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Old 03-13-2019, 01:56 PM   #113
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I sure hope Airstream switches to them for future Interstates... not even sure why they did not switched long ago...
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:05 PM   #114
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I sure hope Airstream switches to them for future Interstates... not even sure why they did not switched long ago...
Ahh yes, the age old question...why didnít Airstream...(users choice for the rest).😂
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Nice rig.


What I've been watching is the development of Rivian truck/suv coming out of Michigan. They are truly a Game Changer. Talking with their reps, the truck is 100 electric, goes 410 miles on a charge, 0-60 in 3 secs, but now developing a self charging system while driving. Lots of interesting conversations regarding towing trailers and I noted my 19' FC. I also noted having a adaptive system to recharge the truck via the trailer wheels. Lots of ooos and aaaaahs.


One Rivian model will have a lift range of up to 450 mm for off-road with their 4Quad engine; one engine per wheel, engine well is now the truck. Surprisingly, my Tesla contacts here in the Bay Area have conveyed Tesla hasn't even considered a truck and truth be know, Musk isn't really into Tesla to begin with, it was all about the development of the battery systems


I wonder if Winnebago, AS an others have even considered doing this with their vehicles. If the batt packs are the base of the vehicle, it frees up the engine well as cargo space. An engine per wheel, that would be nice.



The changes are coming as Shell gas stations throughout the Bay Area are now upgrading for Hydrogen and Electric, and my old college friends working at Chevron tell me they are about to do the same as it's easier to simply maintain gas stations and rename them as fuel stations.


I sort of wish I was a kid again as dying to see how the next 50 years turns out when the first flying RVs come out



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Old 03-25-2019, 03:34 PM   #116
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Here's a "herd" result I would not have predicted... Airstream made the list, but not with the Interstate. The Classic made the list - huh. Call me jaded, but I would not have expected either one of them to score in this particular competition (this is Outside, a good-sized publication - almost 700K circulation).

https://www.outsideonline.com/239230...-trailers-2019
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Here's a "herd" result I would not have predicted... Airstream made the list, but not with the Interstate. The Classic made the list - huh. Call me jaded, but I would not have expected either one of them to score in this particular competition (this is Outside, a good-sized publication - almost 700K circulation).

https://www.outsideonline.com/239230...-trailers-2019

I am waiting for Airstream to come out with the Interstate in the new MB Sprinter... to see what additional changes, if any, they make. The platform itself is a great improvement and all builders will benefit from it. Where in the past the line of "we check every box" was a differentiator for Airstream, that is no longer the case. Seeing several builders saying the same now with the 2020 Sprinter. The extra gears and expected increase in mpg will be welcomed as well...

What I am seeing from the new offerings, when compared to what I currently have:

  • I still prefer the interior we have in the Tommy Bahama trim. Anything I look at, I am comparing to this trim... I sure hope other vendors pick up in using bamboo, or non-gloss finishes in their cabinets. It provides a warmer feel... and look so much more modern and spacious than the darker/gloss finishes. Again, just my preference.
  • Fit and finish still look better in the AI. I have been reading other forums and folks complain even more about faults found... then you got to the Boldt FB page and read on some of the feedback from AI owners that have had a bad experience with their AI and can't wait to change it...
  • I would like a better, more durable solar solution. Have not had a chance to go to the AI to take photos, but as I mentioned in my ownership thread, the flexible panels are showing their age with only 14 months of ownership... changing them will mean installing a rack of some sort to install higher quality aluminum framed/glass covered panels... I have not check efficiency to confirm if it has degraded...this is based strictly on how they look...will confirm shortly. But this would apply to any other vendor using the same flexible panels...
  • I keep wondering if we would manage just as well in a smaller package... but then we head out with friends and really appreciate the extra space in our current rig to carry the ARB cooler and other things inside and with easy reach from the back seat (no need to stop to open the doors to have access to it). Parking and maneuverability has not been an issue so far...
  • Long term reliability of the Sprinter is in the back of my mind... I try not to think about it much, but I do... Problem is, any other platform, imho, is uglier... love the lines of the MB Sprinter compared to that of the Ford or Dodge... plus I want the benefits in mpg of the diesel...
Enough rambling... this is my first RV... only had it for 14 months and already looking at what is next. Not because I do not like it, just because I like looking ahead at the next vehicle that will replace it.
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Very unfortunate that the flex solar panels have issues. Like you said - the AI is a really well designed van. To me the AI has the best interior design and ability to carry 7 or even 9 people with seat belts and still go camping. Apparently most are used for transportation and very occasional overnighting so maybe some upgrades aren't worthwhile to most buyers.

With the arrival of the Winnebago Boldt there has be pressure on Airstream to at least offer an option package with stuff like Volta Lithium, Truma heater, rigid solar panels, quiet AC. If not they are going to lose business. We can overlook a few things and upgrade as necessary but that list of desired upgrades is getting longer... The AI was quick to offer the VB Air Suspension and the EF Levelling System. Hope they stay at the front of the herd. The competition is getting close now.
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