Shasta originally produced the Airflyte starting in 1941. As a nod to the Airflyte’s first production year, Shasta will produce 1,941 units of the modern Airflyte.
Although the interior of the reissued Airflyte will closely match the original design, you’ll also find many upgrades and conveniences have been added to the newer model like,
- hidden speakers
- LED lighting
- modern plumbing (phew)
- larger entry door (by two inches)
- larger beds
- concealed A/C (to keep that vintage look)
- and a bathroom in place of a closet
You might wonder about the weight of the new Shasta. The original Airflyte trailers were built before modern pickup trucks. At only 2,000 pounds, early Shasta’s could be pulled with a family sedan.
You’ll be happy to hear that the reissued Shasta is just slightly heavier, at around 2,500 pounds dry.
Take a Sneak Peek at the New 2015 Shasta Airflyte
Pat and his wife run The Small Trailer Enthusiast, a website dedicated to trailers less than 20 feet long.
They recently got the chance to visit Mount Comfort RV in Greenfield, Indiana to see first-hand a 2015 Airflyte in the Matador Red color scheme. (You can also order the Airflyte in Butternut Yellow and Seafoam Green)
Overall my impressions of the finished product are positive. The novice will be fooled into thinking it’s original, and even the seasoned vintage trailer enthusiast will have to take a few looks to figure out if it’s new or classic. Many of the details were replicated to that extent. Many features were meticulously modeled after the 1961 Shasta it is based on, including the lamp over the dinette, the famous Shasta wings, the “S” magazine rack, and the chrome exterior Shasta emblems.
Outside of the 2015 Shasta Airflyte reissue.
Solid wood cabinet doors with Chevron handles – just like in the original.
The original gas lamp will now be LED.
The exterior wings are made to the exact dimensions as on the 1961 model.
You’ll find a full size bed in the front and twin bed in the rear of the trailer.
That unmistakable Shasta emblem.
You can see more photos of the 2015 Shasta Airflyte on The Small Trailer Enthusiast’s Flikr page.
Mount Comfort RV is currently taking orders on the 2015 Shasta Airflyte that started production in September. They’re only making 1,941 of them and I would bet they go fast.
Take the tour of the 2015 Shasta Airflyte with Shasta CEO Mark Lucas