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Inside the all-American Airstream

JACKSON CENTER, Ohio — Airstream’s signature teardrop shape dates back to 1929 when Wally Byam built the first Airstream trailer. It began as a tent built atop a Model T chassis, which was soon replaced by the recognizable aerodynamic permanent shelter.

It’s come a long way since then — Airstream has plenty of hefty models for a life on the road. But it’s getting back to the basics with its aerodynamic, ultra-light, superbly technical, teeny yet beautiful, Basecamp. We chatted with Airstream CEO Bob Wheeler to get all the details on how they managed to pack a working home inside this petite riveted trailer — complete with that epic panoramic window view.

Read the full story from Gear Patrol.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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