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Old 12-01-2014, 10:25 AM   #29
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Maybe I would want a T-shirt with a van on it- a tricked out 70's custom hippie van, or a VW bus, or the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine-
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:52 PM   #30
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My two sons and their friends went to the San Francisco Auto Show this weekend. Dan said that the biggest draw was an Airstream Interstate Grand Tour. It had a huge line of people wanting to get in to see it. Maybe there is hope for us.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:32 AM   #31
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... The Interstate exists primarily so Airstream as a company can offer a motor home. I wish they still made the Classic motor home or the rumor of GM re-introducing the PD4104 bus was true. Those are iconic. ...
Those things are HUGE (PD4104). Actually I wish someone would re-introduce the classic GMC motorhome (screengrab attached). Those are iconic (most of them are still on the road 40 years after production) and not only that, they look more like Airstreams than the previous Airstream motorhomes ever did. And they are much smaller - closer to the size of an Interstate. My husband and I considered buying a restoration but the opportunities did not align (they have several downsides... 1970's construction, no safety standards, plus they run on gasoline and not very efficiently).
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:15 AM   #32
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My two sons and their friends went to the San Francisco Auto Show this weekend. Dan said that the biggest draw was an Airstream Interstate Grand Tour. It had a huge line of people wanting to get in to see it. Maybe there is hope for us.
Find an Airstream dealership homepage that does NOT have an Interstate and a trailer side by side, in equal scale, at this point. Some, like Colonial, feature an Interstate PULLING a trailer. The sales presentations are definitely creating the strongest possible associations, but they've got factors working against them.

Part of this lack of awareness relates to the availability factor. I've tried to find information on how many Interstates have actually been produced, but I don't think that information is made public. The propane regulator recall notices covered 552 vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years, but it's not clear if that is all that were produced in that period or just a subset (the legal notices imply that's all of them). Well, 250-ish vehicles per year is not many in a country of 316 million people that includes 8.2 million RV owners. It's not a mystery as to why nobody recognizes Interstates.

PPL Texas doesn't have a single Interstate for sale right now, of the 50 Class B's they have listed.

Additionally, Interstates currently lack that all-important pimp-out factor that has helped tremendously to make the trailers iconic. I don't know of a single Interstate owner who is independently raising the profile of the vehicles (there are a few travel bloggers but they are more self-focused - the fact that they are traveling in Interstates is largely incidental). I am the only vehicle-focused blogger that I know of, and I'm just getting started. And I'm not at the same level of design artistry displayed by many of the popular trailer owners (although I hope to incorporate some of that element over time). Turning one's Airstream into an art piece is really important from a public awareness standpoint - more than anything, people respond strongly to pretty pictures. Check out this trailer example:

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:48 AM   #33
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I've been wracking my brain trying to think of a single feature that an Airstream Interstate offers that no other competitor does. I can't think of any. The features may be executed a bit differently from one Sprinter-based Class B to another, but for every single feature you can name on an Interstate, there is at least one other competitor that offers the same feature or one so similar as makes no difference.

Maybe the Alcoa aluminum wheels, but that's not something I really pay attention to when I see a Sprinter-based class B, so it's entirely possible other brands use them as well and I just never noticed.

The fact that the Airstream Interstate leads the pack in sales despite the price tag indicates that the total package (despite its faults) is well-received, but there is nothing uniquely Airstream about the Interstate.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:18 AM   #34
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Protag- you are right about the Interstate not being that unique and other B-van builders do use the Alcoa wheels. The information I've read says Roadtrek is the B-van sales leader. Interstate is leader of the US builders.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:54 PM   #35
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Protag- you are right about the Interstate not being that unique and other B-van builders do use the Alcoa wheels.
Any that use the same Alcoa wheel as the Interstate?
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No one else have the Airstream logo.

Seriously, my wife and I must have looked (in detail) at least 4 other touring MH brand at least 10 different models prior to pilling the trigger on a Interstate. That included Winn, Pleasure Way, Road Treck and forgot the fourth brand name. Came right back to the Interstate- its the overall thing. They all had things you liked and things that fell short. Yes we are biased towards Airstream- having owned a Airstream trailer for 10 years, but none the less Airstream fit and finish and material used fits our taste and was not going to go to another make primarily for the price.


