You mean besides the beautiful, nostalgic motorhome making a cameo in your family holiday photos and turning them into instant classics? Well, we think that’s a pretty good reason on its own, but there’s more.
The Airstream company was created by Wally Byam, a lawyer by training, who began building trailers (or to use the UK term, Caravans) out of Masonite in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920s. Byam published a magazine selling "how-to" kits to customers wishing to build their own trailers/caravans. After helping market Hawley Bowlus' trailer, Byam acquired the struggling Bowlus Company.
In 1936, Byam introduced the "Airstream Clipper", which was essentially a rebadged 1935 Bowlus, with the door relocated from the front to the side. The design cut down on wind resistance and thus improved fuel efficiency. It was the first of the now familiar sausage-shaped, silver aluminium Airstream trailers/caravan. The first Airstream Caravan, called the "Clipper" in 1936, was named after the first trans-Atlantic seaplane. It slept four, carried its own water supply, was fitted with electric lights and cost $1,200.
Of more than 400 travel trailer builders operating in 1936, Airstream was the sole survivor of the Depression. During World War II, travel became a luxury most could not afford and non-military industries faced an acute aluminium shortage. When World War II ended, the economy boomed, and people's attention once again turned towards leisure travel.
The Airstream-badged Class A motorhomes began as 24- and 28-foot (7.3 and 8.5-m) models in 1979, and in the 1980s and 1990s, models ranging from 25 up to 37 feet (7.6 up to 11.2 m) were marketed. These were and in our case still are undeniably, the most elegant Motorhomes ever made. The Airstream travel trailer and motorhome has been an enduring symbol of luxury, adventure and iconic design for over 80 years, and you have the opportunity of sharing this piece of Americana when you rent one of our classic vans!