Throwback Thursday Airstream Edition

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The iconic Airstream travel trailer has been on the roads for more than 80 years. Since the beginning, Airstream trailers have provided luxurious accommodations and enjoyable towing experiences for travelers who prefer to spend a lot of time on the road and in the great outdoors.

The exterior style of the company’s aluminum travel trailer models doesn’t look much different than it did decades ago, but as technology, comfort and RV conveniences have advanced, so has the iconic Airstream.

The Very First Airstream

The first Airstream travel trailer was created in 1929 by the company’s founder Wally Byam. The unique tent-like creation was mounted to a Ford Model T chassis, and due to poor performance in the rain, the tent was quickly replaced by a teardrop-style permanent shelter. This cozy home on wheels, complete with a stove and cooler, attracted the eye of everyone on the road.

The first factory-produced Airstream model was the Torpedo Car Cruiser, and by 1932, thousands of people were traveling with them.

The Bullet-Shaped Trailer

It wasn’t until 1969 that the Airstream gained its iconic bullet shape. This model revolutionized the travel trailer industry with a more spacious interior and a more streamlined shape. The ’60s were when the Airstream changed from a teardrop camper into the one you still see on the roads today.

A 1990s Redesign

Amazingly, the Airstream didn’t change in size or shape much between the years of 1969 and 1994. In fact, it was in 1994 that the first redesign in roughly 30 years was made. About 5.5-inches were added in width to create an even more spacious interior. The profile, shape and structure were also changed to accommodate the initial 5 inches without destroying aerodynamics. This 1994 design features the same structure and shape that you see at the campground in 2016.

Find the Latest and Greatest Model

Leisure Time RV is Oklahoma’s premier place to find the Airstream travel trailer you’ve been wanting for years. Stop in and see us in Oklahoma City to start your dream RV lifestyle today.

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