Airstream Introduces 604 and Studio Models

Penrith, Cumbria-based Airstream & Company introduced two new trailers to their current range of caravans at last month’s (October 16-21) NCC Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC in Birmingham to meet the demands of a fast-growing customer base.

Airstream International Studio has an office area in the nose end.

The innovative caravan manufacturer opted to spotlight two of its latest tourers at the event—the office-themed Studio with home-workers in mind and the 604, a lighter four berth trailer that can be towed by mid-sized 4x4s as well as other standard cars.

604 European Airstream

The eagerly-awaited 604 is a smaller, twin axle European Airstream that has a bedroom to the front and the usual array of surprisingly spacious onboard features.

Although it has the full en-suite bathroom and larder fridge-freezer of its bigger brother, the 684, it has lower and upper MTPLM’s of just 2000kg (4,400 pounds) and 2100kg (4,630 pounds) and can be towed by the latest generation of fuel-efficient, mid-sized 4x4s.

The 604 features a rear seating area that easily converts from a dinette to a large L-shaped sofa. Like in the 684, the 604 interior design features 40mm (1.5 inch) thick worktops finished in Formica Ebony laminate and flowing radius corners throughout.

Corian worktops are offered as standard in the bathroom and as an optional upgrade in the kitchen, where the Corian option includes a residential-style undermounted Franke sink and Corian drop-in lid.

The five-berth International 685 proved to be a hit at the expo.

Also following the styling of the 684, one of the major bonuses of the 604 layout is a true bedroom suite which can be created by opening the bathroom door 90 degrees to create a private bed/ bath/dressing area, separate from the rear of the trailer. The angled wardrobe and bathroom partitions greatly increase space and views too.

“Tow vehicles are becoming much more fuel-efficient and we have designed the 604 to meet customer demand and enable those with lighter vehicles to own—and tow—the ultimate travel trailer. This new addition to the range provides the luxury and practicality of larger trailers in the range but in a package that is compatible and convenient, said Anthony Slocock, Technical Director at Airstream & Company.

The International 604 is priced at £49,970 ($79,362).

Airstream Studio

The show also marked the arrival of the Airstream Studio.

Based on the Series 2 684 2.5m (8.2 foot) floor plan, and having all the refinements of the award-winning flagship model, the innovation lies at the rear, where a bed and large desk are interchangeable.

The Studio comes with an additional door at the rear as standard, making a very versatile working and leisure vehicle that is sure to appeal to home-workers and exhibitors at corporate events.

“With the Studio, the challenge was to design an Airstream that would fulfill the needs of the modern Airstreamer and provide a practical work space that could easily be converted to a sleeping area and vice versa,” said Slocock.

“Ensuring customer satisfaction and being able to respond to customer needs are factors that influence our new designs significantly and we think the Studio delivers a true multipurpose Airstream with aplomb.”

The Airstream Studio is priced at £58,470 ($92,862).

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Airstream International Studio

Wally Byam founded Airstream in 1931, driven by a 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 ever since for people who want to realize their travel dreams.

Seventy per cent of all Airstream trailers ever made are still on the road or in use today—and of the 400 U.S. recreational vehicle manufacturers active in 1936, Airstream is the only survivor.

With the rising popularity of caravan and motorhome travel, and consequent surge of enthusiasm for the iconic ‘silver bullet’, Airstream trailers are more popular than ever.

This popularity extended across the Atlantic with the launch of Airstream Europe in 2006 and now a full range of Airstream trailers meeting European requirements is available in the UK and across mainland Europe.

Address: Clock Garage Industrial Estate, Tebay (J38), Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 3SS United Kingdom

Phone: 01539 624141

Website: airstreamandco.com

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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Alternatives to Camping in National Parks

ForestCamping.com, a comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands, provides detailed information for campers interesting in discovering an alternative to camping in national parks.

Whether a first time visitor to a national park, or a returning  visitor, ForestCamping.com can help start planning.

According to National Geographic and National Parks Conservation Association, since 2007, among the top 10 national parks visited are Great Smokey, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Olympic, and Rocky Mountain. These parks share a boundary with 17 different national forests with literally hundreds of developed campgrounds convenient to a park entrance.

National forest campgrounds available to the national park visitor offer a variety of experiences, amenities and freedom not often found in national parks. These parks include:

The Great Smokey National Park in Tennessee is a short drive from the family-friendly Tsali campground in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.

The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona has De Motte Park campground on the Canyon’s North Rim and Ten-X campground on the South Rim. Both are in the Kaibab National Forest.

Tioga Lake campground, in California’s Inyo National Forest is at Yosemite National Park’s east entrance and has fabulous views of the park.

Fred and Suzi Dow and their traveling companions.

The Stanislaus National Forest’s Diamond “O”, at the Yosemite National Park west entrance, is a peaceful alternative to the park’s crowds.

Baker’s Hole campground in the Gallatin National Forest, in Montana, has electric hook-ups and fishing in the famous Madison River and is less than 10 miles from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

In the shadow of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming are rock climbing and incredible views with campsites tucked into a stand of lush Douglas fir at Teton Canyon campground in Targhee National Forest in Idaho.

Nestled in a lush rain-forest on the west side the Olympic National Park, in Washington, is Klahowya campground. A thick moss carpet covers the ground while the campground’s grand old trees seem to reach down to welcome visitors.

Campgrounds that offer tranquil alternatives to the hustle-and-bustle of the very popular Rocky Mountain National Park are the Roosevelt National Forest’s Peaceful Valley and Arapaho National Forest’s Stillwater campgrounds.

Stillwater campground has the additional attractions of recreational vehicle hook-ups, hot showers, and campsites on the beautiful 7,000-acre Lake Granby.

This is just a sampling of a few of the developed campgrounds in national forests located conveniently to seven of the top 10 most visited national parks. There are many more available to campers looking for alternatives.

Redfish Lake near Glacier View Campground in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho (Source: forestcamping.com)

An example of how many camping alternatives there are is found around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. With both bordering each other, there are 75 developed campgrounds in seven national forests within 75 miles of these Parks, some as close as three miles from an entrance.

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ForestCamping.com

ForestCamping.com, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands.

It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors.

In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of 11 U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website.

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of ForestCamping.com, have devoted 17 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.

Website: forestcamping.com

Worth Pondering…

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

—John Muir

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