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Old 08-12-2020, 12:49 AM   #1
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Hi All!

We've owned 2 class Cs in the past. We sold the last one, A 33.5 foot Jayco, last year after only owning it for a year. Husband doesn't like RV life and it was just too big of a rig to handle all by myself. I also towed a car. I loved it when I got somewhere and was all set up, but it was just too much work by myself.

I can't believe I've talked him into getting another RV but we both see the advantage of a Class B. He can come on day trips, it will park great at hotels (his words) and it will be easy for me to take for a weekend trip with my girlfriends or family.

After looking at the 24 footers I really don't want anything that feels too big again so we are going to get a Airstream Interstate 19. Of course there are none available to buy or even look at so we will need to order one and probably won't get it until December or January.

Has anyone else put an order in for a new Class B from Airstream? Any tips that we should know about or anything special that we should make sure we cover before we put our order in? I've done the research and have watched many videos of walkthroughs. I know this is the model I want. We will be ordering it with 4X4. 2021 comes with lithium batteries as a forced option which I would have gotten anyway. Everything else is standard.It seems crazy to order something so expensive sight unseen!

We live in Bremerton WA.

I'd love it if you could share any experiences, good or bad.

Thank you!
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Old 08-12-2020, 02:06 AM   #2
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Before you order, you may want to contact Airstream directly to ask what their current estimated delivery times are as well as ask when they plan on refreshing the model. With a 5-6 month delivery time, you probably want to avoid buying a model year just as it’s turning over (Pleasure Way just introduced a refreshed 2021.5 model year). Also, you may want to confirm that your rig will be built on a 2020 Sprinter chassis. In all likelihood it would, but you want to avoid any unnecessary surprises. Your dealer may not have the most current info or engage in some puffery

Edit: One more thing. If you might be parking in hotel parking lots, you may want to make your rig a bit more stealthy. By ordering the van, you have the opportunity to ask Airstream to not add any decals that would give you away as a parking lot camper more easily. My van will come without exterior signage for that reason.
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Old 08-12-2020, 03:28 AM   #3
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Hi All!

We've owned 2 class Cs in the past. We sold the last one, A 33.5 foot Jayco, last year after only owning it for a year. Husband doesn't like RV life and it was just too big of a rig to handle all by myself. I also towed a car. I loved it when I got somewhere and was all set up, but it was just too much work by myself.

I can't believe I've talked him into getting another RV but we both see the advantage of a Class B. He can come on day trips, it will park great at hotels (his words) and it will be easy for me to take for a weekend trip with my girlfriends or family.

After looking at the 24 footers I really don't want anything that feels too big again so we are going to get a Airstream Interstate 19. Of course there are none available to buy or even look at so we will need to order one and probably won't get it until December or January.

Has anyone else put an order in for a new Class B from Airstream? Any tips that we should know about or anything special that we should make sure we cover before we put our order in? I've done the research and have watched many videos of walkthroughs. I know this is the model I want. We will be ordering it with 4X4. 2021 comes with lithium batteries as a forced option which I would have gotten anyway. Everything else is standard.It seems crazy to order something so expensive sight unseen!

We live in Bremerton WA.

I'd love it if you could share any experiences, good or bad.

Thank you!
Lisa
Welcome to the forum Lisa!

I have an Airstream (not the Nineteen, but an almost 10 yr. old Avenue with basically the same floorplan except on the Chevy chassis). So I'm also a member at airforms.com where you will find more recent Nineteen owners.

I hope you are correct that Airstream is finally making lithium batteries standard on their class b's. I had not heard that.
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Old 08-12-2020, 03:31 AM   #4
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Before you order, you may want to contact Airstream directly to ask what their current estimated delivery times are as well as ask when they plan on refreshing the model. With a 5-6 month delivery time, you probably want to avoid buying a model year just as it’s turning over (Pleasure Way just introduced a refreshed 2021.5 model year). Also, you may want to confirm that your rig will be built on a 2020 Sprinter chassis. In all likelihood it would, but you want to avoid any unnecessary surprises. Your dealer may not have the most current info or engage in some puffery

Edit: One more thing. If you might be parking in hotel parking lots, you may want to make your rig a bit more stealthy. By ordering the van, you have the opportunity to ask Airstream to not add any decals that would give you away as a parking lot camper more easily. My van will come without exterior signage for that reason.
Airstream has never put stripes or overt badging on their class b's, save for the 1-1/2" chrome AIRSTREAM lettering on both sides and rear. I removed mine immediately and have had no issues with my HOA in almost 3 years. So I agree with you that stealth in your friend.
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I take it that parking at hotels is a joke by your husband. However, you got it right for a 19 footer as most hotel parking lots are tight and a 24 footer would stick out in the driveway aisle. We have parked in hotel parking lots. You just have to ask. One time was in downtown Louisville, KY for a nephew's wedding. Of course it helped that was the headquarters for all the other out of town wedding guests staying in the hotel. We parked at a bed and breakfast in Newport, RI. All it took was the owner asked for and received a tour of our van. All you need to do is ask. Stealth helps little as they know. Inconspicuous parking though helps and vans taking up two spaces is not inconspicuous and perhaps a rejection in asking.
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Airstream has never put stripes or overt badging on their class b's, save for the 1-1/2" chrome AIRSTREAM lettering on both sides and rear.
Our first-generation Interstate had PLENTY of obnoxious stripes in addition to the huge chrome "A I R S T R E A M" lettering (which promptly started falling off, letter-by-letter).

Everybody's doing better these days, but Airstream was by no means immune to the "Elkhart graffiti" madness.
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Our first-generation Interstate had PLENTY of obnoxious stripes in addition to the huge chrome "A I R S T R E A M" lettering (which promptly started falling off, letter-by-letter).

Everybody's doing better these days, but Airstream was by no means immune to the "Elkhart graffiti" madness.
Ok, you got me. Fifteen years ago they had stripes/graffics. At least they got better at attaching their gaudy chrome lettering. Mine wouldn't come off with fishing line. I had to switch to dental floss.
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Thanks everyone for your input. Ordering on Friday!! I'm so excited. I miss the freedom of an RV and look forward to having one that is easier to hop into for the day. It will probably be January before we get it but it will be a great Christmas present and sure sign that 2021 is going to be a great year!!
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