November '19

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rv-pro.com November 2019 • RV PRO • 21 Airstream Caravel 20FB A blast from the past, the Caravel has returned to the Airstream lineup. The first Caravel travel trailer, built in the 1960s, was a showcase of Airstream's innovation in lightweight, small-space design. The Caravel's name is a nod to founder Wally Byam's love for the sea and sailing. The resurrection of the brand makes complete sense. Airstream's more recognizable models, such as the Globetrotter or Flying Cloud, are pretty big. The newer models, such as Basecamp and Nest, are at the opposite end of the scale and might not live up to some of the expectations for Airstream comfort. Caravel – particularly the 22-foot 20FB model – is just big enough to be able to stretch out and live comfortably without losing sight of the fact that it is being used for going camping. "Caravel offers Airstreamers a small, nimble and easy-to-tow single-axle travel trailer while not sacrificing the added features and storage that serve customers well for longer trips. It really is the best of both worlds where small has become the new big thing here at Airstream," says Justin Humphreys, Airstream COO, summing up the Caravel's appeal. The trailer blends the look and feel of larger Airstreams, but wraps everything up in a sleek, lightweight package. It also offers panoramic windows, optional matching window awnings, a rear bumper, stainless-steel rock guards and increased storage capacity. The design of Caravel 20FB is all about taking advantage of what space is available. When used as a dinette, for example, the table has room for four people. When needed for sleeping, it converts with the table becoming a sturdy base and the cushions sitting on top. The full bed at the front of the coach features a memory foam mattress and has a storage area underneath. The kitchen includes a gas stove, a range vent, a stainless-steel sink and a microwave, as well as an all-electric refrigerator. On the outside, a rear-view camera is mounted to make backup and parking easier. The trailer is pre-wired for solar and features a Zip Dee awning with Sunbrella fabric. Caravel comes in either a Pewter or Tungsten color scheme and starts at $60,900. What impressed RV PRO: Caravel hits just the right bal- ance of space and economy to make it stand apart not only from teardrops and other small trailers, but also from its fellow Airstream models. At $60,900, Caravel isn't cheap – it is an Airstream after all – but particularly with the 22-foot 20FB, there is enough space to not be cramped, but not so much to forget that the object of the trailer is to go camping. Caravel returns to the Airstream lineup with a handful of floorplans including the 20FB, which is just big enough to not feel cramped while being small enough to tow economically.

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