A true design icon
One look at an Airstream and you know exactly what it is for: it’s meant to be lived in, it’s meant to be travelled in, it’s meant to help people discover their world in a unique way that transcends its functionality. Eight decades after its introduction, art historians and design experts are still enthusiastic about its appearance, about its simplicity and its nonetheless emotionally appealing design. An Airstream embodies a special attitude to life and combines luxury and timeless design in a way that no other vehicle can match.
An Airstream embodies an own lifestyle and combines luxury and timeless design like no other vehicle. With up to 20 real glass Windows, our European Airstream models offer unparalleled ambience. In an Airstream, you are always connected the outside world and will never feel locked up. It’s aluminum scinn reflects sky, beach, sun and earth and let you discover the world in a whole new way!
Semi Monoquoce design
Airstream trailers are worldwide known for their semi Monoquoce lightweight design. The outer and an inner aluminium skin are hand riveted with thousands of rivets on a lightweight skeleton. This unique design creates strength and rigidity paired with low weight and durability.
The production of an Airstream is unique in the industry. Not only because of the high-quality materials, but also due to the special production process. In the first step, a lightweight but stable aluminium framework is planked by clear lacquer coated aircraft aluminium and several hundred rivets by hand. After the installation of the windows the shell is mounted on the chassis.
Protection against wind and weather
Before installing the interiour skinn, each trailer is weather tested in a special test cabin. The weather simulated in this cabin equals a category 2 hurricane. Using this method Airstreams quality control can find possible leaks and permanently eliminate them. After a successful leak test, workers install the the harness and the insulation made out of recycled glass, before closing the inside with another skin of aluminium
Everything comes through the door
Once the interior skin has been installed the interior built out begins. All furnishings and equipment are brought through the door into the vehicle. This also means: in case something needs to be serviced or repaired all parts can easily removed again through the door. This production process is significantly more labour consuming than for vehicles in large series construction. In a typical series production the furniture is first built on the chassis platform. After that walls are closed and sealed. This special way of building Airstreams is one of the main reasons why so many vehicles built in the last 85 years still exist.
The design that makes an Airstream so special, also helps saving fuel. Compared to a square box, towing an Airtreams gives you about a 20% better fuel efficiency. Airstream founder Wally Byam already knew decades ago that this design has significant advantages in terms of aerodynamics, crosswind susceptibility and directional stability. Today, saving fuel increasing safety when towing trailers is more important than ever.
Safety and comfort with European technology
To provide highest level of safety and comfort also to its European customers, Airstream has designed a special European models range. European models are developed in accordance with European regulations and adjusted in size and weight to match European requirements. All appliances are supplied by European manufactures to makes sure service and spareparts are available in a reasonable time frame. The central heating system provided by Swedish manufacturer ALDE ensures a comfortable climate even in colder regions of Europe. Remote controlled electric manoeuvring systems help parking on narrow campsites and a fully automatic satellite system let you watch TV in any European country in your native language.
Further information about the differences between US models and European models are available on our FAQ website