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dwightdi 01-08-2011 09:44 AM

I have taken pictures of all the motorhomes that have attended the big rallies for the last year, including the Gillette International and the Sugarcreek rally. Most of them have FMCA plaques prominately displayed. Most of them therefore have the majority of their motorhome friends also attending FMCA rallies. If they need to buy a new motorhome, and want to continue to rally with their friends, they can buy an SOB motorhome and do it at the FMCA rallies. The FMCA Rallies are usually larger and have better entertainment anyway.

If they have put too many miles on their Airstream motorhome and it is no longer reliable, there are plenty of low mileage Airstream motorhomes still available on the the web or Craigslist. Use this link to find them: rvs : craigslist eBay kijiji mash : US & Canada

redwagon 01-08-2011 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by doug&maggie (Post 934989)
Doug calls this "pretzel logic". :shifty:

It is confounding that members so supposedly loyal to the WBCCI Airstream Club would be so driven to drive some other brand yet retain their membership when no longer owning an Airstream.

Maggie :neutral:

These motorhome owners will continue to be members because they will continue to OWN some type of Airstream.. It could be a group junker that they all share a piece of the title, but you can be sure the Airstream will NOT be their RV for travel when attending a WBCCI event. A move like this to skirt the intent of our club (for Airstream owners while using their Airstreams...) will be attempted to be done by changing the bylaws only.

No change to the constitution means no vote or discussion allowed from the membership.

If any unit presidents are reading this, please send an email, call, or write to your region president and tell them to VOTE NO on any amendments presented. Members, contact your unit president, and ask that they contact your region president. This type of change cannot be decided on without our members' input.


ROBERTSUNRUS 01-08-2011 03:06 PM

Outside view.
:) Hi, if it is so important for so many people to buy brand new Airstream motorhomes, then the demand should be enough for Airstream to resume production; Somehow, I feel that this is not the case and these few people want things to change for them personally, not for the majority.

Tarheel 01-09-2011 12:17 PM

I have a question that I am certain that some of you have researched and have a much better feel for than I do. What would be the cost of a complete overhaul, engine, transmission, drive train, gut the interior and replace with all new airstream components including all cabinets, appliances, flooring, ceiling skylights in lets say a 98 Airstream cat 350 diesel pusher? Lets put a new paint job and graphics on it too. Any one have an intelligent guess?

RickDavis 01-09-2011 01:38 PM

While I would not want to place a number on this I am certain it would not be cost affective compared to the cost of a replacement coach. There is no doubt it would far exceed the value of an older unit. Primarily this would be because the owner would be buying all parts etc at retail along with a retail labor rate There have been studies on the cost of a replacing a car that way and it will be several times the original cost
Most restorations are a labor of love and a lot of do it yourself which of course would lower many of the costs

On the other hand it is highly unlikely that all of that would need to be done, particularly on a diesel.. ( I have 555K on the Cummins in my truck and see no overhaul in it's foreseeable future)

Surely all the cabinets, skylights appliances etc. would not be in unacceptable condition at the same time?.

This might be an interesting study to try to justify why an SOB motorhome should be allowed in the club, But then if I had a 98 Airstream motorhome that was in that bad condition after 13 years I wouldn't want to buy another of that brand anyway.

Not the answer you were looking for, but I don't that think a real number could be easily placed on it.

dwightdi 01-09-2011 01:45 PM

Here is two opportunities for you.
Click this link:
2005 AIRSTREAM It is only $97,000 less your trade in. So your net expense would be less than $50,000 and you would move up seven years newer.

Or, if you want to go cheaper, check this one out. Click this link: 2001 Airstream Land Yacht Model XL390 They are only asking $14,000 and you move up three years. It sure looks nice.

There are plenty of opportunities for you motorhome guys to stay Airstream rather than trying to convincing the other 93% of the club that Airstream does not matter.

