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Old 02-09-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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Ordering an AS

Can a new AS be ordered from the factory and picked up there bypassing the dealers?

Also where can I find a list of the options (other than colors and materials) available on a new FC? There is nothing that I could find in the brochure or on the website.

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Old 02-09-2015, 11:47 AM   #2
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No. Airstreams are sold only through authorized dealers. How would they keep any dealers if they sold direct? And I might also add you cannot order through a dealer and pick the unit up at the factory. Delivery is made only through the selling dealer.
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How about a list of available options to order? I've found some "inconsistencies" in what some dealers know about ordering Airstreams.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:59 AM   #4
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How about a list of available options to order? I've found some "inconsistencies" in what some dealers know about ordering Airstreams.
Can't help. Twice I've written to Airstream and requested that they put a list of available options on their website but have been ignored.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:15 PM   #5
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No. Airstreams are sold only through authorized dealers. How would they keep any dealers if they sold direct? And I might also add you cannot order through a dealer and pick the unit up at the factory. Delivery is made only through the selling dealer.
Understood and that's what I thought. I saw some posts of people going to the factory to have tires and wheels changed and just thought I would ask the about factory direct.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:35 PM   #6
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Ordering an Airstream

I might suggest you contact several dealers and see if any will give a complete list of the options available. Also, I would call Jackson Center and ask if they can supply a list of options and the prices.
For reasons i do not understand (like a lot of things) obtaining information on the new model line up is difficult.

I am aware or at least think I am, of doing a custom Airstream. But, this becomes very pricey, and may not be worth it. This definitely would require the factory to approve what changes are made, but there have been custom Airstreams built in the past and for money I am certain they would be accommodating.

Oh, yes, if money is no object.....http://www.timelesstraveltrailers.com

The best solution is to sit down with a dealer and go over everything about two or three times, asking for or even strongly suggesting that unless you can have certain options, there will be no deal. Such items as disc brakes, 16" wheels & tires, even interior colors may be possible options, but only with the payment of big dollars.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:53 PM   #7
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I remember reading somewhere that there was some sort of "change fee" one could pay and request changes to the trailer before its built. Like an extra skylight or delete a skylight. I asked two dealers and they looked at me like I had four ears. I didn't press the issue since its not a big deal now, but when I am ready to buy I'd love to upgrade the bed to a King size even if it means deleting the side storage areas. I know I can do that "After market" but am curious if that is even an option from the factory.
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Realize that if you don't want something (like a skylight), you will pay a "delete fee" to do so. The Airstream options list is not a long one. Some of us like to do the modifying (other than the structure) ourselves. IMHO, Airstreams lend themselves to considerable personalization.
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Not a lot of options out there. In many cases it might be a matter of asking. If the dealer doesn't know, he will call Airstream. Other possibility is that you call Airstream and ask. From my experience I know some items can be upgraded or changed. For example on my '04 Classic I asked for the 15K heat pump unit. At the time, the 13.5K air conditioner was standard. On my '01 Safari I asked for the underbelly spare tire carrier be added. Again at that time the Safari's didn't come with this as standard equipment. I know my dealer always asked for two skylights to be added on any trailer he had built. You can probably get the 16" wheel and LT tire upgrade if you order a trailer that usually comes with 15" wheels and ST tires.

On my Safari, the only awning supplied was the patio awning. I could have ordered additional awnings if I wished. I didn't do that and regretted that decision and had the dealer add the extra awning later.

I remember asking for the ultra leather sofa in place of the cloth sofa on my Classic. Again I think the best action would be to call Airstream if you have something in mind.

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ZBoater, I'm for modifications to suit your own needs, but a 76" wide King bed in 96" leaves 10" on each side, for fairly miserable access? Factory side cabinets wouldn't work, so new oddly narrow ones needed. Very unlikely you could order it like that but their factory Service Center may do it after purchase if you took it back there, and if they couldn't talk you out of it. It just wouldn't fit, from a practical viewpoint.
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It can work. You just can't use the sides.

Here's a pic of the bed on my boat. I'm used to going in and out through the foot of the bed...

This one I may have to do aftermarket. There's just not a lot of options here in Florida. It may be worth a trip to the west coast. Lots of Airstream renovation companies out there. As good an excuse as any to do a cross country trip!
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Yes, if you have enough money someone will squeeze it in there.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:24 AM   #13
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Lead Time

Does anyone have any idea how long the lead time would be if a new AS would be ordered?

Would modifications add to the lead time?

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Ordering a new AS can be within a month or two, or considerably longer. Some factors are model, dealers allocation, factory schedule, I.e., how many months behind they are, and if post construction options are added. Each dealer can tell you how long the wait is once you choose one to order. The delay for options would determined by what changes were ordered


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