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Airstream Inc.
legal form Incorporated Company
founding 1931
Seat Jackson Center , Ohio , United StatesUnited StatesUnited States 
management Bob Wheeler
Number of employees 400

A 1958 Airstream Traveler

Airstream Inc. is a US- American manufacturer of large caravans .


In the 1930s, Wally Byam came up with the idea of ​​a spacious caravan that should be light enough that any standard passenger car could pull it. He founded the Airstream Manufacturing Company and built a prototype . For weight reasons, the outer shell was made entirely of unpainted aluminum, which was retained in the later production models. Because of this silvery-metallic look, the caravans were given the nicknames "silver rocket" or "Silberling". Some models were built almost unchanged until the 1960s.

In 2006 Airstream celebrated its 75th anniversary and began to manufacture products specially developed for Europe. These have a 230 volt network; The chassis, axles and drawbar are made in Germany. The car is approx. 500 kilograms lighter than the US version.

Airstream has also been offering food trucks in Europe since 2010. These are based on the European models of the Airstream 534 and Airstream 684 . In contrast to the converted versions of conventional US Airstreams, these vehicles are planned from the ground up as sales vehicles. These were presented by the German importer Roka Werk - Airstream Germany as Airstream Diner at the Internorga 2010.

Airstream TradeWind 1970
Airstream TradeWind 1970


Airstream with Edsel Ranger (1958) as the towing vehicle

Early models

  • Flying cloud
  • Cruisette
  • walker
  • Bubble
  • Clipper
  • Tradewind
  • Overlanders
  • Globetrotter

Current models with European specification

  • Airstream 534 International - single axle - 4 sleeping places - wet room
  • Airstream 604 International - tandem axle - 3 sleeping places - bathroom with separate shower cubicle
  • Airstream 684 International - tandem axle - 4 beds - bathroom with separate shower cubicle

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