Tarheel 01-09-2011 01:53 PM

I concur Rick, part of our obligation when coming on board at WBCCI is to keep our units in good working order. Was just wondering with all the repair/ refurbishment work that has been done on older Airstreams what would unrealisticly be the cost of a complete refurbishment, knowing full well that a complete class A motor overhaul should not have to be done as well as celing replacement and cabinets skylights etc should still be in good condition
. I would expect that if you had 50 to 100 K to throw at the project it could be good for another 10-20 years. Just looking for someone that could justify my thoughts.

Pahaska 01-13-2011 09:05 AM


Originally Posted by 65GT (Post 937308)
IBT types rejoice!With beauties like this continually coming up for sale, why would any WBCCI member ever want to buy an SOB, over an Airstream? :lol:

Because they have slideout envy, that's why. The neighbor across the street has an SOB motorhome festooned with at least 4 slideouts and our IBT types are stuck with one or two on available Airstreams. The only way the IBT can keep up with the Jonses is to wreck the club. The rest is simply excuses.

Funny, Airstream no longer makes trailers with slideouts and our IBT "friends" are not out there campaigning for anyone who wants a new slideout trailer to be able to run out, buy an SOB, and remain in the club.

As Tennessee Williams wrote, "There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity!"

dwightdi 01-13-2011 10:07 AM

Does any one have a count on what percent of the IBT members have Class A motorhiomes? I think it is pretty high for the Past International Presidents, who still have a lot of influence on what gets voted on and what does not make it on to the agenda.

wkerfoot 01-13-2011 10:20 AM

As far as the president and vice presidents, I know that only one has a motorhome.



Originally Posted by dwightdi (Post 937355)
Does any one have a count on what percent of the IBT members have Class A motorhiomes? I think it is pretty high for the Past International Presidents, who still have a lot of influence on what gets voted on and what does not make it on to the agenda.

Ed Emerick 01-30-2011 08:18 AM

Plenty Out There
We have been looking at Airstream Motor Homes since August and there are a TON for sale. MOST are very nice. There is no need to look outside the brand, unless you want that "new car" smell. Oh and I found a couple of those too!

There is no need at all for allowing non-Airstream products in this club.

lewster 01-30-2011 08:38 AM


Originally Posted by 65GT (Post 944714)
The 2001 390XL above with just 35,000 miles fizzled out at just $45,400.00, below the sellers minimum reserve.

If you can't find but ONE IBT type to snatch up an extremely low mileage Airstream Class A then where is the real demand?


Part of the problem is the state of the 'luxury motorhome' industry in general. There are many, many coaches of this age coming on the market as their owners are either aging out of them or are upgrading to newer models with more slide-outs, more features and a bigger price tag. Supply and demand. One can get a far better unit than what Airstream had to offer in this price segment.

And while I'm at it, if one looks at where the Airstream motorhome (excluding the classics) sits in the overall market, the picture is not very good! One of the reasons that Airstream exited this Market was due to the simple fact that they could not compete on features or price with the larger manufacturers like Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Beaver, Safari, Newmar, Country Coach, Winnebago and even with the lower end of this market like the Thor brands of 4 Winds and Mandalay.

This segment is where I spend most of my service time. Not only have I not seen many Airstream motor homes, but the few that I have been in just can not compare to the other, more established brands in quality of components and construction, price, cabinetry and other features. Airstream can get away with this in the trailer market as they have no real competition for their aluminum 'iconic' trailers, but they fall far short when playing with the 'big boys'.

I'm sure that those in the WBCCI realize this after checking out their friends coaches (think FMCA) and get caught up in 'coach envy' and want some SOB that better suits their perceived image, tastes and wallet. The 'demand', if any, will be very small unless Airstream designs and builds a very unique motorhome and prices it accordingly. BTW, I know of 8 super luxury coaches that were recently ordered at prices of $1.5 million to over $2 million, so demand is there if the right product is brought to market.

rideair 01-30-2011 09:18 AM

Real nice 2005 39' here in my home town of Front Royal, VA only a little over 9,300 miles (that's right, less than 10K on the O.D.)

2005-39' Airstream Land Yacht 396XL Motor Home 2 Slides

LI Pets 01-30-2011 11:36 AM

You folks may want to read the new constitution as it may relate to this issue!

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