Owner’s Stories

My Airstream, My Story: Home Collective


Patti and Tom are longtime Airstream enthusiasts and collectors (so to speak), having owned nearly a dozen Airstreams! The couple met at an Airstream International Club Rally in Salem, Oregon, where the two realized their common interest. Eleven Airstream trailers later, Patti and Tom find that the comforts of the newly redesigned Airstream 2017 Classic may be their last addition to the collection.

With their collections combined, Patti and Tom have owned a total of 11 trailers over the years, including a 1950 Trailwind (or Clipper), a 1953 Flying Cloud, a 1962 Trailwind, a 1970 Safari, a 1988 (square) Argosy, a 1985 Excella, a 2003 Special Edition Safari, a 2014 Flying Cloud, and their current 2017 Airstream Classic.

After years of searching for the “right fit,” Patti claims that the 2017 Classic is “as close to perfect as [she’s] going to find.” The comfort, accessibility, and low maintenance needs of the new Airstream give the couple confidence and peace of mind when traveling. “I would have never taken the older trailers to Alaska, Newfoundland, or the Baja,” Patti explains. “Taking a new trailer [to these destinations], we can be away for two to three months at a time and not have to worry.”

When Patti started her Airstream journey in 2009, she traveled alongside two dachshunds. She describes coming across fellow Airstream families with an assortment of travel companions ranging from other dogs and cats to parrots and turtles. Tom and Patti’s current canine companion, a Pomeranian/Pekingese mix named Toby, travels in style, sporting an Airstream-branded collar and Pendleton bed.


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My Airstream, My Story