Almost nothing features larger in American RV culture than the National Park Service. So, it only makes sense that an RV designed to honor that park system would be built by a brand that is as much a part of the American culture as the parks themselves. Airstream, the quintessential American RV builder, was a natural choice – and who better to design the interior than Pendleton Woolen Mills, having supplied campers with gear since the Civil War?
This year marks the 100th birthday of the American National Park Service, and this commemorative trailer model does justice to the centennial.
The Airstream Pendleton Special Edition, only 100 made.
“Airstream founder Wally Byam was an innovator and a lover of the outdoors, who believed in an enduring promise of adventure, new experiences and faraway lands,” says Airstream CEO Bob Wheeler in a press release. “That same spirit is a cornerstone of the Pendleton brand, and together we are celebrating our national parks.”
The Pendleton features a classic interior layout with wallpaper that maps Yellowstone National Park.
For each Limited Edition Pendleton National Park Foundation Airstream Travel Trailer – or Pendleton for short – that Airstream sells, the company will donate $1,000 to the National Park Foundation.
Here’s the master bed with Pendleton blanket and bear.
The Pendleton is 28 feet long, sleeps six and comes with an awesome, limited edition accessory – a free, one year pass to all of the over 2000 locations the Park Service maintains, typically a value of $80. It covers entry, amenities, and day fees at all locations for a full 365 days.
The Pendleton limited edition in the shadow of Grand Teton in Wyoming.
The interior is filled with great little reminders of the heritage of this beautiful trailer. One of the coolest touches is a replica of the Glacier National Park blanket, originally introduced for use by guests at the park’s lodges in 1916.
The Pendleton’s interior incorporates native themes into its decor.
As a part of the “rustic charm” everything from the cabinetry to the custom embroidered upholstery honors the National Park Service, as well as the native ancestors that the parks recognize as their original caretakers. One other cool touch is the Yellowstone National Park-themed wallpaper in the trailer’s fully equipped galley.
The Pendleton’s dinette with the rear hatch open to let the outside in.
But it’s more than a promotional stunt, the trailer is well equipped with luxury features like Corian countertops, state of the art climate control, a built-in entertainment system, and high quality Michelin tires as standard equipment.
With modern good looks, an open design featuring spacious views through the well placed windows, and an open air hatch near the dining table, it may not be as “chic” as the retro trailers being rehabbed by many of today’s younger RVers.
But if you have the money, this wouldn’t be a bad option, after all it is a “limited edtion.” If you buy one, please send us pictures of your travels, we’d love to write about it! Oh yeah, starting price is $114,600!
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