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Old 03-09-2011, 02:41 PM   #99
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Earthbound is based in Marion, IN, not in FL. That doesn't really explain their choice of Colorado sites for model names, but that's probably just to call up ideas of the open road, wide-open spaces, purple mountains' majesty, etc.

The cabinetry is coated aluminum and composite, which I'd expect to be at least as durable as the laminates in Safaris and Internationals. The orangey tone they use for the color of the cabinetry would not be my first choice, but I don't dislike it. Overall the interiors are quite well-done and appealing, though that's always going to be a matter of taste. The sandwich-construction floor with no wood is a huge plus, IMHO.

For me the biggest draw of the Airstream over Earthbound is the exterior shape and the proven durability of the exterior. If Airstream would just use a more modern floor system instead of plywood, it would be a much easier choice for me.
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Earthbound is based in Marion, IN, not in FL. That doesn't really explain their choice of Colorado sites for model names, but that's probably just to call up ideas of the open road, wide-open spaces, purple mountains' majesty, etc.

The cabinetry is coated aluminum and composite, which I'd expect to be at least as durable as the laminates in Safaris and Internationals. The orangey tone they use for the color of the cabinetry would not be my first choice, but I don't dislike it. Overall the interiors are quite well-done and appealing, though that's always going to be a matter of taste. The sandwich-construction floor with no wood is a huge plus, IMHO.

For me the biggest draw of the Airstream over Earthbound is the exterior shape and the proven durability of the exterior. If Airstream would just use a more modern floor system instead of plywood, it would be a much easier choice for me.
Yeh, Indiana. When I looked at their website earlier, I saw Florida. Now I can't find it. Maybe they moved today?

The structure of the exterior walls is panelized. They use a vacuum press to make the panels and that can be quite strong, but I don't know how strong this trailer is.

I also don't know how the Earthbound would perform in a wind tunnel test compared to an Airstream. The Earthbound has a sloped front end and curved edges and may perform quite well.

I think the lesson is that people come along and come up with new designs. Some may be better than anything before. That's what Wally did. Airstream's design may be iconic, but so were flying buttresses. Can you imagine the Empire State Building with flying buttresses? Maybe the Earthbound tows better and is stronger—until someone tests them, we are guessing.

And yes, the floor can be a lot better.

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Yeh, Indiana. When I looked at their website earlier, I saw Florida. Now I can't find it. Maybe they moved today?

The structure of the exterior walls is panelized. They use a vacuum press to make the panels and that can be quite strong, but I don't know how strong this trailer is.

I also don't know how the Earthbound would perform in a wind tunnel test compared to an Airstream. The Earthbound has a sloped front end and curved edges and may perform quite well.

I think the lesson is that people come along and come up with new designs. Some may be better than anything before. That's what Wally did. Airstream's design may be iconic, but so were flying buttresses. Can you imagine the Empire State Building with flying buttresses? Maybe the Earthbound tows better and is stronger—until someone tests them, we are guessing.

And yes, the floor can be a lot better.

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Well, I think in the short term at least the Earthbound will be fine. I've been in touch with former Airstream owners who've switched to one and they are happy with the way it tows and pleased overall, but haven't had it a year yet.

I'm wondering what the exterior will look like in 10 or 20 years. We already know that a reasonably well-cared-for Airstream can look good for decades.

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How will it look in 10 or 20 years? Good question. I not all that excited by the style, but most of the skin is clear coated aluminum, so that will hold up just like an Airstream.

I just saw the tanks are heated by resistance heating, not the furnace, so this unit isn't practical for boondocking when it goes below zero.

There's some real nice things about it, but I can't get past the orange cabinets and the lack of flexibility for boondocking.

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Regret NO WAY - My next one will be new also. Don't get me wrong, I love the older ones also I am just not very handy, so new works best for me. :-)
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i've snipped your note because it is SUCH A GOOD POINT buried there...



THIS lisa is the crux of many things related to the once famous traylas...

since MOST newer buyers use them SO LITTLE,

many issues will NOT develop till well after the warranty is gone.

for folks that USE the NEW units a LOT, problems happen MUCH sooner.

the 66% thing a/s likes to promote really should be...

66% of all units ever built are in a BACK YARD somewhere...

rather than on the road.

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