An Airstream travel trailer remains a striking sight on the road. The blend of leisure associations and period streamline-inspired design suggests a slice of American life: the summer vacation, and weeks spend roaming the States, searching for the next scenic overlook or hidden gem of a small town.
Airstream’s interiors, however, are contemporary. This year, in an unusually comprehensive brush-up, the Flying Cloud and International series are looking notably revised. Most interesting is the degree of customization potential the company now offers. This is only in keeping; for customers spending nearly six figures on a travel trailer these days, customization is expected.
And so Airstream’s customers can now select a broad variety of floor plans and layouts, and make their individual unit perfect for the size of the traveling party and recreational usage. Interior décor has also been updated, with understated tones and natural-finished hardwood replacing the glossy warmth of the Airstream elder statesmen you may have seen or used.
Fixtures can be optioned, and floors can be had in herringbone-pattern plank hardwood. Ergonomics, too, have been addressed, with sofas and sinks designed for greater comfort and ease-of-use; the former receives hard-wearing ‘Ultraleather’, a synthetic fabric that will last a lifetime or more, and that is visually indistinguishable from the real thing, which inevitably cracks after years of use.
Available sizes range from 23 to a full 30 feet. Prices begin at $79K for the Flying Cloud and $92K for the International.
Airstream’s travel trailers are endlessly customizable; notable entries worth a look include the flagship Classic XL and the Pendleton National Park Foundation limited edition. Those who favor a minimalist approach might prefer the diminutive Nest model.