What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of national parks than in the comfort of a limited-edition Airstream, complete with a queen-sized bed and a full kitchen? Think of it as more of an upscale base camp than, well, car camping. “Our customers tend to use their Airstream as a springboard for adventure,” says Airstream CEO Bob Wheeler, who spoke to us after announcing the one-off Airstream called the Pendleton, a collaboration with Pendleton Woolen Mills.
And while the main purpose of this vehicle is to get you to the base of Mt. Whitney, the rim of the Grand Canyon, and the put-in for the Gauley River, the luxurious indoor habitat has its perks. Inside, the Pendleton has a lodge-like aesthetic, with handcrafted rustic wood cabinetry, Corian countertops, and Brown Peat Ultraleather seating and benches, which are custom embroidered with a Pendleton design evoking forests, rivers, and mountains. The Harbor plank vinyl resembles real hardwood flooring, and the accessories — woolen blankets and shams, wool/down blend bed pillows, throw pillows, bath and hand towels, and even a pet bed — are from Pendleton’s iconic National Park Collection, which debuted in 1916. A map of Yosemite — the world’s original national park — adorns the wall separating the living space from the bed and bath.
A stainless steel oven, a cooktop with glass cover, two Samsung HDTVs equipped with a Blu-Ray player, and a high-definition marine-grade Polk audio system are all standard features. Twin Quietstream units (15,000 and 13,500 BTU) cool the cabin, ensuring you can still hear the sound of nature over the sound of the air conditioner, even in places as hot as Death Valley. An optional solar power package adds on two solar panels, for about 120 watts of charging. Among the Pendleton’s unique features is the 40-inch wide hatch, which fully opens the backside of the trailer to create an integrated indoor-outdoor living space. We found it made an ideal entry point to load the mountain bikes and kayaks.
The Pendleton Airstream has an MSRP of $114,600, and will be available at dealers nationwide through December 31, 2018, or until all 100 are sold. [airstream.com]