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Old 06-02-2016, 07:32 PM   #15
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When we decided to go with an MB based B or B+ rig, Airstream was at the bottom of the list based on our experiences with an AS Safari. Our LTV Unity is now three years old and it has zero defects/problems. The Unity is built by Mennonites in Canada and the factory refuses to speed up the production line in search of profits. The AS is now parked by the Animas River and it's a $67,000 wet bar.
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.... But I've never seen anyone advertise that they improved the plumbing or electrical. Once that is done, the investment becomes so high that the vehicle really can't be let go except in an extraordinary situation....
I agree - now that I have customized mine for my use there isn't another one available that I'd trade for. I can certainly see keeping my Interstate for the next 10 years.

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Hi everyone!

I didn't expect this thread will attach so much attention and comments within one day, which means this is a valuable conversation. My pleasure...

Just for curiosity I'd like this weekend to go in Lakeland, FL to explore the quality of FreeSpirit SS made by Leasure Vans, and if I go there this weekend - I will give you my comments about it.

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Due to your knowledge and AI experience, we all are most certainly positive that your one left hand is more capable than of twenty Aistream right-handed assemblers ))))
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Laborers work down to the expectations of the management. Even the best employees work suffers when management is not the best. Anybody who has worked should understand this. Management that expects little of the workforce wil eventually get just that, very little.
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Bus. Most sprinters are either used as busses or cargo trucks throughout the world. Making an RV out of one is like making a silk purse out of a pigs ear. It's still a truck no matter what is done to it, it's not a Mercedes automobile.
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Yes and no. I wish the Interstates were built out of Sprinter buses, because the bus side door would have been better than the sliding door for RV conversions.

The Interstates started life as Sprinter cargo vans, so not bus.

Louisiana doesn't issue motorhome license platesó my license plate says "Private Bus" for the vehicle type.
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I bought my Airstream knowing full well that the design was sound, but that I would have to go around fixing little things.

It's simply the American way to produce something as quick and inexpensively as possible.

IMO the USA has better designers/engineers than labour force comparatively.
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Bus. Most sprinters are either used as busses or cargo trucks throughout the world. Making an RV out of one is like making a silk purse out of a pigs ear. It's still a truck no matter what is done to it, it's not a Mercedes automobile.
I would rebut it.
Did you know this Brabus made by germans you may order at $450 thousand?
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I would rebut it.
Did you know this Brabus made by germans you may order at $450 thousand?
I doubt that's a factory item, still started as a sprinter van?
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I bought my Airstream knowing full well that the design was sound, but that I would have to go around fixing little things.

It's simply the American way to produce something as quick and inexpensively as possible.

IMO the USA has better designers/engineers than labour force comparatively.
I am signing under every single word of this post, except "inexpensively" in this particular matter.
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I doubt that's a factory item, still started as a sprinter van?
Brabus and AMG are the only two official Mercedes tuning companies.
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I am signing under every single word of this post, except "inexpensively" in this particular matter.
As the saying goes, "Good. Fast. Cheap. Pick two." Compared to other RVs' production lines, Airstream has obviously picked "Fast" with their latest production line expansions. However, they seem to be undecided on "Good" vs. "Cheap" and so it can be argued that they missed the target on both.
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Wait a little longer until you begin to discover the full extent of where indoor rust-prone hardware was used in exterior applications where stainless steel should have been used instead. Boy oh boy, are we all gonna hear some Russian ranting at that point!!


As has been said before on many threads, here's the deal. There are only three options of which the off-the-lot Airstream Interstate, customized by you to suit your tolerances, is the first option. The other two are (a) high-end custom build by someone else, which I'm told takes about two years and costs about twice as much, or (b) build one yourself. Being gainfully employed people, we don't have time for (a) or (b) so we suck up the rusty screws and the self-customization and occasionally give moral support to those who are doing likewise. Pretty much end of story.
Prevent my ranting tell me which hardware to be prepare of rusting )))

Story of three options is logical.
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