From Primitive to State of the Art

Today's Airstreams offer a complete camping experience. With kitchens, restrooms, and even showers, it's quite the glamorous experience as compared to the early days of Airstream. But this didn't happen overnight. Let's take a look back.

Everyone who goes camping needs water. Before the electronically-measured water tank, the common water carrier was the five-gallon Jerry can.

Just think: today's Airstreams have black tanks, which means you can take wastewater with you. But early on, there were no tanks and no marine toilets. The old ceramic or enamel "thunder mug" was in use as required, then carried to a location for burial.

Since then, there have been too many advances to list.

The early Airstream Wally Byam Caravans camped across North America from east to west, then north to Alaska, and south to Panama.

Caravanners in those days parked in their traditional wagon wheel formation. They found that a hole burrowed by a gopher provided a natural dump station for dish water and bodily waste.

But, of course, not every parking location came with ready-made gopher holes. Wally Byam Caravanners were creative, and began creating their own gopher holes. The Airstream Wally Byam Caravan Headquarters even prepared a diagram for Airstreamers. It is a simple three-stage diagram explaining how to dig, prepare, and use the gopher hole they created.

Today's Airstreams are self-contained, with larger holding tanks, accurate electronic measuring probes, and conveniences that would have been inconceivable in the past.

Airstream provides their customers with user-friendly creature comforts to assist for their traveling enjoyment.