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Old 12-05-2015, 09:27 AM   #239
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I think AS would sell the heck out of a traditionally-built, aluminum-skinned canned ham. They could add some last-forever features to keep floors and walls from rotting. Other than that, add a nice AS interior to it and be done. Maybe 2 or 3 lengths....16', 18', 20'? Maybe an option of a retro-looking interior or a more modern one.

I can see it now....
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:57 AM   #240
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Again…" not aluminum, unmistakably Airstream"

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I think AS would sell the heck out of a traditionally-built, aluminum-skinned canned ham. They could add some last-forever features to keep floors and walls from rotting. Other than that, add a nice AS interior to it and be done. Maybe 2 or 3 lengths....16', 18', 20'? Maybe an option of a retro-looking interior or a more modern one.

I can see it now....
I would love to have an Airstream canned ham, OR a Basecamp for that matter. I just don't think they are gonna sell the heck out a product that costs $10K more than a similar product.
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:14 AM   #241
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If AS would make a truly "quality" canned ham and could point out the differences between them and others, there is a market. The problem would be provable quality.


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Old 12-05-2015, 11:25 AM   #242
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I wouldn't mind spending $10K more if they up their game on the quality control front. I'd also like to see them get serious about getting rid of the plywood floors, leaks and poor insulation. I'd pay for those improvements as well. I'm not going to spend good money on perceived quality. And I think others of my generation and younger are the same. We don't mind buying quality but aren't so willing to throw money after something that doesn't provide good value for money. I think Wally said something like "make no changes, only improvements". Where are the improvements other than more modern third party fittings and fixtures? The shells still leak, the wood floors still rot, the insulation retains moisture and does a poor job of it's intended purpose. If I designed and built houses with 70 year old technology I'd be out of business. I'm not hung up on nostalgia and wish that the mothership would start catering to the coming generations of customers. Until then, I guess I'll stick with the vintage trailers and build them out to suit my taste and level of quality. At least that way, I know the quality will be there at a reasonable cost.
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:36 AM   #243
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I am thinking about purchasing a Airstream but from what Switz above posted it looks like he buys a new trailer every year 2013 FB Intl, 2014 30' classic, 2015 23 international.

If they are that badly made why does he keep buying them. Maybe I should consider something else?
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:51 AM   #244
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Forums have a way of magnifying negatives.

Few people post "everything worked just great today".


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Old 12-05-2015, 12:10 PM   #245
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A friend of mine owns a car dealership and he says that if his service department makes a mistake the customer tells ten people, and if they do it right the customer tells nobody.

As Winston Churchill said "Airstreams are the worst trailers, except for all the rest."
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:11 PM   #246
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Actually, everything has worked just great since we took delivery of our new beautifully constructed Airstream over four years ago. And those still using Airstreams built in 1972 haven't done badly either.

Sure, consider something else. My buddy has taken his (high quality) Tiffin motorhome back to the factory twice for repairs, 64 items the first time. They told him they don't use quality inspection during the build process, it would take forever. Instead each factory worker is expected to do their job right the first time. Sometimes they don't; that's the nature of RV construction and why some units are well built and some are not, on the same assembly line.

And for some of those Airstreams falling apart going down the road, take a look at the oversized, over powered, over suspended tow vehicles some folks are dragging them down the road with. Long time trailer repair shop owners here on this forum and the airstream Owners Manual itself cautions against using trucks with heavier suspensions than needed. Again, perhaps not a universal problem but something to consider.
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:20 PM   #247
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Quality is looked at differently by different people.

While it isn't always the case, a good deal of the issues withe these trailers comes from complex systems being employed where simple solutions would work best. (In my opinion of course)


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Old 12-05-2015, 02:27 PM   #248
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My personal opinion is that that is a vintage trailer, but not an airstream.

My opinion is that the curved, silver bullet shape is essential.
You do know Wally byam founded AS ?
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The Basecamp was a Nissan Motors design project, Arguably unrelated (except by badge) to the Airstream riveted aluminum airframe trailer.
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We like our classic 31, so far it has been good, warranty replaced the water pump when 6 mos old...
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