Just when you thought you had the perfect ride for this summer’s road trip, the Airstream Interstate 24X Touring Coach arrives. It was announced today by Airstream, the maker of the iconic “silver bullets” Airstream® trailers loved by purists.
The timing could not be better. There is already a huge demand for motorhomes this summer as many Americans take their first car ride since the start of the pandemic. There are also many models out there to choose from, many of them from Airstream itself. So why get so excited about Interstate 24X?
Because in Airstream language, it is “adventure ready.” It is certainly not one of those cute mini-campers that is long on design and short on creature comfort.
Interstate 24X comes with all-terrain tires and wheels and an advanced electrical system. It has a 24-foot floor plan, which is designed for storage, towing equipment – think of bikes, kayaks, snowboards and skis – and also bring a few friends. The concept boils down to this: The company appeals to those who want to venture further afield and stay longer. Maybe much longer.
The Interstate 24X is a Class B adventure car built on the same Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter chassis as other Airstreams. It has a 3.0 liter turbocharged 7-speed V6 diesel engine with 188 horsepower and 325 kg. torque and a wheelbase of 170 inches. The Interstate 24X comes with a 4×4 driveline and six off-road tires and has the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds. That means you can pull out your toys and still get back to a country. An ultra-durable protective coating covers the front and rear bumpers of the bus as well as the sides and wheels.
There is a built-in wet bath and a solid surface kitchen worktop with a deep sink and lid, hob with 2 burners as well as a 0.7 cu. ft. microwave. The modular table system has four mounts located throughout the interior: two at the rear for use with the bench seats (or bed), one at the front where it becomes a desk for the captain’s chairs or outside the front door. This is when it switches from a standing desk from anywhere and can later perform duplication as an outdoor food preparation station.
The rear sleeping / living / storage area is a versatile and convertible compartment that seats up to six passengers. Rearrange Simtex Marine-grade Carbon Gray cushions and you can quickly convert it to the largest sleeping area in any Class B motorhome. You can also set it in one of several versatile configurations, from a large bed to a double configuration or split the setup between a smaller width and an extra living space. In other words, it is very customizable depending on your trip.
For storage, the Interstate 24X has an aluminum aircraft L-Track storage system on the walls, ceiling and floor, so you can hang, secure, tie and clamp your equipment. Overhead storage compartments on both sides give you quick access. There is extra storage space under the rear bench.
It also stores a lot of power thanks to two 100 Ah Deep Cycle Lithium Battle Born batteries (LiFePO4), a 30 AMP power management system, a 2000 watt power converter, 300 W flexible, custom military solar panels for house batteries, an additional 100W solar panel for the chassis battery and solar cell control as well as portable solar panel inputs on the front and street sides to maximize solar harvesting. There are customizable USB charging ports and lighting, and it comes pre-installed with Airstream Connected and includes a 5G-ready cellular antenna connection. Entertainment includes a high-performance Resonado speaker system with Bluetooth-enabled home radio.
Weather and temperature can change rapidly in nature, and the Interstate 24X is designed to handle them. For interior comfort, there is a quiet series of 13,500 BTU air conditioners, a Hydronic Timberline oven and a hot water system designed for harsh climates and high altitudes. For power at a campsite, there is a Cummins Onan 2.5 KW generator with remote control and automatic generator start, high efficiency, low vibration and noise. There are a number of lighting options on and around the exterior, including a 42-inch LED light bar.
“Your RV is a tool for adventure, and in designing this van, we knew we had to be true to the simple idea,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. “An Airstream adventure car should, of course, combine the functionality of our Basecamp line with the luxurious amenities you see in Interstate and Atlas. In the end, our design and engineering team was able to create something that went beyond our expectations – a functional, beautiful touring coach that will bring you right up to the edge of your adventure. ”
It may be rough and rugged, but the $ 213,850 MSRP places Airtsream’s Interstate 24X Touring Coach entirely in the luxury category. For more information on the Airstream Interstate 24X Touring Coach, visit www.airstream.com.