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Old 02-19-2005, 10:11 PM   #29
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Exclamation Kansas City Show

Went to the KC Show yesterday. Sounds as though Chicago had more models, but we had Bill Thomas and the gang. There was a 30 foot Classic, a Bambi Safari, 25 foot CCD, Westphalia (?), another van, a small motohome with no slides and the HUGE motorhome with slide (obviously I wasn't too interested in the motorhomes).

The Thomas gang as usual were very knowledgeable and eager to help and the display wasn't very far from entrance. Our WBCCI unit was represented with a big table full of scrapbooks, Blue Berets and lots of applications.

Enjoyed looking at the new stuff.
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Old 02-19-2005, 10:29 PM   #30
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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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Saw your truck in the garage. We also went today. R&R is always a disappointment. There is a dealer in the Milwaukee area and I've heard mixed things...but I might give 'em a try for the warranty recall.

BTW, I thought I saw 2 19' Bambis...one CCD and the other standard 19' Safari.

We took a long hard look at the 31' unit as that was on our list....we were very disappointed with it...not at all what we expected. The coach is just too crowded w/ very little open space. Folks here said this, and I had orig dismissed it, but they were right on.

Going through all the various SOB trailers they had at the show, made me feel even more comfy with the decsion to get an Airstream....you forget sometimes what's out there and really puts things into perspective. Most couldn't hold a candle to our Safari.
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:37 AM   #31
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The Kansas City show was pretty interesting but I wore out quick after looking at acres of SOBs. The Bill Thomas crew was very polite and helpful even when they knew we were vintage owners and not potential buyers.
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:49 AM   #32
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Pam and I attended the RV show yesterday at the Big E location in Springfield, MA. There were two Airstream dealers (one from NH and one from CT). Only the dealer from CT had five Airstreams trailers along with the new skydeck model (which was in the parking lot and could be viewed by appt. only). The remainder of the show was just "ok" with whitebox SOB's dominating the show. There were a few motorhomes sprinkled throughout the show but no high end brands.
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Old 02-20-2005, 08:02 AM   #33
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Saw your truck in the garage.

BTW, I thought I saw 2 19' Bambis...one CCD and the other standard 19' Safari.
WOW you're absolutely right. They were 2 19' Bambis, not 16'. I must have been tired when I typed that list! Simply typos, thanks for catching me! The record must be right!

Also, I'm glad you noticed our truck! Have you ever seen so many big-hauling vehicles at one time in the Chicago area?

You're so right about how seeing all the white boxes makes you feel about Airstream. There was not one other TT there I would own. Sure there are lovely coaches and amazing fifth wheels if you want to pull a small house behind you, but I feel really great about our Safari.

(We, by the way, really liked the 31' dinette, but then I came home and looked up its weight!)

Happy Sunday, friends.


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Old 02-20-2005, 08:46 AM   #34
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The RV show in Harisburg, Pennsylvania is the largest show on the East Coast. It's usually held in September though. The show is so large that I've found it impossible to see everything is one day. Acres and acres, of inside and outside displays, along with a very large section of product and promotions. I'll post the date when I find out.

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Old 02-20-2005, 06:01 PM   #35
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Just returned from Georgia RV & Camper Show in Atlanta. Sagon RV of Jackson, GA had three Airstreams there. So far they were the most knowlegeable Airstream dealer we've talked to yet...or they were good at blowing smoke.

They had a 16' Bambi, 28' International CCD, and a 25' Safari. This was the third day of the show and it looked like they had sold about 25 or 30 Airstreams this weekend. The salesman we talked to was very nice and very helpful, not at all pushy. I look forward to working with him when its time to place our order.
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:24 PM   #36
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We attended the New Hampshire RV show this weekend. It was small but the new Airstream dealer in Merrimack, NH was there with two trailers, a 25' CCD and a 28' Safari. Both trailers were miles ahead of anything else at the show in terms of style, fit and finish. Though lots of folks going through them were gasping at the displayed price tags and quickly moving to the less $$$ white boxes.

We talked to the folks representing the Airstream dealer about having "The Tube" serviced before the start of the camping season. I think I'll insist they let my husband back our trailer into their service bay as both of the brand new Airstreams at the show were dented. I don't know if the damage happened in transit to their dealership but I'm not willing to find out with our trailer if it was their help that crashed the units.
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:41 PM   #37
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We took a long hard look at the 31' unit as that was on our list....we were very disappointed with it...not at all what we expected. The coach is just too crowded w/ very little open space.
It doesn't surprise me Eric. It's probably the dinette too close to the sofa that would be your major complaint? If so that's where the slide makes a big difference.

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Though the dinette near the couch is the main issue, I'm not sure the slide would help or would make a difference for us given our feeling of cost and added weight for a slide. I mean for what is being asked for a slide, one could almost get for the same price a 34' Classic which has even more space than either the 30' or 31' floorplans. The slide itself is a whole nuther conversation in and of itself which I'm not sure at this stage in our lives we're ready to tackle or really need at this point. I see slides personally being better for perhaps resale and/or fulltiming, though I am sure those that have them feel other perks for normal camping, those would be mine.

I think the better space use of the 30' is due to the shower on the curb, making a bit smaller wardrobe, but by doing this, the dinette is moved further back adding the needed space between the dinette and the couch. Add to the fact that the pass through bath is on the 30, looks like to us at least, the 34' is our beast on paper (which prob won't happen), the 30' gets a non pass through bath (like the 31') or the 31' gets a similar set up to the 30' floorplan, but keeps the non pass through bath. To us, that might be a good first step.
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Old 02-25-2005, 06:22 PM   #39
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We've even had an agent of a dealer push us away from the slides, due to the significant premium, without the significant benefit. "Pure and simple there is a very low value add for the cost".

He didn't know we already owned one, and even commented that the other Airstream owners don't see the slides as being "real Airstream trailers". "Buy one of these and you'll be look at as a phony when you pull into the parks."
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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.
There was a Landmark 5th wheel at the Atlanta RV show that had a slide the full length of the lower part of the unit that included a center u-shaped kitchen and all of the kitchen, computer workstation, entertainment center, vanity, and bedroom dresser top (6' long) were all beautiful granite. There were a total of four slides in that unit, too. It was show priced at $69,900. Can't imagine what it lacked for the other $80K.
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