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Old 02-15-2004, 05:15 PM   #15
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I stopped at a local dealer here and the price difference is due to the exterior. One is an Aluminum exterior, the other is a fiberglass. The Fiberglas is the base model. The Aluminum is the "fancy" one. They weigh the same either way. I think the GCWR is 2000 Lbs, and the trailer is 1500? of that. I looked a few weeks ago, so I have forgotten what the plate said for sure.
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Old 02-15-2004, 07:37 PM   #16
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The handout at the Minneapolis RV show says the skins are clear-coated, one-piece aluminum skin and the T@B weighed (dry) only 1,360 lbs.

Interestingly it is a Thor Industries product and the T@B web site is similar to the Airstream company site.

http://www.TAB-rv.com
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Old 02-15-2004, 09:02 PM   #17
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Well this is my week. The RV show comes to the St. Louis convention center and I now work there. Lots of ability to stroll and look, and of course get in free.

Any of you planning to be there, I'll be staffing the WBCCI table on Friday from 6-10PM at the Bill Thomas exhibit.

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In November I spoke with the Airstream dealer who would have had these models at the Mpls. show. "Oh, the Airstreams were so hot they were selling before they even took delivery at the dealer" or something like that. (Of course he was trying to prompt me to become a buyer on something in the pipeline.) Their November plans were that they'd have no Airstreams at the show. Days are getting longer and folks might be getting more inclined by now.

The shows might be the last chance at 2004's though. Anybody try to order lately? Are they scheduling production into May and the 2005's yet? (or I think the switch-over is April or so...)

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Old 02-16-2004, 08:46 AM   #19
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IF YOU WANNA' SEE AIRSTREAMS AT A SHOW, VISIT THE TAMPA SHOW IN JANUARY EACH YEAR. THE FACTORY AND BATES' , THE LOCAL AIRSTREAM DEALER, WILL HAVE A FULL COMPLIMENT OF CLASSICS, SLIDES, BAMBIS, AND ANYTHING ELSE AT THE SHOW AND WILL ALSO SHUTTLE YOU TO THEIR SALES LOT TO SEE ALL THEY HAVE.
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However, my daydreaming ended when I looked at the sticker price on that T@B and realized it cost 10X what we paid for our Beetles in the late 60's, early 70's. (about $2000 for those cars then; $20,000 for those T@B's now!)
1971 Super Beetle, bright red, drove it off of the showroom floor in Jupiter, FL for $ 1,895.00 plus tax and title. Always liked the way it seemed to smile at me with the toothed grill underneath the front bumper. (Or was that $ 2,195.00 for the Super Beetle? Memory is fading quickly!)
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The sad part of the Mpls Show is the lack of commitment that the MN dealer seems to have to Airstream. They said the reason they had no Classics there was because there were too many options available on them so they don't stock them. They didn't have any Classics last year either.

Then, to top it all off I was told that if I really wanted to spend that much money (for a Classic), I should just move up to a "real" RV and get a motorhome. She then directed me to their $450,000 + Bluebird Wanderlodge.

To crawl around a new Classic, I have to drive 350 miles or more to a dealer that stocks them. It's tough for me to buy anything sight unseen anymore, in spite ot the generally positive comments of those that have moved from the Safari to Clssic models.

The Westfalia and International Class C units were fun to look at though.
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:06 PM   #22
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The sad part of the Mpls Show is the lack of commitment that the MN dealer seems to have to Airstream. They said the reason they had no Classics there was because there were too many options available on them so they don't stock them. They didn't have any Classics last year either.
Our local dealer stocks 12 Airstreams, but very seldom do they have more than 2 Classics in the lot at a time. Their mix is Safaris andCCDs. Probably helps them keep their inventory cost down since the Safaris and CCDs move a lot faster. They have sold several CCDs the day they hit the lot.

When I bought my Classic, it had been on the lot for quite a while. I got a good deal because ina few days, it was going to cost the dealer some sort of penalty.

Best thing I ever did was upgrade to the Classic. OTOH, they were pulling your leg on the options thing; there aren't substantially more options on the Classic than on the other lines.
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