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