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Old 08-21-2010, 02:16 PM   #1
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Question Compare and Contrast: Airstream and Earthbound

I'm preparing to buy my first RV. Have always been in love with Airstreams, but now have discovered Earthbound RV's and am attracted to the non-formaldehyde aspect. Any feedback from you guys about the pros and cons? Of course, I would not have the built-in community that Airstream has if I go Earthbound, but what else should I be looking at? Thanks, Mara

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Old 08-21-2010, 03:16 PM   #2
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

I have looked at the Eartbounds on-line before, and they are really interesting.

I can't say that an Airstream is better than an Earthbound or vice-versa. I would suggest that you visit both dealers and get a hands-on feeling for each of the brands. Check both for fit and finish.

I n the end, it will be how you feel about each, and which one that yoy see youself in.


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Old 08-21-2010, 03:29 PM   #3
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Get what YOU like It all depends on what floats your boat. Every trailer I have been in including some high end ones, just, FOR ME, do not compare to the Airstream. Looking on line is not the same as going in person and walking through each one. You need to see, feel, sit, thump some walls or move the drawers in and out. See what impresses you. The main thing I liked about the Earthbound was no wood flooring to rot. Also, compare holding tanks. Do you need the extra volume for camping that the Airstreams have? I do. JMHO
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:30 PM   #4
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A better comparison would be Earthbound to any other slab-sided travel trailer. Tricked-up decor and color scheme, looks like the same old stuff packaged as a new "green" product.

At a glance, I see the same old slab profile, smallish cheap RV windows, and less than innovative floor plans that emphasize bedroom and bath size at the expense of more useful living space.

If you have always loved Airstreams, like most of us, why get hooked with a gimmick like this, when the real deal is still available?
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:01 PM   #5
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Hi, you have to pick what you want and like. Also what you can afford, or are willing to pay. There are lots of different trailers out there, but nothing else is like an Airstream [made today] so I chose an Airstream. Like any other RV, they are not perfect, and will have their own problems. Only you can decide what trailer is going to meet your needs and wants.

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Old 08-21-2010, 04:16 PM   #6
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Go with Airstream

If you go with Airstream you get us! You'll see Airforums has a lot. I gave your question a little thought and even if you had the least green RV I doubt that you would be in it long enough to cause any health problems. Being in California, I know that the state has a new mandate about formaldehyde free black water systems. I think it's a good idea. I'll bet that is where most of the formaldehyde would go "airborne."
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:53 PM   #7
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Buying an Airstream is as much about the traditions and community associated with the brand as it is the trailer itself.
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I got interested in Airstream because of their classic look. I'm not into that ultra-futuristic look of the Earthbound.

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Old 08-21-2010, 09:53 PM   #9
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Web searches list manufacture as Marion, IN. Looks like a startup - I get no sense that this is an established RV manufacturer. Without their brand taking off, how long will they be around? There look to be similar modern materials used for manufacture as, for instance, the R-Pod (very cute!) -- which I've seen at least a handful while on the road on a long trip to the Southwest in May-June this year.

Both R-Pod & Earthbound utter sounds people want to hear --
"State of the art techonology & materials"
"Earth friendly, family friendly, recyclable.."

Low VOC means that they comply with fewer solvent emissions for specified steps of their process (all VOCs? don't bet on it) -- this is a requirement that all your paint manufacturers face or else they, and therefore you, pay a higher price (tax) to emit more with any of our traditional oil/volatile based paints or varnishes.

Composites/Aluminum used for Earthbound? Recyclable? Airstream isn't much different at that.

Walk through a new RV of any make. Better yet, do it on a warm sunny day while it is closed up. Do you get that new car smell? (Yep!) Formaldehyde or other volatiles are nearly inevitable IMO. Nobody says they are good for you. See or Interior fumes take a while to diminish -- aided by time and a bit of venting.

Airstreams have 100% less plastic used in side paneling. Other than platitudes, I don't know that Earthbound uses zero emissions floor or cabinetry materials (if such a thing is even available). Airstream will be around. Airstream has cachet. That's a hard combination to beat IMO.

I'm the last person to get onboard the bamboo flooring juggernaut. Bamboo sounds organic, right? It's still bamboo pressed in a resin body. Be very aware what you are getting into.

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In my opinion Airstream is the ultimate green rv.
They last a lifetime.....

Lifespan 50-60 years or more, can't beat that.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:35 AM   #11
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Thanks for you replies, thoughts, time

You all have been most generous and informative. Quite a community here, huh? I'll go now and explore as many as I can in person for the the next step and see how they feel, smell, etc.

Again, thanks. You have warmed my heart with your response,

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Old 08-23-2010, 10:24 AM   #12
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Our family has the Airstream my in-laws used to full time in. They put a lot of miles and a lot of use on it and everything still works and is sound. I take great comfort in the knowledge that even if our trailer was 60 years old instead of 13, we could still get parts. For a brand new design from a new company, I wouldn't have that particular warm fuzzy no matter how nice or well made the TT was.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:49 AM   #13
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I would agree with most of the stated opinions here - buy what YOU like and feel good owning and living in! I would suggest that you try renting a couple and seeing which you like best. I believe that Airstream and KOA have rentals out there.....
I thought when I purchased my used 34' Airstream that it would be the one for me for many years until I actually started using it and found that my family really was better suited for a motorhome - so I looked and looked for an Airstream motorhome that was like TT but allowed for comfort and use on the road! So, go slow before handing out the cash and finding it doesn't really fit your needs/wants!
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:59 AM   #14
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I've actually been in an Earthbound. The fit and finish was impressive, on par if not better than Airstream.

If I remember right, the windows are the same fully-opening units that were on my T@B - these function better than the typical RV small-opening window. I wish Airstream would also use a composite rot-free floor material.

Earthbound is a start-up created by RV industry veterans. My understanding is that there were some initial funding issues - it was a bad time to start a RV company - but that had improved. I actually had an email conversation with one of the founders after sending in some suggestions on their website; I thought that was kinda cool.

I don't like the lack of front windows and their floorplans don't quite match the usefulness of some Airstream front-bedroom plans.


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