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Old 06-19-2021, 09:23 AM   #1
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How Long Is The Wait?

Hi, Iím an Airstream noobie and hope Iím in the right place. We ordered our new 27í Globetrotter at the beginning of March 2021. It was supposed to be delivered in September in time for a trip to Albuquerque. The date has now slipped into October and really is indefinite? Does anyone have information on how far Airstream production is behind? Like a kid waiting for Christmas.
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Old 06-19-2021, 09:38 AM   #2
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The delays seem to vary from model to model. Yours might have a fridge in it that all of a sudden has a longer than expected delivery. There are folks here who waited a *very* long time for their orders over the last year. I have personal experience with Ford not being able to predict this stuff very well these days....

What the dealer gets is a "factory done" date. They then add a guess at the transport time to their location. On a larger trailer this generally involves a guy with a pickup truck towing it from the factory to the dealer. There have been cases of them simply running out of folks to do this.

Dealers may well be getting tired of disappointing customers deliver wise. Some of them might be pushing out all delivery estimates as a result. It's generally a lot easier to call up and say "your new trailer got here early" than to tell folks that it's pushed out by three weeks on the day it was supposed to arrive.

Best bet: don't book any trips before about mid to end of November.

Hopping in any brand new RV for a long trip is not a great idea. There will always be learning on the new vehicle. There will be this and that to buy as you work things out. There can be things to fix. Some of them might be "go to the dealer issues".

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Old 06-19-2021, 11:12 AM   #3
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Hi,

We ordered our 2022 27FCT around March 1st. Were told by Patrick at Colonial Airstream it would not even go into production until sometime in September and to plan on a mid October delivery taking into account transportation to the dealership and their make ready process. We will be using our SOB this summer. I agree with Uncle Bob in that we have not booked any trips for the rest of the year. Disappointing to be sure but in these times it is to be expected and worth the wait.

We are hoping that it comes in around October/November time as this would allow us to take a few short local shakedown "cruises" before it got too cold. If that happens great. If now we'll just go with the flow.
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Old 06-19-2021, 01:07 PM   #4
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We're actually in delivery limbo land 2 ways with Ford for the early summer and with Airstream and an SOB for the fall. Lots of ambiguity from lots of directions .....

While we can get all sorts of terrific fine detail information out of Ford, it's all meaningless. Your vehicle went into production two weeks ago. Ok, when will it come out of that status? We don't know, but best guess is late July ..... hmmm...... Initial promise was in May.

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Old 06-19-2021, 04:41 PM   #5
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There was a story in the news a few days ago. Thor's North American and European operations have booked 14 billion dollars in orders. Every unit they can produce already has a buyer.

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Old 06-19-2021, 05:15 PM   #6
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You paid the big bucks to the dealer, they should be able to pinpoint your answer.
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Old 06-19-2021, 05:57 PM   #7
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You paid the big bucks to the dealer, they should be able to pinpoint your answer.

They SHOULD, but that's not how it works, post pandemic. Two Dexter Torflex Axles SHOULD have taken 6 to 8 weeks. It took 12 and I was expecting 14 weeks.



One would have better luck looking for a used one. At least you'll know it's available the day your check clears.
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Old 06-20-2021, 04:40 AM   #8
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Similar to the op, we placed our order near the beginning of March with a guess of a Sept/Oct delivery. Recently the latest estimate was updated to to early November.
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Old 06-20-2021, 09:53 AM   #9
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Delays

The dealer here in San Diego saaid "realistically" they are telling people to expect one year and be plesed if it comes sooner.
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Old 06-20-2021, 01:17 PM   #10
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How Long Is The Wait

Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences. It has been very helpful. I am taking to heart your advice to do fairly local shake down cruises, before heading out on a big adventure. Thanks again!
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Old 06-20-2021, 01:35 PM   #11
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Long wait times

I ordered a classic last July with an estimate of a mid January delivery. It arrive in early June - about 50 weeks. Classics and globetrotters are on a slower production line, so it may not apply to your FC.

However, I have a business that supplies Dometic, and I know they have had serious supply chain delays that impact all RV manufacturers. Also, Airstream has had unprecedented demand, so their lead times are pretty long and there are still Covid related supply chain issues.

I hope you get yours quicker than ours. But on the other hand, by not rushing the production, so far, we have a trouble free trailer.

Good luck!
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Old 06-21-2021, 06:59 AM   #12
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We ordered last year, told about 6 month wait. Took almost 7. For what it's worth our dealer says the back log has been reduced. No real details, he is hoping to see some "stock" deliveries by the end of this year. Good luck.
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Old 06-21-2021, 07:36 AM   #13
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You can bypass all the non-sense and literally call Airstream direct, tell them who your dealer is, who you are, and then ask them if they have a production date (or estimated start date) on the schedule. I did it for mine and got the exact answers I was looking for. At that time, you could take the free factory tour and possibly see your unit being built while on the tour...we were lucky to see ours 2 out of the 3 days we where there.

Moral of the story, make the call......don't let anyone tell you different. You'll have a straight answer right from the horse's mouth.
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Old 06-23-2021, 07:13 PM   #14
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Hi, Iím an Airstream noobie and hope Iím in the right place. We ordered our new 27í Globetrotter at the beginning of March 2021. It was supposed to be delivered in September in time for a trip to Albuquerque. The date has now slipped into October and really is indefinite? Does anyone have information on how far Airstream production is behind? Like a kid waiting for Christmas.
We ordered the Atlas in May for a December delivery, now informed will be first of January. So, guy below is right saying it depends on the model. In our case Atlas shrugged, pun intended. He may continue to shrug into the spring!?
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