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Old 08-19-2015, 02:30 PM   #15
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I though so too and asked that Post #10 be killed. When it was allowed to stand it needed a reply....
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That's the question that Airstream President Bob Wheeler asks himself in this article about the recent upsurge in his companies product. Here's some interest reading:


I hope that the giant popping sound isn't yet another bubble about to burst.
I think there are several things going on:

The aging population are buying them as they retire.

More people are living and working out of their RV as they travel.

More people are living out of a RV as they work because apartment and home prices are too expensive.
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One significant factor encouraging purchases may be the interests rates. They are very low with a goal of encouraging spending with the hope of moderate inflation.
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Hmmmm, Maybe it's the generation that has already gone through two or three Sticky trailers and/or motorhomes already and wants to buy something that will last until they arrive at that great campground in the sky.
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Is it (Airstream) all a Fad?

Hi: All... If this question turns out to be true, then Fiberglass must also be a Fad. People buying 40 plus year old trailers and ripping out the shag, lace, and 70's orange upholstery and some even full timing in them. This does sound familiar doesn't it?
We don't know what percentage of fiberglass trailers built are still on the road today, because many mfg's have ceased to exist, or morphed into a similar style or multiple's thereof, built for the current generation of RVer's.
What is old is new again here too.
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I often refer to my 13' Scamp as an "Airstream Wannabe". While it does not have the high-end amenities (and the price-tag, to boot) it has a rounded retro silhouette ("cute factor") and an efficient, comfortable interior (which can be switched out for the "glamper" in me). To me, it surpasses the Airstream in that it is easy to tow and does not require tons of gas for the TV. Our FGRVs are eco-friendly trailers in my book.
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To me, it surpasses the Airstream in that it is easy to tow and does not require tons of gas for the TV. Our FGRVs are eco-friendly trailers in my book.
I too believe that compared to a stickie the FGRV's and Airstreams are an easy tow.

Our car towing the 23' has historically averaged 16MPG / 13US gals. How does this compare with your car/FG rig Gilda? I would think almost the same.
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I think all RV sales have increased. For some manufactures of fiberglass RV, build wait times went from three months to almost year. If you order a Casita right now it won't be ready till May! The price for used FGRVs has also significantly increased.
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RV sales in 2005 were about 400,000 units/year. By 2009 that had plunged to 160,000 units a year, possibly (?) leaving a huge pent up demand of those that may have wanted to buy an RV but didn't. But even by 2014, with 290,000 units sold the unsold losses were never recouped.
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/...s-roaring-back

This suggest that either there is a huge buyer vacuum of those that want RV's but haven't bought them, or that the, "Bigger is Better" RV fad of 2000-2005 is long gone, suggesting that the President of Airstream may be the first one asking about the Emperors new clothes.


Even if the current FGRV builders got so many orders that there was a one year backlog, we are still talking about less than (WAG) .5% of the new RV market. We are still just about the smallest (but smartest) fish in this pond.
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Is it (Airstream) all a Fad ?

Thanks for the data, Bob. Numbers are always more interesting to me than speculation. I'd be interested to compare Airstream sales for the same years, along with a couple of the major egg manufacturers. I'm wondering if they followed the same curve (bubble, bust, rebound), or if in some way they are different.

I think one reason current sales have leveled off below the 2005 peak is because one of the factors in that peak, the real estate bubble, hasn't returned. People no longer see home equity as an easy and inexhaustible money tree.
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