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Airstream Shares A First Look At Their eStream Concept


Couple sits outside their Airstream eStream
The eStream is Airstream’s fully electric RV concept. Photo via Airstream

The Fully Electric Airstream eStream Concept

Wouldn’t it be great to have an RV trailer that could drive itself, park itself, and go completely off-grid for weeks? If your answer is yes, Airstream thinks like you.

The iconic manufacturer has added many features to the eStream that make it a dream RV to “tow” behind your vehicle. “Tow” is in quotes because the eStream actually has a built-in electric drivetrain that drives it along behind your tow vehicle.

A trailer that helps boost your fuel economy while towing? It’s a thing now. But wait, that’s not all the eStream can do. The trailer is packed with a host of features that make it the ultimate design for anyone looking for a carefree RV experience.

The eStream lets you have all the comforts of home wherever you happen to be. This 22′ trailer is completely electric. High voltage batteries, an expansive solar rooftop, and advanced electronic systems provide a completely off-grid experience wherever you camp.

The interior

Airstream has a reputation for hand-crafted quality. The eStream is no exception to that. It’s beautifully decorated inside with sleek white cabinetry and ample windows with curtain window coverings.

Photo credit: Airstream

Rooftop solar power

The eStream has the traditional Airstream look and boasts 6 rooftop solar panels to help it power itself. A space-age, LED wrap-around tail light stretches across the back wall. Numerous exterior LED strip lights remind us that this is definitely a concept vehicle.

Photo credit: Airstream

Towing/driving the eStream

The eStream has a full powertrain integrated into the chassis. This means it can either work hand-in-hand with the tow vehicle or drive itself under instructions from a remote control, which makes it easy to park when you get to the campsite.

This trailer has built-in sensors to help stabilize the trailer without needing a weight-distribution hitch. The trailer’s single axle has two motors that work to actively extend its towing range.

The future of Airstream

Airstream created the eStream to explore possibilities and to give themselves something to shoot for in the way of an eco-friendly design.

“We’ve seen some of this technology emerging in European RV design over the last couple years,” said McKay Featherstone, Airstream VP of Engineering and Product Development. “But the eStream brings together multiple technologies and combines them in this complete package. It’s comfortable, connected, and built with the intent to expose what’s possible in the future of Airstream travel.”

Chat with other Airstream owners

You can learn more about Airstream’s eStream concept on their website. For even more inside scoop on the “silver bullet,” connect online with other Airstream enthusiasts on AirForums.com or check out the latest listings on AirstreamClassifieds.com.

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Lynne Fedorick

Lynne lives, travels and works full time in the R-Pod 180 with 3 pointers and 1 small but vital corgi mix named Alice. Lynne began full time RVing as an experiment in 2019, but she quickly fell in love with the convenience, freedom and minimalist lifestyle offered by full time RV living. Lynne is a professional dog trainer, offering mobile and online dog training services through her website at www.mydoggeek.com. You can read about her travel adventures on her blog at: https://rpodadventure.wordpress.com/

9 thoughts on “Airstream Shares A First Look At Their eStream Concept

  1. Not truly self-sustainable. Their stated design goals are to be anywhere, for as long as you want. Technology has a long way to go to achieve those goals. First and foremost, goal would be energy independence from charging stations. Given the current efficiency of solar panels you would need lots of solar arrays on top of the e-stream, assuming the sun is unobstructed, just to keep even with the daily power demands. Second is independence from a potable water supply and wastewater discharge. Neither goal is currently achievable. However, it does spark innovative design thoughts about “what if?” On a marketable basis a new e-stream will have to have the same capabilities and be at least as user friendly as current models with some new concepts at a competitive price.

  2. Having used solar on our rig for 13 years, I have a lot of questions about this. 80% of federal campgrounds do not have electric hookups. And most of those campgrounds are covered in trees. Which will severely limit the charging capability of this trailer. If it’s cloudy, or raining It will never fully charge up. This trailer might be fine for a weekend trip to go a couple hundred miles but you could not expect it to work for a two week trip without a lot of time spent at charging stations when your trying to get to a campground before it fills up for the night. This setup will severely limit your travel distance and where you can stay. Imagine having to charge the trailer with those huge batteries for and hour or longer and then hook up your EV and charge it. Your going to be at a charging station out on the road for hours burning daylight.

  3. Too bad they eliminated propane – this will severly limit battery life (think water heater and range). That being said – i’ll wait until Version 2.0 or 3.0 comes out. I can’t imagine the bugs in the first generation.

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