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Old 01-04-2007, 08:07 AM   #43
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I think it is a little naive to assume that the Thor Corp. would make a large corporate decision like introducing a new model line to satisfy fifteen folks in the WBCCI higher echelon. Further, I would not want to assign that much power to those fifteen folks, to turn the heads of a billion dollar corporation for their own needs. There have been many good posts to this thread, like the one stating all of the re-badged autos and the one about the Westphalia. So much talk has been made about dealer service, our local Airstream dealer refuses to service my Ohio factory built Airstream because it is too old! I take it to an SOB dealership.
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:17 AM   #44
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Great points CK......karma your way....
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:33 AM   #45
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"A [Mandalay] by any other name is still a [Mandalay]" Or in this instance, an Airstream.
Or how about this: When is an Airstream not an Airstream? When it's a Mandalay!

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Old 01-04-2007, 09:50 AM   #46
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Or how about this: When is an Airstream not an Airstream? When it's a Mandalay!

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Very good riddle.
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:38 PM   #47
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GT65, regarding your action, it seems to me that the first target is the club itself. If it's a way for them to grab more member, let them know that they could lose more.
I copy your letter but I added a phrases that let them know that if I can't live without my AS, I can live without the club.
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:46 PM   #48
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So can we expect another name change proposal? Wally Byam Airstream/Mandalay Owners Association?
And what about when the Mandalay Travel Club hears the news? Will they be voting on whether to allow Airstream/Mandalay Owners into their club? Are they at this very moment preparing for a potential hostile takeover bid by the WBAMOA? Oh, the excitement is building!

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Old 01-04-2007, 01:28 PM   #49
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First let me say that I don't have a dog in this fight. I'm not a member of WBCCI and don't expect I ever will be. I also don't have any opinion about what RV someone else should have or prefer. I don't think people should knock other people's preferences in order to justify their own, but I guess it is human nature.

What I don't understand is this. WBCCI is an Airstream only club right? The only reason I can think of to have a restricted membership is so that members have the experience of "airstreaming" in common. If that isn't the case, why should membership be limited? Why not admit HR, or Monaco, or Prevost owners?

Assuming that there is some "airstreaming'" experience to be shared, what is it? Seems like it used to be "semi-monocle construction aluminum trailers" then "semi-monocle construction with aluminum walls", then "manufactured in Jackson Center", now its going to be "purchased a product made by Thor that Thor decided to call an Airstream".

Maybe this illustrates why the WBCCI is loosing members. Seems like there is less and less in common between members and especially between members and officers.

I understand the desire to be inclusive but it seems to me that the shared experience between members which once was centered around a unique product has been diluted to the point that perhaps the club should admit any interested party?

None of this has anything to do with whether Thor can call a Mandalay an Airstream. Of course they can, and it may be a good business decision. It seems to me that has nothing to do with the well being of WBCCI.
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Old 01-04-2007, 01:53 PM   #50
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Back in the 80's John Deere commissioned the Yanmar Corp. in Japan to make a line of tractors under 60 HP for the consumer market. These Jap-Tracs were targeted to the small farm/ranch/suburban market. The engines had a Yanmar model/serial plate on the engine and a John Deere model/serial plate on the tractor. Many folks cried, "It's not really a John Deere!" But, they were very successful models and have held their resale value. Deere stock has about tripled in the last 5-6 years.
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:17 PM   #51
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here's a copy of the email I send to my president unit :
"what could worry me are those words "great potential membership".
If to keep WBCCI in shape every kind of Thor Industrie product labeled Airstream will be a part of the Airstream brand, I'm not sure the WBCCI spirit will be safe, if just a sticker is enough to make a product an Aisrtream, why not go with the truck camper or other (you can take a look at http://www.thorindustries.com/rv/ to see all the products) which may bring even more member.
I don't want to say that WBCCI has to be exclusive, or an elite club, but there's other club that are open to all brand.
Regarding the Class A, I would have preferred a justification linked to the fact that Airstream doesn't manufacture any MOHO anymore.
If there's not enough members it's not because of the lack of sale. Airstream seems to be a good shape company, so if new owners don't apply it's for other reasons. I think that the IBT should work on that, because I don't know why MOHO owner would join the WBCCI more than the Trailer owners.
It's not a question of product.
So the next Rallies will be just a regular campground...
That's my point and everybody can go against."
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:51 PM   #52
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take a look at that link to see who is abble to join the Mandalay Travel Club
http://www.mandalaycoach.com/travelc...avelClubQA.pdf

Let's remember what Wally said "Let's not make changes, let's make improvements"

Also, Jim Haddaway, past president of WBCCI : "part of the fun of being an Airstreamer is you have the icon. It has become an American icon. And people recognize it immediatly"
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Old 01-04-2007, 04:17 PM   #53
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I was at a campground four yrs ago when an enthusiastic camper came up to my Classic Moho, very happy and proud to tell us he too had an Airstream.
We went to look at it and it was a Landyacht. Well ...he was as proud of that icon as he could be.
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someone talked about Fiat and Ferrari... cause Fiat owned Ferrari.
I bet you a 28' SE 2007, (my wife like it) that at the Ferrari Club event you wont see any Fiat...
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I think what we have here is typical human nature. It won't affect me so why should I give a damn. Wait until Thor decides to put the AS name on their Dutchman or pickup camper line. All I know is, my square box MH was manufactured in Jackson Center using the same people and manufacturing complex as the shiny ones. We love to travel and camp with ours and consider ourselves like anybody else camping, regardless the size or price of the unit.
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so what if they put the badge on the Thor, in reality it will not hurt Airstream any more than the Land Yachts, the Squarestream, the diesel pusher,the skydeck,the Argosy or any other different product "hurt"...
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