|Sleeping Capacity||2 – 5|
|Exterior Length||31' 3"|
|Exterior Width||8' 5.5"|
|Exterior Height w/AC||9' 9.5"|
The 1956 European Caravan provided many eye-opening experiences. Imagine rows and rows of shiny aluminum Airstreams reflecting the pure blue of the sky. They lined up at campsites and dot-dashed all over the countryside. The Caravan ultimately arrived in the Netherlands after having traveled through Germany, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. There were headlines, crowds, and receptions. We saw cathedrals, castles, quaint and reserved cities, art galleries, tall mountains, and scenic seasides. We tasted wonderful culinary delights, fine wines, schnapps, and most importantly of all, formed new friendships. Wally Byam hired an advance scout and
Ultimate living space was at the forefront when we designed the Classic with ample social areas and private sleeping quarters. Residential style galleys and spacious bathrooms with Corian® and Moen® fixtures bring your travel experience home. Abundant exterior storage and smartly placed hookups and awnings are added bonuses to what otherwise might appear – from the inside out – to be a private residence. Your everyday lifestyle easily transposes into any of our Classic floorplans. Have closet envy? Our 31 Classic has an oversized wardrobe just for you. Travelling with friends? Opt for twin beds or convert a dinette into
There is truth in the statement that things don’t just happen – people make things happen. In 1951, Wally Byam organized and conducted the first Airstream Caravan to Mexico and Central America. This created a tradition of Caravans spanning the globe, traveling across Africa, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Middle East. I first met Earl and Pauline Arborn on the first Caravan in 1951. They enjoyed the camaraderie being with like-minded travelers. Sometime after the first Caravan, a group of Airstreamers formed a small group for get-togethers to enjoy their Airstreams and to talk about the wonderful times they had on Caravans.
In 1956, Airstream moved from their Main Street location in downtown Los Angeles to Norwalk, which was later annexed by the city of Santa Fe Springs. At that time, Wally Byam was leading the European Caravan. By the time he returned home, his company was already manufacturing in their new facilities. The main office and lobby had a small store and a receptionist. On the wall was a striking painting: a portrait of Wally Byam. It was painted by an Airstream employee named Marius Hansen and was based on a photograph that had been taken of Wally years before. It showed