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How to choose an Airstream motorhome: Atlas, Interstate or Rangeline?

Even those with a casual interest in the world of travel trailers are likely familiar with the Airstream brand. Founded in 1931, within a decade its unique polished and streamlined aluminum trailers withstood the tough economic times of the day to propel the company to the top of the premium travel industry. The instantly recognizable silver bullet design continues to the present day, still loved nearly 100 years later for its blend of lightweight construction, luxurious amenities and classic style.

Less well known are Airstream’s entries into the RV industry’s campervan and camper van sector, vehicles that break free from the styling cues of its trailers to embrace a series of more mainstream but still top picks. of range. Its latest development in the touring coach category is the Rangeline series, which moves away from its standard Mercedes-Benz Sprinter platform in favor of a full-size Ram ProMaster body.

It’s a model that seems to be custom-built to make waves in a world that’s become #vanlife. How does the Rangeline fit in with the rest of the Airstream RV package? Here’s an overview of what to expect from the company’s Class B motorhomes and how to choose the right one for your needs.

  • A man changes the settings inside his Airstream Rangeline motorhome

The entry-level Airstream range

Is it possible to use the term “entry level” to describe a camper whose window sticker starts with the lower six digits? The Rangeline’s $147,570 claim might seem a bit high at first glance, until you compare it to a number of other outfitters working with the Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter package, where it is remarkably easy to push well past that mark. This is especially true once you start customizing features and gear, with some companies offering almost unlimited configurability for their platforms.

Airstream is betting on two things with the Range line. The first is that there is a subset of campers who feel overwhelmed by all the different options available to them and simply want to grab a well-designed vehicle that already contains everything they will need. to escape. . To that end, the Rangeline keeps things relatively simple, with just one floor plan and only one real option (a pop-top that pushes the sleeping capacity from two to four). Everything else you’ll need to escape the grid – like a generator, solar panels, large battery storage and a full kitchen – is included.

The Rangeline’s other selling point is that, compared to the next step up in the Airstream motorhome line, you get more van for less money. The ProMaster platform is 21 feet long, an extra two feet above the Sprinter-based Airstream Interstate 19 touring coach. The Interstate 19 costs over $50,000 more, and while it may offer a rear-drive turbodiesel configuration, the ProMaster’s 280-hp V6 is no consolation prize.

  • The Airstream Interstate 24X, a Class B motorhome built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, is a turnkey adventure van
  • The interior of the Airstream Interstate 24X, a Class B motorhome, with a dog sitting in a seat and a woman making coffee

The versatile Airstream Highway

Airstream’s Interstate family covers a good deal of ground. In addition to the 19, there is also the 24GT, 24GL and 24X. As their names might suggest, they feature a 24-foot long-wheelbase implementation of the Sprinter van over the 19 (which is specifically aimed at owners who prioritize maneuverability and urban usability over size total).

Each of the Interstate models shares a common luxury-focused design philosophy that stands apart from the Rangeline. Key features include a larger galley, what Airstream calls a “wet bath” (RV-speak for a bathroom you can soak from floor to ceiling with no ill effects), and higher quality materials throughout the cabin . The 24GT is ideal for a couple (with an additional storage closet and workstation) and the 24GL adds additional seating (for up to nine riders), while the 24X installs four-wheel drive, all-terrain rubber and a raised air suspension. suspension to push the Sprinter even further off-road.

Taking an Airstream motorhome off the beaten track will of course cost you a lot of money. The 24X starts at $246,351, with the 24GT and 24GL not far behind at $233,700. Each of these coaches can also be customized with various options and features, including the company’s E1 package, designed to upgrade the vehicle’s heating and hot water system by replacing a lithium battery and solar panels with the burner. standard liquid propane.

  • A couple walking on the beach towards their Airstream Atlas Class B motorhome
  • The Airstream Atlas motorhome with a Tommy Bahama interior pack

The large and luxurious Atlas Airstream

For those looking to maximize their Airstream RV experience, the brand’s next level is represented by the Atlas line of Class B RVs. With its bulky body, the Atlas not only offers a wider living space, but also a slide-out living room that replaces interior seating (up to four) with more opulent sleeping quarters (for of them). The Atlas sofa doubles as a pull-down bed, allowing more space aft for an apartment-style bathroom and ample closet space for storage.

Mechanically, the Atlas retains the same air suspension and turbodiesel V6 as the Interstate models, but inside there’s more configurability to be found, including a Tommy Bahama color scheme for the living area, as well as the availability of the E1 package, a cradle-style bed that extends over the front seats to accommodate an additional bunk and a set of built-in jacks to level the campervan over rough terrain. As such, the Airstream Atlas tops the price range, starting at $289,911.

Choose the right motorhome

There are three clear dividing lines in the Airstream RV lineup, but they don’t necessarily divide by the company’s product families, or even its prices.

Arguably, the Rangeline and Interstate 24X cater to two flavors of the same vanlife customer: those looking for a turnkey entry point into weekend adventure, and those who want to give landing, but who don’t want to leave all the niceties behind in the process. The 24X in particular is an interesting play from Airstream, given how many bespoke outfitters have made their way into the high-end off-road space with mid-duty trucks and heavy-duty pickup rigs that are much more capable when the going gets tough. When you spend a quarter of a million dollars on a platform, the tendency to customize it to your exact tastes and requirements is a strong pull, and one that Airstream is not set up to meet.

The rest of the Interstate models are game for families and retirees, the latter targeted by the 19 condo-friendly parking footprint and the former by accommodations that sleep up to nine people. That leaves the Atlas up against the high-end choices of other big names in the RV market, such as Coachmen and Winnebago, each of which has established just as much of a presence as Airstream’s motorhomes in terms of attracting customers. potential, and in some cases, offer a higher level of equipment.

On the plus side, however, is Airstream’s ability to actually put its Atlas platforms on the road compared to the multi-year wait times of some other manufacturers. In today’s RV market, delivery date is an important factor to consider in addition to price, platform, and amenities.