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the idea of motorhomes is a little strange, but wouldn't one of these be fun? via a new favorite: http://mocoloco.com/ via the always excellent: caterina.net
posted by specialk420 (17 comments total)

 
A big fancy motorhome? As opposed to one that's only slightly decked out.
posted by psychotic_venom at 8:45 AM on March 5, 2004


Am I missing something? They make nice motorhomes.
posted by trharlan at 8:50 AM on March 5, 2004


On their site under product line, check out their logo in the top left corner.
posted by thomcatspike at 8:52 AM on March 5, 2004


the trailers are actually the interesting half of their product line.
posted by specialk420 at 8:56 AM on March 5, 2004


Airstream Vintage Travel Trailer Link Library -- a great library of links about classic vintage Airstreams, including restoration sites, Airstream-owner fan-pages, and more.

Bowlus - Teller Travel Trailers -- Early Airstreams

How To Polish Your Airstream seems to be a big deal.
posted by anastasiav at 9:20 AM on March 5, 2004


So . . . motorhomes.

Um . . . ???
posted by Outlawyr at 9:48 AM on March 5, 2004


the trailers are actually the interesting half of their product line.
Found some neat furniture yet can't find them now. But maybe we would like this: The trailer, developed as part of an ongoing relationship between NDA and Airstream, includes an inflatable wall system, turning it into a comfortable space for sleeping three people.
posted by thomcatspike at 9:56 AM on March 5, 2004


That's cool thanks. It would be a good way to tour Europe. For touring the USA I would go with somthing that has 4 wheel drive like this or this.
posted by stbalbach at 10:27 AM on March 5, 2004


I like the skydeck motor home, though it must be insanely expensive to purchase and operate. Adds new meaning to the the term "land yacht".
posted by rotifer at 10:29 AM on March 5, 2004


Best vacation I ever had was touring around Alaska with an airstream. Hiking by day, toasty warm bed at night. And the motorhome social pool was pretty interesting too. It was worth the guilt of obnoxious gas consumption to pull the thing.
posted by culberjo at 10:40 AM on March 5, 2004


What's interesting at Airstream is the CCD trailers, with interiors by the architect Christopher Deam. Interesting story behind it.
posted by adamrice at 10:58 AM on March 5, 2004


Motorhomes, strange?

I spent much of my childhood touring the US on family vacations in the old Winnebago (to be replaced with the more stylish but less folksy Pace Arrow in the mid-80s). Its a great way to travel and see stuff in between without being cooped up in a small space with others. Truly a rolling cabin that one can deliver to any location and enjoy whilst it speeds down the highway.

In 2001 along with some friends I rented a Cruise America RV to drive from NorCal up into the PNW and back. While it lacked the purity of leaving it all behind, it did allow us to pitch camp some highly unusual locations (back roads, parking lots, downtown Seattle, etc) without needing to stop and roll out tents and roll them back in or dig around for some hotel.

The Cruise America vehicles are rented through places like Ryder truck locations and generally are about the same by way of features -- no carpet but an industrial renter-proof mat, for example. Still, a fairly cost-effective way for three lads to terrorize the byways of this country of ours.

(I realize this is a bit OT, bein' as we started on Airstream and all, but CA is a pretty decent way to go for anybody who hasn't ever tasted the fruits of the RV lifestyle)
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:07 AM on March 5, 2004


Those Earthroamers are cool, stbalbach. Pity I don't have a spare $150k tho :-(
posted by carter at 11:27 AM on March 5, 2004


Still I guess that's cheaper than $250k for the Skydeck ...
posted by carter at 11:34 AM on March 5, 2004


As someone who actually lived in a "Travel Trailer" for 12 years I feel uniquely qualified to say that living in small moveable spaces has it's own rewards!
posted by SweetIceT at 11:44 AM on March 5, 2004


I'd love to have one of the trailers when the boy is old enough to take camping. He and his father can do the tent, early morning, fishing - lake thing...and I can sleep inside, where the bugs are not.
posted by dejah420 at 1:43 PM on March 5, 2004


yow. yeah.. as much of a gas pig as it looks like it is ... that earth roamer link is pretty choice (my friends and i are trying to revive the use of the word "choice" ... ) - thank stbalbach.
posted by specialk420 at 3:53 PM on March 5, 2004


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