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Old 08-01-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Why the price difference?

From my searching, on a new 25FB, there is a $8-$9k price difference between a flying cloud and a signature. Equipment seems to be identical. Is there any difference other than the interior laminate finishes color?
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More profit as the model names increase just like Ford > Mercury > Lincoln where the running gear is the same and a few pieces of plastic make them look different.

Corian kitchen counter top in the International. Cabinet hinges and slides upgraded in International. Both lines got s bigger main TV and a second TV is now standard,
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Funny thing is there is much less difference in the 23 and 27 ft models between FC and CCD.Do you think it might be due to greed.....I mean popularity of the 25???
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Funny thing is there is much less difference in the 23 and 27 ft models between FC and CCD.Do you think it might be due to greed.....I mean popularity of the 25???
Supply and Demand my friend.
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Supply and Demand my friend.
That's what I said!
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That's what I said!
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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Funny thing is there is much less difference in the 23 and 27 ft models between FC and CCD.Do you think it might be due to greed.....I mean popularity of the 25???
Well, after this last post we got word that our 2014 International CCD 25FB was on it's way.I really agonized over the difference going to the CCD over the FC.
We picked it up yesterday and all I can say is WOW! It was totally worth it. It's like a whole new world for us, and we wish the company wasn't coming so we could go camping now.
The smile on my wife's face was totally worth it .
This is the 3rd A/S and I'm sure the last,and all 3 bought at different dealers.
I have to say that I saved the best for last in many ways .
Midtown RV, and Glen Joneson made this purchase smooth from start to finish and if you are anywhere near BC Canada, I would highly recommend this new dealership.
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You are correct, the Flying Cloud and International Signature and International Serenity have the same quality and feature level.

But...

The upper cabinets with the sliding doors and back lighting costs more on an International Signature and International Serenity than a Flying Cloud.

2014 International models have a Corian countertop in the galley, the Flying Cloud has Laminate.

The Ebony or Asian Sand laminate costs more by the sheet than the gold alchemy used on the Flying Cloud.

The International Signature and Serenity models have Ocean Air roller shades which cost over $100.00 each and the Flying Cloud has Aluminum Mini blinds valued at $40.00 each.

There are also more interior designer touches in the Internationals that increases their price.
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You are correct, the Flying Cloud and International Signature and International Serenity have the same quality and feature level.

But...

The upper cabinets with the sliding doors and back lighting costs more on an International Signature and International Serenity than a Flying Cloud.

2014 International models have a Corian countertop in the galley, the Flying Cloud has Laminate.

The Ebony or Asian Sand laminate costs more by the sheet than the gold alchemy used on the Flying Cloud.

The International Signature and Serenity models have Ocean Air roller shades which cost over $100.00 each and the Flying Cloud has Aluminum Mini blinds valued at $40.00 each.

There are also more interior designer touches in the Internationals that increases their price.
Too bad not all Airstream dealers have this level of knowledge. Excellent explanation. Thanks.
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There seems to be a tremendous level of product ignorance today in all forms of sales. Many sales folks can hardly repeat the information on the price tag, let alone have detailed knowledge of the product they are presenting.

My walk through presenter knew less about my new Airstream than I did and I left the dealership and had to "discover" where things were located from folks on this forum. If I knew the questions to ask (this was my first ever RV purchase) I could have asked for the service or general manager to do the walk through and hopefully would have been better informed.

If a potential customer is underwhelmed by the sales person, ask for the sales manager and tell him/her why you are buying elsewhere because if the sales folks (the face of the business) lack the knowledge, then you are concerned the support folks are equally uninformed.
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It's too true. Our first A/S the Bambi was dealt with in all aspects from sales to walk through with a high level of professionalism , but unfortunately the delivery was marred by the disappearance of our dog at an overnight stay on the way ,so I will admit I really wasn't listening.( we did go back and camp at the town till we found him 2 days later).
Our second, a 20 SE bought at a new A/S dealer who also sold SOB's was a handshake and a set of keys.
Our latest and I hope last CCD 25 FB was also from a new A/S dealer, Midtown RV who's other line is Newmar, so they know high end quality.
The delivery took over 4 hours and most of that was a very thorough walk through which touched on a couple of items I had never known about my last A/S's.
They also transferred over my Equali-I-zer and, not only set it up,but totally took it apart, cleaned it and repainted it. I thought they had given me a new one.
I didn't know what I had been missing in the other deliveries till I went through this one, and I used to sell Cadillacs and do my own thorough deliveries.
I can' say enough about this dealership.
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We bought used because my wife loved the Serenity interior that we saw in this AS. I never could have rationalized the price difference, new. Having said that, we are very, very pleased with the Serenity interior upgrades.
But talk about crummy checkouts, we bought from a Winnebago dealer that took this AS in trade. To their credit, they did a decent walkthrough but I knew a whole lot more about Airstreams having browsed this forum and many of the Colonial videos. I am still learning by experience and this forum. I will never understand why salesmen of cars, RVs and boats do not learn more about the products they are trying to sell.
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Larry, I think we are starting to get a bit off topic, but I will make a comment in defence of salespeople in that in your case , you had probably really studied all aspects of what you were looking for, but you bought it from a Winnibago dealer who probably didn't study as much as you.
After 30 years of selling cars and trucks I knew most there was to know about my product, but didn't always know everything about the SOB's I was selling. There was always the customer who knew a bit more about an off brand, and I didn't mind saying " I don't know, but I can find out".
I do expect that an A/S salesperson should know about his or her product, but I also respect " I don't know, but I will find out" from anybody.
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