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Old 05-28-2011, 11:52 AM   #41
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Airstream Expands B-Van Line With Chevy

The Summer 2011 issue of Airstream Life just arrived featuring "Airstream Expands B-Van Line With Chevy" article by Rich Luhr, who writes, "A stylish interior puts the Avenue at par with the Interstate, but at a price point about $30,000 lower."

See airstream.com's Avenue Intro, Avenue Gallery, Avenue Floorplan, and Avenue Specifications.

See additional information and photos of the 2012 Airstream Avenue 20' Conv Lounge/WD here.
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:20 PM   #42
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I saw that, too.

The interior looks very nice, but we really love our Interstate and wouldn't have anything else.

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Old 05-29-2011, 11:50 AM   #43
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The interior looks very nice, but we really love our Interstate and wouldn't have anything else.

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I can well understand that!

Photos and information on the 2012 Airstream Interstate 3500 22' Conv Lounge can be seen here.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:32 PM   #44
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:44 AM   #45
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Beautiful!

Our hope is to never have to trade ours in. With the diesel engine, we should be able to go til we can't go no more!

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Old 06-21-2011, 09:35 AM   #46
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Check out what they came up with for 2012.
Very nice...

The 2012 Airstream Interstate 3500 22' - Lounge in Black and Onyx...

Colors that live together in perfect harmony!

Like: Ebony & Ivory

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Old 10-07-2011, 03:10 PM   #47
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I love my 2006 Interstate (rear dinette). The new Interstates have many small improvements that I wish I had, but the floorplans leave me perplexed. Three or four captain's chairs instead of more storage? For daytripping, great! For camping, give me the 2006 floorplan.
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Our 2011 I-3500, White, Lounge, with light wood took us from Tulsa to Banff, Canada no problems, all fun. Its called GT, for Grand Tripster. It sure beats my '60's VW bus. It even gets better fuel mileage. it is resting up for next year' s road adventures. Have a Merry Christmas, fellow Knights-of-The-Open Road.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:32 PM   #49
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And Merry Christmas to you.

We are at 106,000+ miles, and couldn't be happier with ours.

The only way to really see the country.


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I love my 2006 Interstate (rear dinette). The new Interstates have many small improvements that I wish I had, but the floorplans leave me perplexed. Three or four captain's chairs instead of more storage? For daytripping, great! For camping, give me the 2006 floorplan.
Don't know what made the 2006 floorplan different (never saw one), but I find the Lounge/Wardrobe layout on my 2012 (with three captain's chairs up front) to be ideal for me. The wardrobe closet shifts the entire galley forward, putting the refrigerator directly across the aisle from the third captain's chair. Access to the fridge is so much easier when I can sit in the third chair to reach the rear of the fridge shelves, instead of kneeling on arthritic knees in the aisle. Plus the slide-out counter extension right behind the driver's seat makes a great desk for my laptop computer when I swivel that seat to face the rear.

Any Class B van conversion is a compromise between storage space and living space. Before I bought my Interstate, I also checked out the Roadtrek Adventurous and Winnebago Era, both also built on a long-wheelbase Sprinter. Of the three, the Interstate had more and better storage options, without losing much in the way of living space. That plus the obvious difference in the quality of fit and finish are what convinced me to pay the extra money for an Airstream.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:28 AM   #51
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We have an 06, called a "mid-bath", with a rear lounge/sleeping area.

Exactly what we wanted, the sleeping area in the back and galley area to the left as you enter.

We have a full screen for the rear doors, attaches with velcro around and zips up the middle. Perfect for beaches and other ideal areas.

We have that table-on-pedestals in the back, that we traveled with once and then removed to our garage. We don't need it or use it, and it takes up the entire area under a rear bench.

We now use that area for storage of shoes, clothing, etc.


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Our 2010 3500 is a twin bed version and we like it a lot! The 1 extra seat is perfect for the dog to ride in and if we have a human passenger the dog is happy to sit on the floor. This layout is perfect for us but of course everyone has differend needs.

This is an awesome vehicle; I just wish it didn't make me so apprehensive about long term reliability. Maybe I should quit reading the Sprinter-Forum?

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We have a full screen for the rear doors, attaches with velcro around and zips up the middle. Perfect for beaches and other ideal areas.

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Did you make your rear screen? If you bought it, can you tell me the manufacturer?

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We did not make it, ordered it online, and I'm not seeing the exact name when I Google it, but this looks like it

Order Skreenz

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Looks a lot like the rear door screens offered by Sprinter Store
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Looks a lot like the rear door screens offered by Sprinter Store
They do, indeed!

When we got our 06 in 07, the rear screens could be ordered on new models as an accessory, but weren't available for ours. The rear door screen was the first accessory purchase we made.

Nice to see there are sliding-door screens available, and will be on the older models soon. Thanks for the info!

I like to keep the side door open when the weather is pleasant, just so much easier, but then there are those annoying mosquitoes, bees, stink-bugs, etc.

Our next semi-major purchase!


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2012 Philadelphia Auto Show - Airstream Interstate

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Lovely!

We looked at a black Mercedes Benz Interstate at Airstream of Mississippi the other day. Beyond beautiful.

This would be a great unit for those with lots of bucks who are not looking to travel in their Interstate like we do ours.

More laid out for toodling around in real style and comfort, in our opinion.


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Towing with an Interstate or Avenue

I sometimes would like to have a "weekender" - just to take off overnight or for a couple of days - but it simply doesn't make sense to have more than one van or truck. It would also be handy when I have some family visiting.

Any possibility of towing a 25FB with either an Interstate or Avenue?

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Our understanding is that Interstates are designed to tow.

Our 06 came with a hitch, and was used by the dealer to tow trailers to RV shows.

Someone else would have to help with what weight is allowed, I am thinking plenty for a trailer.


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