 day minimum but can be as many days as you'd like. Introductory weekly rates range from about $5,300 for a "Take It & Go" rental with a 23'FB Airstream to over $7,500 for a full custom journey plan with a 28' Airstream. Again, all rentals include the GMC Yukon Denali tow vehicle.

There is excellent value in the Airstream 2 Go offering, particularly when you consider that many of our customers have absolutely no other access to an Airstream experience. This is a premium offering and it carries a commensurate price, further reflecting the value of the products we feature. I hope you agree with me that Airstream 2 Go will help expose our beloved Airstream brand to many new travelers and will therefore help "shine the aluminum" for all things Airstream.

Thanks very much for your support -

Dicky Riegel
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First off, neat to see Mr. Riegel posting here. All the best in your endeavor.

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Tom, we are located close to those Utah parks and Grand Canyon, and then you can take the Loneliest Road to the west coast, but on the weekly rental there will be added a myriad of undisclosed extra charges and we'll have to do a criminal background check; the rental contract will be 20 pages long and you will have 3 minutes to read it—sort of like any vehicle rental contract. Price negotiable if my wife consents. A deal you can't pass up—a powerful Tundra and 25' customized trailer, both well seasoned.
LOL! That new floor in your 25FB might seal the deal!

Thinking about this further, especially after reading all of the tongue-in-cheek homebrewed offers above.

$5300 probably pays for me to 1) rent a Sprinter-based Pleasure-Way Class B (much smaller than even a 23FB, but nicer than the average rental Class C), 2) rent a car for the rest of the time I'd be in the Pacific Northwest, 3) cover the airfare for my wife and I to fly there, 4) pay for the campground fees, and 5) pay a few nights hotel on either end.

In other words - yep, $5300 is a premium offering. Not sure I'm quite there yet...

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Welcome to the Forums Dicky Riegel, Founder & CEOAirstream 2 Go, LLC

I wish you all success in your new adventure.

When do you think are we going to be able to rent new Class A motorhomes from your A2GO?????

I would think there is a larger market with less hassle with a Class A rental.

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