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Old 03-02-2014, 06:40 PM   #1
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Any way to find Airstream at RV shows

Without looking through every exhibitor list of every show. I have been trying to find a rv show with Airstreams within a few hours from me and so far no luck.

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Old 03-02-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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I can only speak for the Seattle show.
They were not there.
I believe that they do not need the show for sales as
they are so popular and iconic.
Just show up at the dealers, many of whom also rent space to
people who don't have a place to park them. They (at least here) also rent tow vehicles so the city folk can "store and go" at the drop of a hat.
Makes excellent sense as in the city no one wants a F150-250 sitting around for
occasional camping trips.

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You don't often see Airstreams at RV shows. When they are there, it is rarely more than one or two. The best way to get a look at the Airstream lineup is to go to an Airstream dealer.

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Old 03-02-2014, 07:46 PM   #4
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The last RV show in Milwaukee, WI I attended, the only AS dealer in WI had only one trailer there. (They are a car dealer first and AS second) This years show they had about a dozen including an Interstate. They had tons of people looking.
After talking to them I found out they had a new marketing director. Had a very nice chat with her. Being new to AS's she is still learning. She had heard about the WBCCI but not the Forums. She wants to put a link on their web site.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:00 PM   #5
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RV dealers bring campers to the shows, not the manufacturers. So, it all depends on what dealers are invited and bring Airstreams.
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I know in my neck of the woods my local dealer sells other brands of rv's. The reality for these types of dealers is that folks wanting to buy an Airstream will come to his dealership. At the RV show his SOB's are just boxes that look like all the other RV's at the show. So for all intents he needs to show those trailers that compete with the majority of units there. You will see that he usually never sells an Airstream at a show...but he sells the SOB's. I dare say that the SOB's that his dealership sells allows him to sell Airstreams. For the vast majority of dealers, the RV show is for the SOB market. That's the market, and resources are spent on the units that best support the dealership. If you consider the size of the RV market, Airstream is iconic, but is a minor player when looking at annual volumes.

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Old 03-02-2014, 10:02 PM   #7
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Colonial brings a bunch to Atlantic City NJ for their show. That is the only one I've ever seen in an RV show.

Your location - Hilton Head SC is rather far from any BIG dealer - but next best thing is to look here in the forum and WBCCI rally section. Forum rallies are generally open even to Avions and other "kin" trailers. WBCCI - check to see if visitors will be welcome. (Generally Airstreamers love to show off their units.)

You'll see a lot of vintage, gently used and new Airstreams at most rallies. That should give you some ideas at least.

Airstream, Inc :: Home has a list of authorized dealers.

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The RV and Boat Show in Chicago in January and the RV Show in Rosemont, IL in February both had Airstream represented. Think there were at least 4-5 Airstreams at the January show that we attended. Usually the shows will tell you who is represented and you could call that dealer in advance and ask them what they are bringing.
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There are always several Airstreams on display at the Florida RVSuperShow in Tampa. The show is held in January. Up til this year, Bates was the big Airstream dealer in Florida. A different dealer now has the Airstream line, but they still showed up in Tampa with at least a dozen different trailers and Sprinters. We went last year and this year. We will most likely buy at next year's show. We drive down from Charleston, SC.
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Sounds like fun! Is that party in Albuquerque?
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Hershey RV show last summer in Hershey PA had 8-9 brand new Airstreams on exhibit. We went on the first day and 2 were sold while we were there. Colonial A/S in NJ had sales people there as well as several marketing people from Jackson Center were there, too.

If you are serious, take some time and go to Jackson Center, OH to Alumapalooza, the week after Memorial Day. Lots of new, old and redone Airstreams, seminars and factory tours. You can camp in any trailer or stay 20 miles away in a hotel.
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Without looking through every exhibitor list of every show. I have been trying to find a rv show with Airstreams within a few hours from me and so far no luck.
There is an occasional RV show at the Greensboro Coliseum. It's about a 5 hour drive from HH. Last time I went (maybe 10-12 years ago) Out of Doors Mart had several units in the show. But, you do not need to wait for the show, ODM always has several units on their lot. They are closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
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We went to the big RV show in Tampa Florida in January 2012. 1800 rigs. We were intent on buying a 5th wheel. To get into the RV show you had to walk right through the Airstream display. I think there were a dozen there. We had never thought about AS until then. We went through this display going in and leaving the RV show both days. By then we were convinced that AS was the way to go. The rest was, as they say, history

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