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Writer Takes Airstream Avenue for Test Drive

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April 6, 2011 by   Leave a Comment

Airstream Avenue

Airstream Avenue

Editor’s Note: Airstream is one of the best-known names in RVs. So it only makes sense that the maker of those sleek, loaf-shaped trailers would try to make a splash in motorhomes. James Bell, president of the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles, decided to give motorhome living a try. His report on the Airstream Avenue Class B motorhome appeared in USA Today:

For starters, there is the vehicle. Airstream says this is no normal motorhome, but rather one that brings the best of the brand to bear. CEO Bob Wheeler says, “We designed every detail of the 2011 Airstream Avenue to bring our customers a touring coach that combines value, performance and comfort. With the Avenue, travelers can enjoy the drivability of an automobile yet have a true home on wheels.”

So we gave the new Airstream a whirl. And we were the perfect candidates, since our idea of “camping” usually includes airport shuttles and infinity swimming pools. With the Avenue begging to go out and play, we quickly chose a destination in the hills outside of Santa Barbara and packed for unknown adventure.

We were not exactly “roughing it.” The Avenue is equipped with with a stainless-steel kitchen, bathroom, shower and refrigerator. On the comfort side, soft leather lines all of the seating areas including a lounge area that conveniently turns into a bed for two and finished with styling details to be expected from this famous brand. My daughter was happy to discover the high-definition TV, and my wife and I were equally pleased to see the controls for the 13,500 BTU air conditioner and 16,000 BTU furnace – both of which were used to keep all of us comfortable.

While the Avenue is not inexpensive, with a list price around $95,000, the experience we had that weekend was priceless and made easy by its “all-in-one” attitude. With rising fuel prices and economic uncertainty guiding many vacation plans, getting out and enjoying local attractions continues to be an attractive alternative for many families, and the responsibly sized and fuel efficient Avenue is ready to roll.

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