Shasta Reintroduces 1961 Airflyte

Shasta RV  will take customers back in time with the introduction of the 1961-style Airflyte at this year’s Elkhart Open House September 16.

2014 limited edition Shasta Airflyte in production.

2014 limited edition Shasta Airflyte in production.

The travel trailer, which has been updated to comply with current RV Industry Association (RVIA) codes, and features modern appliances, was designed in honor of the company’s 75th anniversary.

It will be a limited edition run of 1,941 trailers to commemorate the company’s first year in business. It will be available to RV dealers on a first-come, first served basis.

“It’s not a retro unit,” Mark Lucas, president of Shasta RV, told RV Daily Report.

“It’s a re-issue based on the original print pack from 1961.”

The project has been underway for eight months. Most of the parts remanufactured for this unit will fit an original 1961 version, said Lucas.

“We are building to current RVIA codes and using modern air conditioners, microwaves, stereos, furnaces, etc.,” he explained.

“Hehr windows has dusted off their tooling and is making jalousie windows for us and Amerimax is making the log cabin siding.

“Parked side by side, it is hard to tell the new from the original,” said Lucas.

Original yellow Shasta Airflyte

Original yellow Shasta Airflyte

The company plans on producing the trailers beginning in September with hopes of having them on dealers lots immediately following production.

Colors offered will be polo white with matador red, polo white with sea foam green (turquoise), and polo white with butternut yellow. Interior colors will match the exterior.

“The exterior colors are as close to original as possible,” said Lucas.

This floor plan is very similar to a 16SC, although the company has added a wet bath and increased the size of the front dinette to a full bed, not the small twin found in the original. There is a gaucho across the back.

The trailer will practically sleep three, but may increase to four when accommodating small children.

The weight will be in the 2,000-pound range, which means it can be towed by SUVs, mini-vans, full-size cars, and collector cars as well, Lucas explained.

Shasta is designing a new bunk model floor plan with the same dinette and full bed, but with two bunks in the back. This unit will also feature a wet bath.

“It is truly a re-issue,” said Lucas.

“I bought a 1961 Airflyte for my wife, and this is as close to the original as possible. From the frame, drop axle, 15-inch wheels all the way to the one piece metal roof which is bent around the edge, we painstakingly tried to replicate the original.”

The magazine rack, chrome emblem, drip caps, gas lamp, and metal countertop edging will all be included in the reissued unit.

The Airflyte will be formally unveiled September 16 at the Shasta section of the Forest River display.

Original red Shasta Airflyte

Original red Shasta Airflyte

Please Note: The above information is courtesy RV Daily Report


Shasta Recreational Vehicles

Shasta RV, established in 1941, manufactures Oasis, Revere, and Flyte travel trailers, and Phoenix and Revere fifth wheels.

In 1941, when Californian Robert Gray built the first Shasta “house trailer” to be used as mobile military housing, he had no idea his homes on wheels would play a major role in establishing a billion-dollar industry.

In the 1950s and 60s, the toaster-on-wheels look of the original Shasta trailer was the most recognizable shape on the road. There were other RV brands, but only Shasta was distinguished by those wings that signified flight and freedom.

Today, 70 years and three generations of Shasta owners later, Americans have the desire to travel like never before. Motivated by the rediscovery of our families and renewal of ourselves, we still respond to the call of the road.

In terms of product, the company has come a long way from the “toasters-on-wheels”.

Today’s Shastas have sleek profiles and amenities that were unimaginable a generation ago. Yet, it is the memorable image of the little trailer with wings that brings each of us something no other manufacturer has to offer: nostalgia.

Mailing Address: Shasta RV, c/o Forest River, Inc., PO Box 3030, 55470 CR 1, Elkhart, IN 46515

Physical Address: 105 CR 14, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-7178


Worth Pondering…

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