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: There are Eight Airstreams Partially Buried Nose-First in Florida
About 15 miles from Tampa, near exit 14 on the I-4, you’ll find a piece of artwork known as the ‘Airstream Ranch.’ It features eight Airstream trailers lined up and partially buried in an upright position. Some call it art; others have said it’s nothing more than a pile of heaping garbage. Regardless, the trailers were headed for the junk pile in 2010 after numerous local businesses complained that the ranch was an eyesore. However, the decision was overturned in 2012 thanks to a “Save Airstream Ranch” petition that garnered over ten thousand signatures.
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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