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Old 09-10-2018, 07:37 AM   #41
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I started this thread out of concern the large Amazon order to be filled in full by the end of 2019 might lengthen the delay of new 2019 based Interstates. On some other threads it has been mentioned that existing orders of the new 19 shorty are already behind schedule and I know from my dealer that any new Atlas orders are expected six to eight months for a delivery. Sounds like Airstream has its own problems and now with a new model Sprinter coming from a brand new MB factory, it could be a very long wait indeed. Anyone have any information from Airstream relative to the situation?
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The existing factory space at JC is pretty much maxed out. They are building a new factory a bit down the road as a result. Any time you get "cramped" in a factory small issues can snowball. You don't have the extra capacity to work around a machine going down.

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The existing factory space at JC is pretty much maxed out. They are building a new factory a bit down the road as a result. Any time you get "cramped" in a factory small issues can snowball. You don't have the extra capacity to work around a machine going down.

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UNCLEBOB - 100% Agree. New generation 2019 Sprinter + New 2019 AI models + New 2019 AI molds/templates + New systems suppliers + Old factory + Move to new factory that is all happening at once is NEVER a good recipe for success. Each individual step is a good/positive thing for a growing business. But each one has it's built-in growing pains. Combined could create un-manageable setbacks for a company that was already having borderline QC issues. Hopefully, AS management gets a handle on it. Unfortunately, reality seems to show that their QC was unable to keep up with increased production even prior to all the changes. How are they going to turn it around with all the new changes happening all together?
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:25 AM   #45
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UNCLEBOB - 100% Agree. New generation 2019 Sprinter + New 2019 AI models + New 2019 AI molds/templates + New systems suppliers + Old factory + Move to new factory that is all happening at once is NEVER a good recipe for success. Each individual step is a good/positive thing for a growing business. But each one has it's built-in growing pains. Combined could create un-manageable setbacks for a company that was already having borderline QC issues. Hopefully, AS management gets a handle on it. Unfortunately, reality seems to show that their QC was unable to keep up with increased production even prior to all the changes. How are they going to turn it around with all the new changes happening all together?
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I've been hearing stories about AS and QC issues since the mid to late 1950's. The idea that these are "recent" developments is simply not the case. They always seem to rumble along and (barely) out-survive their competitors. Right now they seem to be on a roll sales wise.

Yes, I can sit here in the AS I bought and spot exactly the same things that grandma was "chatting" about back in the 1950's on this trailer. Some things just go on and on. Despite that, I did indeed but an AS and am quite glad I did.

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And now the Plant has been shut down in preparation of Florence...
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And now the Plant has been shut down in preparation of Florence...

Yes - I just looked at latest weather reports and Charleston, SC is in zone near where Florence is forecasted to cross the coast.

Yikes - open plant and then close it in same month.
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We rented a 21ft VW diesel "camper van" in New Zealand. Sprinters were the most popular.
The VW was equally as good as the MBZ and it had 250,000 km on the clock. I wonder if the Amazon Sprinters will be diesel and how long will they keep them
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:36 AM   #49
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We rented a 21ft VW diesel "camper van" in New Zealand. Sprinters were the most popular.
The VW was equally as good as the MBZ and it had 250,000 km on the clock. I wonder if the Amazon Sprinters will be diesel and how long will they keep them
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Since they appear to be re-selling them to individuals (and no that's not completely clear), I'd bet the trade in interval will be very much a "that depends" sort of thing. My guess is that the Sprinters will be the most basic model that will do the job. Likely to have air conditioning and not much else.

Based on Amazon's basic business model, if they are going to own them, I would not even bet on them having air conditioning .....

I suppose you could consider a UPS delivery truck to be "air conditioned ...."

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Amazon buying 20,000 Sprinters

Yup. UPS trucks have what my dad used to call “2-40 Air conditioning” as in 2 windows open , and at least 40 MPH.
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Based on Amazon's basic business model, if they are going to own them, I would not even bet on them having air conditioning .....

I suppose you could consider a UPS delivery truck to be "air conditioned ...."

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Well .... errr .... ummm..... I worked a number of years on construction sites that nobody seemed to have air-conditioned (except when the wind blew). We all lived through it. Early days on the farm .... same sort of AC on the tractors. All this fancy cab with more options than a BMW was way in the future. I actually kind of liked knowing how the weather was progressing. Some days crazy hot some days crazy cold ... hmmm ... we've moved into another season ... Indeed I worked some jobs where I grew to hate AC. Being outdoors 80% of the time and being in 60 degree (at least if felt that way) AC the rest (in < 3 minute spurts) ... not a lot of fun.

I make it a habit to meet the postman with a bottle of cold water on hot days. I actually do the same for the door to door sales guys. (who I never buy anything from and consider pests). We always have a sizable inventory of bottles ready to load onto the trailer for our next adventure.

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On IG as a flyover vid dated Sept 11. Not sure if real images. With hashtag #sprinterfamine. Click image for larger version

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On IG as a flyover vid dated Sept 11. Not sure if real images. With hashtag #sprinterfamine. Attachment 323284

The quality of that image makes it look like a photoshop job. Also noticed they are all NCV3 (906) models and not the new VS30 (907) models. So if it is real it is a picture of old production not the current production. But there does seem to be a Sprinter shortage in USA, according to Patrick at Colonial Airstream. But that’s likely due to new plant in SC and lack of shipments from Germany more than the Amazon buy.
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