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Camping Out in an Airstream, Country Music–Style

Camping Out in an Airstream

Shaun Ochsner
May 3, 2018
Photographers: Shaun Ochsner
Music festival season is upon us, and there is no better way to spend a weekend of fun watching your favorite artists than camping at the venue with hundreds of other fans. We recently took a road trip to Florence, Arizona, for the Country Thunder Music Festival, which included a weekend full of the top country music artists in the nation. Camping spots go for a premium at this event and sell out almost a year in advance. Country Thunder has several camping areas, and we were assigned to what is known as the most rowdy and biggest party areas of them all—Crazy Coyote. When one of these coveted spots became available in May 2017, we jumped at the opportunity.
The question then became, what were we going to camp in? The answer was simple—an Airstream. Airstream’s travel trailers are iconic and represent classic American camping. The sleek silver aerodynamic design signature lets people know an Airstream is coming down the road. If you have ever been to a country music festival, there is no shortage of American trucks (Ford, Chevy, and Ram), American flags, and of course, American beer!
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Airstream and its iconic design started in America in the 1930s, and it hasn’t changed over the years. This retro-style brand of trailers is back and more popular than ever. Of course, there are new-era upgrades. The trailer we had was a 22-foot 2017 Airstream Bambi Sport. Weighing in at 4,500 lbs (GVWR), the Airstream Sport was an easy trailer to tow any distance with a wide variety of light- duty pickup trucks and SUVs. We towed it with a 2014 Ford F-150 with no problems.
The inside was roomy and comfortable. The kitchen included a stove with two gas burners, refrigerator to store all of the weekend’s goodies, microwave, and, of course, a comfortable bed that you could probably sleep the day away in. (But why would you want to when you are at a music festival and the party never stops!) The front panoramic windows included blackout curtains to keep the interior cool. There was a radio with an aux port or USB plug-ins to keep your phone charged and the music streaming all day. The shower was the standard size for a regular motorhome. Be careful and watch your water usage, as the tank isn’t very large. If you do run out of water, most music festivals have services on- site that will fill and dump your tanks for a nominal fee.
Photo 3/17   |   Camping Out In An Airstream Side View
Outside there was an awning that came out to provide shade while barbequing favorite meats on the grille. We recommend bringing a portable generator to run during the day to keep continuous power to the Airstream. Also, don’t forget extra fuel for the generator. During the day, both the generator and solar panels charged the Airstream’s onboard battery system, which gave us the power we needed throughout the night. Most music festival venues do not have regular RV hookups.
The camping area lived up to its name. People brought private stages for dancing while DJs spun music, and fully stocked whiskey bars, jacuzzis, slip ’n slides, and beer pong tables kept everyone entertained. The creativity of some camping spots was epic.
Photo 4/17   |   Camping Out In An Airstream Set Up
As people walked by our spot, we received tons of positive comments on the Airstream. We gave several tours of the interior and had one person convinced he was going to buy one as soon as the weekend was over. Everybody knew where to find us.
The weekend and the Airstream were a country music hit!
MSRP- Starting $54,900
GVWR- 4,500 pounds
Fresh Water- 20 gallons
Grey Water- 24 gallons
Black Water- 18 gallons
Sleeping Capacity- 1-4 people



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