2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

The new RVs Move America Economic Impact Study, released June 3, 2019 at the annual meeting of RVIA, revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supporting nearly 600,000 jobs, contributing more than $32 billion in wages, and paying more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click here.

Airstream Brings Back Two Classic Travel Trailer Models

Tue Jun 4, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155966524258995.pngAirstream, the maker of the so-called “silver bullet” travel trailers and touring coaches on Monday announced the revival of two of its historic single-axle models. Bambi and Caravel were originally made in the early 1960s.

“Bambi” has been a nickname for Airstream travel trailers for decades. It earned the moniker on the famous Cape Town to Cairo caravan trip through Africa, led by the company’s founder Wally Byam.

The name stuck and Airstream has since used it to informally refer to all of its single-axle travel trailers. Now, the brand is officially calling a line of small, lightweight travel trailers Bambi.

The first Caravel travel trailer was built to showcase Airstream’s innovation in design. The name is a nod to Byam’s love for sailing and the sea.

Today’s Caravel is designed with a clean, modern look and features. It has panoramic windows, optional awnings, a rear bumper, stainless steel rock guards and increased storage space.

“When it comes to our travel trailer lineup, we have set the bar in regard to design, quality craftsmanship, and staying true to our brand heritage – Bambi and Caravel are no exception,” President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Wheeler says. “With the all-new Bambi and Caravel models, we wanted to honor our roots while offering design-forward, accessible, easy-to-tow travel trailers that will inspire new or experienced consumers to explore the world one highway at a time.”

The two models are among Airstream’s smallest, with 16, 19, 20, and 22-foot floor plans. Like the Basecamp and Nest, they can be towed by many more SUVs, crossovers and trucks than their larger counterparts.

Bambi and Caravel both come in any of the four sizes with two new decor options. The Bambi interior features bright, neutral tones that allow daylight to brighten the space. The Caravel has with a clean, modern design with bright whites, warm woods and sharp black accents.

The price for Bambi starts at around $48,900. Caravel costs around $60,900. They’re now available to purchase at Airstream dealerships across the country.

Airstream builds its aluminum travel trailers in Jackson Center, Ohio.The company is a subsidiary of the Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries. For more information, visit airstream.com.

Pictured above is the 2020 Bambi