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Old 09-23-2018, 12:49 PM   #99
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Called Airstream Ohio twice last week and finally got a call back and answer. My unit, and others, were held up due to mismanufacured wire harnessing. I kinda chewed them out for very poor customer contact and absolutely crappy service. He agreed. My unit is supposed to be released 9/25 so the saga continues. This industry truly seems to be way behind the times. Needs some Millennials in there to bring it to the future. They are also overwhelmed with huge growth annually and currently make money in spite of mediocre customer service. I predict those behaviors and days are numbered.

Sorry to hear of the most recent reason for delay. My guess is you'll be pleasantly surprised if they actually release it in two days.


I know I'd be on pins & needles if it were me anxiously awaiting my new rig.
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:43 PM   #100
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TLDR: Shorty 19's the ideal short wheebase interstate base station/ day use, drives between hotels or family, and 4x4 plus short wheelbase promises great maneuverability and increased all weather off highway capability.

The shorty 19 may fill in a niche for another demographic those that will rarely camp instead preferring hotels or staying with friends and family or day trips day hikes and day activities where you want a kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom looks a little roomier than even the longer interstates and with the seats folded up it would be a plenty of roomy base station for activities better than even the base station trailer.


Maneuvering and parking the shorter wheelbase will give it a new ability in national parks and a 4x4 on a shorter chassis promises a big Improvement in off highway capability. The 3.0 diesel Sprinter based will never be a rocket but it should be lighter too and merge a little quicker in hold speed a little better on the grades.



I'd be inclined to use it as a base temperate weather when I love sleeping on a cot outside.
My favorite floor plan for camping use would be a Grand Touring 24 twin with an option for an extra fold up seat or two. Even the shorty has two extra bump seats in the back... if they're on or behind the axle it's going to be bumpy back there...



There's also those who need access to a restroom because of a medical condition or advancing age but don't want a full camper and a bathroom on wheels offers a lot more freedom vs plamning around restroom stops.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:14 PM   #101
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Welcome to the forum dylanmitchel!!!
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:58 PM   #102
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Newbie here...first venture into the world of motor homes....not even sure that is the correct name for a Interstate 19! I have done boats from 21’ to 52’ so have an idea of this type of living. We retired near Beaufort, SC and would like to be able to travel from Cape Cod or South to visit friends in Florida. I am loosing my wife to the world of dementia so am uncomfortable with her getting confused at rest stops or McDonald’s! I had to rescue her recently with hysterical women ready to call 911....right out of a sitcom. A former neighbor had a Leisure Unity which I always admired...started there but wanted more of daily driver. Looked at the Ascent and the Agile...didn’t like the looks of the roll down side screens. Sales advisor directed me to the Midwest 144 on the same short chassis...it is extremely nice to look at but...then I read an article about a new player in the B class, the Airstream Interstate 19 and it looked perfect for our needs. Love the conservative classy look of it and the fact my wife and dog can join me in some traveling. Called around 10 Airstream dealers and found an available one in Ohio. Mark the sales advisor was great and offered to deliver to our door next week. Thought about it for 2 days, called back to finalize the purchase and Mark said another sales agent took a deposit 5 minutes ago...bummer. Said it would be early spring before next available...15 minutes later he called back to tell me he found one ready to go into production with a delivery date of 11/15. I didn’t hesitate and am excited to have found this forum. Glancing at the post tonight it looks like there may be a delay with delivery? Sorry for the long post and promise it won’t happen again. Excited in Beaufort, SC!
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:33 PM   #103
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Very sorry to hear about your wife's condition. My in-laws have been with us for 15 years and we are dealing with the same condition with my mother-in-law. Very difficult as there are semi-good days and then the others...

Welcome to the forum and just know that you will never have to be sorry for long posts...
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:45 PM   #104
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Thanks!

Thank you for the welcome and kind words!
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:54 AM   #105
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SKIPHOYT - welcome to AirForums. Wishing you all the best in dealing with your wife's dementia. I helped my sister-in-law a few years back after she made the tremendously difficult decision to commit her husband to a care facility after dealing with his dementia for over five years. It's a difficult issue many of us will face.

Your post was not long. We all enjoy hearing each other's stories.
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Old 09-24-2018, 12:58 PM   #106
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2019 Interstate 19 available immediately....silver with columbian walnut and carpet option. My white one is on order and I just spoke with Mark Bensman at Arbogast, Troy, Ohio. Mark has been great to work with and will ship to your door if needed. Mark’s contact is 937-552-2791
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:18 PM   #107
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It’s here!!!

It just arrived to the dealer this morning and I attached four photographs. Let me know if they did not load. I am very happy to see that they do not have the accordion screen door but just a regular screen door so that is better. The refrigerator runs not on propane but on electric and battery power so that is also a positive in my opinion. It really looks fantastic. I am 6‘5“ tall and have no problem in the driver seat by the way. It will take a few days to put in my large lithium battery and the 3000 W converter. It will be another weekend without traveling but I have other plans anyway so hopefully we will get out next Thursday for a few days. My video will be forthcoming after I finalize payment and take delivery. I will try to take a quick one today if they allow me to, and get that on my YouTube channel.
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:09 PM   #108
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It just arrived to the dealer this morning and I attached four photographs. ...
Great news - glad to hear it is finally coming your way.
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:19 PM   #109
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It just arrived to the dealer this morning and I attached four photographs. Let me know if they did not load. I am very happy to see that they do not have the accordion screen door but just a regular screen door so that is better. The refrigerator runs not on propane but on electric and battery power so that is also a positive in my opinion. It really looks fantastic. I am 6‘5“ tall and have no problem in the driver seat by the way. It will take a few days to put in my large lithium battery and the 3000 W converter. It will be another weekend without traveling but I have other plans anyway so hopefully we will get out next Thursday for a few days. My video will be forthcoming after I finalize payment and take delivery. I will try to take a quick one today if they allow me to, and get that on my YouTube channel.
DRPEGGAU - Nice! CONGRATS!
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:49 PM   #110
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The "Shorty" has a lot of features I would hope appear on the 2020 Extendeds.
  1. The bathroom, a bit wider with the diagonal stool. Feels a lot roomier than my 2014.5.
  2. The larger, single, refrigerator with nice freezer compartment. Up off the floor and bigger than in the current Lounge. Perfect size for us. My 86-year-old knees would appreciate not having to kneel to see the buttons.
  3. Microwave in upper cabinets. My knees would appreciate not having to kneel to program the buttons. The smaller microwave would be perfect for us; we use it only to heat water for coffee/tea and occasional packaged meals. We never use the convection feature; too hot in Texas most of the year.
  4. Better galley sink with a non-folding faucet. Would love to have this!
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It looks gorgeous!

If you edit your photos down in size a bit, they should then post right side up.

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Old 09-28-2018, 08:40 PM   #112
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I truly am so jealous. And very happy for you. I promised myself to wait until the 2019 Sprinters are released. These pictures are making it soooooo hard for me.

Love the silver exterior. Love the interior. Is that the Colombian Walnut or Beechwood?

How do I find your YouTube channel?
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