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Airstream & Eddie Bauer Intro Trendy Trailer

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December 16, 2010 by   1 Comment

New Airstream/Eddie Bauer travel trailer

New Airstream/Eddie Bauer travel trailer

Airstream Inc., the most recognized RV manufacturer in North America, has partnered with Eddie Bauer to produce the Eddie Bauer Airstream travel trailer, the companies announced in a joint press release.

It was unveiled on Nov. 30 at the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

Because of the specific needs of outdoor adventure travel, the Eddie Bauer Airstream includes a unique rear sport hatch that allows for easy loading/unloading of oversized equipment such as bikes and kayaks, which can then be secured in the fold-away dinette/lounge area. The unit is also equipped with premium oversized Michelin tires to provide greater ground clearance and rugged wheel-well cladding to protect against off-road debris. A handheld exterior shower makes for easy cleanup for the traveler, their equipment or pets. Extra clotheslines and racks are intended for hanging wet clothing while durable exterior tie hooks are ideal for securing equipment or making sure Fido stays close by.

The interior features an Eddie Bauer-inspired décor , including maple and soapstone laminates, fossilized leaf pattern roof locker doors, quilted fabrics with contrast piping, as well as extremely durable and stain-resistant Sunbrella upholstery. The 25-foot trailer can sleep four people, and its queen-size bed comes with an Eddie Bauer Goose Down duvet, pillows and throw. And the rear sport hatch, with its roll-down screen, creates the ultimate portal for bringing the outdoors in.

The Eddie Bauer Airstream also comes with a co-branded duffle bag and two daypacks.

Interior of new Airstream/Eddie Bauer travel trailer

Interior of new Airstream/Eddie Bauer travel trailer

“Airstream customers have always been passionate in their pursuit of outdoor adventure, and now we’ve created the ultimate tool to support their needs,” says Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler, “And we’ve done so by perfectly melding the inimitable style of two great American brands.”

“Eddie Bauer has been outfitting fishermen, hunters, mountaineers and other outdoor adventurers for 90 years,” said Neil Fiske, president and CEO of Eddie Bauer. “Partnering with Airstream gives us the opportunity to build something special for those who enjoy comfort and style yet want the flexibility to take all of their gear and equipment on their family adventures.”

The partnership between Airstream and Eddie Bauer will be supported by coordinated marketing campaigns by both brands, including its feature on the cover of Eddie Bauer’s 2010 Ultimate Gift Guide and a consumer unveiling at January’s Sundance Film Festival. A line of co-branded merchandise will also launch this spring. The Eddie Bauer Airstream has an MSRP of $73,702 and will be available at dealers nationwide in February.

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One Response to “Airstream & Eddie Bauer Intro Trendy Trailer”

  1. Ray Eklund on March 27th, 2011 4:13 pm

    It is encouraging that Eddie Bauer might be giving some sensible advice to Airstream for off the paved roads for the minority of out door camping/sporting customer.

    A nice interior on a gravel or dirt road will not make it road worthy. I do like the upgrade in tires and I assume 15″ tires. I own a 2006 Safari, bought new, with the 14 inch tires, magnesium wheels and non conforming steel cheap rimmed spare, provided in 2006. Tires are important for off pavement campers, like myself.

    Please. Take the original AS cabinet house hinges, toss them into a ditch and use strip hinges to secure cabinet doors that are not the spring hinges. I have had to convert all of our “home” hinges to strip hinges and they prevent doors and cabinet doors from coming loose. The swinging doors need a way to secure them over uneven roads. We use short pieces of rope to tie them together, but why not do an EB locking mechanism and save us some grief in future AS conversions.

    The propane copper lines exposed underneath the riveted skin… They will and are pummeled by gravel and will eventually cause a propane leak into the interior and easily a small exterior leak. I have to protect ours with pipe insulation and duct tape. A harder material should enclose the copper piping from rupture.

    The original faucet for the 2006 looked like a sledge hammer when a small hammer was needed. Ours original began leaking under the cabinet the first season we used the trailer in 2006. The faucet manufacturer did replace it and since the original was no longer being made, substituted a much smaller model, with water filter that we absolutely love.

    The interior and exterior lighting should be LED’s. A solar panel of maximum power should be provided as an option for all of your conversions.

    The fender wells and the refrigerator “inhale” road dust into the interior. The sealing of the belly and refrigerator need to be sealed around the air spaces. It took me several years to keep the interior dirt accumulation out.

    The shower heads have this pressure reducing feature, for unknown reasons, that waste fresh water when showering. We “rockdock” in places where we conserve water and we sponge bath and occasionally use the shower. The exterior shower is used the most and we have a WalMart shower tent to put next to the AS. Works like a champ and reduces grey water.

    The cheap plastic exterior trim pieces are a disgrace to AS. Weight, my ass. It is just cheap Chinese plastic components that need to be replaced every four years.

    Brakes. Does the EB use disc, or the antique brake shoe braking system?

    Rear bumper skids. Come on. Add a bit of metal on the lower bumper so in a tight spot the skids have some strength to slide through. The rear bumper storage… Is there a better way to keep water out, and if water gets in, why should I have to drill holes to drain water out? I store our plastic leveling and tire wedges in there.

    The aluminum shades, if not tied down will beat themselves to parts and mar the interior over the sink window. The cheap plastic snaps could be improved for a cost of cents.

    We use to shop EB when you were outdoor oriented. Then you went into primarily clothing. We can buy clothes on every so called outdoor place in the country. REI has gotten into some footwear that cost up to $200 and do not hold up compared to boots and I can buy at a western supply store. It has been so many years ago that Nancy and I shopped EB I could not tell you how long ago.

    We use a 23 foot AS Safari because it is 6 inches narrower on each side than the 25 footer and when towing over uneven forest service and county gravel the drag on the rear bumper is minimal. We would have gone to the 25 foot AS, but after getting our 23 footer set up to handle the back country it seems foolish to have to change hardware on a new “project” conversion.

    The radio antenna is too short on the factory model. Great if you park in city RV parks, but out in the back country you cannot find a station. I pulled off the short antenna and bought a 24 inch whip that was intended for a pickup truck. Great reception day and night.

    For the price an AS asks, it was a disappointment. They push Wally Byam and his exploits… well you better have a tool box, lots of screws, tape, washers, wheel bearings, GOOD tires, dust pan and hardware just in case. The skin holds up very well. The provided awning is excellent. I do not want to appear to be a whiner and there are many good features. But with the “reducing weight to reduce fuel consumption” publicity… come on. The cheap plastic part replacements will exceed any gasoline savings.

    Provide an EB “improved” Airstream. I can buy an expensive city trailer anywhere. I purchased the AS Safari 23 footer because it was better than the competition. That says little about the competition that have more cardboard in them than a land fill. I will buy another AS, but will be more careful looking over any so called improvements in the future.

    Although I have already mentioned tires and wheels. Please. Do not go nickel and dime on the spare tire. The tire and wheel should MATCH those on the ground. The magnesium wheel lug nuts do not fit easily when the spare is needed. It is a safety question. Toyota Tundra offers a steel wheel and street tire for a spare when I have mud and snow Goodrich tires… what gives. I bought a wheel and proper spare myself.

    If EB is serious about a outdoor version 25 foot AS, take your EB model out for a month camping, kayaking, fishing, rock hunting and travel those forest service and BLM roads. Then fix it with proper hardware. Trust me. I might even look at it.

    Just avoid the Hollywood candles and fluff that AS thinks is their customer base. There are some of us that need a durable trailer, less the fluff. Steal the back woods trailer camper from the industry. But an emblem on the side of the door saying Eddie Bauer will not cut it…

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