There’s no doubt about it: the shiny silver bullets are beautiful. But what’s it like to camp in one? If you’ve ever wanted to find out, the AutoCamp Airstream experience is one way to try before buying.
Their elegance and style is reminiscent of something that Steve Jobs might have designed. But to those of us who’ve never owned one, it’s natural to question the Airstream trailers’ high ticket price. Is it really worth the cost? Now there’s a way to find out, without the expense of actually buying one.
The AutoCamp Airstream Experience Goes National
AutoCamp wants to make it easy for people to experience the outdoors–and get the ultimate Airstream experience in the process. In California and now, Cape Cod, the company has built high end, stylish “outdoor hotels” with Airstream suites, luxury camping tents and swanky clubhouses.
You’ll find AutoCamp in prime outdoorsy destinations like Santa Barbara, California’s Russian River Valley, Yosemite National Park and most recently, Cape Cod. A surge of investment money late last year is positioning the company to expand to more locations across North America and eventually, the world.
Tin Can Tourists Inspire a Luxury Brand
AutoCamp Santa Barbara is the company’s first location. It’s located on an iconic piece of California coastline real estate, originally developed in 1915 when the Santa Barbara city council was convinced the earliest tin can tourists would stop for a night in their town. They were right. In 1922 automobile driving tourists with handmade camper car caravans started flocking to the campground in droves. Today, the modern AutoCamp Santa Barbara experience sits on the exact same property where it all began.
What Makes AutoCamp So Special?
This isn’t your typical RV park. Each AutoCamp location offers a back-to-nature, high-end Airstream camping experience in 31-foot trailers exclusively designed by Airstream. Rentals have luxury amenities like ultra modern bedding with memory foam mattresses, organic bedding, cozy lounging and dining furniture and private outdoor area with fire pit. Although you won’t get an actual stovetop in your rental, you will have a microwave, electric kettle, french press, microwave, mini refrigerator, bottle opener, corkscrew, matches, dishware, and utensils.
AutoCamp destinations also have a huge, modern clubhouse designed in the swanky mid-century modern look that’s distinctively modern rustic. There’s a lounge, indoor fireplace, comfy seating, a bar with taps serving craft beer, kombucha, and wine, a communal dining table, restaurant, retail shop, and restrooms with luxury showers.
Perhaps one of the biggest bonuses of paying for an AutoCamp Airstream experience is that you won’t have to deal with any of the hassles and challenges of RV ownership. Forget dumping the holding tanks. You won’t even have to tow it down the highway. AutoCamp is all about making the outdoors easy peasy, with none of the pitfalls of RV camping.
Watch for More Swanky Airstream Camping Experiences
Last year TIME named the Yosemite AutoCamp location one of the World’s Greatest Places. Investors noticed, and are flocking to boost the brand to a global expansion. The company just received a $115M investment boost, and Airstream has committed to building more of the exclusive AutoCamp trailers. The two brands have partnered since 2016 when AutoCamp Santa Barbara launched.
“Building on our successful partnership with AutoCamp allows Airstream to get a foothold in the $218 billion hospitality industry, where we can directly compete with the likes of hotels, Airbnbs, and VRBOs,” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream president and CEO, in a company press release. “AutoCamp’s best-in-class approach directly aligns with our premium brand expectations. We’re excited to build on our previous success together.”
Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.
Bryan Curley says
That’s a really cool idea. Reminds me of the Under Canvas locations where you glamp in these awesome-looking canvas tents. I think I saw them outside Yellowstone National Park and Moab, Utah but didn’t get a chance to go in and check it out. Next time!
Robert C Dewald says
How much per night, week month?
Does it have a/c?
Where does the black and grey water go?
Otherwise I like it … Rv parks are so expensive and noisy, ie.. dogs music etc.. Not peaceful at all.
This seems relaxing and homey but the price will determine it;s success.
Lorraine A Gehring says
If the goal is to find out if you like RV camping, I think this type of experience will give people a false idea of what RVing is all about.
If the idea is to experience something cool, a vacation experience, then it’s a great concept. But I don’t imagine many who stay in this kind of rental RV will go out and buy their own.
G. Thomas says
Great for the 10% that can live the lifestyle… This is truly an exceptional experience. Very impressive for the fortunate few…
The AutoCamp philosophy is a deplorable idea. Their camps permanently destroy beautiful landscapes in pristine national parks, and without regard for their neighbors. They also try to violate local zoning policies. All of this for fake outdoor, luxurious living for the rich.
Our 1969 Overlander is now one of the Airstreams in that park. We pulled her until we decided to get a newer travel trailer with slide outs. We no longer have instant attention when we arrive in a camp ground. We just fit in with the rest of the crowd. W purchased her when she was 20 years old and sold her when she was 50 years old. She no longer looks like the Airstream we owned on the inside. We had her mostly original, she has been fancied up with crystal chandeliers, leather furniture and fur rugs. Ugh, not camping, this is glam-camping.