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Old 11-30-2015, 05:48 AM   #197
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Maybe another Squarestream or Integrity?
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Old 11-30-2015, 08:22 AM   #198
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They have done 5th wheels in the past as well....
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Old 11-30-2015, 08:45 AM   #199
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I don't think so

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They have done 5th wheels in the past as well....
They are targeting the, " on a budget" crowd. Probably people using a pre-existing auto. Plus you would be limiting sales to folks with a pick up truck.
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Old 11-30-2015, 08:46 AM   #200
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Maybe another Squarestream or Integrity?
Wheeler said " unmistakably Airstream "
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:01 AM   #201
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As we head out in our Basecamp, I will toss in my guess: A cross between a Sport 16 and a Basecamp, made of fiberglass (or plastic), and painted silver.
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:27 AM   #202
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Three or four years ago Thor's Keystone division introduced an new line of trailers under the Vantage name with an exterior silhouette seemingly inspired by Airstream. It employed curved fiberglass walls produced with a vacuum bonded laminating process. The Vantage brand was discontinued. Perhaps the manufacturing technology will now be employed by Airstream for its lower priced line.
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:46 PM   #203
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Oh. Yeah.
An Oliver/Casita/Scamp/Burro with silver gel coat...


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Old 11-30-2015, 01:48 PM   #204
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Actually, Oliver trailers are awesome.
The only drawback is I don't think they have a 50 amp option.
Maybe the smaller than an Airstream size could be a drawback, too, but those little trailers are superb quality.


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Old 11-30-2015, 02:00 PM   #205
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Maybe a few tweaks to this home made camper....
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Picked up the trailer today and bounced the dealer about the new product with a null answer. Our salesperson is just back from a comprehensive sales training trip that included a factory tour with lots of hands on practical experience. She knows about the Pendelton change, but nothing with respect to the new product. Starting to sound like Thor must have fantastic security. But that Vantage looks like the package. Don't think they will have to paint it silver or all faux rivets either. Pat
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I don't remember much about the Vantage, but I looked at the Oliver and it is very narrow. For a 23.5' TT a 7' exterior only leaves about 6.5' for interior which limits space usage, compared to an 8' or 8.5' exterior in recent AS.

If the monocoque body is 25' or longer in fiberglass, can it resist cracking and stress lines like the interior end caps of the 1990s AS have. Then again boat hulls take a terrific pounding and seem to hold up even in salt water.
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What ever became of those "Airstream like" trailers from Forest River a couple of years ago?
What about the "Star Stream" from several years ago?
Those attempted the appearance of an Airstream trailer, but were the typical cheap particle board furniture of any cheap trailer.


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People keep bringing up the Oliver. Nice trailer? Sure. But no real mass production capability, long lead time with money up front to purchase and no dealer network for the inevitable repairs they will need. *Not looking for an argument or testimonial here. With Oliver's manufacturer direct pricing of $44-48k before options would AS have enough profit while meeting the target audience, even with Thor's capabilities?
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The most logical place to save on aluminum cost and manufacturing is changing the banana skins and under body to Vac formed plastic, like the Coleman canoes. It is tougher than aluminum and cost less. The current aluminum is painted anyway. They already have the vac former for the interior domes.
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