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The Airstream Store responded to my query re: Interstate stuff. Said she has a few Interstate items in the works and hope to get by Christmas.
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Not all AS dealers sell Interstates for one reason or another. No Interstates on their websites.
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No one else have the Airstream logo.

Seriously, my wife and I must have looked (in detail) at least 4 other touring MH brand at least 10 different models prior to pilling the trigger on a Interstate. That included Winn, Pleasure Way, Road Treck and forgot the fourth brand name. Came right back to the Interstate- its the overall thing. They all had things you liked and things that fell short. Yes we are biased towards Airstream- having owned a Airstream trailer for 10 years, but none the less Airstream fit and finish and material used fits our taste and was not going to go to another make primarily for the price.


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I agree - we went through the same process. What I meant earlier, in agreeing with Protag, was that all B-vans have similar systems and layouts. But I too think the Airstream fit and finish is/was better. But like you we did own a vintage Airstream trailer for about five years before we go the Interstate.

Regarding the Alcoa forged aluminum wheels - they are now standard equipment on the Interstate. But they can be had as optional equipment on any Sprinter 3500 based B-van, even if they have to be a dealer installed option. They are the only high strength aluminum wheel available for the Sprinter 3500. Several B-van builders, like Winnebago and Roadtrek have also recently started offering a chromed steel wheel the looks a lot like the Alcoa's from a distance.


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I have an older model Interstate - an 2007. One of the things that I really like is the Aluminum wrapped interior. It adds much light bounce and makes it seem roomier. I really struggled with selling our 1986 AS Motorhome due to its Aluminum goodness. I like to think of the Interstate as all aluminum on the inside and that it is "Aluminum at heart". The Aluminum interior coupled with the style of the furniture give it a streamlined feel and add to the roominess. I believe that the Aluminum interior is unique to the Airstream.

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The Airstream Store responded to my query re: Interstate stuff. Said she has a few Interstate items in the works and hope to get by Christmas.
That's good to hear!

Silhouettes, I hope. Would have pretty universal appeal to all of us.



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I've been wracking my brain trying to think of a single feature that an Airstream Interstate offers that no other competitor does. I can't think of any. ...

The fact that the Airstream Interstate leads the pack in sales despite the price tag indicates that the total package (despite its faults) is well-received, but there is nothing uniquely Airstream about the Interstate.
Having looked at many, many Class B's prior to purchase, I disagree. The AI offers an artistic substrate that no other vehicle has. It is distinguished by its cachet. That is not a feature that is the slightest bit important to some people, or even noticed by some people, but it is important to me.

Especially when traveling, we are typically immersed in a world of mass-produced tilt-wall restaurants selling nutritionless food-like products rather than actual food, and airplane interiors outfitted with features and procedures designed to disrespect our bodies and vacuum money from our wallets rather than expand our awarenesses or even make us the tiniest bit comfortable (not to mention TSA security lines that can be up to 1.2 miles long as happened at Chicago Midway this past week). When I sit in that kind of environment, I just want to shut down my brain and block everything out. When I sit in our Interstate, I look at the effort that went into crafting a beautiful interior and I instead want to ponder life's possibilities. It's the difference between "When will this end?" and "What's next?"

The other Class B's we looked at were similarly equipped (one got the impression that many of them were Interstate knock-offs) but their designs tended to be mechanistic, unimaginative. I told my husband that I wanted a *nice* motorhome or I seriously wanted none whatsoever. Because if I have to look at abject ugliness, then we might as well just keep on connecting through Liberty International like we always have.

We are unusual in that we have spent almost the last 5 years DIY-customizing a home that we custom-built to start with. It has involved an incalculable amount of work but when I look back on it, I conclude that every bit of it was worth the time and effort. I now wake up every morning and think, "Wow, I can't believe I live here." If I don't get the same impression from a motorhome, it's not worth it to me.
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