Airstream RV Class B Conversion Van
Airstream recently celebrated over 80 years of “Airstreaming” history. Starting in Los Angeles, California in the early 1930’s, the founder Wallace Byam, created the first Airstream for his wife who loved camping but did not want to sleep on the ground. During the 1930’s Wallace experimented with aircraft type construction methods to lessen wind resistance and improve the trailer’s strength-to-weight ratio. His designs began taking on a more aerodynamic and contemporary look. On January 17, 1936, the Airstream Trailer Co. introduced the Clipper, and an American legend was born.
In the early years Airstream produced a trailer under the name Argosy and used that name for their first motorhome, The Argosy. From 1974 to around 1979 they manufactured 20 and 24 foot Argosy Class A motorhomes. Airstream then came out with The Classic in 1979, an updated and modernized motorhome. The Classic featured riveted aluminum construction and a monocoque body like the travel trailer, and brought a new level of aerodynamic superiority unavailable in any other motorhome. In the 1980’s the introduction of the Land Yacht motorhome featured laminated fiberglass construction and had front and rear end caps so innovative that a patent was granted for them. Airstream continued to produce the Class A up until 2005. In 2009 Airstream introduced the Airstream Interstate 3500. The Interstate is the perfect solution when you don’t want to tow a trailer and don’t need a full-sized motor home.
Since that time Airstream RV has been focusing on smaller and more fuel efficient Class B conversion vans. These models are classified as Touring Coaches and named the Interstate and the Avenue. The Interstate has a Mercedes-Benz® CDI V6 Turbo Diesel with exceptional fuel mileage and up to 6,400 pound towing capacity. The Avenue is built on a powerful Chevrolet 3500 Series Express chassis. This Class B has a towing capacity of nearly 8,000 pounds and is equipped with side-impact airbags.
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