Airstream Inc. announced the revival of two of its most popular historic single-axle models, Bambi and Caravel. Both trailers, which were originally launched in the early 1960s, build on “Airstream’s rich history, dedication to innovative design, and focus on quality craftsmanship,” accordingg to a press release.
Bambi has been a nickname for Airstream travel trailers for decades and earned that moniker on the famous Cape Town to Cairo Airstream caravan trip through Africa, led by Airstream founder Wally Byam. Since then, Airstream has given the Bambi nickname to all single-axle travel trailers to denote their light, nimble size and durable quality. Now, the brand is officially giving the Bambi name its own line of travel trailers.
The first Caravel travel trailer showcased Airstream’s innovation in lightweight, small-space design. The Caravel’s name is a nod to Byam’s love for the sea and sailing. Today’s Caravel offers blends the look and feel of larger Airstreams 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.
“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,” said Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream. “With the all-new Bambi and Caravel models, we wanted to honor our roots while offering accessible, easy-to-tow travel trailers that will inspire new or experienced consumers to explore the world one highway at a time.”
The Bambi and Caravel lines represent some of Airstream’s smallest, easy-to-tow travel trailers and are available in 16-, 19-, 20-, and 22-foot floorplans. Similar to the Basecamp and Nest, each new model can be towed by a wide range of crossovers, trucks, and SUVs, which make them more accessible to novice campers and younger buyers.
Bambi and Caravel both offer two new décor options for each model. The Bambi interior centers on bright neutral tones that allow light to bounce around the trailer while the Caravel features bright whites, warm woods, and sharp black accents.
Bambi starts at $48,900, and Caravel, which starts at $60,900, are now available to purchase at Airstream dealerships across the country.