Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-13-2008, 05:01 PM   #15
2 Rivet Member
 
salvarez's Avatar
 
2008 25' International CCD
St. Pete Beach , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 29
There is an RV show in Florida starting Wednesday January 16th at the Florida Fairgrounds in Tampa. We are new airstreamers and are definitely headed there next week. I know that Bates RVs - they are a large AS dealer in town -will be there. We can't wait.
__________________

__________________
salvarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 05:15 PM   #16
3 Rivet Member
 
rettoc625's Avatar
 
2003 22' International CCD
Ledyard , Connecticut
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 153
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by cosmotini
We may have seen it. There were a lot of toy haulers there and they all kind of run together after awhile.

The one thing that stuck with me was the T@D@ trailer, The big brother to the T@B. It was interesting.
We were at the Hartford RV show yesterday and saw the T@DA for the first time. As a former T@B owner, we thought about purchasing it last August when it was first introduced. Thought it would address some of the drawbacks in the T@B (no bathroom!). Now that we have seen it and sat in it, we are sure glad we found our late model pre-loved Airstream!!!

The price of the T@DA was the same as what we paid for the 5 year old AS. I think we got the better deal, even without a warrantee!

Mary
__________________

__________________
Sir Logan Foxhall, OAP, OJP, NAC, NCC, CL1, PS1, PJ1, CGC
Sir Blaze Foxhall, Let the Games Begin!!!

The more I try to understand people, the better I like my dog.
rettoc625 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 05:34 PM   #17
3 Rivet Member
 
rettoc625's Avatar
 
2003 22' International CCD
Ledyard , Connecticut
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 153
Images: 2
T@B is well made!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by CanoeStream
T@DA? Made just as cheaply as T@B? I'll keep the aluminum goddess, thank you.
I feel the need to defend the T@B just a bit!!! It is not an AS, that is true, but it is constructed much better than a typical SOB! We owned and loved our little bug for two years. It serves a purpose - those who don't have or don't want a truck of any size can usually tow the T@B with just about any vehicle. It weighs just 1500 to under 2000 pounds, depending on model and accessories. We towed ours with our Volvo XC70.

The major drawbacks are the lack of a shower/potty and the ceiling height. My six foot husband could not stand upright in it. We also had the tent attachment which greatly increased our living area and gave us someplace for the dog crates. The 3 way refig is a little larger than the 12 volt seen in the T@DA.

As I said - we really liked that little trailer. The best vacation we have had to date is the 11 days we spent at Winhall Brook Station in Vermont dry camping in our T@B. It has a lot of the same appeal as an Airstream and is a real attention grabber too!

Mary
__________________
Sir Logan Foxhall, OAP, OJP, NAC, NCC, CL1, PS1, PJ1, CGC
Sir Blaze Foxhall, Let the Games Begin!!!

The more I try to understand people, the better I like my dog.
rettoc625 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 07:43 PM   #18
ProPride, Inc.
Commercial Member
 
Sean Woodruff's Avatar
 
Grand Blanc , Michigan
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 618
Send a message via Skype™ to Sean Woodruff
Hello Everyone,

Here's a standing offer for anyone interested. If you attend any RV shows and would like to make it a day on me (gas, food, ticket price, etc.) I would like someone to pass out some post cards to dealers and pick me up dealer business cards and information to mail back to me (I'll pay for the postage of course). Nothing that takes any real effort other than what you would already be doing talking to everyone. Just an offer. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks.
__________________
ProPride Hitch
"The Next Generation in Trailer Sway Elimination"
Grand Blanc, MI
Tu ne cede malis
Sean Woodruff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 07:48 PM   #19
LEV ZEPPELIN
 
crazylev's Avatar
 
2004 19' International CCD
Chicago , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 930
Images: 10
I'm always disapointed when I go to the RV shows. Every year I think the same thing: The RV industry has to realize that everyone that RV's is not 70-90 years old. The furnishings in most companys product makes me feel as if though I am at a casket bazaar instead of an RV show. These companies need to find and address the concerns of a whole new generation of RV wanna be'ers. I can't tell you how many times I hear from people that I talk with: You have an RV? Isn't that something that old people do?

The industry has to break away from the coffin on wheels, new designs, interiors, surfaces, and build quality for all of them, including the near and dear to my heart Airstream has to be addressed.

