For years, the Airstream has represented the lifestyle we all know and love – the one that encourages you to get out and camp! We teamed up with our friends over at Airstream to bring you 7 things you might not know about these silver beauties.
The Airstream trailer has been an iconic American trailer since 1931 with Wally Byam’s dream to build a travel trailer that would move like a stream of air, be light enough to be towed by a car and create first-class accommodations anywhere came true. With over 80 years of experience on the road, and adventures to be had, many people can share endless Airstream stories. Today, we’re here to bring you tidbits of Airstream trivia and knowledge that you may not know. In no particular order, here are the 7 things you might not know about Airstream:
- In the last 12 months 1,848,620 pounds of flat aluminum sheet material were used in the production of Airstream trailers.
- When Wally Byam traveled, of course he did with an Airstream. And you’ll notice he wanted people to recognize the brand in every part of the trailer. When you opened the door to enter the trailer, Wally had an Airstream sign riveted to the inside of the door so whether he was outside of the trailer or standing in the doorway, photographs would always show “Airstream” in the picture.
- Airstream built Funeral coaches from 1981 thru 1991. Over the course of the 10 years, a total of 32 units were built with the Classic motorhome chassis and shell.
- Airstream is a prodigy born from aircraft technology. There were many aeronautical geniuses in the early 20th century, including Hawley Bowlus. He is noted for his designs and development in glider aviation used during the Second World War. Hawley’s creativity led to the first duralumin application to travel trailers. In 1935 the Bowlus trailer came off the line and was sold from Wally Byam’s Airstream sales lot in Los Angeles. Wally was so taken with the aircraft concept for travel trailers that Airstream designed their own trailer, and the Airstream Clipper was born and sold in 1936.
- Airstream trailer production at the Jackson Center Facility in the early 1970s was 20 trailers per 8-hour day.
- Airstream built Aluminum Delivery Vans. It was called the Due to the gas crunch in 1973 Airstream was looking for alternative products using our production technologies. The first model was built for a government contract for approximately 540 post office trucks.
- The first major overseas Airstream Wally Byam Caravan occurred in 1956 to Europe. Airstream was, and still is today, the industry innovator, and Wally was always looking for something new. During this caravan, Wally met with Electrolux in Stockholm, Sweden. This meeting changed not only Airstream, but the travel trailer industry. Wally wanted to import the Dometic refrigerator, an Electrolux product, to be used in the trailers. Since 58 years ago when Airstream introduced the Dometic, it has become an industry standard and a mainstay in the Airstream.
Now, we’d love to hear about your Airstream stories! Do you have a fun fact or Airstreams, their history and their production? Be sure to share about them on the Airstream Facebook Page.