Over the course of the past year I keep seeing a funny set of search terms on my blog used together. “Off Road Airstream.”
Google and the rest have been sending me more and more referrals based on that search criteria. Folks are figuring out whether or not they can off road with an Airstream? Seriously?
Airstreams are some of the coolest travel trailers out there. I’m a fan. I’d better be a fan, I’ve been full timing in an Airstream for 4 years now. Never expected to full time that long, but here I am, still in the Airstream. And you know, it’s a versatile rig. But one thing it isn’t….. Off Road capable.
Now, I’ve teasingly asked Chris Marzonie about the possibility of an off road ready Airstream. He gets this grin, chuckles a bit, and then says something like, “Come on now Rich…….” I think he thinks I’m being serious. And while I’m mostly kidding around, wouldn’t an off road Airstream be cool? I mean, Chris works for Overland Journal, knows the guys at Adventure Trailer…..surely we could figure something out…….right?
I’m here to tell you, to date, no off roading with Airstreams folks. I’m sure someone somewhere has rigged one up, and I’ll get a note about it. That would be cool!
For the time being though, I am an off roading Airstreamer. The Airstream acts as base camp. It’s parked somewhere happy and safe. And then I head off road. At the end of the day I return to it. It’s home. The portable photo lab. The place to get a hot shower after tromping around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The place to stay warm on a cold August evening at 8800 ft above sea level. But it does not follow me down wash board roads, insane double tracks, or through purposefully lit fires (drove through a burn last week that was unnerving).
So, off roading Airstream owners. Yeah, we exist. Off roading with the Airstream? Yeah, not quite yet gang! If you want to see it happen, contact Chris and tell him that we need to get some sponsors to create the ultimate adventure trailer!