Shasta to ‘reissue’ an updated 1961 Airflyte

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.

Original yellow Shasta Airflyte
Original yellow Shasta Airflyte

“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.


Original red Shasta Airflyte
Original red Shasta Airflyte

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 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.



Limited edition Shasta Airflyte in production.
Limited edition Shasta Airflyte in production.



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Reissued 1961 Shasta Airflyte interiror
Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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  • TheHappyGlamper says:

    Are there any models at a Dealer available to view in the Southern CA area?

  • Melissa says:

    We recently traveled to a Pennsylvania dealership to view this new trailer, hoping that it would be just what we imagined and had viewed online. What a complete disappointment. We had four separate trailers to view (red and yellow) and they were built poorly to say the least. The corners of the walls did not meet in some areas, the sealer over the inside seams was smeared, missed in areas, or just poorly done. The door handle was broken off inside one camper (yes, just a matter of a screw), the cushions were decent, the curtains are quite cute, but you can’t even pull out the back gaucho (which is tiny – make sure you have measurements if purchasing online) and have the bathroom door open. To say that we were bummed is an understatement, as we would have jumped on ordering our very own. The outside corner trim is terrible – it appears as if someone hand bent all of the trim. The window glass has no outside trim, but instead is glued in. This is fine, if the sealant actually covered the entire frame of the window. In addition, saving the best for last, a yellow Shasta that had been parked in the lot for approximately one month had MAJOR leaking in the upper corner, above the front window. It traveled about six inches down the wall and across the wall, to the nearest seam. It traveled about ten inches down the seam and discolored the wood and any small nails in the seam. The wall was warped where the moisture had gotten in.

    I hope anyone else who orders one of these inspects them well and does not have any of these builder defects. As a remake camper, it’s awesome. As a usable remake camper, that I don’t fear having out in the elements, it’s a no-go.

    • Tim Wright says:

      I put money down on one of these and I was somewhat concerned after thinking it over on my drive home about a few deficiencies that I didn’t take into consideration when I first was swept away by the videos I watched initially. After actually visiting the dealership and seeing the trailer first hand, these concerns chased around in my head all the way home (288 miles one way).

      For one, I can’t believe they don’t include a spare tire with a vehicle that travels on the road. Should a flat occur, I’d be screwed if I were in Utah or Canada or some out of the way location.

      Second, I know this is a retro but the workmanship on the window molding was pretty ragged. I am wondering if that might compromise the integrity of the seams in regards to the weather tightness.

      Of course I only read your concerns after I got home.

  • Karol Mayo says:

    I checked out the Shasta Airflyte reissue at a lot in Odessa, Tx yesterday, March 8, 2015. It was cute and the inside looked nice and well built BUT the awnings/drip guard over the windows and aluminum siding covering the corner joints on the exterior were deplorable I can’t believe someone allowed not only this one but at least three others on the Odessa lot to leave the factory like that. Extremely poor workmanship. I so wanted to buy one of these but this poor show in quality is changing my mind.

  • Steve says:

    Melissa, what dealer in PA? Trying to find a dealer closest to New England so I can see with my own eyes before buying.

  • Lisa Hamilton says:

    We reserved this trailer and drove two hours to pick up yesterday. I was so disappointed in the quality of the interior. The finish was terrible, doors not aligned, flimsy scalloping, and more. I couldn’t believe that it was so poorly constructed. We ended up buying a new trailer instead.

  • Brandi Mills says:

    This is such a neat little RV! For any enthusiasts out there -or anyone who had one of these or their parents had one (or you just love Retro RV’s) -I am a Scentsy consultant and next month (May 2016), our warmer of the month is a replica of the 1961 Shasta Airflyte in Matador Red. If you are interested, just e-mail me at and I”d be glad to send you some pics of the warmer!

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