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Old 12-26-2014, 06:16 PM   #1
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Interesting Airstream article

Flying high: Airstream can't keep up with demand
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Did I miss the boat on investing in Thor???? :-)
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:57 PM   #3
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All I see is a higher price and even more quality issues in the future.


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Old 12-26-2014, 07:31 PM   #4
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Investment value - overdue for a split.

Product value - when they sell all they can make, there's little incentive to change.
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How I wish Avion would take some of the load off of Airstream!
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:39 PM   #6
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How I wish Avion would take some of the load off of Airstream!
You'd have to talk the Cayo family into starting up the business again!
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:56 PM   #7
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Airstream is serious about quality and continuous improvement. Yes, they have lots of opportunity to improve, as I'm sure they would confirm.


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Interesting article. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:22 AM   #9
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You'd have to talk the Cayo family into starting up the business again!
Avion being back would be a dream come true! I think Fleetwood owned Avion before it got discontinued. Nothing improves quality control at Airstream like some competition. I would think even a mid 80's Avion has several design advantages over modern Airstreams.
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Avion being back would be a dream come true! I think Fleetwood owned Avion before it got discontinued. Nothing improves quality control at Airstream like some competition. I would think even a mid 80's Avion has several design advantages over modern Airstreams.
You're right on all counts! I have a '84 Avion made by Fleetwood. Cayos actually started the company & are still in the business of repairing RV's. I sold an '86 Airstream for the roomier, beefier framed Avion. I like it alot!
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What don't I understand?.....JC is serious, but still has lots of opportunity to improve. So what exactly is holding them back?

A first rate QC program is not all that hard to implement, BUT...they can sell all they make, the Company mindset dictates no improvement is necessary.

QC may have improved a bit since we got our Classic in 2004, but then again the price has also 'improved' by almost 25%.....doodads?

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Old 12-27-2014, 08:13 AM   #12
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Quality control must first rank above the bean counters.
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It would be pretty easy and inexpensive to raise the quality of the Airstream product.Just monitor this forum and acknowledge the owner base that they already have.To bury your head in the sand as a manufacturer and plow on is a poor business practice for any company.Most Airstream issues are easy fixes and could be implemented without a major investment on their part.

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I have made an observation on Airstream Quality Control. We purchased a brand new 2005 Safari 25FB and had it for eight years and spent almost 1,400 nights in it. We recently purchased a 2015 Flying Cloud 25FB, which is virtually the same trailer ten years newer.

There is definitely an improvement in fit and finish in the 2015 model. It is not perfect, but it is noticeably better than the 2005.

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