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Airstream Innovation & Research

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Welcome to AIR Lab: Where Airstream innovation becomes reality. Drawing on nearly a century of globetrotting expertise and an expert team of engineers, designers, and product developers, AIR Lab is charting a new course into the future of travel.

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Our Improvements

Our founder Wally Byam famously said that Airstream wouldn't make changes – only improvements. That simple principle has guided Airstream Research & Development for decades. Learn more about our past improvements that paved the way for today's innovation.


Our Concepts

More than simply digital renderings or one-off vehicles, our concepts explore what's possible while charting a course into the future of Airstream travel – toward a new way to experience the world with all the comforts of home.


Our Collaborations

It takes a village to create an icon, and we've worked with numerous collaborators over the years as we've refined the Airstream experience. From like-minded brands to world-class designers and engineers, our collaborations bring together the best of the best.

Then...and Now


A Series of Firsts

Airstream founder Wally Byam promised that an Airstream could take you as far as you wanted while letting you travel with all the comforts of home. He incorporated new technology where he could, invented and refined when the features he wanted didn't yet exist, and created the first fully self-contained travel trailer that didn't need external hookups.


New Designs for a Changing World

While the desire to see what’s over the next hill remains constant, the way we travel constantly evolves. New technology, groundbreaking innovation, and customer feedback results in steady progress toward inventive designs, modern features, and cutting-edge connectivity. From delivering true work-from-anywhere freedom to pushing at the boundary of electrified travel, Airstream is redefining what it means to travel with all the comforts of home.



Aerodynamic design is built into the rounded corners and sleek aluminum shells of the Airstream DNA. With more owners looking to tow with electric vehicles and our continued emphasis on sustainable, environmentally-friendly travel, we undertook a landmark aerodynamics study in the summer of 2021 in an effort to better understand how we can continue improving and refining an already aerodynamic Airstream design.