Friday, December 9, 2022


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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Sharon B
1 year ago

What is interesting is that CARS are pulling those heavy Airstreams. hmmmm

1 year ago

Good video. Back then Airstream recognized the value of demonstrating the quality inherent in its construction process. I would love to see each major manufacturer put up a similar video now, including Airstream, just to compare. But, now that Thor has Airstream,,,,,,.

1 year ago

Thank God we haven’t changed the way we build airplanes

H. Goff
1 year ago

…and a holding tank that allows for a bubble bath every evening…

Bob p
1 year ago

This was long before THOR came along, take video of how they’re built now and compare.

Tom Gutzke
2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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

2 years ago
Reply to  alcomechanic

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

Dave Helgeson
2 years 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.

2 years ago

Fascinating Video, especially the last 2 minutes!

2 years ago

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

Tommy Molnar
2 years 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
2 years ago

I’ll bet Airstream wishes this video would disappear