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Old 03-15-2016, 04:37 PM   #197
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I recognize that my experience is only anecdotal, but a week ago I picked up our brand shiny new FC25FB twin. The PDI revealed one of the reading lights that didn't work, and one of the storage boxes under a rear bed dragged coming out. That's it. Nothing else. In the past week I've been over the trailer in great detail, and have run all the systems for a few days. Again, perfection. Of course something could go wrong tomorrow ( premature mortality) or next month, but so far I'd say the quality of this unit is outstanding.
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Old 03-15-2016, 04:38 PM   #198
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Actually, the Sprinter began as a work vehicle, which is what I have. Airstream and all of the other up fitters start with the higher level of Sprinter with the smart wheel and other goodies....... But it's STILL a work van.

I don't know of any Prevost builders that will outfit a Sprinter....... but remember; a Prevost is STILL a bus chassis.

If you really want a totally custom build, go to Newell Coach in Oklahoma. Every one of their units is hand build from the ground up. They still won't do a Sprinter but we're actually selling Airstream Interstates to their coach customers for a couple of years.


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Old 03-15-2016, 04:48 PM   #199
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I recognize that my experience is only anecdotal, but a week ago I picked up our brand shiny new FC25FB twin. The PDI revealed one of the reading lights that didn't work, and one of the storage boxes under a rear bed dragged coming out. That's it. Nothing else. In the past week I've been over the trailer in great detail, and have run all the systems for a few days. Again, perfection. Of course something could go wrong tomorrow ( premature mortality) or next month, but so far I'd say the quality of this unit is outstanding.
We also have a 2016 FC25FB twin. Our jack motor died, and it took a couple of weeks to sort that out and get it replaced, but I haven't run into any other problems.
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Old 03-15-2016, 06:23 PM   #200
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Lets not forget that some of the source of our dissatisfaction is down to the cheap componentry Airstream uses. High-level upfitters claim "marine grade products" used in their build, and they use that to justify a higher cost. With Airstream, the high cost is there, but no marine grade products.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:12 PM   #201
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Lets not forget that some of the source of our dissatisfaction is down to the cheap componentry Airstream uses. High-level upfitters claim "marine grade products" used in their build, and they use that to justify a higher cost. With Airstream, the high cost is there, but no marine grade products.
The switch to Magnum inverter/charger was a quality move made on the Interstate in 2013. Now they have also finally connected the temperature sensor, so it is a quality installation. Same with the batteries, Lifeline AGM are one of the best batteries on the market.

There are actually a couple of "marine grade components"; the Perko fresh water gravity filler, the MARINCO Stainless Steel 120V AC 30AMP external connector and the Shurflo Chrome Plated City Water Connector are all from the boating industry.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:36 PM   #202
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Actually, the components used in Interstate are of a decent quality. For me personally, some "quick perks" and "cutting the corners" of assembling workers are annoying when I look closer to the construction details. They are not visible for everybody, because category of quality is different for people. Let's say, open your small side windows, go outside of the van and look under those windows - you will find a rubberish material cheaply glued just as quick as it is possible to make a fast task overlooking the quality result. Or, again for example, look what kind of glue they used on the rubber pads of the front doors steps? Yes!, double-sided 3M tape, which will be dissolved after car washes. I put there a good normal glue. Have you ever looked on to the nasty black silicon on the roof? - the same way was used on the roof of my motorcycle enclosed cargo trailer. Again, these are just few minor examples.

However, as I told before, I am happy with what I have and I love my bus, regardless. Although it is overpriced, because there are no many producers make such conversions of Sprinter, and those converted by RoadTreck or Winnebago are complete garbage, I know it for sure, because I looked all of those brands before I bought my AI.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:47 PM   #203
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Frankly, I have owned both a Roadtrek and currently own an Interstate. The Roadtrek, while it may have had some lesser quality components, the build quality, fit, and finish were far superior than what I found in the Interstate. It takes more than a cursory look to make that determination.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:50 PM   #204
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New RoadTreck and Winnebago are made of cheaper materials than Interstate. Workmanship is the same.
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:56 AM   #205
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A parody on Betty Furness in Westinghouse ads:

"The Quality goes out before the name goes on"

seems to unfortunately apply in many industries besides the RV industry.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:25 PM   #206
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I'm not completely agree with this.
Mercedes-Benz high-priced models made in exceptional quality.
60% of the Bently building time goes to the details of the interior.
Their name is still a Name.
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Although it is overpriced, because there are no many producers make such conversions of Sprinter, and those converted by RoadTreck or Winnebago are complete garbage, I know it for sure, because I looked all of those brands before I bought my AI.
Worldwide, there are over seventy companies that do Sprinter-based RV conversions. At least there were four years ago when I was doing my research before buying mine. But in North America, there are only about fifteen authorized upfitters doing Sprinter-based B-vans.

In North America, the choices are (last time I checked): Advanced RV; Airstream; Coach House; Coachmen; Creative Mobile Interiors; Great West (now out of business but used ones may be available); Leisure Travel Vans; Midwest Automotive Designs; Outside Van; Pleasure-Way; RV Factory (factory-direct only, no dealers); Roadtrek; Sportsmobile; Van Specialties; and Winnebago.

Out of all of these, Airstream is not necessarily the most expensive— some of the custom-only shops can be more expensive depending on what you want in your one-of-a-kind van. Comparing an Airstream Interstate to a custom Sprinter conversion really isn't applicable because one-of-a-kind assembly can always be of better quality than anything produced cookie-cutter-style on an assembly line. The quality of an Interstate is always going to be assembly-line quality. And Airstream is among the most expensive of the assembly-line upfitters. But compared to other assembly-line shops only, Airstream quality is better than most of the competition.
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:06 PM   #208
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However, calling a Roadtrek garbage and lumping them with Winnebago is not accurate. At least Roadtrek stands behind what they sell with a 6 year warranty. That's twice what Airstream offers. And from what I've read, Roadtrek has dealt with customers fairly, even refunding or replacing units that had issues.

Roadtrek has it's strength and weaknesses, just like the Interstate.

Winnebago, on the other hand....well, a 12 month warranty speaks volumes as to what Winnebago thinks about the quality of their product. If they have so little faith in their product, why should anyone else?
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:31 PM   #209
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Having had my 2016 AS since late July I'm impressed. Being a veteran RV owner over the years (3 motor homes, 3 trailers) this is the very first that has been trouble free, so far! Not a single issue. We are just 8 weeks away from a 3 month venture across the US & that will be the real test.
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Joe, our 25 RB has been trouble-free as well in 4 1/2 years, many cross-country trips. We head out again next week for about 3,000 miles and some touring with our new Ram Ecodiesel and Airstream. Looking forward to it.
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