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Old 05-04-2007, 03:55 PM   #15
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Carol, Thanks for all the information. Nice to be able to keep up on Airstream News. Thanks again.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:34 PM   #16
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My pleasure Aria, or would that be my obsession? Going camping this weekend and the following week, no rallies just plain ol' camping where we can get away and commune with nature. Two state parks, first Hardwick Pines and then Wilderness State Park, and if that doesn't work there is always Macinac Island to load up the sensory perception and shopping bags. Have a good weekend and let that AS shine in the sun.
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This thread stood out to me about a narrow airstream model. I have a 1981 25' excella 2 that measures only 7' wide. I discovered the difference when I had a window rock guard installed at our local airstream dealer last week, and had to have it adjusted to fit. My trailer was parked next to a 71 international which when measured was a full foot wider. The layout is the same as the 24' Argosy twin bed. The only other person I've spoken with who has an 81 excella says that their's measures 8'. I've thought about calling airstream, and giving them the vin # to see if they can give me any more details about this. Is it possible that I have one of the more narrow European models from this time? Would anyone have any info on these?
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Old 05-05-2007, 07:38 PM   #18
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Great find Carol....looks like there was a shread of truth about the Argosy line making a comeback in some way.
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Old 05-05-2007, 08:31 PM   #19
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This thread stood out to me about a narrow airstream model. I have a 1981 25' excella 2 that measures only 7' wide. I discovered the difference when I had a window rock guard installed at our local airstream dealer last week, and had to have it adjusted to fit. My trailer was parked next to a 71 international which when measured was a full foot wider. The layout is the same as the 24' Argosy twin bed. The only other person I've spoken with who has an 81 excella says that their's measures 8'. I've thought about calling airstream, and giving them the vin # to see if they can give me any more details about this. Is it possible that I have one of the more narrow European models from this time? Would anyone have any info on these?
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Charlie,
I seem to recall hearing about another one. Does you VIN# have an X in it? I wish I could recall where I heard about the other one. That person also contacted JC and they had no clue about it. IIRC there were a couple of overseas caravans around that time, including one to China.

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Old 05-05-2007, 09:14 PM   #20
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I still don't understand why Airstream doesn't treat the frame the same as they do for the European models......
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:12 AM   #21
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Greetings Charilie!

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This thread stood out to me about a narrow airstream model. I have a 1981 25' excella 2 that measures only 7' wide. I discovered the difference when I had a window rock guard installed at our local airstream dealer last week, and had to have it adjusted to fit. My trailer was parked next to a 71 international which when measured was a full foot wider. The layout is the same as the 24' Argosy twin bed. The only other person I've spoken with who has an 81 excella says that their's measures 8'. I've thought about calling airstream, and giving them the vin # to see if they can give me any more details about this. Is it possible that I have one of the more narrow European models from this time? Would anyone have any info on these?
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There is another thread here on the Forums where this topic came up earlier. I don't believe that a definitive answer has been found, but speculation runs along the lines that these narrower Airstream coaches may have been an attempt to fill the void left when Argosy production ceased (1979). I do know of several reports that the 1980 Caravelle (20', 22', and 24') were of the narrower body design with a floor width of 7'. This would reflect the three lengths of the rather popular Argosy Minuet series (1977-1979) that was 7' wide when the standard coaches were 7' 8". Looking at the weights and measures page at Airstream.com, it appears that the 1980 Excella II (20', 22', and 24') may have been a continuation of the prior year's Caravelle series of lighter weight coaches. It appears in 1982 Airstream dropped these small, lighter coaches in favor of the 27' and up sizes (at least according to the weights and measures page).

I don't have definitive confirmation of anything in the above paragraphs. It is a combination of speculation and educated guesses at this point in time.

As a Minuet owner, I know that I have grown to appreciate its narrower width for weekend outings and shorter trips. It is so easy to tow, even in heavy traffic, that I arrive at my destination as relaxed as if I were driving my Suburban solo.

Hopefully the mystery of these early 1980s narrower Airstreams will be solved in the not too distant future.

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Old 05-06-2007, 01:26 PM   #22
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Aaron, and Kevin:
Thanks for the ideas about the 81 narrow trailer.
I seem to be able to find more info on the older trailers then I can on the ones made in the 80's. My local dealer didn't have any idea about why I would have a more narrow model, and wanted to cut the rock guard down to fit. Luckily I spoke with Andy from Inland on here who told me not to do this, and that the guard was ply-able enough to fit the unit. I had them install it, and he was correct. After a little bending it fit perfectly. I don't have an X in the vin # if that means anything to the units origin.
Kevin; I think you may be right about the Arogsy theory. The floor plan on my unit is identical to the Argosy 24' plan. I've never been in an Argosy, and didn't know that they were more narrow then other Airstreams of that time. My trailer measures only 24'8" from bumper to hitch ball, and is a little shorter then other 25' models I've seen. It may be that Airstream copied everything from the Argosy model except the skin. I agree with you on the ease of towing. I have an 04 Durango with tow rating of 8900 lbs, and my trailer only weighing 3600 dry. I don't even notice it back there. The hemi does well for fuel economy for a big engine. I'm still adjusting to towing for better mileage, but so far the best mileage I've had while on a trip towing has been 16.1 mpg, which is only a drop of 2mpg from what I can get without towing.
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:11 PM   #23
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Looks like Rich Luhr of Airstream Life has spotted the new models at the RV Show in Vegas. Read from his blog here: Tour of America
"A very interesting new product that will be in dealer showrooms this summer is the Safari Sport. Coming out in two lengths, 17 and 22 feet, these little cuties are redesigned completely for much lighter weight and lower cost. How light? Well, the empty weight of the 17 foot model is about 2,800 lbs, which is the lightest trailer in that length that Airstream has sold since 1981! It's so light that even fully loaded it can be pulled by a minivan."

Watch for the Fall issue of ASL for details and pictures.
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:23 PM   #24
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Yes Carol-

All the production info and some great photos of the new Safari Sport will be in the fall issue of Airstream Life Magazine. You will see your issue in your mailboxes mid August or at your local big box Book Store. Better yet sign up now for your very own subscription!

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Airstream had the new trailers in Las Vegas last week. The 17 has a GVWR of around 3500 pounds, a cool little trailer. The 22 is like a rear entry Argosy22, also cool. Ever wonder what an Argosy would look like if it wasn't painted?
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