Composites Lighten Airstream’s Scout Trailer

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December 29, 2008 by   Leave a Comment

Airstream Inc. turned to composite materials to build the “post modern,” lightweight Scout concept travel trailer designed in conjunction with noted automotive designer Bryan Thompson. “We took about 50% of the weight out of the chassis using a lightweight, high-strength alloy steel,” said Mark Wahl, senior vice president of operation. “Then, we made a fully composite body. There is no wood anywhere in the structure. Even most of the cabinets are composite materials.” The 2,000-pound, 16-foot Scout is distinct from Airstream’s traditional products in that it features flat sidewalls with a satin nickel appearance, whitewall tires, lightweight dual-pane windows, white-vinyl u-shaped rear dinettes, flat screen TVs and translucent sliding cabinet doors.

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