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Old 12-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #99
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The problem with windows and skylights are the leaks and condensation risks that come with them and the added cost of heating/cooling that each window demands.

Today, with the modern technology available, high resolution cameras and display panels would give you unhindered visual, with the flick of the channel, of all areas around and above your motorhome. And if you are stuck in that WM parking lot, you could put on the Niagara Falls show.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:43 PM   #100
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Dave it's pretty obvious that you feel bigger is better and your fondness for new technology and innovation. I can see the merit in your ideas however, camping especially boon docking to me indicates a desire to get out and enjoy this beautiful world that we live in. Being couped up in a windowless box looking at LED screens of the nature outside just is not something I would choose to experience. If we have the technology to build these realistic cameras and displays than somebody ought to be able to build a window that doesn't leak.

In the sailing community there has always been a similar discussion about the proper size boat. The same bigger is better argument exists with the larger boat providing safety and creature comforts. The interesting thing is the average size boat cruising the world, those boats actually crossing oceans not just sitting in slips, is 33 feet. Not the 60' mega yacht at the prestigious yacht club but a modest 33 feet.

Airstream has been building trailers for many years with the largest being 34' and the most popular being much smaller. The small Interstate being sold today seems to be doing well.

My vote is for an iconic looking, aluminum uni-body frame-less construction, diesel powered, under 30 foot coach. It should be functional, well built with quality components and sold at a competitive price.

It's my opinion and I'm sticking with it. By the way my sail boat is 44' so I do have some experience with larger modes of recreational transportation.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:20 PM   #101
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Ain't that the truth.

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If we have the technology to build these realistic cameras and displays than somebody ought to be able to build a window that doesn't leak.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:02 PM   #103
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As an owner of a 396XL, I would like to see a 45' with a tag axle & 4 slide outs. Wood or granite floors with hydra-heat would also be nice. I feel Airstream could compete with the big boys(Prevost,Newell & Foretravel).
Remember in designing this MH,Prevost & Newell have stayed with the proven things and updated only occasional. Airstream stayed with their basic design on our model 2000-2007 without adding a larger MH or slideouts and not doing a very good job of marketing. Have met a lot of MH people who did not realize Airstream made a class"A". We get a lot of compliments on the interior with real hickory cabinets and doors. We would purchase a larger version.
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So happy to see you back Fred.

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Old 03-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #105
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Office, Eating Bar, Bed

This might be a good option to offer on a new Class A for those that do business on the road, but still need accommodation options when the extended family visits with you at the campground.

Gets rid of the couch/bed that you just store stuff on. Or it could even replace the table for dinning on.

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:50 AM   #106
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Agree that many people are surprised to see an A/S moho. Our 30 footer still gets comments, and is almost the right size for us except for a lack of storage. Even a little extra cellar space could solve the issues.

A few years ago a dealer was trying to sell an A/S pusher that was about 35 or 38 feet with absolutely beautiful solid wood finish cabinets, great layout. We saw it at a local multi-dealer show at the Alameda County fairgrounds, & wishes I could afford it. I thought it was a 2006 so maybe a prtototype they got from the factory.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:43 PM   #107
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Now this unit looks interesting. The idea might even be used in a larger Class A where the rear bedroom/wardroom area could be extended out over your hitch area.
We had discussed the popup roof for the kids room in a privious post on another thread.

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Old 03-29-2013, 11:06 AM   #108
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Now AIRSTREAM ---- this is just to easy.

Freightliner Chassis has just introduced a modular version of their top chassis line, the SL-M.

This adds to the already available XC-M chassis which comes with the basement installed by FREIGHTLINER.

These chassis come complete from the factory with the basement ready to skin. All you have to do AIRSTREAM is add the body and the bling.

No more warranty problems with any of the structure below the body floor for AIRSTREAM. No more special engineering and staff to support the basic structure and frame. Just install the body. Are you listening AIRSTREAM?
How much simpler can it be to get back into the high end motorhome business?

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In designing the SL-M, FCCC engineers created a versatile RV chassis with a fully customizable basement storage space. Designed and engineered with the luxury RV in mind, the SL-M end result allows builders and owners to maximize their storage capacity and explore a wider range of interior layouts. The SL-M can accommodate a variety of coach lengths and floor plans, opening up new configuration possibilities for coach manufacturers and RV owners.

“We created the SL Series out of our focus on our customers’ chassis needs and commitment to always providing them chassis options engineered to meet and exceed those needs,” said FCCC President Bob Harbin. “We certainly took their insights and input into consideration in designing the SL-M. By adding a modular chassis to the SL Series line, we open up our most advanced, durable and reliable chassis to even more customization possibilities.”




For a manufacturer to re-enter the Class A on a limited scale I would think this makes it about as easy as it gets.

Lets get the Class A back into production.

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Old 03-29-2013, 01:25 PM   #109
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Interesting, but I don't know about that Detroit engine...believe I would rather have an ISL or X.

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Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Class A

Navistar bails on the RV industry.

Airstream has missed the boat here. With all the turmoil going on in the Class A market, Airstream could have taken advantage of a large number of disgruntled owners who are looking for replacement of their Class A.

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&...pPGtDza0Qz3HhQ

http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/sto...-business.aspx

http://www.nwitimes.com/business/col...c7a9c4a4b.html

No doubt that THOR will benefit from this upset but another THOR branded/built AIRSTREAM CLASS A would definitely fill a void.

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Hi, well that explains why Monaco didn't show a 2013 model Vesta. I E-mailed them to ask why the new [only two model years] Monaco Vesta wasn't shown on their web sight. I asked if sales were too low or if they were having too many problems with this new design. They never answered me.
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