These are probably the same people that would be more compelled to buy a boat, because of the "cool" factor. Not my cup of tea, though.

AS has got the start of the picture by introducing the contemporary ccd models, as well as some the SE, DWR, and so on.

The industry should also wake up to the fact that many more shoppers are more informed about how something is made and engineered, thanks to forums like this and the internet; we will not tolerate units that costs tens of thousands of dollars only to be slapped together with inferior glues, staples and the ubiquitous striped screws.

My rant.

Jonathan
__________________
Sometimes I wish I were living in the stone age. Then I would know I'm the smartest person in the world.
crazylev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 07:57 PM   #20
3 Rivet Member
 
rettoc625's Avatar
 
2003 22' International CCD
Ledyard , Connecticut
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 153
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazylev
The industry has to break away from the coffin on wheels, new designs, interiors, surfaces, and build quality for all of them, including the near and dear to my heart Airstream has to be addressed.

AS has got the start of the picture by introducing the contemporary ccd models, as well as some the SE, DWR, and so on.
I so agree!!! The interiors of many RVs and TTs look as though they were designed by design school drop outs!!! YUCK!!

Mary
__________________
Sir Logan Foxhall, OAP, OJP, NAC, NCC, CL1, PS1, PJ1, CGC
Sir Blaze Foxhall, Let the Games Begin!!!

The more I try to understand people, the better I like my dog.
rettoc625 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 08:02 PM   #21
Rivet Master
 
cosmotini's Avatar

 
1963 24' Tradewind
Highland , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,057
Images: 83
My daughter and son-in-law were joking when we went into a lot of the trailers whether it was decorated by Bob Evans or Cracker Barrel.
__________________
Dennis

Air #4056

"Oooh - They have the Internet on computers now!" - Homer Simpson
cosmotini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 08:24 PM   #22
3 Rivet Member
 
rettoc625's Avatar
 
2003 22' International CCD
Ledyard , Connecticut
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 153
Images: 2
Favorite quote over heard at RV show....

"Hey honey, wanna buy a spaceship trailer?"
__________________
Sir Logan Foxhall, OAP, OJP, NAC, NCC, CL1, PS1, PJ1, CGC
Sir Blaze Foxhall, Let the Games Begin!!!

The more I try to understand people, the better I like my dog.
rettoc625 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 12:29 AM   #23
Rivet Master
 
Condoluminum's Avatar
 
1988 25' Excella
Sunnyvale , California
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,858
Images: 13
Send a message via AIM to Condoluminum
Just returned from SF Bay Area Show in Pleasanton

I spent several hours wandering the SF Bay Area 2008 RV Show at Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton this evening, and was pretty stunned by lack of paying visitors.. Sales People outnumbered guests, all the food concessions were closed by 6PM, and the Waterless Cookware guy cooked free dinner for all the others staffing booths in the "gauntlet" area of active services vendors.. In several of the buildings (all connected by covered walkways..) I was the only guest in the entire building, and had to talk to the sales people just to be polite.. Lots and lots of colorful Class A motorhomes and Toy Haulers and Toy Hauling Motorhomes..

Toscano's was there with 9 Airstreams, 4 of which were FB 25-27 models, including a Classic Limited FB27, with leather and hickory and drawer-mounted microwave... Several versions of designer interior International's were on display, with aggressive price reductions, supported in part by show subsidy from Airstream Inc.. Several had loop DVD video of Porsche Cayenne-towed trailer swinging through slalom and lane change swerves while white box trailer nearly rolled and swayed out of control.. Also had 22' Safari Sport on display, as well as new 20' Safari SE with Rear dry bath arrangement. Toscano's has moved into new larger facility on oposite side of Los Banos, and seem to be doing OK.. The did sell 4 of trailers over initial weekend, but explained they'd be happy to order a duplicate if I needed one. They also had new Domani Fifth Wheel trailers on display, which are stunning in interior design, and about same prices as 28' Airstream... Several sales people complained about news media and government focusing on bad economic news and lowering consumer confidence to trigger recession.. Sure looked like that was going on, as some sales people were pretty aggressive. One young man showing me exciting features of $325K Motorhome cheerfully volunteered that it could actually be pruchased for about $250K... Not a difficult negotiation to get quick 23% discount with no effort...
__________________
Condoluminum

