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Old 02-14-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Airstream Scout Prototype

While looking through the latest edition of Trailer Life, I saw an item on a new Airstream prototype called the Scout. It really looks neat. I would like to see it produced.

Here's a link to take a look, Airstream Scout prototype - a set on Flickr

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Old 02-14-2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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That must be a very small wet bath - I do like the overall design.

Hummmm, it's an Airstream but does it qualify for the WBCCI......

OK, flame on........

Looks like a very easy tow for a smallish tow vehicle.

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Cute, and it looks like they are going after the nostalgia market. However, one would think Airstream would have selected a more aerodynamic profile.
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I think that some of the very early kit-built Airstreams were of this "canned ham" designed.
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And the Byam Holiday from the mid 50s

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The Scout would fit right into 1955. The dinette table comes right out of my parents' dinette. The seats look like they have plastic covers. I guess the market for these would be 65-75 year olds. I'm one of those and I wouldn't buy it.

Personally I think the more Art Deco styling is the way to go.

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i wounder if there going to use this as an entry level A/S?
something that's not 25k plus?
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Cool Hmmm? I wonder

Do you think the folks at WBCCI will let owners of the Scout into the "cult"? Just a thought.
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Retro! Some of the details are nice, but overall, I would prefer a true Airstream of the 50's or 60's, or a Bigfoot 17.5!
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In that picture you can't tell if it coming or going, why did the place the propane tanks in the back and how do those steps fold up?

I like it.
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While looking through the latest edition of Trailer Life, I saw an item on a new Airstream prototype called the Scout. It really looks neat. I would like to see it produced.

Here's a link to take a look, Airstream Scout prototype - a set on Flickr

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Interesting design. Not a big fan of a "wet bath" area and prefer a separate shower tub. I do like the modern design and would definitely buy one of these. And...if its manufactured and produced as an AIRSTREAM then it belongs to the Wally Byam club just like all the other modern Airstream trailers.
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In that picture you can't tell if it coming or going, why did the place the propane tanks in the back and how do those steps fold up?

I like it.
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Look closer..
what you see is the front end of a "regular" Airstream's tongue bunched up behind the Scout..lol
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:20 PM   #14
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Interesting departure from the Basecamp. Probably more functional and taps the nostalgia market. Easier to produce and more profitable? Did a price show up anywhere? Looks somewhat like a TAB on steroids.
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I'm infatuated by this trailer. We own a T@B teardrop - we like the modern take on the classic design idiom. (I think the redone Shasta and Serro Scotty are a bit too close to the original, and the T@DA is ugly.)

After spending the day at the Springfield (MA) RV show, there is very little else on the market, beyond T@B and Airstream, that appeals to us design-wise. Everything else looks the same, and often looks cheap. (Well, OK, a Casita is pretty nice, save for the shag up the walls and in the cabinets. And I thought of a Bigfoot, but the aesthetics weren't doing it for me either.)

As a Gen-X DINK couple, the Scout would be perfect. Wet bath, so I don't have to go outside at night. (Not an advantage of the T@B.) Hopefully it would have a big queen-sized bed like the T@B - the beds in Bambis are narrow, even for two active young'ins. Lots of windows - we looked at an rPod today at the show and missed having windows all around. Airstreamers of all generations would love a composite rot-free floor.

And best of all, I could easily tow this with our Honda Odyssey (we have it to haul our whitewater kayaks and mountain bikes inside) and stay within its limits (although I feel they're understated.) It bugs the heck out of me that there aren't more appealing trailer options that can be towed by this 4600 lb, 255hp, big-disc-braked tow vehicle. I don't want to buy a truck, and frankly shouldn't have to. The most popular trailers at the show were, oddly enough, the little ones.

Until the (potential) Scout, my options were 1) Buy a 16' Bambi new for around $37k, 2) Buy a used 16' Bambi CCD for $25k, 3) Hunt down and renovate a Caravel or Argosy Minuet (almost bought a Minuet, and am still tempted to do so), spending quite a bit at the end of all of it in time and $ or 4) look elsewhere.

I think this direction is a great one for Airstream, although I get a feeling that it's too far from the classic styling to be welcomed at every party....
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Oh, one more thing - I'm tickled pink by the simplicity of towing the T@B. No weight distribution, no brake controller (surge brakes) - not needed for this lightweight trailer. No extension mirrors - not needed because it's narrow (Minuet owners tell me the same thing.) Don't get it parked in quite the right spot? Just push it into place.

As a first time RV owner, this all is mighty appealing. I don't see why Airstream couldn't follow suit; indeed, some of this is on their European trailers.
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Looks like a sharp little trailer, definitely reminds me of the Scotties and other early campers. With the market for larger trailers being terrible, I would say Thor may be needing to find alternative products and new buyers. I agree the Bambi is nice but $30,000.00+ in this market, I just don't see the average buyer making this kind of financial committment in this economy. New, small, less than $20,000.00, it will sale! The bonus is you do not have to buy a huge tow vehicle that drinks fuel even when you are not towing. I would like to see a comparison to the little fiberglass model that's made in TN (it was on the forum a few months ago but I can't remember the name).

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Looking at this it does look an awful lot like the Scotty 16' series, it also looks like AS maybe attempting to slip into the Tin Can group. The Tin Can is becomming a very popular group again. Given this is made for a single person or couple I would have to venture to guess it would do very well. Many of the TC's today are refurbished or home made units.
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Airstream Scout Prototype

I almost wonder if Airstream might bring back the Argosy nameplate to market something like this -- it appears to be painted and experimental much like the Argosy line was from 1972 through 1979 -- then again in the the 1980s when the "square-streams" were developed as Argosy models and migrated into the Airstream lineup a few years lager.

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Looks like a sharp little trailer, definitely reminds me of the Scotties and other early campers. With the market for larger trailers being terrible, I would say Thor may be needing to find alternative products and new buyers. I agree the Bambi is nice but $30,000.00+ in this market, I just don't see the average buyer making this kind of financial committment in this economy. New, small, less than $20,000.00, it will sale! The bonus is you do not have to buy a huge tow vehicle that drinks fuel even when you are not towing. I would like to see a comparison to the little fiberglass model that's made in TN (it was on the forum a few months ago but I can't remember the name).

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