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Old 04-25-2016, 11:23 AM   #729
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New less expensive Airstream

I have to say the only issue we've had with our AS is the usual exploding GYM tyre issue. Beyond that, no real problems. Of course, we have no idea what the first owner may have dealt with. On our watch its only been routine maintenance and improvements.

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Old 04-25-2016, 12:06 PM   #730
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I have no knowledge of the inside workings of the Airstream Company. So, what follows are only my observations and opinions. First it seems that Airstreams are an evolutionary rather than revolutionary product. Kind of, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". They have been a very successful company over the years. It's kind of like Mexican food. Same ingredients in the envelope just rearrange them.

As for marketing, there are two kinds. One is marketing to the end use customers. The other is depending on dealers for most of this. It takes a lot of effort to keep a national dealer network happy. The dealers are usually supported by professional advertising materials and sometimes co-op advertising allowances. These allowances are usually based on units sold. What Airstream's policy on this probably only the dealers know.

I, too, was surprised that AS had to buy Base Camp and Nest as these aren't ultra sophisicated products. I suppose when you have been building an evolutionary product for so many years that R & D can take a back seat.

I am very happy with my AS, as probably most here are too. I love the way it tows and tracks, and the arrangement is about perfect for us. We are just two people and a small dog. Knowing the AS is sitting ready to go is a great feeling.

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Old 04-25-2016, 12:09 PM   #731
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I can say the only issues I have are normal wear and tear of a ten year old man made product. Fortunetly the PO lived close enough to Jackson Center to have all warrenty service and maintaince work performed there. Regarding GYMs, there are literally millions of them on the roads. In the big scheme of things very few if any explode because of their design or place of manufacturer. Negligence on the part of owners is the number one cause of issues. All tires experience flats and other issues if mistreated.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:32 PM   #732
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I had lots of problems- all fixed under warranty at Jackson Center-
Now, only minor things like one of the LED running lights has some LEDs out.
The Goodyear Marathons are strictly a 3 year from date of manufacture tire.
Mine were never mistreated.
The tires had the correct pressure, were balanced, rotated, never driven over 65 mph, and never struck a curb.
The tires failed anyway.
I did the 16' wheels and LT tire conversion/upgrade.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:22 PM   #733
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Related to this topic of a new type of AS are other approaches to how we currently operate our trailers. One is the water closet. Has anyone used a cassette toilet?
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:59 PM   #734
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We have a cassette toilet in our 2011 Outfitter Pop-up Truck Camper. It has a 5 gallon capacity. It's good for a couple of days of camping. It is very versatile as it can be dumped in down a sewer dump, pit toilet, portolet, or regular household toilet. We have had it for almost 5 years now.

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Old 04-26-2016, 12:01 AM   #735
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Good to know, Moosetags. Cassette toilets give us this image of carrying a sloshing thunder bucket over to the bathroom in an effort to dump it and not get any on us In the process. Maybe it's not quite that bad, eh?
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:45 AM   #736
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Hope we are not going out on the poop deck on this thread also . . .

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Old 04-26-2016, 07:49 AM   #737
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Cassettes and Porto potties are two different things.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:15 AM   #738
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The poop deck sub-forum is here FWIW:

As well as the many TP etc. threads located down the list in the forum one deck above:

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Old 04-26-2016, 08:26 AM   #739
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53 pages of fictional speculation. Poop is as good a subject as any to discuss.
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:02 PM   #740
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More fuel for the fire,
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:14 PM   #741
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Originally Posted by AWCHIEF View Post
Thanks. Nice write-up and photos. Check out the large skylight over the bed. Wonder if it stays up when open? Large emergency exit handle is obvious, but no spring/hydraulic openers/stays that I can see:

Given the one-piece cast roof, and some good marine skylights, all kinds of options are possible. Note that some re-design is already in the works apparently, according to the article.

Thanks again for the link.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:08 AM   #742
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Looks like they have purchased "Nest Caravan" company. Pretty cool trailer and a good fit for Airstream.

Waiting for spring...
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