With 900 watts of solar power capability and a battery bank that delivers more than 30 times the power of the largest Lithium battery system in an Airstream today, the eStream concept travel trailer is Airstream's first fully-electric design. Featuring drive-assist motors in the axles, the eStream works with the tow vehicle to extend the range and can be fully remote controlled for easy backing into a campsite. More range, more freedom, and more eco-friendly: The eStream is the future of electrified travel.
From digital renderings to prototypes brought to life, Airstream concept vehicles push the boundary of design and point toward new travel horizons.
Icons don't rest on their laurels. Building on the foundation of 90 years of travel innovation, Airstream's concept vehicles are the proving grounds for new features and amenities that stretch conventional ideas about travel and camping. Whether digitally rendered or fully realized, our concepts bridge the gap between the past and future of Airstream travel.
Airstream & BMW Motorhome Concept Prototype
In 2003, Airstream executives met with BMW Designworks to sketch out a concept for a new Class A Motorhome. Given the code name Genesis, the motorhome was designed with an aluminum shell, rounded corners, and streamlined form. Due to a shift in the market in the mid-2000s, the project never came to fruition but the scale model lives on as a testament to Airstream’s long-standing legacy of collaboration and innovation.
Airstream & Nissan Design America Concept Prototype
In 2002, Airstream collaborated with Nissan Design America to conceptualize a new, entry-level travel trailer. This concept became part of the work leading up to the creation of the adventure-ready Basecamp.
The Scout: A Boundary-Pushing Sandbox Design
Weaving together automotive, aeronautic, and naval inspired designs, the Scout was a sandbox for Airstream engineers to try out a variety of groundbreaking designs. Using composite materials and advanced manufacturing design, this unique travel trailer concept weighed in at about 2,000 pounds and featured non-traditional RV styling throughout.
The Wally Bee: A Fiberglass Prototype
Formed from two pieces of molded fiberglass, this prototype travel trailer was developed by Wally Byam's close friend, Marius Hansen. Nicknamed the "Wally Bee," this 16-foot prototype was towed by Marius Hansen on the 1962 Central American Caravan in an effort to prove its road worthiness. While it never entered production, the Wally Bee stands today as a perfect example of how Airstream has always sought to push boundaries and think outside the box.
Fiberglass Enters the Airstream Fleet
In 1952, Airstream launched its first line of fiberglass travel trailers. Much of the credit for putting fiberglass on Wally’s radar goes to Marius Hansen, a Danish engineer who had extensive experience with fiberglass. He and his wife lived across the street from Wally and Stella Byam in Los Angeles in the early 1950s. Fiberglass molding allowed for construction of end caps that were single, molded pieces, and fiberglass panels made up the trailer’s sides. The interior featured aluminum sheets attached to the fiberglass shell.