Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-05-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: NE Mississippi Prairie Country & Georgia (don't try it)
Posts: 38
Default Checking out an Airstream Class B...

Well, boys, I have found my dream Class B. I think. It's a 2014 Airstream Interstate 22', but I cannae' find out if it has the dual rear wheels. I really don't need one big enough for dual rear wheels, but it won't be a deal breaker.

Anybody here have the Airstream that can give some pros/cons of this model? Thanks!
__________________

__________________
"I thought I was wrong one time, but I was mistaken."
He's pinned under an outcropping of rock. Lucky for him, the rock kept the dirt from burying him alive. Dirt, it's nothing but dirt I tell ye.
That old man, he don't think like no old man.
GuyGene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 07:51 PM   #2
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 6
Default Re: Checking out an Airstream Class B...

I have an Airstream Interstate and as far as I understand all 2014 models have dual rear wheels. Mine is a 2014.5 and I researched heavily before and never saw anything different. The 2014.5 is on a 2015 chassis, which has additional safety features versus the 2014. The wheels, I believe, are the same.
__________________

migriffin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 09:59 PM   #3
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 973
Default Re: Checking out an Airstream Class B...

Yes, it will have dual rear wheels.
mlts22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 11:56 PM   #4
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Kansas City, Ks. Suburb
Posts: 855
Send a message via Yahoo to bobojay
Default Re: Checking out an Airstream Class B...

Duals only on most all Sprinter RV's since 2010 I believe. Exceptions are the short wheelbase, 19' Roadtrek & Pleasureway models. Probably shouldn't say this, but I hope you checked out the other brands. Much, much better value in most of them
__________________
Bob & Sharon
2019 Winnebago Travato K (2018 Chassis)

Past RV's: 2013 WGO ERA 70A, Chevy PW Lexor
Itasca Navion, 29' Jayco 5th Wheel
bobojay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 03:55 AM   #5
Platinum Member
 
Boxster1971's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 879
Default Re: Checking out an Airstream Class B...

All Airstream Interstates since 2010 were built on the Sprinter 3500 chassis with dual rear wheels. The first Winnebago ERAs were on the 2500 Sprinters with single rear wheels, but they were overloaded with two people.


- - Mike
2013 Airstream Interstate from 2012 Sprinter 3500 tall & long
__________________
2013 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT on 2012 Sprinter 3500 170Ext
Formerly: 1973 Dodge B300 DIY pop-top conversion
Boxster1971 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 11:50 AM   #6
Platinum Member
 
wincrasher's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Greer, South Carolina
Posts: 2,609
Default Re: Checking out an Airstream Class B...

If you poke around alittle online, you'll only find two areas of complaint about the Interstate. Firstly the price. Secondly reports of a harsh ride in the back. This is most likely attributable to the duals and that Airstream doesn't modify the suspension. I've only read the complaints though, and no solutions. Not a bad record in the grand scheme of things if that's all folks have found fault.

But I'd think the thing to do would be to install an airbag system, or try reducing the air pressure in the rear tires to dampen vibration.
__________________
2019 Winnebago Travato GL
Follow my blog: https://www.wincrasher.blogspot.com
Our Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClassBCamperVans/
wincrasher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 11:59 AM   #7
Platinum Member
 
Boxster1971's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 879
Default Checking out an Airstream Class B...

The price of the Interstate is on par with a similarly equipped Roadtrek. The Winnebago ERA is a lot less. The harsh ride complaint comes from fact that a lot of Interstate owners use them like an SUV to haul the family. They can be configured to seat 9 in seat belts. The rear suspension is like all other B-vans using the Sprinter 3500 except ARV who install the air suspension.


- - Mike
2013 AS Interstate on 2012 MB Sprinter 3500 Long & Tall
__________________
2013 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT on 2012 Sprinter 3500 170Ext
Formerly: 1973 Dodge B300 DIY pop-top conversion
Boxster1971 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 12:21 PM   #8
Site Team
 
avanti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,266
Default Re: Checking out an Airstream Class B...

The "harsh ride" issue is not unique to the Interstate. It is common to all rear-bed vans based on the Sprinter 3500 platform. Shoppers should be warned that this is a pretty significant issue for rear passengers. If this matters to you, I'd strongly recommended that before buying, you take a ride in the back while somebody else drives at highway speeds.The only real cure seems to be an expensive airbag system.

Prices speak for themselves--my impression is that you pay a significant premium for the "Airstream" name. I could be wrong, though.

IMO, the biggest issue with the Interstate has to do with shoddy assembly. The designs are great and the materials are good, but Interstates (like all Thor products) are plagued with minor but annoying issues such as sloppy sealant application, leaking vents, improper wiring dress, mis-installed plumbing, etc. This is well-documented on the Sprinter section of the "Air Forums" site. It is really a shame, because they are basically great vans. We loved ours for the 8 years we owned it, but it took a lot of work to get it to the condition it should have been in on delivery. That said, most of the issues can be readily addressed by a competent DIYer. But, if you are dependent on dealer service for that kind of thing, then I would think twice.
__________________
Formerly: 2005 Airstream Interstate (Sprinter 2500 T1N)
Now!: 2014 Great West Vans Legend SE (Sprinter 3500 NCV3 I4)
avanti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 12:33 PM   #9
Platinum Member
 
wincrasher's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Greer, South Carolina
Posts: 2,609
Default Re: Checking out an Airstream Class B...

I don't know about on-par pricing. They appear to all be in the $150's list - probably $140-145k out the door. There are a few closeouts at Colonial Airstream in New Jersey. There is one that is a 2014 left over that they want less than $132k for - that one may be a bargain.

They do have one neat feature I hadn't noticed before - look at their screen door implementation on this one:
http://www.colonialairstream.com/201...315/index.html



The rear screen door is pretty nifty too. And powered with a remote!


Someone was asking a while back on where to buy a decent door. Try Airstream I guess!

BTW, this is about as close to the ARV layout as one could get in a production van. Interesting. Note the computer desk, the fridge?
__________________
2019 Winnebago Travato GL
Follow my blog: https://www.wincrasher.blogspot.com
Our Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClassBCamperVans/
wincrasher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 03:51 PM   #10
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: NE Mississippi Prairie Country & Georgia (don't try it)
Posts: 38
Default Re: Checking out an Airstream Class B...

Thanks boys. Just the kind of information I'm looking for. I'm a doer upper, but be danged if I want to be fixing wha' the boys at Airstream plant didn't do right! I found a so called 2014.5 for about $108k, but now I have quality doubts. Oliver, Oliver...
__________________

__________________
"I thought I was wrong one time, but I was mistaken."
He's pinned under an outcropping of rock. Lucky for him, the rock kept the dirt from burying him alive. Dirt, it's nothing but dirt I tell ye.
That old man, he don't think like no old man.
GuyGene is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 09:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.