Originally Posted by Scarab0088
Fact Check: Thor has been the owner/operator of Airstream for over 35 years...see:
Thor Industries - About Thor - Our History
And, registration reports show that well over 70% of all Airstreams EVER built are still on the road. This would suggest that the average Airstream is built rather well and surely better than other brands.
Airstream, like several other brands that were independant in the past, are big pieces of the Thor Industries family of RV's after being acquired and rescued from possible closure...see:
Operating Entities - Thor Industries, Inc.
Generalizations of poor quality against ANY maker that is still operating will prove erroneous.
Knowledge is power.
Thanks for the reminder about THOR - the company was actually formed when two people joined forces to purchase Airstream in 1980. Here's the quote from their web site:
"Thor Industries was founded in 1980 by Wade Thompson and Peter Orthwein with the purchase of Airstream. Thor Industries went public in 1984 and since that time, Thor has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions in both recreational vehicles (RVs) and buses, though the Company divested its bus business in 2013 to focus on its core RV business. Today Thor is the sole owner of operating subsidiaries that, combined, represent one of the world’s largest manufacturers of RVs."
I feel certain THOR does everything they can think of to reduce manufacturing costs in all their brands. I don't know of many (or any) companies that like to increase manufacturing costs.
However, as an Airstream owner, I will be the first to say they could do some seemingly simple things to increase quality. Regardless, we like our 1992 trailer and it's still going strong.
We know several people who full-time in Airstreams. For that matter we know several people who full-time in class B and small class C motorhomes. Some, like us, carry lots of stuff but many Airstream full-timers are very good about living with less. Similarly, the class B and small class C folks are living with less but that does not necessarily mean sacrificing. It means making things do more than one task. It means living with one or two televisions, not three or four. I'm not trying to pick sides - just mentioning that compact is not always a negative.