5 Little-Known Facts about Airstream
Fact #1: Airstream Trailers Serve as Rooms in Some Hotels
There are numerous hotels and bed & breakfasts that feature Airstream trailers as rooms for rent. In France, there’s even an Airstream trailer that has been converted into a bar known as The Apollo Lounge. Perhaps most interesting locale is The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. This hotel has several Airstream trailers perched on its roof that serve as additional rooms.
Fact #2: Several U.S. Presidents Have Ridden in Airstreams
In fact, John F. Kennedy used an airstream as a personal office during a visiting to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Several other presidential families have enjoyed vacations in these famous trailers as well.
Fact #3: Architect’s Redesign of Vintage Airstream Wins Award
Architect Paul Welschmeyer bought a 1958 Airstream Traveler in 2002 and revamped the interior to be multifunctional. Rather than restoring a nostalgic masterpiece, he developed a ‘Traveling Tao’ known as Edison, with the stipulation that everything must have more than one use. Welschmeyer masterfully created a dual-purpose trailer that functions as a mobile office, as well as a family vacation home. This work of art sleeps four adults (one double bed and two single beds), the banquette is used for dining and as an office desk, and it’s fully equipped with telephone, AC/DC current, Internet access and cable. In 2004 Welschmeyer’s Edison Airstream Redesign won the Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.
Fact #4: There Was Once a Square-Shaped Airstream
From 1986 to 1991, the company introduced a new Airstream for sale, colloquially known as the ‘Squarestream’. The boxy design did not sit well with some of the brand’s loyalists. In fact, the ‘Squarestream’ was so unpopular that it was barred from the Wally Byam Caravan Club.
Fact #5: An Airstream Trailer Was Used as a Quarantine Station for Members of Apollo 11
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and his crew from the Apollo 11 voyage were quarantined for three weeks in an Airstream after their first successful lunar landing. The quarantine was deemed necessary until scientists could ensure that the astronauts hadn’t contracted any lunar pathogens during their voyage.
Do These Facts Make You Want an Airstream?
It’s clear how widely Airstream trailers have been enjoyed—from hotel rooms to pieces of artwork. Feeling the urge to visit a Lazydays location after learning these facts? We pride ourselves on being one of the most highly knowledgeable Airstream trailer dealersin the country and our sales consultants are ready to help you find one to suit your lifestyle.
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