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Old 01-24-2016, 11:27 PM   #421
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Personally I believe any new non-aluminum trailer will be built off site by a third party. Possibly a current rebranded Thor product.
This article quotes Bob Wheeler as stating that in addition to needing 50 more people for their current opetations, Airstream will be hiring an additional 100 people to build two new products to be coming online in the later part of 2016:
http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/ne...e150-next.html
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:53 AM   #422
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Just make a 17'ft fiberglass Scamp/Catista with nice modern interior, and clean paint job/treatment and it will sell in my opinion.
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Just make a 17'ft fiberglass Scamp/Catista with nice modern interior, and clean paint job/treatment and it will sell in my opinion.
What makes it an Airstream? In travel trailers, have mostly owned riveted aluminum airframe trailers -- an Airstream, couple of Spartans -- and presently own an Airlight, uniquely with her door in the delightful rear entry position. I've long admired fiberglass trailers, the double-hull Oliver, especially, the Compact Jr because of the rear entry, and the fifth-wheel Casitas. But any fiberglass trailer that had its two halves joined along the belt line rather than longitudinally.

As to the question, what makes it an Airstream? All y'all are gonna have to answer that for yourselves. Badging, I guess.

For less than a grand, you can have a real nice car wrap applied to a trailer. Could be rivets and gussets and even eyebrows over the windows. How about a whale-tail, Holmes?

Or, these ideas by BryanThompsonDesign.com

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Old 01-27-2016, 12:48 AM   #424
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Maybe they are taking a lead from this English firm who used some Airstream interior concepts.
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[QUOTE='55 Airlight;1741143]What makes it an Airstream?

...Or, these ideas by BryanThompsonDesign.com

<<In 2002, I wrote to the president of Airstream expressing an interest in doing a joint project with the trailer manufacturer and my then employer, Nissan. That letter sat unanswered in a desk for three years, until Dicky Riegel the new president, found it in an empty desk and called me out of curiosity. At that point, the wheels began to turn, so to speak, and we collaborated on several projects. The BaseCamp trailer and Nissan Actic Interior evolved out of that phone call, and to this day, much of my design work is for Airstream.>>
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I owned a t@b when it was under Thor ownership. Great European design features and very high quality construction. Some parts were hard to get as they were made in Germany. I dropped the air pressure in the tires to 12 psi and was able to put it in the garage. They introduced a larger version with a wet shower that was discontinued. Never figured out why they sold the brand.
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'55 Airlight : Thanks for the tip on http://www.bryanthompsondesign.com/.

I'd bet that the styling ideas for this new Airstream are in there somewhere -- click on Airstream on the home page for an eyeful!
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Similar story for CC Deam when he wanted to do Airstream interiors for them. They turned him down flat. Thank goodness he persisted!
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I think he did work with them. Called a CCD.
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Similar story for CC Deam when he wanted to do Airstream interiors for them. They turned him down flat. Thank goodness he persisted!
Isn't he the guy that had his one of kind CCD stolen a few years back? He posted the story here of the rig here and asked us all to watch out for it. It had an unusual window design or something that would make it stand out.

Wonder if he got any leads on it......

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Yup, here's the story.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...mbi-13867.html

Bummer.

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TheCCDs were unique. Would be nice to own one again.
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Maybe we're confused, but we're pretty sure every International is a CCD design. Signature, Serenity, Sterling, etc. All designed by him and his team. That's why we said, "Thank goodness he was persistent!"

If the only choices had been FC, Classic and Land Yacht, we probably would have moved on to another solution. EB was a possibility of course, but the interior living space felt too utilitarian for us. (Pendleton edition looks. Awesome, btw, even though it's not a CCD).

Lastly, despite our love for the exterior of our silver bullet, we didn't quite want to buy our parents' Airstream. The International line was exactly what we wanted - a more modern, up to date interior was key for us.
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Maybe we're confused, but we're pretty sure every International is a CCD design. Signature, Serenity, Sterling, etc. All designed by him and his team. That's why we said, "Thank goodness he was persistent!"

If the only choices had been FC, Classic and Land Yacht, we probably would have moved on to another solution. EB was a possibility of course, but the interior living space felt too utilitarian for us. (Pendleton edition looks. Awesome, btw, even though it's not a CCD).

Lastly, despite our love for the exterior of our silver bullet, we didn't quite want to buy our parents' Airstream. The International line was exactly what we wanted - a more modern, up to date interior was key for us.
That's been my understanding as well. Ours is stamped with the CCD logo/decal at the front of the Airstream.

I believe for awhile though they were advertised as CCD and now I think they have dropped that portion from the official named title of each unit.

The CCD design lead to the additional units and was a stylistic treatment. But a lot of those elements are being carried over now which may be why the distinction has been dropped. Classic's now feature exposed aluminum walls for example.

As much as I love the modern design, when I saw the new Pendleton edition I wanted one. Things are beautiful and rustic. Love it.

I wouldn't mind seeing an update to the CCD style in Airstreams. It's been 10 yrs with very minimal layout changes, and I think it's been long enough to know what does and doesn't work. I can think of tweaks to the layout that would work better.
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