I visited deMontrond Texan RV in Houston last week and looked at some of the new stuff, (I suppose they are 2003 or 2002 models).
On leaving I asked for and was given a Airstream brochure. It has no date or identification number or mention of a model year. The front of the brochure is blue with rivets across the bottom, and is labled "AIRSTREAM The Travel Trailer Fleet". Is this the newest literature?
On page 6 if you count the cover under "The Core Features" there is a photo titled "the bare bones".
I have no means to scan it or I would place it here. Or do some of you think Airstream would sue?
Anyway it shows the ribs (studs) of the trailer as 3 piece units that are connected just above the awning lines of the roof. The roofs are obviously flatter than the vintage models.
I have always believed that the ribs of the vintagers were one piece bent arches. Can anyone verify? I am not sure it makes a bit of difference, but I wonder if it were done for cost economy or engineering advancement or assembly line convenience?(Or hell maybe ol' Robroy the Rib-bender died or went lame)!
Do any recall reading anything about this change (if indeed it is one) or when or why the change. The roof skin appears to overlap the side wall skin by just a small amount, I suppose there must be a double row of rivets there but I can't see that detail in the photos. There seems to be 4 rows of longitudinal purlins or stringers in the roof section. Any ideas on which is stronger?
There is also a graphic rendering (or picture) of the chassis frame. Looks like the bellyskin is sectioned horizontally while I thought the vintagers were bellyskinned from front to rear?