Airstream's Latest Compact Trailer: A Mobile Studio Apartment on Wheels

Airstream's Latest Compact Trailer: A Mobile Studio Apartment on Wheels
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It is one of the smallest luxury travel trailers that the brand sells and it is one of the most luxurious.

It is not necessarily true that bigger is better when it comes to luxury travel trailers.

Just look at Airstream’s latest, the Caravel 16RB. It’s one of the manufacturer’s smallest models, but it still has everything you need to spend some serious time on the road.

The vast majority of Airstream trailers measure over 20 feet in length, but the new Caravel 16 RB is just 16.5 feet end to end. In fact, only the Bambi 16RB (16.1 feet) and Basecamp 16 (16.2 feet) are smaller. It may be more compact than the bulk of the company’s lineup, but it still looks like a classic Airstream in every other way. 

It has the sleek aluminum exterior that’s been winning campers over for nearly 90 years, 10 large windows, built-in awnings and rides on a single set of color-matching wheels wrapped in Goodyear Endurance tires. It tips the scales at just 3,500 pounds, so most SUVs and small trucks won’t have an issue towing it either.

2023 Airstream Caravel 16RB. Courtesy of Airstream

There is, however, one thing you will need to do in order to fully appreciate what the trailer has to offer. In order to make the vehicle as comfortable as possible, Airstream has equipped it with all the essentials.

This space is aluminum-walled and has a kitchenette with a sink and a two-burner cooktop as well as a lounge area with a dinette and a bathroom with a toilet and a standing shower. As for the sleeping area, it has enough room for a full-size memory foam mattress, as well as plenty of storage space, including a hanging closet. 

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According to Rich Report, the trailer features an additional sleeping area that can be converted into a lounge when needed, so it can accommodate up to four adults at a time. As far as studio apartments go, it's practically like having one on wheels.

The Quietstream climate control system, dimmable LED lighting, a four-speaker JL sound system, and an omnidirectional antenna TV will all make your time on the road more comfortable. There are plenty of USB ports and 110-volt outlets to power your other electronics, and there's even an optional 100-watt solar package so you can stay connected even when you're off the grid.

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If you are looking for a relatively compact travel trailer for your next road trip, the Caravel 16RB is a trailer to consider if you are looking for a relatively compact trailer. Starting at $74,000, you will be able to purchase this model. The same is true if you like the trailer but wish that it had a little bit more space, there is no need to worry about it. There are also versions of the Airstream Caravel that are available in 19-, 20-, and 22-foot lengths.

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