In Theory, there's no difference between Theory and Practice, but in Practice, there is usually a difference...
Condoluminum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 07:41 PM   #24
3 Rivet Member
 
rettoc625's Avatar
 
2003 22' International CCD
Ledyard , Connecticut
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 153
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Condoluminum
I spent several hours wandering the SF Bay Area 2008 RV Show at Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton this evening, and was pretty stunned by lack of paying visitors.. Sales People outnumbered guests, all the food concessions were closed by 6PM, and the Waterless Cookware guy cooked free dinner for all the others staffing booths in the "gauntlet" area of active services vendors.. In several of the buildings (all connected by covered walkways..) I was the only guest in the entire building, and had to talk to the sales people just to be polite.. Lots and lots of colorful Class A motorhomes and Toy Haulers and Toy Hauling Motorhomes.. ...
My husband and I noticed the same thing at the Hartford, CT RV show a couple weeks ago. The isles were not as crowded as I remember from last year. I also noted a number of large, motor homes that were sold at the show.

If you are not already committed to the RV lifestyle, it is hard to justify the expense of a gas loving vehicle that gets even worse mileage toting an RV. I bet smaller, older, lighter RVs will be more popular than ever.

Mary
__________________
Sir Logan Foxhall, OAP, OJP, NAC, NCC, CL1, PS1, PJ1, CGC
Sir Blaze Foxhall, Let the Games Begin!!!

The more I try to understand people, the better I like my dog.
rettoc625 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 09:27 PM   #25
Rivet Master
 
Foiled Again's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,883
Shabby Chic

Well as a full time Airstreamer I jumped out of homeowning at the top of the market (luck not genius).

Airstreaming is has a cool factor that just cannot be denied.

The fact that you can live in high style at dirt cheap prices seems to be a great big fat secret! (OK, I bought an 08 Chevy Silverado - but think 10 year lifespan!)

I still work fulltime, so I'm not lucky enough to travel every week, but it's a NICE place to live and the people I meet are exceptional. I go on 4 to 8 trips a year - and don't have to stress out over packing or unpacking!

The dweebs selling the moho's (which at $350K or even $250K) seem to be missing the boat - or the home alternative if you will. In some areas of the country this IS the viable answer to home ownership.

So is fulltiming just mobile trailer trash, or is it an "alternate lifestyle"?

Curses, Foiled Again!
__________________
Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 05:04 PM   #26
Aluminut
 
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
 
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,334
Ok, I just got back from the suburban Chicago RV show.

Let me say that for the most part, the RVs I saw were just complete and total junk. Walked into one and the sales rep was trying to find out where, what looked like a trim part belonged that fell off.

Numerous fit and finish issues on every single unit, except for the units that were several hundred thousand dollars. Airstream was not at this show and from what I understand, was also not represented at the show last weekend in downtown Chicago.

All and all, I'd have to give the show a D and most of the products an F.

There was one unit however, I think it was made by Fleetwood, it was called a Silver something. It seemed to be very well built and fit and finish looked good. This unit was talked about here on one of the threads and this was my first chance to get into one to take a look around. Not sure if this unit was typical of what is built, but if it is, a lot of RV builders could take a few hints on assembly and QC, even Airstream!
__________________
Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq and millions of others are by far the most popular with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form. -NY Times 11/91
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 06:08 PM   #27
Rivet Master
 
jimmini's Avatar

 
1989 29' Land Yacht
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,594
Images: 43
Q Rv Show

After year of hearing about it I went to the "BIG" Quarzsite AZ RV show last week in the "BIG" tent. I was real disapointed it was more like a POOR county fair.More people selling dice and slice stuff,pots, pans and other junk than RV or things for your RV.All I can say about it, is that it was FREE if you dont count your gas and time. It was a waste of GAS$$$ and time.
__________________

__________________
Jimmini :
AKA : TUMBLEWEED. Just an old buzzard with a itch to yonder.
Cowboys have a way of looking at things a little differently than most folks.Their wisdom is simple and more down to earth.
jimmini is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dog training, shows? jacarape The Pet Forum 8 11-27-2007 08:47 AM
Winter/Spring 2006 RV Shows jcanavera Our Community 13 01-13-2006 08:08 PM
Winter/Spring RV Shows jcanavera Our Community 40 02-25-2005 08:08 PM
RV shows in Blue Beret scf31 WBCCI Forum 3 02-06-2005 09:55 AM
Camping and RV shows in 2004 yukionna Our Community 5 11-21-2003 03:42 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.