Airstream Interstate Tops 2011 Class B Sales

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream Inc. recently announced that its Airstream Interstate was named the number one selling Class B motorhome model in the U.S. for 2011, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.

Airstream Interstate exterior. (Source:

The Airstream Interstate grew its market share by 68 percent in the touring coach segment against a 15 percent industry decline during the same period. Airstream Interstate unit sales in 2011 increased almost 43 percent over the previous year, according to a news release.

Airstream attributes the heightened interest in the company’s touring coaches to “the Interstate’s sophisticated style and dedication to consumer satisfaction.”

“By listening to and acting on customers’ requests we were able to establish the Interstate as the most desired B-van on the market today,” said Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler.

Airstream Interstate interior. (Source:

“As we move into 2012 and beyond, Airstream will continue to provide market-leading motorhomes built with our legendary attention to luxury and quality.”

The Interstate is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis and, according to Airstream “fuses the legendary quality and design of Airstream with Mercedes-Benz’s comfort, control and luxury.”

The Airstream Interstate is available in three series—Lounge, Twin, and Extended—and varies in length from 22 feet 9 inches to 24 feet 1 inch.

Specifications common to all three series include:

  • Chassis – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Series
  • Engine – Mercedes-Benz 3.0 liter V-6 turbo diesel, 188 hp/325 lb.-ft. torque
  • Wheelbase – 170 inches
  • Transmission – 5-speed automatic
  • GVWR – 11,030 pounds
  • GCWR – 15,250 pounds
  • Overall Height including A/C– 9 feet 8 inches
  • Fresh Water Capacity – 32 gallons
  • Gray Water Capacity – 27 gallons
  • Black Water Capacity – 15 gallons
  • LP Gas Tank Capacity – 18.9 gallons
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (diesel) – 26.4 gallons
  • Furnace – 16,000 BTU


Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is the oldest recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam’s credo, “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements” Airstream has remained a timeless classic.

Airstream Interstate interior. (Source:

A division of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio.

Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629

Phone: (877) 596-6111


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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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