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Old 05-22-2013, 11:36 AM   #15
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If Leno keeps it, at least it won't leak, or have filiform, as long as he uses it in his garage.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:39 AM   #16
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If Leno keeps it, at least it won't leak, or have filiform, as long as he uses it in his garage.
For $140k, the filiform actually presents itself in an artistic rendering of the original purchaser of the product - so that's pretty cool. :EddieHaskel:
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:53 AM   #17
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Yes, that is cool.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:57 AM   #18
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I too, am impressed with the beauty of the interior.

BUT…

The argument of which comes first; form or function has to be brought into play.

I might be mistaken but I believe I saw a SMALLER refrigerator than that which comes with a FC, International, or Classic of that size. It appears to me that a 5 cubic foot unit has replaced the standard 7 cubic foot (note the dual screens behind the refrigerator, on the exterior).

And, while I think the counter which hides the sink and cooktop to be absolutely striking, it appears that function of the trailer is compromised, not to mention the question of where to place those items that might find their place on that counter that hides the stuff under it. Surely some folks would put things on top of that sleek counter, wouldn't they?

Price? Certainly there are folks out there who subscribe to the "function be damned, it's beautiful and I don't care what it costs", theory.

But I think the group of us who tend to tow a trailer to destinations unknown, tend to be true campers and not necessarily followers of form over function. We recognize the true value of a functional camper over a work of art that belongs at MOMA.

Wouldn't you?

Just my two cents worth.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:07 PM   #19
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Murray, my nature is "Form follows function, unless function interferes with form. Then to hell with function." So I like this thing. I think the 1930's boat interior is a good mate to the 1930's Airstream exterior, both modernized.

Yeah, the galley is tiny. But on the other hand ever seen the galley on a WWII submarine; they served the whole crew from a tiny galley. In the last many years, I think we spend way to much money and space on kitchens and bedrooms in our homes, and that has spilled over into RV's at the sacrifice of design quality. Economics and good sense working together is correcting some of that, even if not exactly here.

So the Land Yacht is a nifty design exercise, even at $140,000 looks good to a diesel pusher owner/shopper looking to get smaller and still impress the neighbors.

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Old 05-22-2013, 01:33 PM   #20
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My disappointment, speaking of the galley, is that for $140K, you open the Italian designed cabinet door to discover the same, plasticky fridge installed in a $12K SOB. What a let down!

There are some phenomenal products out there, often found in the marine industry for boats that cost as much as this trailer. These manufacturers - Indel Marine and Precision Temp come to mind - are big enough to handle the volume for a client like Airstream, but also small enough for it to be worth the trouble and expense of retooling an Airstream-exclusive appliance.

If a yacht manufacturer is willing to take a lower profit margin on their appliances, why couldn't Airstream? Does Jackson Center simply believe their discerning buyers only care for the flashy exterior and brag factor, while caring little for the quality of the hardware?

With stainless, modern looking appliances with dead reliable compressors, burners and fans readily able to be converted for RV use... I don't understand why we continue to put up with superior looks and design outside, while inside we use the same ho-hum, pedestrian stuff as everyone else in the campground.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:44 PM   #21
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IMHO Jay acted cold and disinterested... at the beginning it looked as if someone had disturbed his daily nap!
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bredlo: I certainly agree with you that there are nicer appliances to be had out there, but you have to remember there's a big difference in scale here. What we're thinking of as a shockingly high price for the Land Yacht concept trailer of $140k is about the BASE price of a 28' SeaRay "sport cruiser" that they're not even marketing as a yacht, and the order sheet for the SeaRay makes it really easy to add $50k to that price, and makes it look like you don't get any sort of galley for the base price. So sure, yacht builders are using more-expensive nice appliances because it's expected, but on lots of yachts the OPTION list probably gets close to the total price of the Land Yacht.
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Murray, my nature is "Form follows function, unless function interferes with form. Then to hell with function." So I like this thing. I think the 1930's boat interior is a good mate to the 1930's Airstream exterior, both modernized.

Yeah, the galley is tiny. But on the other hand ever seen the galley on a WWII submarine; they served the whole crew from a tiny galley. In the last many years, I think we spend way to much money and space on kitchens and bedrooms in our homes, and that has spilled over into RV's at the sacrifice of design quality. Economics and good sense working together is correcting some of that, even if not exactly here.

So the Land Yacht is a nifty design exercise, even at $140,000 looks good to a diesel pusher owner/shopper looking to get smaller and still impress the neighbors.


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Doug, I say go for it, but when your wife starts to complain about the functional differences of your 25 over the neat aesthetics of the Yacht, I promise not to say…

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Old 05-22-2013, 02:10 PM   #24
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Am I the only one who objects to the steel steps & steel propane tanks? The Classic line has aluminum both and I find it outrageous that a $140k trailer, blazing a new price point, has cheaped out on those two items. Makes me wonder what other corners have been cut.

The new Bowlus Road Chief, with all aluminum construction and top end everything, seems a better value at $100k than the Land Yacht at $140k.

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My disappointment, speaking of the galley, is that for $140K, you open the Italian designed cabinet door to discover the same, plasticky fridge installed in a $12K SOB. What a let down!
I agree with fridge, I noticed that right away... big disapointment.
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I really like the teak and holly floor, I'm surprised they never did that before. My '76 land yacht had gold shag carpet... Not very yacht like IMHO. One question I have though is this: why does a company that has been making TT since the 30's need an Italian designer to come up with an interior like is? Would be interesting to see how much they paid for that. A little disappointing.
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The severely crooked "Land Yacht" emblem does NOT install confidence...everyone knows how hard it is to measure and mark two holes square and level. That might take 20 or so extra seconds.
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The new Bowlus Road Chief, with all aluminum construction and top end everything, seems a better value at $100k than the Land Yacht at $140k.

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Is it just me or does any one else think we have lost sight of reality? Yes the new Bowlus is neat, but it doesn't even have stabilizers or a hitch jack. The interior of the new Land Yacht is very attractive, but does it really inspire one to "go over the next hill, and the next one..."?
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