I've been recently looking at trailers to buy and have always loved Airstreams. My worry is that maybe it would be too fragile for my needs. I love the interior size and decor of the new 30 foot classics.
But would I be limited to relatively large, flat camp ground and parks?
Would the long overhangs and lower chassis height scrape on even rudimentary trails?
Is the beautiful aluminum skin easy to dent in with bush and tree branches?
For around the same money as the Classic ($120K) I could import a high quality Australian off-road camper full loaded. The Australians seem to make the best off-road/boondocking campers. (Kimberley are actually USA VIN'd/real easy to import).
Kimberleykruiser - Finest Australian Off Road Caravan
That thing I could take boondocking and really keep away from the crowds. Real proper boondocking systems like:
720 watt factory solar
740 amp hour battery setup
air conditioning etc
Diesel cooking etc
Huge water tanks
Plus right now the USD/AUSD exchange rate is really good for US buyers.
Having only done Class A traveling before, without actually having "lived the lifestyle" in something like a 30 Classic or this Kimberley for off-road it is hard to know which I would prefer.
The Airstream of course has the the classic looks, beautiful and more spacious interior but more fragile for off-road and will be more "tethered" to civilization.
The Kimberly would allow really getting into the outskirts of boondocking areas that aren't well traversed, super quality design, more boondocking features but the trailer door and outdoor grill are on the wrong side and getting parts from Australia could be a headache and fluctuate with eh exchange rate.
So, has anyone else yearned for something like an Airstream but more off-road capable? Short of putting on larger tires on the Airstream for more cushion and ground clearance, I'm not sure if they would hold up on the rougher lifestyle... Thoughts?