A History of Quality
Airstream has been manufacturing RVs for over 80 years, which means that they've had time to tweak every detail and get it perfect. Today, it takes about 280 human hours to build the average Airstream. The end result of all those years of history and hours of labor is a finely-tuned, innovative home on wheels that is far more durable than your average disposable fiberglass RV.
Here are some of the advantages of owning an Airstream:
Stronger, Longer-Lasting Body Means
A Better Investment
Airstreams are handcrafted by Americans to be handed down, not dumped in a landfill. In fact, nearly 70% of all Airstreams ever built are still on the road. When you factor its long life into the purchase price, you find that an Airstream costs less to own than a conventional RV.
The Airstream's longevity is a result of caring craftsmanship, expert design, and quality components. The one-piece structure (often referred to as "monocoque," a french word that means "one shell") with its aluminum alloy skin and sturdy steel chassis creates a rigid frame that is stronger than any other RV on the road. And before leaving the production floor, every Airstream spends 40 minutes under 100 pounds per square inch of water pressure in a special booth to ensure that it’s water-tight. Should you ever tire of travel and decide to sell your Airstream, you'll find that the Airstream's stylish appearance and longevity give it a high resale value.
Aerodynamic Shape Means
Better Fuel Efficiency & Easier Towing
Lightweight. Streamlined. Fuel efficient. There's nothing better than traveling with your Airstream on a blustery day and smiling inside – because you know the wind will flow around its aerodynamic shape. The aluminum-skinned Airstream is based on an airplane fuselage, with rounded corners to help increase gas mileage – its aerodynamics cuts drag by 20 percent vs. square “white box” trailers. Its exceptional rigidity and low, rounded shape creates increased towing efficiency, stability and driving safety, too. An Airstream's low center of gravity and independent torsion axle give you incredible control wherever your journey takes you.
Owning an Icon Means
Being Part of a Community
Distinguished by its unique rounded shape and bright aluminum finish, the Airstream is considered the most recognizable product in the recreation vehicle industry. Airstreamers are a group of RVers who share a community spirit because of their mutual love of the brand. Wally Byam began leading groups of owners on travels to many parts of the world where the towed trailers were quite remarkable. Photos taken of the trailers in front of many famous tourist sites were common. This promoted a mystique which surrounded Airstream and continues to this day.