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Old 12-27-2008, 05:51 PM   #43
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The new Scout prototype, from the outside, looks like an old Shasta, well sort of.

But, when you look inside, WOW!

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The Scout looks very progressive inside and out, but the name seems a little dated, conjures up visions of the Confederacy or little girls in green uniforms. I do hope they sell well, sure would like the company to continue.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:29 PM   #44
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I like the name Scout, It makes me think of someone who is out front, ahead of the pack. It seems to be a perfect way to bring the younger crowd in and anyone else that may want a nice small light weight trailer with the Airstream Company and quality behind it. I hope it goes in to production. I predict it out sales the Base Camp by a mile.
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It seems to be a perfect way to bring the younger crowd in and anyone else that may want a nice small light weight trailer with the Airstream Company and quality behind it. I hope it goes in to production. I predict it out sales the Base Camp by a mile.
A highly valid observation. We always needed something a Nissan Murano could tow. Or heck, even a 4-cylinder Highlander.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:34 PM   #46
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A highly valid observation. We always needed something a Nissan Murano could tow. Or heck, even a 4-cylinder Highlander.
Bob.

Maybe Airstream is working towards using the ulitimate TV.

The Wally famous..........................Bicycle.

Light weight trailers equals lighter weight tow vehicles, and of course, lighter weight hitch torsion bars too.

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Old 12-28-2008, 02:10 AM   #47
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The new Scout prototype, from the outside, looks like an old Shasta, well sort of.

But, when you look inside, WOW, a different world.
Hi, my first thought was that it looks similar to a Shasta, but modernized. I think it is a pretty neat trailer, but I don't think it should be called an Airstream. Maybe a subdivision of Airstream and a whole new line of trailers branded "Scout". I have a bad feeling that this is an early attempt by Airstream to stray away from the traditional classic design of today's Airstream trailers. And phase out corrosion/clearcoat concerns Etc. and compete with the cheap brands. [secret life support?]
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:47 AM   #48
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:14 AM   #49
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I bicycle alot. Over the years bicycles have become extremely light and fast, with improvement in quality and strength. This has in part been done with use of materials such as carbon fiber, magnesium alloy, etc.
As TT's grow lighter, I hope that they follow a similar trend of improving quality at the same time.
I worry that the industry is in a panic to make lighter units by the least expensive means possible. I would hate to see a whole new generation of unimagined equipment failures.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:58 PM   #50
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Just saw Andy's reference on the AS "Scout" prototype in this thread. While I like looks of the "Scout" prototype, I don't think it looks like an airstream nor meet the requirements for their new trademark protection, ... but that's just my opinion. I'll let the lawyers haggle that one out.

What I do think the Scout looks like is the refined older sibling of Tab-rv.com - T@B Microlite teardrop RV travel trailer campers - Tab which has grown out of it's cartoonish cute looks. No complaints there.

As for AS focusing on something new, that's a good thing and I wish they would look at addressing some of their issues with their current models. When I stopped by at the Eugene dealer two months ago (early Nov), there were new models on the lot with filiform corrosion around some the rivets near the beltline.

We were considering just buying a "finished" one to get a on the road sooner and the continue the work on '75 Safari... but I expect my old trailer to have corrision (it's 33 years old). I don't expect a new trailer to have it before I pull it off the lot.

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Old 12-28-2008, 01:48 PM   #51
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A highly valid observation. We always needed something a Nissan Murano could tow. Or heck, even a 4-cylinder Highlander.
Nope. Tow the Scout with a Scout. Something like this.



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Cool! I got a 76 Scout with *too* many mods. It that a '74?
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IMHO the real "killer" today in an industry like RVs is the current credit squeeze. Even if dealers want to stock product (TTs) they can't get credit to do it, they would have to find cash from their opwn pockets, and what retailer is going to do that, supposing he even could?

Even worse, if an end user (you and I) want to buy an AS, you won't get the easy credit you could a year ago to buy it, even iuf you are completely credit-worthy.

The same banks that were happy to loan the dealers and us oodles of cash a year ago are now so afraid of their shadows that they will not make loans, despite the multi-billions of bottom line profit they have been making off us for years.

Sad, and self-defeating.
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Thor credit

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Thor Details New Credit Program at Trade Show
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thor Industries Inc. openly promoted its previously announced Thor Credit program at the Louisville Show that will provide a much-needed retail lending source for the Jackson Center, Ohio-based company’s dealer body.

“The entire industry has suffered from decline in availability of retail credit and our dealers have constantly been asking for us to help them out,” said COO Richard “Dicky” Riegel. “It’s important that we have wholesale floorplan financing, but retail credit is truly the missing link.

“The benefits are two-fold. Dealers can increase retail turns and sell-through to help move products. And, potentially, this will help restore the hold-back profit center where participating dealers make a margin on sale of retail financing.”

The program will offer financing on all new Thor products along with used products of any make. Riegel said that Thor would be originating the loans – all prime or super-prime – then selling the paper off “to various financial institutions including small and mid-sized banks.”

Riegel reported that Thor was on a swift timetable regarding the program’s official launch. “We intend to be originating loans as soon as possible in the show season,” he said.

The plan resurrects the company's previous credit program, which was terminated when partner GE Money exited the RV retail lending arena in May.

“Thor credit has been in business since 1994 with a few different partners,” Riegel said. “When GE exited this summer, we immediately started working on reimplementing a program that would help our dealers during this critical time.”

The division will be led by former Thor Credit employees Ed Arienti, Margaret Gandolfo and Nancy Hartmann.

Riegel said the announcement was well received in Louisville, noting, “I’ve never been thanked so many times.”

He added, “We see Thor Credit as a major example of our belief in the RV market, and commitment to dealers and our shared consumers. This is an opportunity for Thor, with the strongest balance sheet in the industry, to use our strength to inject liquidity into the marketplace.”



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Old 12-28-2008, 10:12 PM   #55
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Riegel said the announcement was well received in Louisville, noting, “I’ve never been thanked so many times.”

He added, “We see Thor Credit as a major example of our belief in the RV market, and commitment to dealers and our shared consumers. This is an opportunity for Thor, with the strongest balance sheet in the industry, to use our strength to inject liquidity into the marketplace.”
Well, that certainly shows a huge amount of faith and insight into what is actually needed today to sustain business.

The perfect move to make, glad they are in a position to do it and have the good sense to make the move.
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Agree... the Thor announcement is good news. Are there any details on how this would affect the real world?
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