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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 4 hours ago #439961

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Recently PC magazine reviewed the Swift distributed Airstream and personally I can’t see the reason why anyone would want one.
The overweight construction method doesn’t really suit U.K. cars and fuel costs.
The interior isn’t that well appointed when compared to U.K. and European offerings.
Maybe the idea is the Airstream will be a seasonal pitch van. However the cost of near on £80k for the smallest van makes those large sited vans very attractive.
I might have got it all wrong and the Airstream is the best thing since sliced white pan but I don’t think so.
Please tell me what I’m missing and what is the appeal?
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 3 hours ago #439964

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Oneupmanship? (Are Carlights still made?)
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 3 hours ago #439967

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You could be right.

Didn’t Carlight go pop?
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 3 hours ago #439968

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Airstream has a supposedly "Iconic" label attached to it, probably because of the highly shiny aluminium skin.
Also at the prices commanded by them they are certainly in the bracket of "LOOK AT ME, I have more money than sense !!!!!"

Having had the misfortune to work on them repairing items within them I hate them !!!! They are so fragile in many areas that they are an engineers nightmare, and just an example, trying to remove the fridge involves dismantling a lot of the inside to extract it !!!

Going anywhere near the pristine outer skin is a damage claim waiting to be filed !!!
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 3 hours ago #439969

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I was under the impression Airstreams were a grown up Eriba when it comes to construction but you have pointed out this isn’t true.
What’s always bothered me is condensation with all that bare aluminium on the inside. Are they insulated well?
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 2 hours ago #439970

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Scrap value, in fact do that many people in the States tow an Airstream, my son who lives out in CA tows a thirty foot trailer for a quarter of the price of an Airstream
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 1 hour ago #439975

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I first encountered AirStreams (and big ones!) on a campsite in the former Yugoslavia around 1972. There were about 10 'vans, complete with mainly Cadillacs to tow them, accompanied by their American owners. They were on the 'grand-European-tour-of-a-lifetime'. (Just the cost of shipping the vehicles over doesn't bear thinking about).
The thing that really sticks in my mind is the way they had all pitched in a 'wagon-train-style' circle, and they held 'boy-scout-style' ceremonies around the American flag at dawn and dusk! ..... in what was then of course very much still a communist country. Individually the owners were very pleasant, and most impressed that we had been right down to the Albanian border in our hand-painted HA Viva and ridge tent.

Living in the US in the mid to late 70s, AirStreams were ubiquitous everywhere. By the mid/late 80s their proportion relative to 'conventional' caravans had declined markedly.
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 1 hour ago #439976

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Even if I had the I the money the Airstrem would not be on my shopping list.

The Ultimate-Behemoth, now that would be more tempting...................

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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 1 hour ago #439977

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Hi Vic

As most posts so far have been like yours. Not exactly supporting the “American way” regarding caravans.
What’s in it for the Swift group? Is it a two way deal and now Airstream dealers in the US selling Swifts?
If so I think Swift group is on a winner.
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 3 weeks 45 minutes ago #439978

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That will be interesting to see the state of a Swift group caravan by the time it arrives in the US and delivered to a dealer,
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