Airstream car­a­van

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FEATURE -

Belle of the camp­site

An Airstream car­a­van re­sem­bles a shiny sub­ma­rine or a gi­gan­tic bullet, which is why even the man­u­fac­tur­ers of these car­a­vans re­fer to it as the Sil­ver Bullet, re­gard­less of the model. Un­like your av­er­age rec­tan­gu­lar jalopy with wood-lined pan­els, the Airstream’s rounded cara­pace is made from light­weight alu­minium that is im­mune to wood rot and other ‘dis­eases’ that plague or­di­nary car­a­vans. The rounded shape also helps re­duce wind drag and thus fa­cil­i­tates fuel ef­fi­ciency. Airstream Car­a­vans range from the rel­a­tively tiny Airstream Sport to the Clas­sic model, which, for all prac­ti­cal pur­poses, is a pen­t­house on wheels. The Sport is 4.5-6.5 me­tres in length, depend­ing on your spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and the Clas­sic is 9.5 me­tres long, which is to say you will need a Mas­ters de­gree in park­ing when ma­noeu­vring your way into your des­ig­nated site in­side the camp­ing grounds. It goes with­out say­ing that the in­te­rior of these car­a­vans are lux­u­ri­ous be­yond mea­sure in the in­dus­try and fit­ted with the best fix­tures a mil­lion rand can buy. There aren’t cur­rently any deal­ers in South Africa, but Justin Humphreys, vice pres­i­dent of sales at Airstream, says po­ten­tial clients can ex­pect to pay any­thing from R560 000 for the Sport, to R1.87 mil­lion for the top of the range car­a­vans in the Airstream fleet. Add to that 5 per cent for ad­just­ments to meet the coun­try’s reg­u­la­tions, says Humphreys, and you will be the proud owner of the flashiest trailer in the land. Main fun fac­tor: Be­sides the lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior, the Airstream is some­thing way left field and will surely draw stares and con­ver­sa­tion from en­vi­ous fel­low campers.

Watch how a Range Rover tows an Airstream car­a­van through an epic Arc­tic ex­pe­di­tion, scan this QR code with your smart­phone

Price: R560 000 to R1.87 mil­lion at Airstream Car­a­vans. Length, width and height depend­ing on model and spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

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