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Old 11-27-2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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No EBs in production

I just toured Jackson Center and there were no EB's in production. The tour guide said that he had not seen one for several weeks. No mention of them being out of production though. I am planning to buy one with visions of dining with an open hatch. Is there anything I am missing? Are there downsides to an EB that I should think through? I have never owned an AS, but have been thinking about it for about 20 years.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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We liked the EB features. But it's quite a nicely finished interior to shove bikes and kayaks in there. Stowing the dinette table under the bed was not easy, nor converting furniture. And if traveling a lot (as we do) with gear aboard, how do you use the interior for overnight stops.

For us the best use of EB would be to take the dinette and folding furniture and put two Euro-style recliners and a small table in their place.

But for over $10,000 less we bought the Flying Cloud, then loaded it with every option they had and those options make a wonderful and convenient trailer of it. Still came out thousands less than EB. We will probably use that extra savings to have the recliners installed.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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Hello Wanna EB -- Welcome to the Forum!

We carry bikes + canoe or bikes + solo fishing kayak on our tow vehicle (6' bed GMC Sierra w truck cap). For all the bother, I'm not convinced that the EB model is the best solution to carrying either. Seems that you lose some interior Airstream functionality to gain what? Tho' I am willing to consider what it takes to haul toys inside -- Canoe Cradle for Eddie Bauer. That sure is a lot of sugar for a dime.

I'd imagine any canoe or bike solution being easier to aim at the tow vehicle than inside an Eddie Bauer. Stowing toys inside the trailer seems to be a possibility if one has limits. But the $$$$ for an EB sure doesn't suggest that one has limits.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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The word I have heard is that Eddie Bauer and Airstream did not renew their contract. However I have no idea of what is in the future. Do not consider me a reliable source.

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:46 PM   #5
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We'd sure like the convenience and security of the EB to haul and store our spendy mountain bikes! Put us in the EB plus column for sure... we have come to the realization at this point that being an avid mountain biker or canoeist is difficult if you are an avid AS boondocker (we bought an inflatable Zodiac raft!).

The top of our TV is well above the ground for easily reaching and removing the bikes (ladder required) as well as presenting some height considerations with campground trees ... we have given up with the disassembly required to store bikes under our PU topper / cap for longer distance trips; the topper does not provide the level of security as does the EB AS.... you can get into most toppers with a piece of wire! We'd welcome the trade-off / ease of putting up the EB dinette and table for transport / storage...the mounting points /tie downs in the EB would be great. No we don't work for EB or Airstream; the only hurdle for us is getting the $$ for an EB ... someday - that is our goal.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:01 AM   #6
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We have only had our EB for a short time but so far we love it and don't have any problems with the folding and storage. However we had a SOB toyhauler so are used to the necessity of dealing with these issues. Hauling gear of whatever flavor in the EB or any toyhauler is a compromise over a straight trailler but that is what you are after you learn to deal with it.

We also like the fabric on the cushions that are more stain resistant. We travel with a dog and cat. The floor covering is different than other AS's we have seen and think it will hold up to hard use better. You do lose the underseat storage in the dinette but for extra storage we use plastic flip top bins that are sized for fitting under the seats if they are in the down position.

My advice is very carefully consider what you want your AS for and buy accordingly.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:23 PM   #7
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This is very helpful input...thank you very much. My attraction to the EB was not its hauling capability, but instead the open air feeling associated with the rear hatch. Maybe I am imagining things with rose colored glasses.
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Not to lose hope - even if they don't make any more new ones, used ones will start popping up on the market. After all, since you waited 20 years already, what's a few months to hunt for one...

As an avid mountain biker and kayaker, I find that the trailer almost never is at the trailhead or put-in where I want to ride or paddle. An EB wouldn't really help us much. But it sure would have that open-air feeling inside with the hatch open...

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If you going to look for used, you might as well hold out for one of these.
You can take more toys and still have room to party.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:42 PM   #10
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The EB's are still shown on the Airstream website. If you are interested in buying a new one, call several dealers and ask if they can still order one for delivery next year. I say several because if you ask just one they may say that it's now or never, just to get an order now. There won't be any used ones in a few years, because I'll be looking for one
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #11
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Here's one we all can afford:

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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Perhaps the open air dining is not worth the premium. I wonder what a very good deal would be on a basic flying cloud 25.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:09 PM   #13
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I think the best way to get a fresh new Airstream is to order it exactly as you want it, at least 25' in size, and bargain for 15% off MSRP. You will do just as well as buying dealer stock, and it won't have had tire kickers and RV show lookers knocking it around. Batteries, tires, sealants all fresh. But watch list price, not all dealers are the same. Shop the internet, then buy it close to home.

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PS Dining at the panoramic windows is also extraordinary, as well as sleeping under the pano windows at the other end.
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If you going to look for used, you might as well hold out for one of these.
You can take more toys and still have room to party.

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