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Old 12-02-2013, 07:27 PM   #15
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I'm with you Paula, I saw this ad as soon as they posted it. It doesn't look ANYTHING like the Eddie Bauer I have come to love and adore! I absolutely couldn't believe how they took a perfectly great AS and completely changed it. I'm sure it looks better in person but ain't want I'm looking for! Laura
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:19 PM   #16
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One thing I have always thought is that the furniture in new trailers was unnecessarily heavy compared to the construction of cabinetry in the vintage trailers. You could probably shave off a few hundred pounds by getting rid of the MDF and replacing it with lightweight frames and thin plywood, and I think it would look good too. Not saying that's what they did, but if I had a gutted new trailer, that's what I would like to do with the interior.
Just for the record, there is no MDF in newer airstreams. It's all plywood with laminate surfaces that is rather thick and often curved to eliminate the need for frames. (Classics have solid wood components). There are solid wood supports and edges. Actually quite sturdy construction and not heavy. I just pulled the front dinette cabinetry out of ours to install recliners.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:19 PM   #17
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:43 PM   #18
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Just for the record, there is no MDF in newer airstreams. It's all plywood with laminate surfaces that is rather thick and often curved to eliminate the need for frames.
That's good to know. It has been a while since I looked at a new one, and I was disappointed at how unnecessarily heavy it appeared to be.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:35 PM   #19
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As an owner of a 2012 27' Eddie Bauer, and living in it fulltime, I can appreciate where the customization was going. However as it is not "finished" yet, its hard to judge.

Timeless Travel Trailers based out of Denver builds (and restores) beautiful Airstreams. For example the one below was well into the 100k range. In fact when we toured the factory, they had many 150k plus builds happening.

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Old 12-02-2013, 11:06 PM   #20
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I think with a natural finish added to the wood it might be pretty nice, better than the photos indicate.
It might have had they used something other than the low-end knotty pine. That wood reminds me what cheaply-done basements were like in the '50s.

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I think they effectively wrecked their trailer.
I agree.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:22 PM   #21
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Just for the record, there is no MDF in newer airstreams. It's all plywood with laminate surfaces that is rather thick and often curved to eliminate the need for frames. (Classics have solid wood components). There are solid wood supports and edges. Actually quite sturdy construction and not heavy. I just pulled the front dinette cabinetry out of ours to install recliners.
Hi, you beat me to it; Everything in my trailer is solid or plywood. I've read where people say MDF, particle board, press wood, but they never were able to prove this.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:24 PM   #22
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It might have had they used something other than the low-end knotty pine. That wood reminds me what cheaply-done basements were like in the '50s.
Common southern white pine perhaps. I think they are looking for the Eddie Bauer cabin effect, rustic rather than city slick. It has no finish; give it a few costs of clear satin polyurethane, a few Eddie Bauer furnishings and accessories and it may surprise you.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:25 PM   #23
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It might have had they used something other than the low-end knotty pine. That wood reminds me what cheaply-done basements were like in the '50s.



I agree.
Hi, I also think the choice of wood could have been better. [cedar, maple, birch, Etc]
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:30 PM   #24
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I hate to post something negative, but, I can not hold my tongue. To each his/her own, but, yowza...that is really making my skin crawl. Wife might be a designer, but it doesn't mean she's a good designer. Very sad indeed.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:39 AM   #25
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Some of us love Airstreams for what they are - others like them for what they can be. I was very lucky to get a great deal on an almost unused EB earlier this year and lots of my acquaintances and friends actively drool over mine. Therefore I was pleased to find one in the classifieds so I could mention it to fellow campers. 2012 Airstream Eddie Bauer 25 for sale in Beaufort, South Carolina Everyone's taste is different and this one is Not my cuppa tea. Frankly I wonder why one would pay a premium for an EB then modify it so drastically so soon after buying it. I'd reserve this kind of modification for a 10 year or older A/S where the interior was badly worn. I personally love the leaf motif sliding doors in the overhead cabinets... so this alone would spoil it for me... but if you want something different... this IS. Paula
I am married to an interior decorator, so I know why they changed the brand new interior; because she couldn't help herself. She had to change everything, form over function. Every time we move our new house is gutted and redone. If my wife can figure out how to move walls we do that as well. I bought my 25 FB International, rather than one of the other models, because we liked the interior. My wife immediately wanted to change it. I didn't let her, but promised after we used it for a while she could have a go. It's been five years and she's at me again, and she doesn't even go with me very often as she can't stay out as long as I do. She has a business to run. I know these decorator types, remodeling is like a drug to them.

Now I'm getting ready to trade it in on a 25' EB rather than let her pound money down a rat hole on the old one, and I'm sure she'll be at me again. Maybe I'll let her change the fabrics, but I doubt she can quit at that. The old one still looks pristine.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:06 AM   #27
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Talking Personal choice - yea !

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I feel sorry for the house that's going to get a similar treatment.
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