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WSJ Writer Travels on Airstream’s Interstate

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May 23, 2011 by   1 Comment

The following review of the Airstream Interstate 3500 appears in the Wall Street Journal, penned by Dan Neil in his column Rumble Seat.

Airstream Interstate Class B

Airstream Interstate Class B

I have an old friend—and by old, I mean he’s in his 70s—who thrives on aggravation. Seriously, anger endorphins are like Centrum Silver to this guy. He started a business to teach teenagers to be safer drivers, which was obviously very rewarding. The good government and wise stewardship of North Carolina having left him restless, he moved to Florida, where he could perform daily ritual ablutions in deep pools of administrative incompetence. To my fiery friend, whom I have nicknamed Turbo, homeowners-association meeting = cage fighting.

After his wife died, he tried online dating. Again, in Florida, where there could not possibly be any downside. And then two years ago this lifelong landlubber bought a 42-foot cabin cruiser. At the time of this writing, he’s in the Bahamas, no doubt beating the hell out of a diesel fuel filter with a pipe wrench, happy as a clam.

I have discovered his next source of bliss.

Meet the 2011 Airstream Interstate 3500, a class “B” motor coach built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis with coachwork by the good folks in Jackson Center, Ohio. At a time when RV sales in the U.S. are about a third off their historic highs, the Airstream Interstate has been a mega-hit for the company, and small wonder. What began life as a humble, windowless turbo-diesel Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery van has been transformed into a rocking and rolling ultrasuede shag palace stocked with four captain’s chairs, 19-inch LCD monitors with high-def TV, a motorized bench-seat/lounge, Corian countertops, sink, cooktop, refrigerator, convection microwave, toilet/shower and much more. Click here to read the entire story.

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One Response to “WSJ Writer Travels on Airstream’s Interstate”

  1. Lynn Holland on May 23rd, 2011 1:54 pm

    It is SO refreshing to read an RV test report where the author isn’t afraid of losing ad revenue, or in some other way beholden to the manufacturer. Dan Neil hits the nail in the head when he says, in effect, “shame of Airstream for poor documentation, erratic product design, poor fit and finish, and overpricing the product.” It is strange that they aren’t living up to the richly deserved reputation from building towables with their foray into the powered market. As I recall, their class A’s of the nineties were well built. Wonder what’s going on with this Class B?

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