Speaking of "price points" (bassfiddler's post, #2), there is disturbing evidence that compromises are currently being made at Airstream just to maintain TODAY'S prices. While my present trailer is the best yet in terms of initial quality and "fit & finish", I notice some corrosion starting on some edges, and have already had to replace some items (supplied TO Airstream by vendors) due to extremely poor quality.......and this one's not even a year old yet (manufactured last June).
I think Airstream is now facing the dilemma of whether to keep their products affordable to a larger market (by cutting corners wherever possible and just hoping that enough people keep buying them anyway), or to spend whatever is necessary to insure providing a better quality, and yes, a more expensive product, to perhaps a much smaller (maybe even shrinking), "niche" market.
So let's hope that 1), my recent experiences are not a disappointing clue that that decision has already been made, and 2), that it's not a slow, painful death for Airstream either way!!