I have often thought that new Airstreams were generally made to look pretty and nice on the showroom floor but were/are not designed for those of us who camp without hookups the majority of time. For me that was 47 nights this season.
I think Airstream should make a Boondock version for those of us who use them that way. Here are my thoughts on what it would have. No priority on order, this is just a list to begin with. Add to it as you feel appropriate.
1. Much larger than normal water and holding tanks. 50 gal for water, 30 to 35 each for gray and black water, even on smaller (say 20í) rigs. You donít use less water just because your trailer is shorter.
2. Much more robust 12 volt
electrical system with at least two 6 volt golf cart batteries, or other battery options. A quality designed solar system as standard, minimum of 200 watts or more.
3. A converter/charger which is 3 stage (for all Airstreams).
4. A quality inverter, with a very low idle draw when not in use (vs. the almost 2 amp draw of the one they supply now).
5. A true Use/Store switch which shuts off all 12 volt
battery electrical power to everything, so you could properly store your AS without having to physically disconnect the batteries. The current Use/Store switch is a joke as it leaves some items on.
5. An optional (not standard) radio/DVD/television package. I virtually never use mine and think others are similar. I donít go out camping to watch television.
6. An easy to clean smooth vinyl floor. The one on my 2014 FC 20 has little simulated wood grooves in it which are almost impossible to clean easily.
7. An option for clear windows. If I am out camping under the trees, the damn dark windows make it gloomy and often require lights to be on even on bright days. The dark pano front window with dark protector cover makes it so almost no light comes through. My old í74 Argosy is great with itís clear front pano windows and clear side windows.
8. A good low flow shower which shuts off totally, and does not dribble water when the hand button is pressed to off.
9. Locate the water heater close to the kitchen and bathroom so less water is wasted to get hot water to the faucets.
10. Winterizing drain valves which actually have a chance of draining things, not the pretend ones AS supplies.
11. Enclosed and heated black and gray water dump valves. One stupid design on my 20í FC is heated tanks but totally exposed dump valves so the water remains liquid in the tanks, but can and will freeze between the tank and the valve.
12. An optional slightly higher clearance (2 or 3 inches) for those who travel in rough country.
13. Decent tires as standard, not STís.
I am sure you can come up with additional ideas.
However, I doubt that anyone at Airstream is listening.