Thursday, September 21, 2023


Tour the 2023 Airstream Caravel 16RB: The smallest Airstream!

Join Patrick Botticelli, the Airstream brand manager for Colonial Airstream in Millstone Township, NJ, for a tour of the brand’s smallest travel trailer, the 2023 Airstream Caravel. If you are interested in this trailer, be sure to watch the 40-minute video as Patrick does an outstanding job and goes into pretty much every detail of what the Airstream Caravel has to offer.

This trailer has a lot of details to love. For instance, the back trunk is outfitted with storage bins that can be accessed from inside or outside. Nice!

Another small detail that I love and wish every RV manufacturer would do: The door entrance is angled in such a way that you can simply sweep dirt and debris out the door.

The air conditioner drip tube drains over the spare tire so that it does not leave unsightly drips running down your trailer.

Throughout the trailer, you will find QR codes that you can scan to connect to immediate tech support about that area of the trailer.

The front and back panoramic windows bring lots of light into the small coach and let you enjoy the outdoor ambiance from the comfort of the indoors.

Inside the trailer, you’ll find a large front dinette that can comfortably sleep two adults. I like the way you can arrange the cushions in different configurations for different needs, or tuck some away entirely.

The back bed also sleeps two adults comfortably.

The kitchen features a 2-burner gas cooktop, 12-volt 3.1 cubic feet refrigerator with a small freezer compartment, and a small microwave oven. There is a single stainless steel sink that looks a bit too small to function well in a kitchen.

For a tiny trailer, the wardrobe closet is impressively large.

The small wet bath features a porcelain toilet. Other nice bath features are the shower curtains that help seal off both sides, and a portable retractable clothesline.

More nice features of the 2023 Airstream Caravel

  • Window awnings on all windows
  • Steel screen door guards
  • Wireless backup camera
  • Outdoor shower
  • Underbelly waste hose storage tube
  • Stainless steel front wrap rock guard
  • Electric hitch jack
  • Lights are all on dimmer switches
  • The venting system lets you push air in the trailer where you want it
  • Precise tank monitors give readouts in percentages
  • Pillow top memory foam mattress

Downsides of the 2023 Airstream Caravel

I have never been a fan of combining the gray and black water into one tank. I have owned such an RV in the past and this, for me, would be a deal breaker on any in the future. It’s simply not efficient for the type of off-grid RVing I like to do.

  • Cargo carrying capacity is only 800 lbs., but this is a small trailer.
  • Both sleeping spaces are east/west beds, meaning the inside person will need to crawl over the outside person to get out of bed.
  • The kitchen sink looks too small.

Learn more about the Airstream Caravel here.

2023 Airstream Caravel Specs

  • GVWR: 4300 lbs.
  • Dry weight: 3500 lbs.
  • Length: 16’5”
  • Fresh water: 23 gallons
  • Combination gray/black water: 30 gallons
  • 13,500 BTU Dometic air conditioner
  • 12,000 BTU furnace
  • 100w rooftop solar panel
  • 1000w pure sine waver inverter
  • Gerard tankless water heater
  • Heated tanks under the floor
  • 30-amp power connection
  • Two propane bottles, 20 lbs. each
  • Victron solar system
  • Rear exit emergency hatch
  • MSRP: $74,000


Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard is the author 8 published books on topics as diverse as US Citizenship to Cannabis Cooking. Cheri grew up in a circus family and has been RVing on and off her entire life.


  1. Considering the numerous engineering inclusions and the resultant ease of use and the history of Airstream re-sale values – this appears to be a reasonable price value. It is far out of the reach of the average travel trailer “camper” – but they aren’t built for rough neck times in the woods, more for the owner who appreciates high quality. Consider the stainless steel corner guards and front window guard as just two small examples of engineering foretho’t.

    • Excellent points. And again, cost and RV needs are all relative to the individuals. A lot of people come on posts like this and write the product off for various reasons. That’s fine, for THEM, but others may feel very differently.

      In the case of Airstream, a LOT of people feel differently. I am one of them. I have been a fan since I was a young child and continue to be one today.

  2. You’ve got to be kidding! The price is of ridiculous…. Too small for too many $$$. Some folks will try and tow this with a Fiat 500.


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