Composites Lighten Airstream’s Scout Trailer
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.