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Old 05-06-2015, 03:19 PM   #1
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2016 Interstate Owner's Manual - and what's inside!

I've just spotted the 2016 Interstate Owner's Manual on the Airstream website. And I'm totally taken aback by some of the things I see in there. For example:

It seems you can now get an Interstate in any combination of seating and bedding. I see a layout of a Grand Tour with Twin Single Beds, and a Twin Single Bed model with 4 Captain's chairs.
I see a reference to electric shades. Wonder what that is.
And - wait for it - I see a reference to an optional VB Air Suspension System!

And now my local dealer had told me I can order an Interstate on a 4x4 van! My enthusiasm has been re-awakened!
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:26 PM   #2
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I looked and couldn't find any info on the 2016s on Airstream USA, Airstream Travel Trailer, Silver Bullet | Airstream

I do remember awhile back not being able to see all the drop down menus on my ipad though.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:42 PM   #3
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Here's the 2016 Owner's Manual.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:27 PM   #4
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Great find! On quick review, I'm seeing a couple things pop out. First, is automatic shades...it sounds like this isn't the back screen, but true automatic shades. The second big change is the optional VB-Air suspension. I looked everywhere to try to get the air suspension added to my van, but no one would do it. I'm glad they're adding that.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:06 PM   #5
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Interesting note: according to the specs, both the black water and LPG tank capacities are siginificantly smaller than 2015 specs (12 gal vs. 15 gal, 14 gal vs. 18 gal)
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Auto shades? Sounds interesting.

I have auto shades in my condo. They can be prone to having "issues." And they are never cheap to fix. Mind you, I have 15' ceilings, so my shades are huge.

But still, I think, in the RV, it wouldn't be worth dealing with the auto shades and motors. One more thing to break.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:25 AM   #7
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I wonder how much the VB suspension option costs.
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Air suspension option is offered by Advanced RV for a couple of years. I believe it's in the $10k range. They also will retrofit (some) AI machines.



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Old 05-07-2015, 10:39 AM   #9
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2016 Interstate Owner's Manual - and what's inside!

VB Air Suspension now has a significant presence in the USA. I think we will see more of their product on Sprinter and other van based RVs.
http://www.vbairsuspensionusa.com/us/



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Old 05-07-2015, 03:51 PM   #10
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I spoke with Airstream about adding VB to my 2014.5 Airstream and they said it costs around $6K, but they would charge $10K to install. So, I think we can expect it to be a $10K upgrade like sleeptite suggested.
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Oh wow! I want a 4x4


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Me too - primarily for the extra 3-4" of clearance.
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I too have doubts about auto-shades. Think I'd give them a couple of MY to get the bugs out.
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I too have doubts about auto-shades. Think I'd give them a couple of MY to get the bugs out.

Yup, It had fallen off the track twice already in 4 days. And upon delivery the night blind was in the sun shade's track and jammed.
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