Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of Airstream Inc., was in Stoughton, Mass., today (Oct. 6) to welcome the first Airstream dealership in New England.
Airstream New England will operate from Bay State Ford Commercial Truck Center at 1776 Washington St., Route 138. It will be the exclusive Airstream dealer for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, southern Maine and parts of Connecticut, according to The Enterprise, Brockton, Mass.
Airstream New England is owned by Frank Lupacchino of Southboro, who in April opened a new 38,000-square-foot dealership and repair center, Bay State Ford, at 703 Washington St., Route 138, in Easton.
Lupacchino also owns Clark and White Autos, a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership in Newton.
Luppachino’s Stoughton location is already the rental agent for Cruise America motorhomes, handling rentals for customers from Europe and the Far East. Adding Airstream made sense because the Stoughton site already sells Ford trucks to pull the trailers, he said.
“We’re very excited,” said Lupacchino. “It’s a great brand.”
Airstream trailers, which list for between $30,000 and $80,000, appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, retirees who have time and resources to travel and young professionals who like the brand’s design.
Based in Jackson Center, Ohio, the company bills itself as the oldest recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America and the only one to have increased production last year.
Several RV dealers in New England sell used Airstream trailers, but until the opening of the Stoughton dealership, customers wanting to buy new vehicles were forced to order them