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Posted: 08/04/21 05:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

amxpress wrote:

I’ve been RVing since high school. Now that I’m all grown up, and retired, I purchased my last trailer. This will be #5. I purchased an Airstream Bambi. It’s an entry level trailer, but the build & construction quality is far superior to any of my previous RV’s. It is also the best towing trailer I’ve ever owned. I was considering a Lance, but the boss, I mean DW liked the Airstream better. It’s not for everyone, but we’re very happy with it.


I agree. IMO, Airstream is the pinnacle . . . but at a price.

Following Airstream, it's a long way to second place (much like Chick-fil-A when it comes to fast food restaurants -- They're by and far #1, and it's a long way to second place).


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Airstream may just be the old Pinnacle. Now owned by Thor, they suffer with build quality issues like the rest. Head over to the Oliver travel trailer forums and see what those who have switched have to say. I think Airstream may be better in the mix, but now backed by the monopoly trailer manufacturer, not the company it once was. Just sad.


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Kampfirekid wrote:

Airstream may just be the old Pinnacle. Now owned by Thor, they suffer with build quality issues like the rest. Head over to the Oliver travel trailer forums and see what those who have switched have to say. I think Airstream may be better in the mix, but now backed by the monopoly trailer manufacturer, not the company it once was. Just sad.


So, did Thor clean house? What happened to all those people who used to build the better quality Airstreams? Are they gone, or are they just working for a different parent company? I agree, for the most part Thor makes a mediocre product, but I can't imagine a whole new crew building Airstreams. Maybe I'm wrong.

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People don’t matter. It’s the new management of Thor. Do it cheap as possible to turn a buck. Forget taking the time to ensure quality. Since the RV market went up side down, I have yet to hear of a Thor-owned company that builds quality or stands behind their product. Now, they might exist, but I don’t know if one. If someone does, my ears are open

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My son just bought a Lance truck camper. I am astonished by the high quality joinery -- much different from any other RV I have ever seen.

I assume their trailers are the same way??


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True, Airstream was purchased by Thor but the management at Airstream is the same, they are still made in the same place by the same people. You can go visit the plant if you would like. They are not cutting corners or buying cheap materials. What they are doing, and this is where I am having trouble, they are changing and going upscale, if that is possible. Today, an Airstream is extremely expensive. They have top notch materials and are going to all electric fridges, on demand water heaters, automatic awnings, powered levelers with upscale faucets, stoves and everything else.

That said, I do like my 15 year old trailer. I have owned it for 12 year sand have put over 55k miles and everything still works. No drawers falling out, the fridge still works as does everything else. All the doors shut and the windows open easily. I do believe quality is better than the two other trailers I owned but they are not....I say not....perfect. Pull any trailer down the road at 60mph and you are going to have some maintenance. How much, is the question.


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Thor did not exist prior to Airstream as it was formed when Airstream was acquired from Beatrice Foods in 1980. The two owners, Wade Thompson and Peter Orthwein, brought Airstream back from the brink. Thor began to grow after that, but was just Airstream at the beginning.


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Aha! THompson and ORthwein = THOR?

What a disappointment. I thought their RVs were made by a Norse deity with a hammer. [emoticon]

Oh, well. At least it's Thorsday.

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Great news on Airstream. Really unfortunate what they cost. My wife just asked why we have never seen a silver capsule at the campgrounds in the past. I have always thought Airstreamers considered themselves too elegant to mix with us low rent district units. While I’d never have issues camping with anybody at any campground if I had an Airstream, it does beg the question “Why have we never seen an Airstream when camping?” Now I guess we never will with these $100k to $160k price tags. I’ll have to browse the Oliver Forums and see why people switched? Price? It’s understandable to get what you pay for, but is it right the standard is ****?

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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.


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