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Old 05-16-2007, 12:21 PM   #15
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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!!!
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:00 PM   #16
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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!!!
i'm currently in the early stages of converting a '76 sovereign into a mobile sleeper and a/v studio using this workflow. my client was actually the one to suggest possibly getting a factory new shell....
million dollar plus, eh... maybe i should up my fee....
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:43 PM   #17
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Even if Airstream would sell a shell only, why would they sell it cheaper than a completed unit? Where's the profit in that?

You wouldn't expect Cadillac to sell a shell of an Escalade to the guys at West Coast Whatever on Pimp My Ride fame so they could pimp it up for one of Hollywood's elite would you? The client would have to go to a dealer, purchase the Escalade of their choice, take it to the custom shop, and eat the cost of the interior finishes and upholstery, etc. You'd just have to tell your client he/she has to do the same. I think that is reasonable.

My earlier rhetorical question about it should be cheaper to do it from the regular production line had more to do with why have a second line to run shells only for Airstream's commercial division to outfit instead of pulling one off the line before it is fitted with the traditional interior components that you find on the dealer's lot. Seems that savings would be taken by Airstream instead of bearing the cost of running a separate line to build a shell when that same shell could be built on the line and turned over to the commercial division.
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Old 05-16-2007, 02:21 PM   #18
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Probably missed the point...

I don't intend to hijack this thread by my comment...
I have observed that the longer units of a recent manufacture are selling for a pittance compared to their smaller relatives. Wouldn't it make sense to buy a unit that is a couple of years old and demo what you don't like and keep what works?
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how can I contact them? sounds perfect for my needs....
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