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Old 12-03-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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Airstream DP MH?

This summer we came across an Airstream DP MH. Until I saw it, I didn't know that Airstream ever made anything but a travel trailer. Apparently they haven't been made for a few years now (maybe since Thor bought Airstream?). Where do they fit in the general lineup of motor homes? How do they compare with, say a Foretravel or a Newmar?

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Old 12-03-2011, 09:56 PM   #2
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Airstream built the Classic 360 Cummins powered DP in 1994 which I believe was the last year of the Classics, beautiful coach. The continued building conventional type coaches for a few years after that, not sure what year they discontinued building class "A" coaches, a real shame.

Our first coach was a 1984 Airstream Classic 345 great coach. Here's a link to an Airstream site:

Fred's Airstream Archives @ ViewRVs.com - 1994 Airstream Classic 360 Diesel Motorhome 36' Motorhome (F)

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Old 12-04-2011, 07:14 AM   #3
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A friend of mine had an Airstream Land Yacht maybe 10 years back maybe more. I don't remember for sure but I think it was Gas though. Very nice coach and had the classic Airstream look.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:07 PM   #4
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Got one. LOVE it.

I bought a 1993 Airstream Land Yacht last year. 84,000 miles with a Cummins Diesel on a Spartan P30 chassis. We use it often and have never been disappointed. Until this year, Airstreams were not made in moho form since 2006. It seems that, as the market changed to cheaper units, Thor chose to get out instead of sacrificing Airstream quality. High level of fit and finish for sure. Drives fantastic. The aerodynamic design of the Land Yacht series lends itself to better fuel efficiency. Excellent investment.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for the information. I showed the link above to DW and she liked it, so I'm doing more research. From what I can tell so far, I think that the Airstream and Foretravel were pretty close to head-to-head competitors, at least in the mid-90's. Is that a fair comparison? Prices today seem to be pretty comparable. Other than the fact that Foretravel is still producing coaches, is there any reason to prefer one over the other? I'm talking about the DP version of the Airstream compared to a DP Foretravel.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:30 PM   #6
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We had an Airstream motorhome back in 1997. Bought it new an kept it a couple of years. It was a gas coach, but it really was an entry level coach - quality, fit and finish and price. No where near a Foretravel in its day. I am sure if you like the coach, and it is a good price, you will be happy with it. It is just not a Foretravel.
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My parents had an Airstream Excella 500 TT (Wally Byam #8008) and then a Foretravel MH. Build quality was good on both. But I'm betting the Airstream (if it wasn't wrecked) is still on the road and the Foretravel isn't!

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