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Deano_1

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Airstreams are still built with quality in mind. One example is it takes one employee 8 hours to build the door. Try closing the door on one, they’re like a bank vault.

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Lantley wrote:

Airstream maybe the pinnacle when it comes to longevity and towabilty. But they are not the pinnacle when it comes to interior living space and features.
In my opinion Airstrem units are crampedand tight vs. the competition.
What you gain in quality, you lose in usable space.
Nevertheless they have a loyal follwing however they are not for me.


True words here. While I do like mine, it has no slide out and while there is ample interior storage there is almost NO exterior storage. It is low to the ground too. These certainly are not for everyone. I am no fat cat looking for places to throw my money. Got ours very slightly used, 3 years old for about half of the original price. Back in '09 the original price was much less than it is today.


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Someone mentioned that Airstreams are high quality: "Try closing the door on one."

I had a trailer like that once -- it also had a door that was very hard to close -- but I eventually replaced the latch. [emoticon]


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When you build to a price point you sell trailers, when you do not you go out of business.

They have been making RV's since the turn of the last century the TT industry knows what sells.

If you want an honest to goodness 2x4 and 4x4 suburban home construction and appliances, then buy a tiny home and the semi-truck to pull it.

If you watch the Travel Channel there are folk who will build you a TT you can take to a war zone.

But in the real world, the TT industry is highly competitive, no company is going to build what you want, the way you want it, at the price you want.

That is the job of the custom shops and they are not cheap.


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How does Grand Design compare to Thor on quality and owner satisfaction?

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I call it the Walmart Effect. People say they want good quality but what they buy says they really want it as cheap as they can get it. So the industry listens and builds poor quality. And we keep buying 'em...


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Corky2 wrote:

How does Grand Design compare to Thor on quality and owner satisfaction?


You gotta remember THOR owns a lot of RV companies. The more owned the more chances for problems.
Go over to the GD Owners Forum and read it for a month. You might be surprised.

https://www.thorindustries.com/thor-companies

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goducks10 wrote:

Corky2 wrote:

How does Grand Design compare to Thor on quality and owner satisfaction?


You gotta remember THOR owns a lot of RV companies. The more owned the more chances for problems.
Go over to the GD Owners Forum and read it for a month. You might be surprised.

https://www.thorindustries.com/thor-companies


I’m not sure GD is any worse/better than others. It does seem generally resolution to issues with a GD unit are a bit more likely. Maybe that’s what I’m reading. Frankly, unless you go with a full fiberglass Oliver, you’re just gambling if you got a good one or a bad one.


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Never cared for the looks of Airstream even if I could afford one. My R Vision lite Trail Cruiser of 2003 was a well built TT and served me well and comfortable for many years with no major issues. On or after about 2010 the company was taken over by another brand I do not remember.

Although I have never seen an Airstream in a public campground I have noticed a few on the highways.

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Kampfirekid wrote:

goducks10 wrote:

Corky2 wrote:

How does Grand Design compare to Thor on quality and owner satisfaction?


You gotta remember THOR owns a lot of RV companies. The more owned the more chances for problems.
Go over to the GD Owners Forum and read it for a month. You might be surprised.

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I’m not sure GD is any worse/better than others. It does seem generally resolution to issues with a GD unit are a bit more likely. Maybe that’s what I’m reading. Frankly, unless you go with a full fiberglass Oliver, you’re just gambling if you got a good one or a bad one.


If I got a GD it would probably be the Imagine XLS series that is aluminum frame and fiberglass sides. They also have the sealed and heated underbelly.

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