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Old 12-14-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Down Under planning for Australia

Hello from Down Under!
We are the Australia dealer for Airstream and are starting the Australia branch of WBCCI.
We want to reach out to any Airstreamers who want to come to Australia. We are plannig a big tour for 2015 and if anyone wants to come before then, we would be happy to help with arrangements for shipping if they are bringing their Airstream. And will answer any questions about touring Australia.

Would it be alright to join the forums and posts??

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Hello AS Australia. I am impressed. A dealership in Australia. Welcome to the Forum! We have had 214 people sign up to AIRForums from Australia over the years.

Please keep us advised of your plans.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:33 AM   #3
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214!! we have an idea that there may be 200 Airstreams in OZ. I know of a 1959, 1978, 1964 and 2 2010s. A Byron Bay hotel room and i have heard of another from the 1980's in Brisbane.

Anyone in Australia interested in joining WBCCI please contact me.

we are planning a 3 month tour in 2015 aimed at bringing in or brethern from USA and Canada but want to put trips together before then!
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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Turing OZ in an AS sounds great. I have had the pleasure of visiting Australia in 1980 for a month spending time in Sidney and Queensland. Fantastic country and people. I presume we would need to ship our AS, or are you going to lease them for the tour?
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:43 AM   #5
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Wow my mind is spinning right now. I love the idea.
Australia is on my bucket list. How awesome would it be to tour with an AS group.
As I am retiring in 6 months, funds will be limited. I would need to start saving now.
Any idea what the cost range would be?
If there are AS’s to rent, I would think that is less costly than shipping.
If shipping my AS only, would there be a TV to rent?
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Great trip idea. If we ship an Airstream over, can we use it for the trip then sell it there, maybe on consignment?
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #7
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Oooooohhh!! We honeymooned there almost 25 years ago - Melbourne, Sydney and Heron Island (off Brisbane). VERY interesting idea! Love to see more of that beautiful country (continent?) in our Airstream... Of course, we'd have to plan for a tow vehicle - or maybe that gets shipped too? Juices flowing.
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Welcome to the forums!

Yes, that sounds like a great trip.

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Turing OZ in an AS sounds great. I have had the pleasure of visiting Australia in 1980 for a month spending time in Sidney and Queensland. Fantastic country and people. I presume we would need to ship our AS, or are you going to lease them for the tour?
We are working on details. Australia width max is 8 feet and the wiring here is 240v. if we have a large number coming, we may get special permission to have left hand drive vehicles and over width. Dolly Parton got to bring her motorhome that was oversize and over width so we are working on details for overseas visitors.

If you dont bring your AS, we have a buy back program. the Airstream 762 (27FB internationa modified for Australia) is $135,000. If you have it for a year and bring it back in excellent condition, we buy back for $120,000 unless you sell it for more!

we are working on details and will keep posting. Keep asking questions and we will put it in the planning. Tentative arrive Sydney and tour to Brisbane and Great Barrier Reef, on the Longreach, Mt Isa and Kakadu, Alice Springs and Ularu, Ayre Penninsula, Adelaide, Murray basin and back to Sydney. there are heaps of places to see and things to do along the way. We think maybe 12 weeks - minimum!!
The tour of a lifetime!! We have the help of a professional guide (he did a huge tour for Ranger rover a few years ago) so start practicing your Aussie - Prawns and Barbies (Shrimp and BBQ) G'day Mate!!
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Wow my mind is spinning right now. I love the idea.
Australia is on my bucket list. How awesome would it be to tour with an AS group.
As I am retiring in 6 months, funds will be limited. I would need to start saving now.
Any idea what the cost range would be?
If there are AS’s to rent, I would think that is less costly than shipping.
If shipping my AS only, would there be a TV to rent?
Hi Tiger - we are working on costings. Including shipping AS we think all this can be done for $50,000... don't faint - we are still exploring details, just keep saving :-)
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I think the thought of us oldtimers shipping our prized Airstreams to Australia and back is not something that is going to happen on a large scale.
As you say, they would have to be converted , at considerable cost, to meet the AU standards if they were to be imported for domestic use. Probably cheaper to ship it back.

HOWEVER I think this might work.

Airstream past president has decided to start this rental company in the USA and this concept might work even better in AU.

Thor president resigns to start "“Airstream 2 Go LLC"
Thor Industries Inc. announced that Richard E. Riegel, senior group president, has decided to leave the company to found a new business, “Airstream 2 Go LLC,” which will rent current model Airstream trailers and tow vehicles to consumers and commercial customers.

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If you can make a deal with Airstream to ship AU ready models for your dealership, then there would be a large market of North American tourists that would flood AU to rent an Airstream and tow vehicle to experience the wonders of the great continent.

This, in my mind, would be a blockbuster business in AU, NZ, and in fact, all other continents where Americans travel.

Wish you great success with that new dealership. Now I know where to order my Hella LED taillights for my Clipper from.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f313...tml#post907492

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:12 AM   #12
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I think the thought of us oldtimers shipping our prized Airstreams to Australia and back is not something that is going to happen on a large scale.
As you say, they would have to be converted , at considerable cost, to meet the AU standards if they were to be imported for domestic use. Probably cheaper to ship it back.

HOWEVER I think this might work.

Airstream past president has decided to start this rental company in the USA and this concept might work even better in AU.

Thor president resigns to start "“Airstream 2 Go LLC"
Thor Industries Inc. announced that Richard E. Riegel, senior group president, has decided to leave the company to found a new business, “Airstream 2 Go LLC,” which will rent current model Airstream trailers and tow vehicles to consumers and commercial customers.

Thor

If you can make a deal with Airstream to ship AU ready models for your dealership, then there would be a large market of North American tourists that would flood AU to rent an Airstream and tow vehicle to experience the wonders of the great continent.

This, in my mind, would be a blockbuster business in AU, NZ, and in fact, all other continents where Americans travel.

Wish you great success with that new dealership. Now I know where to order my Hella LED taillights for my Clipper from.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f313...tml#post907492

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Wow now my head is spinning - I am not suggesting your American Airstreams be converted - I am suggesting that we may be able to get special permits to bring them in as they are (doors on wrong side and lights not compliant among other items). Because this is a highly organized (or going to be) we are checking on such details. Shipping here and back is pretty straight forward but I can understand if you dont want to chance your baby on the high seas!

I love the idea of someone starting a rental operation here - I would refer the Aussies who are already calling to rent! Anyone want to take on a job? I will sell the Airstreams to you ;-)
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As a first step, I requested a quote for shipping a single 27' AS from the US's gulf coast to Kembla and the total with damage insurance was around 10K US.

Sounds high, perhaps an organized group could do better....

We are interested, if the details don't kill it.

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As a first step, I requested a quote for shipping a single 27' AS from the US's gulf coast to Kembla and the total with damage insurance was around 10K US.

Sounds high, perhaps an organized group could do better....

We are interested, if the details don't kill it.

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Was that with or without a tow vehicle, 1 way or return?
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