Originally Posted by jimmickle
What is an Airstream Westfalia? Is it an Airstream? If it is, and I believe it is considered one by WBCCI, then an Airstream Mandalay would be an Airstream. The precedence has been set!
If the quality of the Airstream Mandalay is anywhere near the quality of the Westfalia, it would certainly up the average quality of Airstream.
In an earlier post, I stated that I wouldn't have a problem with Thor sending the shell or chassis of the Mandalay over to the Airstream factory and the JC factory "converting" it to an Airstream motor home. If I am not mistaken, this is essentially what is done with the Westfalia. Therefore, there would be no exception to the current precedent.
Now in all honesty, I don't know to what degree the Westfalia comes already converted or how much is done at the JC factory. But I still think the average consumer wouldn't know exactly what they are getting. You can look at the Westfalia and immediately recognize that it is manufactured by an automobile company before it becomes an Airstream. But, it's not like Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota. Mandalay is not the luxury division of Airstream. Maybe Thor should do some corporate realignment if they wish to pull this off successfully.