The best way to teach someone to appreciate the world is to get them out into it. That sunrise on Yosemite’s Half Dome certainly did me in, anyway- as did any number of nights in Florida’s Everglades and Costa Rica’s cloud forest. For the uninitiated- and, frankly, anyone else who can afford it- there is no better way to experience nature than from the comfy confines of a luxury RV. A luxury RV like the new Airstream Globetrotter, for example, that the company launched a few weeks ago featuring Bluetooth connectivity throughout, integrated USB charging, and wireless internet technology.

Don’t dismiss the Globetrotter as a den of opulence, however. It packs a lot of serious tech aimed at getting you off the grid, including optional solar panels and high-capacity storage batteries. Both provide usable electricity which, in the past, would have been provided by a noisy gas generator.

All that emphasis on electricity and connectivity may seem like the opposite of “getting out into nature”, but Airstream‘s CEO, Bob Wheeler, sees it differently. In an interview with Gear Patrol, Wheeler points out that, “even when people want to get away, often they still want — or need — to stay connected. Being connected enables many people to get out more, and stay out longer. If they know their devices are charged and they can access their email, they might be able to stay (out) one more night, and not have to play catch-up when they get home.”

In other words, it’s a bait-and-switch. If you take the neophytes’ excuses for not wanting to go see the world away, and they might just go and see the world.

Here’s hoping they do, anyway. You can check out the full, high-resolution photo gallery from the Globetrotter’s launch, below, along with the company’s official press release. Then, let us know what you think of the fancy new RV- and whether it’s worth buying one, instead of building one– in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


Airstream Globetrotter | Euro-Styled, Design-Forward Travel Trailer

Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic riveted aluminum travel trailer, today announced the brand’s newest design-forward production model – the Airstream Globetrotter, which will be launched during Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, October 18.

The Airstream Globetrotter is the product of an international collaboration with Astheimer Limited, a renowned UK-based design studio. The interior of this new offering presents a modern, refined look that celebrates minimalism with supple curves and symmetry.

“Nearly 70 years ago, our founder Wally Byam and his lifelong friend, Cornelius Vanderbilt, painted the word ‘Globe Trotters’ on the side of their Airstream and set out on a European adventure,” said Bob Wheeler, President and CEO of Airstream. “We created the Globetrotter to capture the spirit of Wally’s wanderlust, Neil’s fondness for Europe, and their mutual love of modern design. The end result is a travel trailer that blends the classic Airstream look with a style that truly sets it apart.”

The Globetrotter’s interior features a layer of contemporary sophistication with premium finishes and fixtures, including aluminum walls, panoramic windows, a curved headboard and cabinets, wrap-around upholstery, recessed speakers and backlighting throughout. The Globetrotter will be available in four interior décor choices based on the dark walnut and natural elm themes.

The Globetrotter has a host of design-centric features including:

  • