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How An Airstream Caravan Differs From A VW Camper Van

Airstream trailers and VW camper vans have been around for a long time. The first Airstream sold in 1929, while the first VW camper van model sold in 1950.

Towergate Insurance commissioned this fantastic infographic comparing two of the most iconic brands in RVs: the VW camper and the Airstream travel trailer.

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Among the many strange factoids contained within:

  • in the 1940s, Airstream advertised their ultra light trailers by showing a bicyclist towing a camper
  • over 10 million VW camper vans have been produced over the last 60+ years
  • production of the VW camper van stopped in 2013 because Brazil (where the vans were made) mandated air bags and anti lock brakes, both of which couldn’t fit in the camper van design.

VW versus Airstream

 



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