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Old 08-08-2003, 02:42 PM   #1
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Airstream Conversion Van?

Yesterday I saw a full size Ford van with
a large fiberglass box sticking up about 2 feet above the roof. It was labeled "AIRSTREAM 190". The van appeared to be of relatively recent vintage. Does anyone know the history of such a beast? The box had windows with curtains and the van appeared to be a conversion similar to a Roadtrek.
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Old 08-08-2003, 03:29 PM   #2
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They are known as the Airstream B190. I don't know much about them but there is usually an article about them in the Blue Beret every month.
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Old 08-08-2003, 06:18 PM   #3
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B-Vans

They're commonly known just as B-Vans. They've been around for years, although I don't know what the first year would have been for them... I know I've seen them back as far as '92.

I believe they're built on the E-250 chassis. They're actually done quite nicely. The PO of my 34' towed it with a B-van.

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Old 08-08-2003, 08:04 PM   #4
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Airstream B Van

I own a 1996 B Van. I am interested in starting a site for fellow B Van'ers to exchange ideas and needs. I have owned mine since 1997 (I'm the second owner). I have towed a 34 foot Airstream from FL to MI and back with it and regularly tow a coffee concession trailer with it. I have lived in it too. I have a LOT of knowledge to share, and of course, I always need to learn more myself. Anyone interested please email me! Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2003, 11:53 AM   #5
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There is a forum on the Airstream B Vans at

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Airstream190/

not very active but a good starting point.

B vans are very similar to the Falcons and produced by Airstream from about 1989 to 1999.
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Old 08-09-2003, 02:47 PM   #6
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Thanks Bryan, I'll check it out now!
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Old 08-11-2003, 07:34 AM   #7
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B190

Thanks for all the history.
Why didn't they make the exterior out
of nice shiny aluminum? This tendency
towards fiberglass is sad. Even AVION
made a truck camper with an aluminum outer shell.
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I heard a rumor at the international rally that Airstream was replacing the B van with a new "Trans Van" type of vehicle. Any truth to this??
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Old 08-11-2003, 09:42 AM   #9
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One of the Airstream 190's key features was that it had a standard van shell that helped with body integrity. This is one reason why it was just a fiberglass cap and an Airstream interior. It appears that it was based on the Falcon B Van design.

One idea for the B Van was a vehicle that could tow Airstream trailers. That idea appears to have been dropped as the latest ideas tends towards a class C type. This is a van chassis with a custom body. The rear axle to hitch point distance on a Class C gets to be rather long to support decent trailer towing. And even the AS 190 is rather heavy for a good tow vehicle.

The last I heard was that the latest attempt at a B Van replacement (I saw a picture somewhere but don't have a link) would have required something like a $120,000 price tag due to the shell manufacturing requirements. So that one didn't get much past the prototype stage.

It also appears that Ford is doing some things with its E series vans that may promote some interesting changes in the class B and C RV's

A picture of a 1990 190 connected to a 75 Ambassador 29' is at
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/de...near-smrlk.jpg
this is part of the Oregon Outback Scenic Highway album at
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/de...jn20-or31.html
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Old 09-24-2003, 05:55 PM   #10
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The new B-van is on the internet at Colonial Airstream:
http://www.colonialairstream.com/
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:48 PM   #11
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Uh, it probably would've been better to start a new thread with that instead of dragging up a 3-year-old one...
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