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Old 10-26-2012, 10:35 AM   #15
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It was years ago, the article was in AS Life, where a new mo/ho was proposed. It was designed by BMW and sure was pretty! I doubt they even made a clay model after the beancounters got ahold of the specs.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:16 PM   #16
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I do agree with that list.

I certainly did not intend to start a debate about RVs made with aluminum vs. any other material. In fact, I strongly believe that Airstream should make a molded fiberglass unit to compete with Casita. Airstream has to be careful not to define their market niche as aluminum riveted RVs.

I just don't see any other units being made today that stand out.
How about bring back the Avion line for some fiberglass models.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:13 PM   #17
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Avion is a Fleetwood product in 1997????

A company originally founded in 1955 as Romany Coach, hitch and fifth wheel trailer builder Avion were designed for high durability and comfort. Truck campers were also produced by Avion Durante briefly during the 1960s mimicking the style of the trailers. Avion’s use of aluminum, aircraft-like construction in trailer construction was believed by some to be similar to the popular Airstream brand products. Lawsuits from Airstream were brought against Avion on that basis but the conclusion never proven in court. After 47 years since its start, Avion concluded production of trailers after the 2002 model year.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:20 PM   #18
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In the 70s and 80s, we had Argosy/Airstream, Blue Bird, and GMC units being built. Those units were unique, very well built, and are still sought after today.

I have a real problem with today's motorhomes. None of them are unique and certainly none of them are well built. The only ones possibly one the future classic list might be Prevost motorhomes but somehow I don't think a 40' 70,000 pound monster is going to be a "classic". I just don't see anyone building a high quality coach.

Any thoughts on what coaches being built today will be tomorrow's classics?
What about EarthRoamer?
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #19
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Sorry meant to say Argosy.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:03 PM   #20
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One coach that has not been mentioned, and IMPO (in my professional opinion) ,has it all over any Prevost is the Newell Coach. Mostly skinned in aluminum, 4 huge slides with vacuum seals and Newell's proprietary mechanism, totally flat floors in the slides, 650 HP Cummins with 12 speed ZF transmission, stability and traction control, air operated front aircraft door, hand built from the ground up as the ultimate RV (NOT as a bus conversion!), I could go on and on.

Have a look for yourself: Newell Coach - Take the good life with you

And only starting at $1.4 MILLION NEW
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Lew: Can you let them know that their website has never been accessible in Canada. Not sure why. Internet Explorer shuts down every time the site trys to load. This has been going on for the last couple years, as I occasionally try to look them up.

It is rather important to me today, as I just bought the Lotto Max ticket for tonites $50,000,000 draw and I will want to access their site tomorrow.


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Old 10-26-2012, 06:04 PM   #22
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Lew: Can you let them know that their website has never been accessible in Canada. Not sure why. Internet Explorer shuts down every time the site trys to load. This has been going on for the last couple years, as I occasionally try to look them up.

It is rather important to me today, as I just bought the Lotto Max ticket for tonites $50,000,000 draw and I will want to access their site tomorrow.


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Hi Dave,

I was able to open the site, and I'm in Canada, on a Canadian ISP.
I used the Chrome browser, so maybe it's an Internet Explorer issue.

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:11 PM   #23
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We have a friend who has a Prevost by Marathon in Oregon. He let me drive it a while ago: it's like driving a cloud!
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:02 PM   #24
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I'm late to this thread, has anyone mentioned the BMW designed Airstream Motorhome that
was being built about 10 yrs ago? I think there was one prototype. I wrote about that for AS Life.
ALso I think the GMC was a great design with a bad drivetrain.
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Did you know that the GMC motorhome was inspired by an Airstream connection?


GMC basically stole the design from the REVCON Co. who were already producing a quality aluminium framed, front wheel drive motorhome as the above picture shows. This company was started by Wally Byam's stepson.

Read all about it here.

Revcon Engineered Elegance

"The Revcon motorhome dates back to 1968, when a man named John Hall conceived the idea of a low-profile, front-drive coach with a lightweight aluminum monocoque body. This was not entirely a coincidence since John was the stepson of Wally Byam of Airstream Trailer fame"

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I personally think that Rexhall builds great looking Motorhomes..
Its about as close to a modern interpretation of a Airstream Classic as I could imagine..

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OK - - take your photoshop and Taper the ws width a bit more to the top and roll the upper sidewall into the roof from the top of the windows.
Move the front entrance door to mid ship, delete the bathroom window, add the tag axle and increase the storage capacity. And make sure the chassis will handle all the load you can dream of. And my understanding is Rexhall is not great on long term support???????

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I personally think that Rexhall builds great looking Motorhomes..
Its about as close to a modern interpretation of a Airstream Classic as I could imagine..

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Did you know that the GMC motorhome was inspired by an Airstream connection?


GMC basically stole the design from the REVCON Co. who were already producing a quality aluminium framed, front wheel drive motorhome as the above picture shows. This company was started by Wally Byam's stepson.

Read all about it here.

Revcon Engineered Elegance


"The Revcon motorhome dates back to 1968, when a man named John Hall conceived the idea of a low-profile, front-drive coach with a lightweight aluminum monocoque body. This was not entirely a coincidence since John was the stepson of Wally Byam of Airstream Trailer fame"

Interesting history.

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COOL I did not know that. I looked at buying a Revcon sometime ago..
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