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Old 01-14-2016, 11:24 AM   #1
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Airstream Model Lineup

Pardon me if this topic has been discussed ad nauseum, as I expect it has. That said, I am prospecting Airstream trailers and am confused on the model lineup. Apart from length and floorplans, what are the primary differences between the models? Flying Cloud, International Signature, International Serenity, etc. The special models such as the Eddie Bauer and the Land Yacht are self evident.

If there is a pre-existing thread I'd appreciate directions to it.
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The short answer is price and the interior finish out: cabinet finishes, fabric or leather choices, and counter finishes. Most if not all of the appliances and fixtures are the same.
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The short answer is price and the interior finish out: cabinet finishes, fabric or leather choices, and counter finishes. Most if not all of the appliances and fixtures are the same.
Perfect! Thank you!
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I failed to mention floor finishes as well. Varies a bit model-to-model.
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Christopher, you may go to AIRSTREAM .COM and peruse the entire selection...loads of information there. Certainly, enough to help you make a decision.
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Here is a link via the largest east coast dealer website (Colonial Airstream) to the 2016 Airstream catalog:

http://colonialairstream.com/Airstre...el_trailer.pdf
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:22 PM   #7
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Here is a link via the largest east coast dealer website (Colonial Airstream) to the 2016 Airstream catalog:

http://colonialairstream.com/Airstre...el_trailer.pdf
Ha Ha Thanks! I've been perusing their site all day!!
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As Cannonball said, it's basically décor.

One thing to consider is your camping style. The white interior upholstery looks great when it's pristine, but how difficult is it to keep it that way if you and the dog wind up hiking on a dirt trail in the rain? The dark-interior Internationals may look sophisticated and will hide the dirt, but can have a dark feeling if you're indoors on a rainy day. We went for the Flying Cloud because that tan-golden interior feels light and bright. These are attributes probably best experienced with walk-throughs.
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Airstream Adventures Seattle is worth a trip. Look at all the versions they have in stock. The Seattle, Oregon, Boise and Bay Area dealers are owned by the same group and can exchange trailers if the one you want is not in stock locally.

Look a little deeper as well. Tires/wheels (upgrade here, maybe); windows; bed configuration and location; galley layout and appliances; storage (how you might use it); battery location/type, inverter and converter (consider an upgrade and maybe solar); blinds; vent fans; air conditioner type, location and number; toilet, shower and privacy; and type of seating, dinette or sofa.

When you get close to negotiating a purchase, check with Tosconos in Los Banos and at least one other dealer besides the Adventure group. If you choose to go with a used coach take care it is good shape, but travel may be your friend. That is certainly why you want an AS.

Good luck with putting a smile on your face. That's also why you want an AS. Pat
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Airstream Adventures Seattle is worth a trip. Look at all the versions they have in stock. The Seattle, Oregon, Boise and Bay Area dealers are owned by the same group and can exchange trailers if the one you want is not in stock locally.

Look a little deeper as well. Tires/wheels (upgrade here, maybe); windows; bed configuration and location; galley layout and appliances; storage (how you might use it); battery location/type, inverter and converter (consider an upgrade and maybe solar); blinds; vent fans; air conditioner type, location and number; toilet, shower and privacy; and type of seating, dinette or sofa.

When you get close to negotiating a purchase, check with Tosconos in Los Banos and at least one other dealer besides the Adventure group. If you choose to go with a used coach take care it is good shape, but travel may be your friend. That is certainly why you want an AS.

Good luck with putting a smile on your face. That's also why you want an AS. Pat
Good advice and great insight. Thanks Pat!
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As Cannonball said, it's basically décor.

One thing to consider is your camping style. The white interior upholstery looks great when it's pristine, but how difficult is it to keep it that way if you and the dog wind up hiking on a dirt trail in the rain? The dark-interior Internationals may look sophisticated and will hide the dirt, but can have a dark feeling if you're indoors on a rainy day. We went for the Flying Cloud because that tan-golden interior feels light and bright. These are attributes probably best experienced with walk-throughs.
Ah-so, I get it. That would be primarily why I notice so many Flying Cloud owners.
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Second the visit Airstream Adventures NW recommendation! They have a great selection of sizes and models and you can see them all in one place. In Oct I got a great "winter" deal on a 2015 after 2016 models were put. The people are really great too! So much different than car dealer sales sharks!

There are interior finish differences between FC and Intnl of course. You'll have to decide what you like. I liked the wood look finish of the FC, but in my old Safari I kept hitting my head on the open overhead doors. Ouch! So we just upgraded from 2006 to 2015 models and went Intnl. There are external differences as far as stowage compartments and amount of stowage too.

But the bigger differences are floor plan. We went from 25 to 28 for a couple things: separate couch and dinette, more storage in bedroom. Both sizes had separate showers and toilet which we like, and separate frig / freezer which we like. The 27 and 28 models are the same length but different layouts. So look at a variety of layouts, think about how you will live in the layout on a daily basis, where you will stow things, whether you will have to wait for the wife to finish in the shower before you can get into the bathroom, etc. yes, we AS people are spoiled with creature comforts... ain't it great!?

Have fun! Shopping and buying is almost as fun as camping!
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The hunt is fun. We enjoyed looking at the differences in color and finish. Ten years ago there were huge differences in interior appearance between Classic, International and Flying Cloud. Last five years this seems reduced a lot.

Agree with previous opinion to choose by the amenities and brightness/tone to suit you. Lots of really good choices now in the Airstream lineup.


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Old 01-17-2016, 12:08 AM   #14
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Second the visit Airstream Adventures NW recommendation! They have a great selection of sizes and models and you can see them all in one place. In Oct I got a great "winter" deal on a 2015 after 2016 models were put. The people are really great too! So much different than car dealer sales sharks!

There are interior finish differences between FC and Intnl of course. You'll have to decide what you like. I liked the wood look finish of the FC, but in my old Safari I kept hitting my head on the open overhead doors. Ouch! So we just upgraded from 2006 to 2015 models and went Intnl. There are external differences as far as stowage compartments and amount of stowage too.

But the bigger differences are floor plan. We went from 25 to 28 for a couple things: separate couch and dinette, more storage in bedroom. Both sizes had separate showers and toilet which we like, and separate frig / freezer which we like. The 27 and 28 models are the same length but different layouts. So look at a variety of layouts, think about how you will live in the layout on a daily basis, where you will stow things, whether you will have to wait for the wife to finish in the shower before you can get into the bathroom, etc. yes, we AS people are spoiled with creature comforts... ain't it great!?

Have fun! Shopping and buying is almost as fun as camping!
Good information. Given my experience with our 36' Tiffin diesel pusher, I believe that our primary camping style will be in smallish campgrounds with limited or no hookups. Maneuvering room will be tight at times which is one reason we decided to downsize. What has been your experience with the 28?
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