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Old 11-24-2015, 11:08 AM   #29
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Oh. I missed the not aluminum part, interesting.
Thanks Dave for pointing that out.

The history of Airstream motorhomes shows that they are not adverse to fiberglass.

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Old 11-24-2015, 11:15 AM   #30
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"Price point? Wheeler wouldn’t say. But he hinted that it would need to be below the company's bottom of the line Sport trailer, which retails for about $43,000, and well below the cost of a Land Yacht, which starts at $146,000."

“The least expensive trailer we make costs about $43,000,” he said. “We think we need to come down about $10,000 to really move the needle.”

Buy used?

They 'kinda look like sausages....why not squeeze them out as such.

If the new composite AS's get really popular, think what you'll have to pay for a "real Airstream"....be prepared.

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Old 11-24-2015, 11:18 AM   #31
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the more the merrier but so far these alternative models have not been long-lasting money makers
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:18 AM   #32
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This is the first post on Airforums that I am aware of.
There was a post a few days ago on Airstream Addicts on Facebook.
I'm concerned about what type of cheap garbage it will be that will tarnish their reputation-
Not aluminum they said-
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:21 AM   #33
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If the new composite AS's get really popular, think what you'll have to pay for a "real Airstream"....be prepared.

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That's what I like about you, Bob....always the optimist.
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If not aluminum, would it be fiberglass, or even carbon fiber. Where does carbon fiber cost out? Airlines are now using it to replace some aluminum.
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:33 AM   #35
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This is the first post on Airforums that I am aware of.
There was a post a few days ago on Airstream Addicts on Facebook.
I'm concerned about what type of cheap garbage it will be that will tarnish their reputation-
Not aluminum they said-
Aluminum isn't necessarily the best material to make a trailer. It came about because of what they had and knew at the time, which was building airplanes.
Granted aluminum is strong and light when assembled like an airplane. But I've seen some OLD Scamps still going strong. ( at 800 lbs )

At the risk of ruffling more feathers I apologize in advance. Who knows what changes Airstream might make. I've seen some space age composite sheet metal that you can bang with a hammer. BIG BUCKS though
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:38 AM   #36
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I'm concerned about what type of cheap garbage it will be that will tarnish their reputation-
Not aluminum they said-
Similar sentiments were voiced about the Argosy back in the day. Not an Airstream, they said.
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If not aluminum, would it be fiberglass, or even carbon fiber. Where does carbon fiber cost out? Airlines are now using it to replace some aluminum.
Aircraft companies and high-end exotic cars don't use carbon fiber in place of aluminum because it's cheaper, they use it because its strength-to-weight ratio is better and it's STIFF. It's not as exotic as it was 10 years ago, but it's still not a budget choice.
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If they put a plywood floor in the newer/cheaper/non-aluminum one it'll be a big disappointment.
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I just don't see how they are going to make something smaller than the sport and expect it to sell when one can get huge 5th wheels for half the cost of an Airstream. Hope they are pulling a rabbit out of their preverbal hat.
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There has been some speculation that Thor might buy back the Little Guy T@G line which they sold off some years ago. If one looks at the T@G Sofitel model it has a number of Airstream-like features and sells at a premium price for its type/size ($20,000-30,000 range) and a number of AS dealers also carry the LG line. Would be an interesting partnership.
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I would like to see a tear drop style
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:55 PM   #42
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I don't want to get a big head, but I'm a pretty prolific poster here and I have been told by someone fairly reliable that Mista Wheeler has quoted one or two of my posts at factory meetings. Hmmm... what woulda hit a nerve...
If Oliver ever makes a 25 footer Airstream - tremble in your boots

If you don't have a college fund for your kids, get something cheaper and go camping. The money is important, but the memories are a treasure.
Just speculating - but Casita, Scamp and Oliver all lack dealer networks - and all seem to be known mainly by owner referrals and people who walk up to the owners and say "this is cute, what is it?" The newest entry into the band is the Oliver which of course is made by a company that has a background making walk-in bathtubs.... If I were in Mr. Wheeler's shoes I'd strike a deal to have Oliver make an Oliver shell and truck it to the mothership for the interior build out. They DO make the Interstates on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis don't they? The Oliver would be different how?

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