Originally Posted by whitsend
NORSEA - How Very Cool!! Just beautiful. I have the same trailer and have given lots of thought to removing the sofa & installing "wall away" recliners. But I never dreamed of the new "floorplan" of cabinets. I really like what ya'll have done. I have to wonder if Airstream might see how comfortable & functional your "living room" really is and make it an option??
Thanks for your kind words.
I'm not sure anyone other than the Airstream tech's in the service center has seen what we have done.
Based on comments like yours I suspect that there are some folks out there that would be interested in a configuration of this type.
But, having said that, I suspect that the vast majority of Airstream purchasers want to be able to have sleeping accommodations for a family that would require the use of the dinette and the sofa bed for children of the boy/girl variety being able to have separate sleeping accommodations.
I do think that they could sell this configuration. But, the dealers would have to be in favor of it. As I understand it, Airstream only builds trailers for orders from dealers. This means that they do no build something and force it on the dealer network. They do prototypes if they can get sufficient interest from the dealers; like the new Pan American toy hauler. If the dealers place orders based on the prototype in sufficient quantity they will then move forward with a new configuration and build a minimum number of units that meets their break even point.
I have been told that they have to produce 35 units of any given configuration before they reach a break even point on their engineering costs. For something like a change that involves only cabinetry like ours, I suspect that this number would be much lower given that 35 is based on a completely new trailer configuration.
Perhaps people should point their dealers to our web page and ask them about purchasing one like we have.
Or go to Jackson Center and talk to Keven (Tech Supervisor) and Jon about having something custom made as we did. FWIW, we cashed in lots of savings bonds that we had accumulated over the years of our working lives to pay for our remodel.