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Old 01-30-2019, 12:53 PM   #1
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Being new to Airstream, while I'm familiar with the basic construction, I don't know anything about the way the motor home was insulated. Hope someone can fill me in. Thanks
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I’m not sure what they use, but Airstreams are far better insulated than most other makes.
We had a side by side test a few years ago at the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona.
In our Airstream motor home we could have a normal conversation with the cars on track. Not so much in the other ones. We were all parked within a few feet of each other.
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Old 01-30-2019, 09:31 PM   #3
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AS just has fiberglass batts in-between the inner and outer skins. Depeding on the age, newer models added a thin foam tape between the outer skin and ribs to help mitigate the thermal bridging so the Aluminum wouldn't conduct so much from outside to inside, which, along with the single pane windows, are where most thermal energy is conducted.

The trailers are, at best, 3 season trailers and not designed to handle cold climates at all.
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Being new to Airstream, while I'm familiar with the basic construction, I don't know anything about the way the motor home was insulated. Hope someone can fill me in. Thanks
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If your 1999 fiberglass AS is similar to my 92 in construction, you have 1.5" of foam board between the inner and outer skins. To be more exact, you have (from the outside to inside) 1/6" Fiberglass, 1/8" luan, 1.5" foam board, than 1/8" luan and wall paper.
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I'm talking about a Airstream Landyacht motor home. I wasn't aware that the motor homes had an inner and outer skin.
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I'm talking about a Airstream Landyacht motor home. I wasn't aware that the motor homes had an inner and outer skin.
The walls are built like a laminate panel. The outside is sheathed in fiberglass and the inside is luann. The inner core is glued to the outside and inside.
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Thank you so much. We don't have an Airstream yet, but are looking for a Land Yacht, 30', 2003, 2004,or 2005 with no slides. Sounds like they had sidewall construction similar to other motor homes of that era. Too bad they didn't stay with aluminum, riveted to the frame like the travel trailers.
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Thank you so much. We don't have an Airstream yet, but are looking for a Land Yacht, 30', 2003, 2004,or 2005 with no slides. Sounds like they had sidewall construction similar to other motor homes of that era. Too bad they didn't stay with aluminum, riveted to the frame like the travel trailers.
If you're looking for that all aluminum body motor homes you might want to consider a Airstream classic instead of a Land Yacht. They were made until late 1990's and are exactly as you've described.
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I read a sticky on Airstream Classic motor homes that was quite good with all the history. One thing that got my attention was that the writer said that in the mid 90s, the classic was renamed the Land Yacht with the sloped nose, etc and they had an aluminum skin up until 1997. So that would mean that at least some of the Land Yachts pre 1998 did have aluminum skin. Could you confirm that?
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I read a sticky on Airstream Classic motor homes that was quite good with all the history. One thing that got my attention was that the writer said that in the mid 90s, the classic was renamed the Land Yacht with the sloped nose, etc and they had an aluminum skin up until 1997. So that would mean that at least some of the Land Yachts pre 1998 did have aluminum skin. Could you confirm that?

Never heard of them refereed to as Land Yachts. All of the aluminum skinned AS motor homes are Classics. There were some later units that were "LE" versions made in the 1990's but all fall under the heading of Classic. When I think of Land Yacht motor homes I think of only the fiberglass units. Trailers are another story. The Land Yacht name was attached to them much earlier and much longer. They were all aluminum skinned.
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I don't know if they where called "Classics" when they where brand new. They probably had a model name.

http://www.motorhome.com/wp-content/...cent-paint.jpg

Here's a brief history of the Airstream Motorhome From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

In 1974, Airstream began manufacturing a Class A motorhome, badged "Argosy".[1] They began as painted 20- and 24-foot (6.1 and 7.3 m) models, and were followed in 1979 by the first examples of the Classic model motorhome, with an unpainted aluminum body much like the trailers.

Airstream-badged Class A motorhomes began as 24- and 28-foot (7.3 and 8.5-m) models in 1979, and in the 1980s and 1990s, models ranging from 25 up to 37 feet (7.6 up to 11.2 m) were marketed. The aluminum motorhomes were followed by more traditional-looking fiberglass models in the 1990s. Airstream discontinued manufacture of Class A motorhomes in 2006. One bus model, the Skydeck, featured interior stairs leading to a deck on the roof.
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It's so confusing. The original 'Classic' when it got a little streamlined is called a Land Yacht by some, then the fiberglass radically slopped model is called a Land Yacht, plus the newer diesel pushers are called Land Yachts and to top it all off, a whole line of TTs were Land Yachts. Time for another vodka and tonic.
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Yep I got one of these with the sloped front. Gives it a more modern appearance and must admit my gas mileage is better than many of the flat fronts at 12-13mpg while towing a Jeep.

A Foretravel Grand Villa is the only other motorhome built similar and those are now starting to be classic rigs to restore. Almost on same scale as the aluminum skin Airstreams.
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