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Old 05-18-2003, 08:03 PM   #15
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This is certainly an interesting thread.

Thor slowly driving Airstream into the ground? I see evidence of Airstream slowly improving their product line and paying attention to market conditions.

It looks to me that they have finally solved the peeling plasticoat problem. NCC for the Classic line was increased mid-year 2002 with beefier axles. The vinyl wrapped wood on the Safaris was improved for 2003. There are many other small improvements ... you get the idea.

The Internaional line is a hit .. and expanding with more product.

I spent a few years of my early life working for several yacht manufacturers. One company was top-of-the-line, the rest were pure junk. The RV business is very similar to the yacht business. As I walk through a new Airstream at an RV show, I can most certainly see and feel the difference in quality when compared to SOB.

As for Thor the company, they really do build junk and have a rotten reputation. They deserve it.

But when it comes to the Airstream Division, it seems to be run as a seperate company. It's as if Thor actually realizes what a flagship is, and runs it that way. Not perfect, but a very good job when compared to the rest of the RV industry.

The bottom line for me is resale value. There are several used RV lots in my area ... I call them "bone yards" ... all full of used, tired and worn out SOBs .... sitting there for what seems like forever. Not an Airstream in the bunch.

The old Airstreams stand a very good chance of being restored. When is the last time you saw a restored Prowler?

OK .. I'll stop. After all , I am singing to the choir here.
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Old 05-18-2003, 08:07 PM   #16
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Maybe that explains Airstreams entry into the box MH market.......
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AHA! the evidence is mounting!
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Old 05-18-2003, 08:11 PM   #18
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Yep, Fred... that MH you picture certainly has panache!
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back the conspiracy bus up!

looks like the smaller models are not exempt!

photo shamelessly lifted from a 2002 brochure....

circle the wagons folks, the graphics are coming.

lol!

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p.s. does any one actually own a trailer (a.s. classic or otherwise) with swoopy color graphics?
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Exclamation Help Me!!!

Oh, my, Gawd... I just checked the photos, and the trailer we're buying has Swoopy Colored Graphics Decals!!! I have unwittingly become a victim of this conspiracy!!! Help!!!

Do I call the Swoopy Colored Graphic Decal police? Is it contagious? Are there support groups or counselling? HELP!!!
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Talking there is help

it is called s.c.g.t.a.

swoopy colored graphics trailer annnonymus.

they beliveve in a 12 step process to recovery.

1 admit you have swoopy graphics

2 admit you are powerless to the effects of swoopy graphics.

3 don't be ashamed you have them and quit trying to drive around with your awnings down so no one can see them. (the wide load permits are expensive and limit travel to only 6 lane highways)

4 devise an action plan to deal with your disease.

5 gather your materials

6 borrow a heat gun and a ladder.

7 begin the exorcisism.

8 remove the demon decals.

9 replasticote the affected area(s)

10 rejoice in the fact that you are now free of the disease!

11 remember once you have had the graphic disease you can relapse at any given r.v. show.

12 there will be many temptations down the proverbial road, try to avoid the temptation again.

yer cured!

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Exclamation too funny!

Thanks John!!! That's great!!! I'm STILL laughing!

Hey... I just noticed something else tho about the photo you posted on the shorter trailer graphics...

Does anyone else notice a marked similarity of the arrangement of those trailers to Stonehenge? Is this coincidental, or is there a subliminal message here? Do we have an occurance documented of a modern Airstreamhenge? Is there some Celtic pagan influence to all this??? Is it fuzzy to conceal detail, sort of like those purported UFO and BigFoot sighting photos?

Ok... maybe not... maybe it's just too much caffeine in my coffee this morning!
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dunno

if it was a 'stream henge i think they would have to be set on end.

perhaps it is the first annual secret meeting of the S.C.G.T.A., all the other trailers are the reformed members.

the newbie must be at step one or two.

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Oh !!!!!!!!! NO !!!!!!!!!!! We came close

I thought we nearly bought that. Then, I realized it's a 25' 1996.

I don't know what this picture is doing in the pix gallery we accumulated at the time we were buying.
I have it dated 01/27/03 & 1996 AS. I have 12 pictures, in & out. Does it come from ebay?

I don't remember seeing it before. Did one of you sent us a virus??????
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Ooops

I hope that "Hunter Hampton" will not object to my posting this picture. I did not know.

Mike told me he downloaded it from "Hunter Airstream".

Nice trailer, Hunter. We now can all admire it.
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swoopy baby!

i hope he would get a chuckle out of this thread.

he is proud enough of those graphics to post them on the net for everyone to see!

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doh!

my apoligies to hunter,

SHE -would get a chuckle....sorry!

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