Debunking common RV myths Airstream-style
1. RVs Are Expensive
Airstreams Are Expensive. When it comes to cold hard cash, money doesn’t lie. RVs often come with a hefty price tag. But no matter what your budget is, you can’t put a price on experience. Undiscovered countryside, family time, memories and the freedom of the open road can’t be quantified. And with a variety of options – from the 16-foot Nest and Basecamp, the long 33-foot Classic, and several motorized Touring Coach options, there’s an Airstream for every budget. You can rest assured that your Airstream will give you an unlimited budget for adventure.
2. RV Shopping is An Ordeal
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3. RVs Are Gas-Guzzlers (Avoiding the Fuel Pumps)
The Iconic, Aerodynamic Silver Bullet
No doubt about it, towing anything requires more fuel. If avoiding the fuel pump is one of your top priorities, you can rest assured that Airstream’s aerodynamic design improves fuel efficiency as much as 20 percent. The silver bullet not only creates less drag, its weight distribution is a breeze to pull.
Small, Compact, and Economical
Not all towable Airstreams look like the iconic silver bullet that you might expect to see rolling down the highways and byways of the world. Nest by Airstream is a completely unique travel trailer that is constructed from a strong, fiberglass shell. Only 16 feet in length and a 4,000 lb. GVWR, this fun RV trails behind your tow vehicle like it’s not even there. Similar to the Nest, the Basecamp measures in at the same length of 16 feet but weighs even less with a GVWR of 3,500 lbs., making it another great option to pair with your family SUV or smaller truck – all while saving a few dollars on fuel by being sleek and narrow.
4. RVs Depreciate Quickly
Like a new car, the value of a new RV plummets the moment you drive it off the lot – unless it’s an Airstream. In fact, we estimate that 60 to 70 percent of all Airstreams are still on the road. One look at the #airstream vintage market is evidence enough that your new Airstream will retain its value for decades! When you purchase an Airstream, you’re buying an American dream that holds its value. And if you could measure the value of memories, some would argue your Airstream appreciates, collecting a lifetime of treasures that you can then pass on to children and grandchildren.
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5. RVs Are Not Urban-Friendly
Getting Around With a Touring Coach
While it might be true that not all RVs are engineered for city streets, Airstream offers some unique options to help you see all the sites – not just the ones off the beaten path. Travel in comfort in Airstream’s newest touring coach, the Interstate Nineteen. With its small footprint, the Interstate Nineteen is easy to park and maneuver.
Space Saving Trailers
On the travel trailer side, our Nest and Basecamp models are small in stature but big on functionality and all the comforts you want. Light enough to be pulled by a small SUV, these two travel trailers are spunky solutions to seeing the city sites. If Nest and Basecamp don’t fit your style and you’re looking to get in on the silver bullet look, we have single-axle travel trailers ranging from 16 to 22 feet that all are a breeze to navigate within the city limits.
Between the Bambi and Caravel, there are four different floor plan options (16, 19, 20, 22) which are perfect if you’re looking to save on parking and storage space.
6. Exploring the Great Outdoors is Dirty Work
When adventure awaits, you’d rather be out getting your boots dirty – not wasting time cleaning up messes. Even if you kick up a little dirt on your adventures, your Airstream makes it simple to keep your home base neat and tidy. Some Airstreams have Luxury vinyl flooring that is easy to clean, and antimicrobial, stain and mildew resistant fabric means more time playing and less time cleaning. Airstreams are functional, durable and beautiful.
7. Travel Trailers are Tight on Space
Let’s face it, if you’re looking to buy a house on wheels, square footage isn’t the number one feature you’re shopping for. You want to get from point A to point B so you can explore with all the comforts of home and direct access to the great outdoors. Your Airstream makes it easy for you to spend as much time outdoors as possible – campfires, hiking, fishing, swimming, reading. And after a day of adventures, you know you’re coming back to a comfortable bed, running water, A/C and heat. Best of all – it’s all contained so you can pack up and move whenever you’re ready for a new destination.
8. The Wanderlust Lifestyle Puts a Damper on Your Social Life
Some might argue that campsites are filled with inconsiderate, noisy neighbors and strangers. You never know who you’ll end up parked next to and you may feel isolated and lonely. But there’s an incredible community of Airstream owners out there who will welcome you with open arms. From helping you troubleshoot on the road to sharing tricks of the trade, your fellow Airstreamers will become immediate family. Sure you might miss your friends back home, but that just means it’s time to head back – or upgrade to bigger model so you can bring them along!
9. Travel Logistics Can Be Loathsome
Where to eat? Where to sleep? Where to visit? You will have to invest some time into planning your trips, but that’s part of the quest. Deciding what sites to see, what adventures to undertake and what local flavor you want to experience is what makes owning a travel trailer so personal. You can do anything you want and each trip you plan can be unique. With the help of Trip Explorer, you can plan your destinations with ease.
Also check out RoadTrippers to assist you with finding great attractions and discover road trips. Put in your starting point and end point, add points of interest, decide on how far you’re willing to travel off your route, and you’ll have options for adventure right at your fingertips.
Don’t let the skeptics out there, or the one inside your head, keep you from setting out to see the country, explore the sites and take on adventures you’ve only dreamed about. With the right Airstream as your traveling companion, you can go anywhere within reason.