Originally Posted by finalcutjoe
It seems more likely, to me, that it’s simply A/S not wanting a fit-out trend developing with their product. Liability just doesn’t hold water. Even if you’re talking ‘RV building codes’, private use and ownership supersedes any of that.
It appears a semi-custom fit-out is about the most feasible thing, since I can’t get a shell. I think I would take a beating on attempting a parting out of the interior.
One of the tools that is employed in what I do for a living is HDS (high definition scanning), this is where an existing building/structure/anything is scanned with a laser, and a three-dimensional model is generated with accuracy to .0001”. I then use the HDS model to generate a fully custom interior model- complete with materials, colors, lighting, etc…
Fabrication of the custom interior components can be done in large part by going directly to CNC. Complete visualization of design to perfect fit and installation.
This is EXACTLY the technique that the Prevost upfitters use when they design an interior for the $1million + custom bus-based MoHos they produce. The shell comes in from Prevost Canada with NOTHING on the inside, not even a steering wheel (it goes back with the delivery driver).
Then the owner sits down with a team of CAD/CAM people and designs the interior and chooses materials. All this is fed to several large CNC controlled mills that cut EVERYTHING going into the shell. Both windshields are removed to get everything in, and assembly begins. As you can imagine, everything is a PERFECT fit!
Airstream would do very well to adopt this as a manufacturing technique, as would most other RV manufacturers. Fit/finish issues would all but dissapear!!!