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Old 11-27-2006, 03:37 PM   #1
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No More Westies?

I'm new to the forum so bear with me while I figure out how this works.

We just bought a 2005 Spinter Westfalia, in fact we haven't even picked it up but are really looking forward to it. We've had a VW Westy for 15 yrs.

Anyhow I was talking to tech support at Airstream trying to find out how long the "coolbox" would run without being charged and then how long you had to run the generator to recharge it (we like to stay in places with no plugins)

During our conversation she said that she didn't know because there are not that many around and that all the Westys that were going to be available have been imported (not all released yet) and there are no plans to import any more. She didn't know why.

Has anyone else heard anything about this? Do we have an instant "limited edition collectible"? I thought this was a great van and they'd sell a ton of them.

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Old 11-27-2006, 03:49 PM   #2
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Hello thewestyguy -- and welcome to the Forums! We don't hear much from Westfalia owners here though they are most welcome. Start threads and post plenty of pictures (ice fishing?) and make the rest of us wonder why we didn't catch this wave! This isn't an area of mine but I know this thread addressed the same issue.

And I'm always glad to have one more Minnesotan with not single bit of accent in their voice ...


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Old 11-29-2006, 06:09 AM   #3
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For all you Westie fans there's a new one on eBay via a Jacksonville FL dealer... Item #290056137842.
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:27 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forums. It appears you will be joining the small but happy group of Airstream motor home owners. We just have to admit that Airstream is a trailer making company. Those of us who were lucky enough to find one of the motor homes they did produce are truly fortunate.
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:06 PM   #5
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No More Westies?

Airstream was unable to sell enough Westfalias to make the case for continued sales in the US. I suspect the MSRP of $84 K scared off a lot of potential buyers.

Westfalia has also discontinued production of the current US model Westfalia. Mercedes has a new "James Cook" (the original Mercedes Sprinter Camper from which the US "Westfalia" was derived) based on the 2007 model redesigned Sprinter. I don't believe the design is available in the US yet so I don't expect anyone will be marketing the new Westfalia-designed campers until the new vans are being sold over here.

You can get a 2004 Sprinter/2005 Airstream Westfalia -- the last year model that Airstream imported -- for under $60K as dealers unload them. Most Airstream dealers don't have much expertise in their service and repair, but the Airstream service center in Ohio has that expertise and has a very good reputation for responsiveness and quality work.

Dodge supports the Sprinter van chassis for DaimlerChrysler, so it's likely that you can find local service for the van itself.
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:36 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard. I was looking hard at the Westfalia but then decided at my age I didn't want to climb into bed so I bought the more conventional Sprinter B-van. Other than that I think you got a great RV. Mercedes-Benz has changed their Sprinter design and there probably will not be any new models available for conversion in the USA until late next year. Since James Cook is already being sold with the new design in Europe it may be just a matter of time before Westfalia Sprinters show up again. It is too good of a design for someone to not to take on whether it be Airstream or someone else.

There are some other Westfalia owners with a lot of expertise that frequent the Campervan forum. There are also some other Sprinter centric forums but I haven't got into them. Sprinter seems to be the rallying point. We had a Mini Minne B Van Rally last August near Hinckley and will probably have one again near Lanesboro, MN next summer for us upper Midwesterners. The big RV-net B-van rally in North Carolina next May has already filled up.

I'm still a working stiff and just did not have the time to devote to my vintage Airstream trailer so I sold it and bought the Sprinter for instant gratification to chase after breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches.
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:54 PM   #7
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Last week they got 2 new ones delivered to Bates RV and had 2 in stock. Things are very slow there now, you might get a good deal. Marvin
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:16 AM   #8
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major headache

we just bought a sprinter westfalia from airstream and it has been the largest headache of my life. they handed me our $80,000 rig with keys that didnt work to the door locks and plastic panels that were falling off the vehicle. since the purchase a few months back, i have had severe flooding from the side windows. the side doors are rusting were the mechanics scraped of the silicone from the black plastic panels that continuosly fall off, my auxillary outlets dont work, my reverse lights have continuously stopped working, my shower hose wont recoil, and my van is a mix of duct tape and plastic to fix the problems. Airstream has made it clear that they have no intention of going out of there way to fix any problems. In addition the 5 star dodge dealer wants nothing to do with the service of this sprinter van. I have driven over 50 hours to different shops trying to fix my problems, especially the flooded window and the only result of my trips has been the purchase of a snorkel that i can to swim in my vehicle. if you have a million dollars and a couple hundred hours of free time to fix the bugs then this is the perfect vehicle, otherwise this van will be your full time job.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:01 AM   #9
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Looks like your dealer did no PDI inspection. The vehical should not have left with these problems. Please call Aistream in Ohio and calmly relay your problems. Not all Dodge dealers are authorized to work on Sprinters, but most can now. The rv part is your dealers responsibility, if not satisfied call Ohio. Remember the Dodge dealer can only work on the Sprinter itself, anything on the rv side is Airstream. jim
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:00 PM   #10
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They are very cool inside. Very practical. But frightfully tall. Must be a real challenge in the wind. I'll bet I'm not the first prospective buyer to conclude this. We wanted to test drive one but the dealer was locked out by the secuirty system so we drove an Interstate instead.

My wife really wanted the Westy. The wind issue convinced both of us to buy the Interstate.
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:01 PM   #11
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According to the salesperson at Intermountain Coach in Colorado Springs, where they supposedly have had the best sales of the Westfalia in the US, I have the recent distinction of being the purchaser of the last new Westfalia for sale in this country. According to Andrew (salesperson), IC ordered the last three units for sale by Airstream, and I hurried down there to nab the final one. They made a great impression on me after all the Roadtreks, Pleasureways, Sportsmobiles, etc I'd been investigating!

He said Airstream was not making enough on an already pricey model and simply had to stop importing them. They will continued to be sold in Europe, however.

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Old 05-30-2007, 01:13 AM   #12
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Any body has maintenance schedule list that need to be checked regulary for westy?
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:36 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by CanoeStream
And I'm always glad to have one more Minnesotan with not single bit of accent in their voice ...
Accent?? Minnesoooootan's don't have accents!!!! Everyone else does. Welcome aboard.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:46 AM   #14
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I marrried a Minnesotan oveseas, and on our honeymoon went back to Oklahoma to visit my folks. After a couple of days,my mom said, privately, to me; "You know, son, you married a fine girl, but sometimes I can't understand her brogue. She's got such an accent."
You'd have to be from Oklahoma to understand that one.

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