February 19, 2013
Airstream and GMC team up to produce new Classic Motorhome
JACKSON CENTER, OH: Airstream, Inc. President and CEO Robert Whiley announced that Airstream has teamed up with General Motors to create a new Classic motorhome that will be the envy of the roads for decades to come. Last year, Airstream approached GMC about producing a limited production run of the classic GMC 4104 bus chassis. As part of the agreement, GMC will produce a minimum of 900 coaches for completion by Airstream. The new unit will be called the Airstream 4104 Classic motorhome. The interior of the units will be completed with high quality Airstream interior designs based on the customer’s preference.
Airstream insisted that the new Classic Airstream motorhome meet two main criteria, superior durability and classic style. The direction given to the design team was to produce a new Classic motorhome that would outlast any other unit on the road! Airstream has been very impressed that many of the original GMC 4104 buses are still roaming the country 55+ years later, a trait that most Airstream units share.
GMC is making the bare minimum of changes to the original 4104 buses. The engineers have already designed a Duramax engine and Allison transmission for the coach. The majority of other parts for the 4104 buses will remain identical to the original units.
Airstream stopped production of the Classic aluminum-sided motorhomes in 1996 due to high production costs and competition from larger motorhomes with slide-outs. Leaders of the Wally Byam Caravan Club praised the move. Certain factions of the Airstream club that are partial to more luxurious motorhomes have been pressuring the club to accept non-Airstream motorhome brands since Airstream stopped all production of motorhomes several years ago.
Production of the GMC bus chassis is scheduled to begin in 2014 with the first Airstream units rolling out in 2015.
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