Five-Berth Airstream Unveiled at London Caravan Show

A slice of classic Americana that is big enough to accommodate larger families was unveiled by Airstream Europe at the recent ExCel Motorhome, Caravan, and Camping Show.

The Airstream International 685 proved popular at the London Caravan Show. (Source: caravantimes.co.uk)

Showcasing the latest additions to their award-winning range of aluminum trailers, the pioneering U.S. trailer company introduced its latest family-oriented five-berth trailer— the new International 685 and the Series 2 534—at the London show.

The president of Airstream and Company partner Airstream Inc, Bob Wheeler, flew in from the U.S. to take part in the show, Caravan Times reported.

“Airstream has always been synonymous with great style and design and these two additions to the European range have got both in abundance, said Wheeler.”

The new 685 has a neat layout that includes three fixed bunk beds at the rear, with a clever partitioning door allowing a children’s bedroom to be created in addition to the traditional double or twin singles at the front.

Instead of simply stacking all three bunks on top of each other, the middle bed is set at a right-angle to the other two, resulting in more headroom for all the youngsters in the back.

In addition, the bathroom door can double up as a solid dividing door when opened by 90 degrees, meaning that parents can enjoy added peace and quiet in the front of the trailer.

This new model has been five years in the making and was designed in reaction to feedback from customers with larger families, following the launch of the International 684 in 2006.

Airstream International 685 interior (Source: airstreameurope.co.uk)

The new family-sized twin-axle Airstream would require a serious heavy-duty tow vehicle while also carrying a starting MSRP of £59,980 or nearly $81,000, Caravan Times noted.

Anthony Slocock, technical director of Airstream and Co, said that in creating the 685 the company was responding to demand for a bigger family model.

“The Series 2 534, meanwhile, is still gracefully compact but is incredibly roomy for a single axle trailer,” he added.

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Airstream Europe Ltd.

The new 685 has a neat layout that includes three fixed bunk beds at the rear. (Source: airstreameurope.co.uk)

Wally Byam founded Airstream 80 years ago. Wally was driven by his passion to build an innovative, well-designed, high quality trailer product that met the needs of a new breed of adventurer. Airstream, Inc. has been making trailers and motorhomes ever since.

Over sixty percent of all Airstream trailers made are still active on the road today—and of the 300 U.S. trailer companies active in 1936, Airstream is the only survivor.

Address: Clock Garage Industrial Estate, Tebay, CUMBRIA, CA10 3SS, UK

Phone: +44 1539 624141

Website: airstreameurope.co.uk

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 Worth Pondering…

I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.

—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo

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