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Old 04-14-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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Airstream "drive" vs. "tow"

i am new to the thought of possibly owning an airstream one day. My question has to do with this: when did airstream first make a "driveable"(spell?!) RV as opposed to one you have to tow, and, is that what makes an "RV" an "RV"-is that you drive it, not tow it?
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An "RV" is any "Recreational Vehicle" of which there are numerous RV sub- groups.

A driveable RV is typically referred to as a Motorhome or "MoHo", Of which there are several sub-groups. A towable Airstream is typically called a Travel Trailer, or TT. There are also many towable sub-groupings as well.

I believe Airstream first introduced a class A Motorhome in 1974 under the Argosy brand and in 1979 the traditional Classic models were introduced.

I am not a MoHo aficionado though we have many members/ owners who are, as such I expect they will they will correct my post should the dates/models be in error.

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I heard from a friend with an SOB motorhome that someone told her that "RV" specifically refers to motorhomes only. That was not how I understood the terminology - I grew up with the terminology Kevin described.

Clearly, "RV" means different things to different people.
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RV does mean "recreational vehicle" and has since this marketing term was rolled out. Has nothing to do with motorhomes except that they are a subset of RV's. As are motorcycles and boats as RV's are not limited to "camping" vehicles. A passive citizenry (consumers) tends to conflate one concept with another. Low literacy, or none at all. Those who would part them from their money have no care for language at all except that it profit them.

Once a handy term. Now folks have a specific idea in mind when someone sez, "let's get down to the RV show and look around at some".

So how it started (all inclusive) has degenerated into mis-understood specifics (that are not specific in themselves).

Motorhomes and trailers have subdivisions of their own. A bit of time at the RV dealer will show them.

And, a trailer park has no RV's (unless they rent spaces nightly). And while all these "RV"s (common usage) are "mobile homes" that term refers to permanently-parked manufactured housing. They are not mobile (which is why the second attempt was made with the term"recreational vehicle").
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Airstream began making motorhomes or RVs in the early 70s with the Argosy. It later built the Airstream Classic line. Fiberglass models in the 1990s and the huge Skydeck series afer that.
The Sprinter chassis has an Airstream, and there was the bubble roof Airstream class b or B-VAN.

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