Funnily enough I met Bob at the London show...
He laughed and said how the new International 685 would suit his needs (with his three children) better than a US model. So who knows what the future may hold...
I did mention that there was a lot of transatlantic envy on both sides of the pond!
Just for the record, the assembly regime is still as follows:
European BPW chassis is sent from Germany to JC
European wiring loom is sent from UK to JC
JC assemble chassis and make bodyshell, incorporating the EU wiring inside
Empty shell gets shipped to the UK
Furniture, plumbing, and appliances (from the UK, Germany, Sweden, and Netherlands) are fitted at Airstream's UK depot
Resulting trailers are then sold in European countries
As the UK is the only EU country where we drive on the left, the door is on the 'wrong' side (for us) because naturally the volume of sales outside the UK is higher.
Interestingly enough, Airstream Europe are now breaking into the Australian market. Apparently, it's the law in Oz that new trailers MUST have the door on the correct side. So AEU have produced a 684 with a door both sides. Mind you, the rear door is in the bedroom, so it really does seem to be a 'box-ticker' rather than a door that will normally be used on site.
Best wishes to all,