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Old 09-26-2015, 02:27 AM   #29
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Here's another thing to cover in this thread -- people already doing over-the-top Airstream motorhome and trailer restorations. Have you all looked at the Hoffmann Architecture pages hofarc.com? His restorations *start* at $120,000. There are some good ideas there, not for everyone but good ideas. Note while you are looking at his home page that it's not a single graphic, but with birds and dogs moving through the frame if you watch it long enough.
As one of the people that is doing one of those over-the-top restorations (it was booked into be done at Hofarc, and with hindsight I wish I had gone through with it but two coast-to-coast sets of shipping and the Massachusetts RMV, made plans change), I can say if a new 'short' classic rear-bed motorhome was available I would (probably even now still would) buy one.

Personally, I think guys like Hofarc, Timeless, etc have three core client types. Those having a unit built for 'promotion', 'personalization', or 'no off-the-shelf alternative'. The last two are different, and here the comparison with the trailer world kicks in; you can buy a new trailer, and there are enough option to cover what most people want; not everyone and there is still a few that personalize. However in the case of motorhomes there isn't the option to buy new, and I think that is the reason for the thread, owners are having restorations done not for the core reason or personalization (although they get that) but because Airstream don't make one off-the-shelf. So really here we are talking about what lengths and layouts would be needed to capture 95% of the market (accepting there will always to some that want to go the personalization route), as they do for trailers.

For me the core issue is I want retro looking not retro functioning.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:04 PM   #30
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For me the core issue is I want retro looking not retro functioning.
Judging by your share of teething initial quality problems, you also have retro quality.

Sorry Martin, couldn't resist as I can be a bit cheeky sometimes.

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100% agree Tony, just wish I could have had the body dropped on a new chassis at the beginning, but that would have caused big issues during the exportation to UK.

Just another reason I wish they made a new classic.
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100% agree Tony, just wish I could have had the body dropped on a new chassis at the beginning, but that would have caused big issues during the exportation to UK.

Just another reason I wish they made a new classic.
Yes, I was thinking that Isuzu powered mid engine chassis would have been perfect for your rig.

We're all rooting for you and hopefully we can meet up one day in the old country as my Uncle and Aunt live in Hastings. I'm hoping to go back in April of 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, for my two girls to understand what real sacrifice is; as losing internet while out camping isn't it.

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Looking at my own 1979 AS MoHo as a future personal project I am seriously considering transplanting the classic body onto an Isuzu NRQ truck chassis. I would adjust the spring loading down from 26,000# and install air bags for a great ride. We have used these chassis in a few builds and find them nearly bulletproof. They are highly adaptable, fully electronic control, worldwide parts and service availability and they meet modern pollution and performance specs. For a lighter version, an NPR model would work well and would not have the commercial driver license requirements in some countries.

We built one of my favorite NQR conversions for MillerCoors Batch 19 Beer:

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Looking at my own 1979 AS MoHo as a future personal project I am seriously considering transplanting the classic body onto an Isuzu NRQ truck chassis. I would adjust the spring loading down from 26,000# and install air bags for a great ride. We have used these chassis in a few builds and find them nearly bulletproof. They are highly adaptable, fully electronic control, worldwide parts and service availability and they meet modern pollution and performance specs. For a lighter version, an NPR model would work well and would not have the commercial driver license requirements in some countries.

We built one of my favorite NQR conversions for MillerCoors Batch 19 Beer:

https://www.facebook.com/batch19/pho...type=3&theater
That is a cool looking truck Brett, and good observation about the weight consideration. As an example, in the UK anything over 7 ton (rating not actual weight) requires what is called a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) or Public Service Vehicle (PSV) (if carrying fare paying passengers) license so there would be advantages to any new MH being on the NPR rather than NQR platform.
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So I was just wasting 5mins thinking that the new Basecamp is just the old Basecamp redesigned to do what the original Wally Byam kit built's originally intended....

So maybe there is hope the new (upcoming) motorhome will be based on the original design but be more practical in use?
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