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Old 01-17-2005, 12:35 PM   #15
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The Northern Cal show ended yesterday. It is the largest on the west coast and the size of it is truely amazing. It goes on and on through building after building after tent after tent. Then there is the parking lots outside with thousands of brand new units. Many units are sold on the spot, I wonder how many? My favorite ridiculous one is the massive unit that includes a screened-in porch!

Anyway, Toscano is always there with the western factory rep. It is fun to talk with the reps and ask all those questions that you've always wanted to know. Toscano brings about five units. The Interstate had the most buzz.

There are a lot of RVers that just don't understand the Airstream. I heard more than once: "Look at that price! It is more than twice as much as that other brand we liked. Why would anybody buy this?" These people will never understand.
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Old 01-17-2005, 01:58 PM   #16
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The lift-up extension on the end of the kitchen counter, just inside the entrance door, on this unit was wood, rather than corian to match the rest of the counter. I don't know whether this was done to save on cost or weight, or whether someone simply installed the wrong counter extension, but in any case I didn't like the mis-matched piece.
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The extension was changed because the corean was too heavy and there was continual breakage or deformanation of the mounting brackets. A friend with a 2004 Limited went through a half-dozen sets of replacement brackets before he finally just took the extension off completely.

You have apparently been lucky enough to not have yours break or bend.
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Old 01-17-2005, 02:56 PM   #17
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Other than the Airstreams, the show seemed dominated by monstrosities. My favorite was the 40 ft fifth-wheel that cost $150,000. It featured a fireplace, 27" TV, full size domestic refrigerator, four slide-outs, and a basement bigger than a college dorm.

That sucker had an interior that looked like a cross between a Roman amphitheater and a Las Vegas casino. "Tacky ain't cheap," was one person's comment. And of course, it weighed 17,000 lbs -- empty.
I have to agree abot the size and the price of the units that dominated this show. Actually, my wife and I both think the $1.5 million Prevost's are pretty tacky (the ones in the $1.0 million range seem to be less so! ), and if I"m thinking about the same $150,000 5th wheel that you're referring to (there were several that I saw, and one was actually about $160,000 as I recall), my college dorm room was actually SMALLER than its refrigerator!! The refrigerator was a $5,000 option, and the cherry panelling was an additional $3,000.

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Old 01-17-2005, 03:17 PM   #18
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my wife and I both think the $1.5 million Prevost's are pretty tacky
I agree. Those things were reminders that having lots of money has nothing to do with having good taste. Where is it written that expensive RVs should be decorated with rope lights and fun-house mirrors on the ceiling?
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I agree. Those things were reminders that having lots of money has nothing to do with having good taste. Where is it written that expensive RVs should be decorated with rope lights and fun-house mirrors on the ceiling?
Traveling clowns might request that package.
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:09 PM   #20
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Minneapolis RV Show is February 9-13

Last year they had three Airstreams on the floor.

"Northwest Vacation, Camping & R.V. Show
MCC Public Events

Located in Exhibit Halls B, C, D, E
2/9/2005 - 2/13/2005
Minneapolis Convention Center

The show for the whole family. See the largest selection of RV's under one roof.

See Exhibits of:
Motor Homes, mini homes, travel trailers, 5th wheels, tent trailers, pick-up campers, canoes, conversion vans and many more.

Event Hours:
Wednesday 5pm to 10pm
Thursday 1pm to 10pm
Friday 1pm to 10pm
Saturday 10am to 9pm
Sunday 11am to 6pm

For tickets and more information visit www.arushows.com"
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Old 01-17-2005, 08:40 PM   #21
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Other than the Airstreams, the show seemed dominated by monstrosities. My favorite was the 40 ft fifth-wheel that cost $150,000. It featured a fireplace, 27" TV, full size domestic refrigerator, four slide-outs, and a basement bigger than a college dorm.
It's interesting Rich, that the biggest and most expensive units at the STL show usually are sold by Sunday night. The pop up's sell also. Everything else usually is not. Most dealers dislike the show because of the expense, but the key is to get the folks back to the lot to see the rest of the inventory, and that's where the sales happen.

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I'm planning on going Friday with some friends. Hope to see you there.

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Move in starts tomorrow with most RV's coming in Wednesday. I'll go down to the floor and report back what he is bringing in.

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Last year they had three Airstreams on the floor.
Who was "they"? Shorewood RV, or another dealer?
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Old 01-18-2005, 03:42 PM   #24
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Move in starts tomorrow with most RV's coming in Wednesday. I'll go down to the floor and report back what he is bringing in.

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Ok here is the Airstream line up for the St. Louis show. All are 2005 models:

Safari 25SS
Westfalia
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19' Bambi CCD
28' Classic

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Old 01-23-2005, 09:24 AM   #25
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STL RV show Observations

Spent some time with the Airstream rep at the St. Louis RV show on Thursday. Things apparently are moving along on the new Aluminum clad motor home. The new plant being built behind the current one will be the home for this unit. Apparently there is also discussion going on as to the future of the current line of motor homes as to which will be dropped in favor of the new one. Power plants offered will be diesel and gas.

Airstream sales are apparently still going strong and are better than expected. Dealers are reporting healthy winter sales. My dealer here in St. Louis reports that January sales are equivalent to what he has seen in March, usually the time where the bug bites here.

I worked the WBCCI booth yesterday, which I have done for the past 3 years. Something is going on because I talked to more folks than ever who plan to purchase an Airstream. I've never seen this type of interest before. The CCD's seem to be the hot button for a lot of these folks.

While standing next to a Classic trailer yesterday I started smelling smoke. We started looking around and eventually someone pointed inside the trailer and said its in here. Apparently some kids turned on the microwave and started the printed manual on fire. I pulled it out and stomped it out on the convention center floor. I turned on the fantastic fans to vent the smoke and then spent the next hour assuring those touring the Classic that yes, I know something smells like it is burning, and yes it was taken care of. Another reason that I knowingly would never buy an RV shown at a show.

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Old 01-23-2005, 10:48 AM   #26
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No Airstreams

There is an RV show coming to Rockford, Il, 90 miles west of Chicago. I think it's next weekend.

We have gone the preceding two years, but there are never any Airstreams, and it's actually a pretty big show, so I don't know why there aren't any.

Last year, a monstrosity of a 5th wheel with a fireplace and inside "amphitheatre" was featured.

We went there with a friend who had just bought a VERY large and VERY heavy 5th wheel, but he is never happy with what he has at the moment.

I don't plan to go to any more shows... because we're pretty happy with our old girl!
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There is a RV Show in Rosemont Illinois (out by O'Hare Int. Airport) in February.
The dates are Feb 16th through the 20th. R&R RV the "local" dealer will be there. Can't wait to go.
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Chicagoland/Rosemont show

We went to the Chicagoland show today. It is a great show indeed--hundreds of units, all types (couldn't find any teardrop trailers).

Airstreams by R & R:

31' Classic Dinette
30' Safari Bunk
16' Bambi CCD
16' Bambi Safari
28' CCD
25' Safari AB
Interstate Van

In general I find R & R disappointing. The woman I talked to knew very little about Airstreams. Also disappointed that they had two 16' models instead of a little more diversity represented.

There was no sign of WBCCI at all -- and, by the way, R & R was buried as far from the entrance to the show as possible, among the boat dealers. We need better Airstream representation around here (Airstream of Indiana is my dealer, by the way -- but they're four hours away).


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