Trailer: 2016 Airstream International Serenity 27FB
Starting Cost: $93,833
Pros: Durable, Low center of gravity, overall quality construction, even weight distribution, lovely interior design, high resale value
Cons: New == Expensive, very wide, heavy overall weight, glass door on the shower, tips when unhitched or without stabilization jacks, short bed, poor air circulation.
I give you full notice: I have never stayed or lived in an Airstream. I have only read about Airstreams and reviewed videos about them. I searched for that perfect trailer for about a month and settled (for now) on an Airstream. The video included in this post isn’t an attempt to sell but is intended as a complete and fully comprehensive reference on the Airstream model I want.
The Airstream durability is what first caught me. Occasionally, I’ve seen Airstreams older than me still rolling on the road. If I’m going to make life on the road my home, then my home better last — an Airstream seems to fit that bill. What also lead me to an Airstream, is the realization of a singular important benefit: when owning a trailer and vehicle versus a full recreational vehicle: if the SUV or truck breaks down, we won’t be out of a home while waiting for repairs or finding a replacement.
I also love the sleek and clean interiors with the modern decor of the International model. The shiny silver curvy exterior produces a simple no-fuss feel. Furthermore, I find box trailers repulsive in design. Thanks to Breaking Bad, box RVs hint at meth-labs and other nefarious happenings. And please, don’t get me started on those stupid “swoosh” markings that many RVs tend to be decorated with…YUCK!
I realize that there some concerns for the Airstream, mostly the cost. A new one can cost in excess of $100,000 with extras. Although its low center of gravity gives it a stable ride, its width makes maneuvering difficult. In my research, I discovered one of the most popular modifications to Airstreams is to include better air circulation, either another AC unit or better fans.
I also found the Airstream community very supportive and friendly when responding to questions and concerns. Having the wisdom of a community is a strong bonus when moving into unknown territory, which is where we will be when we take the “big leap” as road warriors.
Overall, my initial research turned up some very positive traits for the Airstream. I realize that we probably can’t afford a brand spanking new Airstream, but finding an older model is highly doable.