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Old 08-04-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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I think I want an Airstream for build quality. Have had travel trailers for 5 years and fifth wheels for the last 4 including a new 2012 Keystone model we just picked up last month. Knew there would be kinks to work out in buying new... but am astonished at the absolute lack of attention to detail by the manufacturer - AC not vented properly, lamp shades glued on now falling apart, cabinetry not attached properly, missing hardware on plumbing attachments, etc... The list goes on. Very disappointed overall.

This experience has led me to search the camping world for real quality and attention to detail. Never thought I'd ever say it, but I feel like I'm willing to give up my 3 slide-outs and huge storage, for piece of mind in a quality built structure.

I've read some posts on here already of people who seem to share my thoughts. Great forum! Lastly... Anybody know why Airstream doesn't make a fifth wheel? I would thing AS or some other manufacturer would be making aluminum skinned 5th wheels by now to increase storage capabilities... even without the slides. Seems like there would be a market for them.

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Old 08-04-2012, 10:27 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. While most of us love our Airstreams, no TT is perfect. Read thru the various threads to see the posters likes and dislikes. We love our AS and are very happy with our purchase. Wish you luck and success on your research and happy hunting for your new AS.

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Old 08-04-2012, 12:44 PM   #3
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Airstream did make a 5th wheel for a couple years and gave up. They had some problems with their design and the competition pricing lead to low sales volume. They gave, up just as they did with Class A motor homes. A couple years ago the company defined the market they are after and feel they can successfully compete. It appears Airstream regards themselves as a true "travel trailer" intended to travel rather than a a camping or destination sit in one spot for the winter trailer.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:46 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Closequarter View Post
Lastly... Anybody know why Airstream doesn't make a fifth wheel?
They have!

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