Airstream is a brand of luxury recreational vehicle manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio USA. It is a division of Thor Industries. The company, which now employs more then 475 people, is the oldest in the industry. Airstream trailers are easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their rounded aluminum bodies. This shape dates back to the 1930's and is based on designs created by Hawley Bowlus. Bowlus had overseen construction of Charles Lindbergh's aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis.
The company was created by Wally Byam, a lawyer by training, who began building trailers out of Masonite in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920's. Byam published a magazine selling "how-to" kits to customers wishing to build their own trailers. After helpingmarket Hawlet Bowlus' trailer, Byam acquired the struggling Bowlus Company. In 1936, Byam introduced the "Airstream Clipper", which was essentially a rebadged 1935 Bowlus, with the door relocated from the front to the side. The design cut down on wind resistance and thus improved fuel efficiency, It was the first of the now familiar sausage-shaped, silver aluminum Airstream trailers. The first Airstream, called the "Clipper"in 1936, was named after the first trans-Atlantic seaplane. It slept four, carried its own water supply, was fitted with electric lights and cost $1,200. Of more the 400 travel trailer builders operating in 1936, industries face an acute aluminum shortage. When World War II ended, the economy boomed, and people's attention once again turned towards leisure travel. Byam's company went back into production in 1948. In July 1952, a new facility in Jackson Center, Ohio, was established. 1979 saw the last Airstreams to be manufactured in California.
In 1974, Airstream began manufacturing a Class A motorhome, badged "Argosy". They began as painted 20- and 24-foot (6.1 and 7.3. m) models, and were followed in 1979 by the first examples of the Classic model motorhome, with an unpainted amuminum body much like the trailers.
Airstream-badged Class A motorhomes becan as 24- and 28-foot (7.3 and 8.5-m) models in 1979, and in the 1980's and 1990's, models ranging from 25 up to 37 feet (7.6 up to 11.2m) were marketed. The aluminum motorhomes were followed more traditional-lookingfoberglass models in the 1990's. Airstream discontinued manufacture of Class A motorhomes in 2006. One busmodel, the Skydeck, featured interior stairs leading to a deck on the roof.
In 1981, Airstream's Commercial Vehicle Dividson marketed a Class A motorhome as a funeral coach. I was designed to transport family, floweres and the deceased from the funeral home to the cemetery.
Starting in 1989, Airstream built Class B motorhomes based on the Ford Econoline chassis and the Dodge B-series van chassis. Production ceased after the 1999 model year. In 2004, Airstream introduced the Westfalia and Interstate, built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. The Westfalia was discontinued in 2006.
Airstream, still based in Jackson Center, is a division of Thor, Inc. The company manufactures more than 2,000 trailers and several hundred motorhomes per year. Airstream produces several models — Sport, Flying Cloud, International Signature and Serenity, Pendleton, and Classic. 2016 trailer sizes range between 16 ft to 30 ft (4.9 to 9.4 m). Airstream also manufactures models for the European market.
Here is the bed in the back of the trailer.
Got the water lines ran through out the trailer, ready to be hooked up to the fixtures.
Had to get new propane tanks for this trailer.
This is the under frame of the Airstream, it is getting some work done on the plumbing and holding tanks.
Built a wood spacer frame to clear the sub frame on the rear end.
Replaced some of the plumbing lines. There were a few places that needed to have new pipe sections.
The plumbing is completely finished. All of the bad spots have been replaced and everything is now working.
New gas lines for the stove, refrigerator and water heater.
Working on getting the bathroom complete. The shower and cabinets have been framed out in their correct places.
The sink and the counter in the bathroom have been completed.