Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-24-2016, 07:59 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
Carrma's Avatar
 
2015 27' FB International
stow , Ohio
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 22
Tough Times in JC

Worked for AS in 1972-1974 as their Nat'l Cost Accountant. Sales were doubling every 18 months and Argosy was taking off like a rocket. Then OPEC shut off the oil and everything went into a tailspin!

For three months during the oil embargo, not one AS was ordered and the dealers could not sell the ones they had. All the factory folks were laid off and we were bleeding red ink. Had it not been for Beatrice Foods checkbook, AS would have gone out of business. Beatrice told us to start looking at non-travel trailer products to make. We started to make bread trucks, cargo containers, go cart bodies, etc. but the margins weren't even close to making AS and all of those products already had market leaders. I could see no future there and left. The people were great and the trailers were second to none. Loved working there.

Thank God Thor picked them up in later years and look at them now!
__________________

__________________
Carrma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016, 08:04 PM   #2
Vintage Kin
 
slowmover's Avatar
 
Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 7,245
Images: 1
Tough Times in JC

Thx.

Streamline went under in the same period. Had factories in both SoCal and Indiana.

Then the market changed with de regulation of air travel circa 1978 and wives going to work.

Easier to fly and rent car. Families had less time off.

De regulation of trucking same time meant the Interstates began to get too crowded.

A premium purchase lost its natural market as the doctors lawyers and executive types (with the added impetus of divorce) were no longer buying these as they had before.

I remember my father and grandfather discussing a 1968 Trailer Life comparison article if the various brands. Rule of thumb was that they cost pretty well the same as the median new house.


1990 35' Silver Streak
2004 555 Cummins
__________________

__________________
1990 35' Silver Streak Sterling; 9k GVWR.
2004 DODGE Cummins 305/555; 6-manual; 9k GVWR.
Hensley Arrow. 9-cpm solo, 15-cpm towing
Sold: Silver Streak Model 3411
slowmover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016, 08:04 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,253
Thanks for your historical perspective........very enlightening!
__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016, 08:15 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
DanB's Avatar
 
1970 23' Safari
2005 30' Classic
1986 31' Sovereign
Lorain , Ohio
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,615
Images: 9
Thank you for posting this! This type of history is important to get documented. Any more memories?
__________________
DanB
________________________________
Proud Member of the Wally Byam Airstream Club #24260

www.campnova.com

The “Ohio Airstreamer -- Informal forum for weekend camping” thread.
DanB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 04:51 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Currently Looking...
Nowhere , Somewhere
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,235
Good post, thanks. By the way I grew up in Kent.
__________________
avionstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 05:36 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
tjdonahoe's Avatar
 
2013 31' Classic
billings , Montana
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 1,779
Was hauling crude from Casper, wyo to Sinclair refinery at Sinclair, Wyo, near Rawlings, all tanks were full, gas and fuel, they supplied Denver and surrounding area, all tanks were full, at Calif coast tankers had to wait weeks to get unloaded as everything was full,anything to get the price up..this took place right before the 55 mph regulation came in.....
__________________
tjdonahoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 11:15 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
kdickinson's Avatar
 
1969 23' Safari
Palmer Lake , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 504
Oh - those were the days my friend we thought they'd never end (the news media sure made it seem so) but, alas they did. Now we are afloat in oil ...
__________________
kdickinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 06:26 PM   #8
1 Rivet Member
 
1982 27' Excella
1982 28' Airstream 280
Midlothian , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 11
I got a question about Airstream being owned by Thor! Does this mean that if your a Thor Motorhome owner you can become part of the Airstream club, forums, and get your own red number? Just Curious!
__________________
Boomer56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 06:34 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
1988 25' Excella
1987 32' Excella
Knoxville , Tennessee
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,103
Blog Entries: 1
No it does not. WBCCI has voted on that issue and rejected it. You have to own an Airstream or Argosy branded product to be a member. Trailer, MH, Van, whatever. But the other Thor products are not included. WBCCI is not connected to Thor or to Airstream. It is an independent, self supporting, non profit corporation registered in Ohio.
__________________
Bill M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 06:47 PM   #10
Rivet Master

 
Southwestern , Ohio
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,669
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boomer56 View Post
I got a question about Airstream being owned by Thor! Does this mean that if your a Thor Motorhome owner you can become part of the Airstream club, forums, and get your own red number? Just Curious!
If by "Airstream club" you mean the WBCCI (Wally Byam Caravan Club International), the answer is no, only brands that Wally Byam had something to do with. These include Airstream trailers (and later motor homes), Argosy trailers and motor homes, and--if you come across one--a Byam Holiday trailer.

Airforums, on the other hand, is unrelated to the Wally Byam Caravan Club and and anybody can join it.

By the way, regarding "Airstream being owned by Thor", originally Thor was Airstream. Beatrice Foods bought Airstream in 1970, and Airstream executives Wade Thompson and Peter Orthwien bought the company from Beatrice in 1980. (Hence the name Thor.) After Airstream became profitable again Thor started buying up other RV companies as they became available. But Airstream is still Thor's "flagship" brand.
__________________
Nuvite-F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 08:57 PM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
i2oadRunnei2's Avatar
 
2016 23' Flying Cloud
Hillsborito , Oregon
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 68
Very enlightening, subbing!
__________________
i2oadRunnei2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2016, 07:17 AM   #12
1 Rivet Member
 
1982 27' Excella
1982 28' Airstream 280
Midlothian , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 11
Interesting now I know! I have both now and really like the slides my Thor has. Really opens up the room inside! I bought the Excella 280 as a project that I may never get back to. Thanks for the explaination!
__________________
Boomer56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #13
4 Rivet Member
 
2014 23' FB Flying Cloud
Park City , Utah
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 461
If someone who bought a $60k Airstream trailer in 2009 during the recession had bought Thor stock instead--the stock would be worth $2 million today! A 30+ bagger in 7 years!
__________________

__________________
pcskier is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Has anyone considered downsizing in these tough times? Silver Threads Full-Timing 83 02-26-2009 07:58 PM
"Tough as Tile" used on ABS Plastic? glacierrunne Sinks, Showers & Toilets 1 07-04-2006 06:07 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.