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Old 09-14-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Good morning all!
It's a glorious AM in the Pacific Northwest, no forest fires locally, and looking forward to a drive from our place in Bend, Oregon to our place on the Oregon coast where it appears to be having great weather as well!
TO THE POINT!...... My wife and I are about to start looking into Airstream Interstates and I thought I might save some time and headaches by involving the forum and their cumulative wisdom! We are not sure whether to go new or preowned. I have been looking at the threads on the forum for the past week or so but I still have some questions, some easy, some unanswerable except by divine intervention and since it's Sunday that is appropriate!
A little about us. We are a retired couple married 45 years, one German shepherd puppy. We had a MB 206D 1975 Westfalia van purchased new in Germany when we were stationed there, 4 years, great rig! US gov't wouldn't let us bring it back for BS reasons then started importing the " same chassis" the next year! Go figure! But I digress!
1. Are there different AS interstate manufactures or does AS do it all?
2. Are there favorite years and features to look for and avoid?
3. Are these units front or rear wheeled drive?
4. AWD a possibility yet, 2015?
That's enough for now, THANKS!
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Old 09-14-2014, 12:12 PM   #2
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aS mfg all Interstates, other mfg make class b vans on sprinter chassis. Jim
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1) not quite sure of the question. Airstream takes different componets from different suppliers and builds the Airstream Interstate at it's factory in Ohio.
2) newer models seem to have more features. Some like the simplicity of the older models and easier on the pocketbook.
3) Rear wheel drive
4) mercedes sprinters will be built with a 4 wheel drive option. Doubt if Airstream will use them on their builds. If you want 4 wheel drive may have to look to Advanced RV or another builder.
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Thanks for the responses! I saw an Sprinter van conversion that said both Airstream and Westfalia! ???? Hence the question. How about ideas about the different floor plans?? Thanks,
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AS sold a Westfalia conversion for a couple of years. Great vehicle but relatively rare to find one. Jim
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Thanks for the responses! I saw an Sprinter van conversion that said both Airstream and Westfalia! ???? Hence the question. How about ideas about the different floor plans?? Thanks,
One of the ladies in my WBCCI Unit owns an Airstream Westphalia. It's a Chevy van conversion (I think), with a fiberglass cap in place of the original roof. There is a bed over the driver's and front passenger's seats, and a completely different interior layout. Fewer amenities, but very spacious compared to an Interstate, even though the Interstate is a larger vehicle.
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One of the ladies in my WBCCI Unit owns an Airstream Westphalia. It's a Chevy van conversion (I think)
Nope, Westies were Sprinter-based (short wheelbase version). Fascinating vehicles. When we bought our Interstate in 2005, the dealer had one Interstate and one Westy and was asking exactly the same price. My wife and I spent a whole afternoon going back and forth between them before deciding to go with the Interstate.
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Back in 1990's and early 2000's Airstream also made the 190 B-van on Ford E-350 with a large fiberglass top cap.
http://b190.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=544
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Back in 1990's and early 2000's Airstream also made the 190 B-van on Ford E-350 with a large fiberglass top cap.
B190 Enthusiasts • View topic - 2000 Airstream B-190 van for sale -- $19,500
That must be what I mistook for a Westphalia.
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We just returned from Bend (Pronghorn) and the Oregon Coast, where we spent a couple weeks touring.

Models - we opted for the 2014.5 MB/Airstream because we wanted the new features offered by MB incl the new style front end, wood-look floor, bi-xenon lights, lane keeping, etc. But it's all about your budget and preferences.

Here's a couple images from your targeted travel region which you might find inspiring. The trailer is a Legend Aluminum trailer, which is nicely designed and crafted trailer (unfortunately it's sold by a dishonest dealer, Becks Trailer in Michigan).

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Thanks Scott, The coast picture is about 5 miles south of our place which you drove by in the 10 mile area of the Oregon coast! Most people are impressed with Pronghorn and I hope you got to play both courses! How did the van do on the Teton pass? (Jackson hole). What do you carry in the trailer? (just curious)
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Hello

Teton Pass power... Van performs fine with speeds of 45mph in the steepest areas.

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This trip we brought four kayaks, four bikes and kids camping gear (tent's etc).
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Scott,

Can you tell me about your satellite TV set up? Is that an HD receiver antenna in the rear and in motion satellite in the front?
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Can you tell me about your satellite TV set up? Is that an HD receiver antenna in the rear and in motion satellite in the front?


In-Motion HD (Direct TV) in front and the standard analog antenna in the rear.

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