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Old 01-31-2016, 09:34 PM   #99
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To each their own.

Design detail is something I look for everywhere in our environment, can't help it. Cars, houses, gardens, everything we do is done with an eye toward aesthetics. It's the reason we have an Airstream.

Rustic can be handsome, crude cannot. What we have here is a rustic appearing material crudely assembled. Random in this case is better described as carelessness.
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Old 02-01-2016, 04:54 AM   #100
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I think it's one of those mountain out of molehill things. Random matching is a "Real" thing:

http://www.doogeveneers.com/trends-t...ndom-matching/

http://www.hrzn.net/Grading/Veneer_matching_methods.htm
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:02 AM   #101
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Either way. There needs to be a horizontal break between the upper and lower parts. If it were lined up, it would divide up and bottom. If not lined up it would add to the home built look, by adding a horizontal piece. Either way, i could live with it, just get used to it and it wouldn,t be an issue.
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:32 AM   #102
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Interesting that others noticed the laminate not lining up. It was one of the first things I noticed when I saw the photos. However when I saw the actual unit it actually looks fine.

The Pendleton's photos give it a completely different feel from how it feels in person. I can't remember any past Airstream with such a big disconnect between the photos and reality. Why I don't have a clue.

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Old 02-01-2016, 07:49 AM   #103
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Interesting that others noticed the laminate not lining up. It was one of the first things I noticed when I saw the photos. However when I saw the actual unit it actually looks fine.

The Pendleton's photos give it a completely different feel from how it feels in person. I can't remember any past Airstream with such a big disconnect between the photos and reality. Why I don't have a clue.

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Thanks Andrew T,

So is the face of the laminate actually real wood? AS says it is "handcrafted rustic wood cabinetry" on the page linked in Post 90. And what is the surface treatment and grain texture if so? Has it received a waterproofing treatment of some kind so that it does not absorb water and food? [like polyurethane varnish or similar?]

What were the qualities you noticed when you saw it in person? Was the surface grain a little bumpy maybe, like real wood, and you could sense this?

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PS -- Some of the finest houses in the world have real wood veneers matched and book-matched, etc., but to the untrained eye, this often looks "fake" -- when in fact it is the real deal, and very expensive to do well and consistently throughout a large house. Next time I am near an AS dealer, I would like to see it in person also.

PS2 -- Zybane's second link is good to review, as we are actually talking about a number of different matching issues. First -- the matching of the edges of each "board" [Random Matching here]-- and second, the matching of the grain up and down, across horizontal breaks in the cabinetry, like where a lower door meets a drawer front above [which is the most visually jarring aspect of the Pendleton IMO].

http://www.hrzn.net/Grading/Veneer_matching_methods.htm
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Old 02-01-2016, 07:59 AM   #104
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I'm the guilty one of posting the original picture.

As I have "sat in one", the overall vibe I got was better than I thought. I really don't get into "theme" trailers. I think that the theme gets old long before you get the $100+K paid off.

Two things that really struck me on the Pendleton were the stitched upholstery and the frosted glass. The flooring was also nice. The blankets and other fluff could easily be thrown into a classic and who would be 70% on your way to a "Pendleton Classic edition".

I was shocked at the non-stainless stuff and plastic on the exterior. It just screamed Jayco. On the other hand, the door handle was "prevost"!

The map artwork is cool, but sure would like it more if it was a "craftsman made" piece instead of a mass-produced looking item.

So overall, it's a nice trailer! Earth-stopping? no.

I'd buy a Classic if I was playing in that ballpark.
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:08 AM   #105
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This reminds me of the launch of the special edition Land Yacht. Some loved it, some hated it and most found the list price of $150K obscene. But a few were snatched up and the rest dropped in price to $100-120K after sitting on dealer lots for the year. I bet the Pendletons will follow suit.
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But a few were snatched up and the rest dropped in price to $100-120K after sitting on dealer lots for the year. I bet the Pendletons will follow suit.
Over 60 of the 100 have already been sold.
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:10 PM   #107
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Interesting. We expected it would go fast. Source for the sales figures?
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Hi Peter

It's not real wood it is a high end laminate with a fairly deep texture to it.
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Thanks, in this case I guess I agree with the company's decision not to align the boards vertically. Still wish they had kept the blond wood grain out of the mix . . . as it is the high contrast which creates the jarring visuals . . .
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When any trailer leaves the Airstream factory lot. it is "SOLD" to the dealer. The dealer's line of credit is charged when the unit is "released from production" even though the unit may not get to the dealership for several weeks. The Airstream factory does not sell trailers to end user.

So Airstream can truthfully say their production is sold out for so many months ---- to dealers. Whether the dealer's inventory is gets sold to end users is of no financial concern to Airstream.

So unless 60 Pendleton units have come down the production line, been delivered to the dealership network and titles issued in customer's names, they have not been actually retail sold. Deposits may have been accepted, but until the certificate of origin is transferred to the first retail customer, the unit is not sold.

Picky Picky Picky, but like we say in Airstream's ongoing QC issues, the devils are in the details.
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Been in the Pendleton today. I love the 27FB layout with the rear hatch door and dual air con's.

The wood grain laminate has a very textured surface and feel's quite high end. It actually looks better in person then in the photo's. The mix-match wood grain in person is a virtual zero issue.

The seats aren't as "bright" saddle color as in the photo's. They are a more dark brown. The photo's looked better as far as the seating. I was a bit underwhelmed by the use of laminate surfaces in the bathroom, dinette and the bedroom end stands. The kitchen Corian and sink is superb. I would have easily paid more to get that solid surface throughout the trailer.

The flooring was also quite nice.
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When any trailer leaves the Airstream factory lot. it is "SOLD" to the dealer. The dealer's line of credit is charged when the unit is "released from production" even though the unit may not get to the dealership for several weeks. The Airstream factory does not sell trailers to end user.

So Airstream can truthfully say their production is sold out for so many months ---- to dealers. Whether the dealer's inventory is gets sold to end users is of no financial concern to Airstream.

So unless 60 Pendleton units have come down the production line, been delivered to the dealership network and titles issued in customer's names, they have not been actually retail sold. Deposits may have been accepted, but until the certificate of origin is transferred to the first retail customer, the unit is not sold.

Picky Picky Picky, but like we say in Airstream's ongoing QC issues, the devils are in the details.
Semantics. No one cares about that in business. How do you think wallstreet operates.
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