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Old 05-26-2010, 10:34 AM   #15
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Well I'll wander back up to the lot later and see if there is a tow rating on the sticker. Remember seeing 9600 or 9800 lbs mentioned but didn't notice a tow rating.
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:35 AM   #16
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It's called the Avenue

Here's what Bob Wheeler has to say in the April Airstreamer:

"We start production on the Airstream Avenue, our Class B motorhome built on the Chevy Express chassis. Like all else we do, this will be a best-in-class product with many of the features and luxuries of its big brother, the Sprinter-based Interstate. Keep an eye on the Airstream website for more information."
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:43 AM   #17
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There are no Freightliners in the lot now so either they're dropping the Interstate or they've got a new place to store them.
I don't think they are dropping the Interstate. On 4/8 the GM of the Interstate group told me there were 50 Sprinters on the way from Germany to feed Interstate production.
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Yes, that's a one-ton. However, one of Airstream's challenges will be to keep the interior LIGHT enough to have some capacity left over for towing. (Most class-B's are limited to 5,000 lbs. for that reason).
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:50 PM   #19
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The Sprinter has a factory tow rating of 5000 pounds. Some conversions, like Winnebago’s Navion, have a manufacturer's tow rating of 3500 pounds.


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Thanks for the information, should we decide to tow something.

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Old 05-26-2010, 02:51 PM   #20
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I was there this past weekend - interesting model - they were heading out on trailers by the truck load if that is any indication.

I'll post pics later tonight.

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Old 05-26-2010, 03:52 PM   #21
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The GVWR Is 9600 lbs.

There is no tow rating listed.

The vehicles do not have a full factory tow package but they do include the 7 wire tow harness although there is no connector on the back.

According to the 2010 Trailer Life Towing Guide this vehicle with a 3.73 rear is rated at 8200 lbs and with a 4.10 rear at 10000 lbs. Usually the Trailer Life figures are with the factory tow package but I can't find mention of this in the 2010 book.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:57 AM   #22
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Well now you are going to shoot me for not having a camera because I just saw one of the new vans. Don't think it was finished and please don't ask for a description because it was nothing to get excited about. They drove it from across the street - made a complete circuit of the Airstream service building and then took it back across the street. Won't even try and guess why. Maybe some civilized person with a camera will get a chance to post some pics in the near future.

And they are moving the antique trailers back to the front parking lot today.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:08 AM   #23
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I'm a bit curious -why would they start out with a full cargo van instead of a cutaway chassis? While the Interstate remains within the Sprinter's original bodywork, most GM Class B's have unique bodywork from the front doors back.

Given that so many other RV manufacturers are shifting to Sprinter platforms, even for Class C's, it seems retrograde for AS to go to the Chevy platform - unless they really felt the need to offer a lower-priced B offering.

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Bingo.
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There is a market out there for true B vans. For the sake of nomenclature, a true class B is built on a van chassis with the original van exterior sidewalls and doors. The vans built on a cutaway chassis where only the cab is used aren't really B vans, though this is a point that is debated endlessly on the B van forums. The major makers specializing in this area are Pleasure-Way, Roadtrek, and Sportsmobile, and Winnebago has had recent success with their ERA, which is a B van.

Other than cost, the problem with the sprinter is that parts and service availability are not as good as for more ubiquitous vans.
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And loose that great German diesel to the US fuilie - no way....

Come on Detroit - why can't we make diesels like the Germans
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New Interstates will be M-B Sprinters

A few weeks ago I asked the question direct to Airstream. Here is the relpy:
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Hello Mike,

Yes, moving forward Airstream will be building on the Mercedes-Benz chassis. Thanks again for your Interest in Airstream and the Interstate!

Best regards,

John Huttle
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The new model (name?) will be based on the Chevy as reported -- no doubt to compete directly with Roadtrek.

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I heard that many b-van manufacturers were discontinuing using the Sprinter because of problems with the urea storage tank.
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