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Old 03-19-2006, 08:13 PM   #1
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AS phasing out class A motorhomes

I just found out that AS is phasing out their line of class A motorhomes to concentrate their energies and resorces to the trailers and class C motorhomes.
That is real good news for the trailer people, but bad news for us who spent the high dollar for the AS reputation. Do you think AS will pay us depreciation for this decision?
Can anyone out there enlighten me on, how long AS has to legally keep parts and service for the XC and XL models?
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:06 PM   #2
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This was indeed a surprising announcement. Especially when you consider that Airstream just spent a lot of money to create the A Series.

Time will tell, but Airstream motorhome depreciation probably won't be any worse than the other class A's out there.

The decision was probably partially due to Thor Industries deciding not to compete against itself. It also owns Mandalay, and their only market is the entry and mid level DP's. Airstream did not really have a niche in either the gas or diesel engine Class A market.
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Old 03-26-2006, 07:04 PM   #3
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bfred,
As the owner of a Classic Airstream (1986) motorhome, which they stopped making in 96...you'll find most parts on board come from one of three major suppliers and are available at most RV dealership and online parts websites. Chassis parts are plentiful from the chassis suppliers (Workhorse, Spartan, Freightliner, etc.) and also can be found at aftermarket part suppliers such as NAPA, Fleetpride, etc.

Other than the walls, decor and interior design...there is really not that much that's "Airstream" in terms of parts.

Depreciation should be the same as any other motorhome - terrible!
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Old 03-26-2006, 08:17 PM   #4
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Hard to believe they did not decide to rebadge one of their other makes and market it as an Airstream. They would not have qualified for the club anyway the way the rules currently state. I believe the first post is wrong. They are actually going after the " B" class vans. They have three models now if you consider the Westfalia. The Westfalia (as I understand it) never actually is inside the Jackson Center plant and is imported pretty much as a finished unit and an outside contractor converts the US units from an European cassette type john and adds in the black water tank. Does that (under the rules of "made by Airstream" really qualify for the club) I think the B style vans are actually better for real "caravaning" than those big A coaches.
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Long discussion on this topic here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ept-21320.html
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Old 03-27-2006, 07:03 AM   #6
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I was disappointed to see the new Classic idea go away. As for resale, if you look at some of the more expensive coaches they all depreciate a lot as Steve mentioned above. I for one don't think that will get any worse for the Airstreams, and hope you will owners will still have the dealer support you need.
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Thor is a very smart marketing company and I just can not think they would pass up the idea of rebadging a Mandalay as an Airstream. Many of their dealers need this Class A model and without it will go after another manufacturer. As for the WBCCI accepting it; that is a no brain-er since the officers all drive them to begin with.
There is precious little that AS supports on my Motor Home unless it is a part that crosses over with the trailers. Seems whenever I call them they immediately tell me it is a chassis related item. Motor homes have always been a sideline for them and this decision to stop building them is a good one. I am just happy that I was able to get one of the motor homes they made now I can watch it appreciate.
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Class A Dream

Wouldn't it have been nice if Airstream had continued to upgrade their product rather than abandon the Class A market.
Something like this would satisfy the shine mongers and the exotic travellers.
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:59 AM   #9
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Is this Your New Unit Dave ?
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Sure, but that's stainless steel on the sides, not aluminum!
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Not too many BLM or smaller parks that would fit into. More a destination type of vehicle or one designed to impress others. Rock band wagon.
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John:
After I did my income tax I am afraid there are no big purchases in the near future.

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Is this Your New Unit Dave ?
John:
I think I have all I can handle already. Newer stuff is great to look at but I tend to hang on to everything I acquire. Eventually one runs out of storage room. I will never be able to go on the road full time.
eg: I still have my first motorhome - Clipper, first car - 49 Dodge 4door, my first motorbike - 1964 Rupp, my first truck - 67 GMC 1500, my second snowmobile _ Bombardier Elan 250 (sold my first one to a guy that wanted the engine for a flying kite, my first tractor - 49 Massey Pony, my first ride on mower - MH #6, my daughters first car - 67 Mercury Bobcat, my first gun - 22 Rifle, my first Class A Chauffer button, etc, etc.
And the most important of course - my first wife.
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Now, this might be the answer to the motorhome issue at Airstream.
I can see a reverse agreement coming for Airstream to handle these Class A, in exchange for offering the Class B, as they don't compete with the Airstream line.
These are "top of the line" and don't even compete with the Damon line.
I doubt the upper structure is aluminium as was the Airstream A class motorhomes?
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