- Updated: 17 May 2015
Airstream trailers are designed with an aluminum semi-monocoque construction which provides higher strength with less weight. The rounded, aerodynamic shape, with a low center of gravity, requires less horsepower to pull and provides for smoother towing.
When Wally Byam’s revolutionary “Clipper” was was introduced in 1936, an American legend was born; with its riveted aluminum body, the Clipper had more in common with the aircraft of the day than with other travel trailers. It was fitted throughout with electric lights, could sleep four (when the dinette was converted to a bed), carried its own water supply, and even came equipped with “air conditioning” (using dry ice). At $1,200, the expensive Clipper was a luxury item during the Depression, but demand was high and the Airstream factory pushed to keep up with orders for the exciting new travel trailer.
Since then, Airstream has produced nearly 30 different models, including Class A motorhomes during the late 1970s to 2006 (with a unpainted aluminum bodies similar to the trailers and followed by more traditional-looking fiberglass models in the 1990s), and the painted aluminum “Argosy” trailers and motorhomes during the 1970s.
Airstreams range in size from the tiny 16-foot Bambi trailer to 37-foot aluminum motorhomes.
Currently, Airstream produces an extensive line of aluminum trailer models with more than 30 floor plans—from the cost-effective Sport to the luxurious Classic—and a line of touring coaches that offer the driving and parking ease of a luxury automobile.
Learn more at https://www.airstream.com/travel-trailers/