Saturday, December 2, 2023


Tour the MEGA lithium-powered 2024 Airstream Trade Wind travel trailer

In the video below, we join Patrick Botticelli, Airstream brand manager for Colonial Airstream in Millstone Township, New Jersey, for a tour of the new lithium-powered Airstream Trade Wind™ travel trailer. If you were familiar with the Trade Wind trailers Airstream built in the ’50s and ’60s, this is the new-and-improved modern version that takes advantage of new technologies to make an off-grid Airstream like never before.

The model Patrick is showing is the 25FB (referring to front bedroom). The Airstream Trade Wind trailer in the video has a queen-sized bed, but know that this trailer is also available with twin beds instead.

Other interesting options are a rear hatch door that completely opens up the back of the trailer, as well as having a composting toilet.

Patrick says the Airstream Trade Wind is priced between an International and the Globetrotter, but its feature level is one step above the Airstream Flying Cloud.

This off-grid-capable trailer has more power potential than any other in Airstream’s 92-year history. It is fully inverted, meaning it has a 3000-watt inverter and every outlet on board runs off the inverter system. It carries an internal heated Battle Born lithium battery bank with 810Ah and has 600 watts of rooftop solar.

Inside, the large front U-shaped seating area, surrounded by panoramic windows, can be a living room, dining room, or additional sleeping area.

In the kitchen, you will find a nice large square sink set in a laminate countertop. There’s a 3-burner Furrion cooktop. While a gas oven is standard, you can upgrade to a convection microwave. There’s a 12-volt Norcold compressor-style fridge.

There’s a built-in space for a trash can (always a conundrum in RVs), a pull-out pantry, and they even left a space under the counter for the dog’s dish and water bowl.

I love the layout of this trailer with a center split bathroom and a rear bedroom, as it really offers a degree of privacy between the sleeping areas.

The back bedroom features an east/west bed, but you are able to walk around it. Underneath you’ll find a ton of storage. Panoramic windows also surround this area.

More nice features of the Airstream Trade Wind

  • Fully ducted 30,000 BTU propane furnace
  • Fully ducted 15,000 BTU air conditioner
  • Suburban tankless water heater
  • Insulated and weather-sealed exterior compartments
  • Hinged stainless steel front rock guards
  • Tinted tempered glass windows all around
  • Wired for additional external solar panels
  • Outdoor shower
  • Full blackout curtains
  • The large awning shades the entire length of the trailer
  • Wireless backup camera
  • Heated holding tanks
  • Built-in clothesline in the shower
  • Premium memory foam mattress

What can be improved?

I think it’s an amazing trailer, but then, as a lifelong Airstream fanatic, I admit to being less than unbiased.

Wardrobe closets are in short supply; there is some closet storage but not a lot.

I will say, due to some negative personal experiences with Norcold products and customer service, I wish Airstream had chosen another brand. I suppose this would not make or break my decision to buy an Airstream Trade Wind, but for me it is a checkmark in the negative column.

2024 Airstream Trade Wind Specs

  • Length: 26’2”
  • GVWR: 7,300 pounds
  • Net carrying capacity: 1100 pounds
  • Fresh water: 39 gallons
  • Gray water: 39 gallons
  • Black water: 39 gallons
  • Sleeps: 5
  • 30-amp service
  • Solar: 600 watts
  • Internal heated lithium battery bank: 810Ah
  • MSRP: Starts at $129,400

Learn more about Airstream Trade Wind travel trailers here.


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.



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leslie berg (@guest_254272)
2 months ago

Love them, but unless they can get the price down, not something I’d consider. For example, $7,500 just for hatch option. I don’t see that the cost reflects the cost of the product and fabrication of the hatch.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_254189)
2 months ago

Occasionally peeking into Airstream trailers has shown me a distinct lack of cabinet and storage space. Most seem to have limited outside storage space as well. On the upside of this, the less room for stuff, the less weight you end up towing.

Bob M (@guest_254148)
2 months ago

Airstream TT are nice, but there is not much outside storage. The way the toilet is situated in some Airstreams my wife tells me it prevents her from Peeing. She’s not a large person either. The convection microwave might be ok for young people, but as you get old
you don’t want to be bending. I prefer a large oven and a microwave you can use standing up. Plus Airstreams are to expensive.

Bob P (@guest_254155)
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob M

Agree, I don’t even read about things this expensive. Between buying the trailer and truck to pull it you can buy a Class A and have a lot more RV.

Cheri Sicard (@guest_254177)
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

I would NEVER in a million years want a Class A for anything. Give me the Airstream ANY and EVERY day.

Cancelproof (@guest_254242)
2 months ago
Reply to  Cheri Sicard

As a pro-choice RVer, I support your choice Cheri. I’m not a TT guy but something about Airstream evokes a positive emotional response in my soul too. Keep on keepin on.

Cheri Sicard (@guest_254425)
2 months ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

I have been an Airstream fanatic since I was a young child and saw the ad of the elegantly dressed woman sitting at the front table of the Airstream, the table set for an elegant dinner and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I decided then and there at 10 years old that that is how I wanted to live. A framed copy of that picture hangs in my RV to this day.

Chris (@guest_254123)
2 months ago

Net carrying capacity is not 11.

Net Carrying Capacity (lbs.)
1,100 per airstream web site

Cheri Sicard (@guest_254178)
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

That is what it says?

Diane McGovern
2 months ago
Reply to  Cheri Sicard

Sorry, Cheri. I neglected to look at the numbers. My bad.😖 Thanks for fixing it, Chuck. –Diane

Steve Comstock (@guest_254105)
2 months ago

Hmmm… “Net carrying capacity: 11 pounds”. Must be they overdid the batteries.
And, if it’s a composting toilet, why is there a 39-gal blackwater tank?

Steve Comstock (@guest_254108)
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Comstock

Ok, just saw the toilet is optional equipment. Not mentioned in the article.

M cameron (@guest_254097)
2 months ago

Net carrying capacity 11 pounds????? I will have to start my diet.

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