ELKHART — Shasta RV will take customers back in time with the introduction of the 1961-style Airflyte at this year’s Elkhart Open House Sept. 16.
The travel trailer, which has been updated to comply with current RV Industry Association codes, and features modern appliances, was designed in honor of the company’s 75th anniversary. It will be a limited edition run of 1,941 trailers to commemorate the company’s first year in business. It will be available to RV dealers on a first-come, first served basis.
“It’s not a retro unit,” Mark Lucas, president of Shasta RV, told RV Daily Report. “It’s a re-issue based on the original print pack from 1961.”
The project has been underway for eight months. Most of the parts remanufactured for this unit will fit an original 1961 version, said Lucas.
“We are building to current RVIA codes and using modern air conditioners, microwaves, stereos, furnaces, etc.,” he explained. “Hehr windows has dusted off their tooling and is making jalousie windows for us and Amerimax is making the log cabin siding.
“Parked side by side, it is hard to tell the new from the original,” said Lucas.
The company plans on producing the trailers beginning in September with hopes of having them on dealers lots immediately following production.
Colors offered will be polo white with matador red, polo white with sea foam green (turquoise), or polo white with butternut yellow. Interior colors will match the exterior.
“The exterior colors are as close to original as possible,” said Lucas.
This floorplan is very similar to a 16SC, although the company has added a wet bath and increased the size of the front dinette to a full bed, not the small twin found in the original. There is a gaucho across the back.
The trailer will practically sleep three, but may increase to four when accommodating small children.
The weight will be in the 2,000-pound range, which means it can be towed by SUVs, mini-vans, full-size cars and collector cars as well, Lucas explained.
Shasta is designing a new bunk model floorplan with the same dinette and full bed, but with two bunks in the back. This unit would also feature a wet bath.
“It is truly a re-issue,” said Lucas. “I bought a 1961 Airflyte for my wife, and this is as close to the original as possible. From the frame, drop axle, 15-inch wheels all the way to the one piece metal roof which is bent around the edge, we painstakingly tried to replicate the original.”
The magazine rack, chrome emblem, drip caps, gas lamp and metal countertop edging will all be included in the reissued unit.
The Airflyte will be formally unveiled Sept. 16 at the Shasta section of the Forest River display.
For more information, or to request to become a Shasta dealer, visit www.shastarving.com or call 574.825.7178.
To see the original 1961 Shasta Airflyte brochure, click here. In constructing the limited edition model, some modifications have been made from the original to comply with current code requirements and to offer more modern features.