Video: Historical Airstream – Too bad most RVs aren’t built this way


From on YouTube (via Bob Difley) is this interesting vintage documentary video, filmed about 50 years ago, showing the production of an Airstream trailer. (No rushing during production back in those days.) A bikini-clad female to demonstrate the insulation in the Airstream? And a very interesting “test drive” towards the end of the video. If you are interested in Airstream or its roots, this is a must-view video. (19 minutes)


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Tom Gutzke
10 months ago

I can’t imagine the swerving through cones with allmost ANY trailer made today.

10 months ago

Sure wasn’t my 2008 Airstream they showed. Couldn’t even drive it on the highways without the front panel flexing and breaking!

10 months ago
Reply to  alcomechanic

Thor Industries owns Airstream now, so that’s not surprising.

Dave Helgeson
10 months ago

Actually the video is only about 50 years old as Airstream introduced radius windows in 1969 if I recall correctly. My first job in the RV business was keeping this film running during the RV Show in the old Seattle Coliseum. Every 20 minutes I would rewind the film and start it again.

10 months ago

Fascinating Video, especially the last 2 minutes!

10 months ago

Wow, can you imagine what it would cost today to build an Airstream that way?

Tommy Molnar
10 months ago

Ya think maybe the manufacturing process has changed a tad since then? I wonder how much “test driving” goes on these days, with ANY trailer manufacturer?

Bob p
10 months ago

I’ll bet Airstream wishes this video would disappear