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Old 01-17-2007, 12:09 PM   #155
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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.

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Old 01-17-2007, 03:55 PM   #156
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Westfalia is the company in Germany that did the original VW campers. My understanding is that about all Airstream does here is install a generator and convert electrics to US standard (120 v ). That is probably why the quality is so good, and the cost so high. It is made in Germany.

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Old 01-18-2007, 08:28 PM   #157
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I don't know how many AS trailer owners socialize with SOB owners, but belonging to the FMCA, we socialize with other MH owners quite frequently.
Our AS MH does stand the test pretty well as far as quality. It isn't perfect, but then what is? We all seem to have typical problems and you have to remember with a MH, you have a chassis,engine,etc. made by different companies and those problems cannot faulted to AS. We have found out that AS does get an A+ for their service dept. I have never been refused or passed on to someone else for my warranty items. I will continue to take it to JC for service. In fact, I met a new Prevost owner 1.4 Million. and he had a list of quality issues not much different than mine, so all is not bad.
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:26 AM   #158
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Found this photo of an Airstream Motorhome prototype. No really. Actually is made from a stainless steel milk tanker. This guy built in Cazenovia NY and intended to go around the whole world in the thing. I do not know whether he evr made it. Interesting concept. Limited market.
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:30 PM   #159
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Red face Not built by Airstream?

2 more cents, Details , details

You do realize that this was built from Wally Byam's plans sold before he began manufacturing trailers, right?

I know, it wasn't built by Airstream, just to Wally's specs. The factory tried more than once to purchase this one since their version was "lost" somehow.


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