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Old 10-03-2014, 10:05 PM   #15
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Not likely. Oak, then hickory, I think we'll see veneers of varying shades so they don't have to outsource them.
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Old 10-04-2014, 04:59 AM   #16
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I like my hickory cabinets. Thank goodness I don't have brass hardware and mirrors and pink carpet and mauve Airstream logos and magenta/fuscia stripes and busy wallpaper like one I saw at the service center. Would that have been from the early 2000's? I think so as it was a 34' slide-out. What were they thinking? Why did it take them so long to get out of the 80's? At least we can say the nee designs are within or ahead of the times.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:16 AM   #17
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Well there could be folks who have brass hardware and pink carpets who hate hickory cabinets. There's no right or wrong here...
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:48 AM   #18
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Yep. This is true.
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:21 AM   #19
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Yesterday Airstream announced they are investing $5.9 million in facility expansion at Jackson Center. Dayton Daily News article attached.
I think they will need an expanded warranty repair facility also.
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Interesting. They currently produce 2500 units a year and have an 1100 unit waiting list (primarily dealers). A fifty percent increase would be 3750 units on an annual basis. I don't see any immediate recapture of the investment unless prices increase at the same time.

Of course the new car commercials towing Airstreams and the growth of retiring boomers might be assuming that all of the Harley Davidson riders will shift to an Airstream like I did.
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They are also building the European spec airstreams from start to finish, whereas before they were just sending the shells over to be finished in UK and Germany.
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I saw a sport built for the UK when I took the tour- grab handles, triangle reflectors, galvanized steel frame, little wheels and tires, surge brakes, styrofoam and luan floors, different coupler-
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When I visited they had 4 Bambi food carts under construction. They were bound for Europe. The service bays were all busy with a two month wait. The custom shop where they are restoring older trailers had 3 units under construction. Most impressive of all was the SkyDeck motor home that was under construction in the service area. It was going to a NASACAR team. They have orders for 3 more.
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I missed the Skydeck. That would have been awesome to see.
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Interesting perspective. I doubt that will happen. I do think prices will rise in order to attempt to recoup the investment. Airstream is American made product, and sales would suffer dramatically if it were made offshore.

I suspect Airstream will suffer more American competition as their prices climb, and other manufacturers will generate a very similar product, just as Harley Davidson is suffering like competition.

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Interesting to predict Japanese buyout and moving the plant when the Japanese and others are moving their assembly plants here often to rural locations, and installing offshore components. Airstream has been using that idea for years.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #28
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It's all about the mighty dollar- the bottom line-
Factories first move to the south to avoid unions and pay lower wages.
The next step is Mexico or overseas.
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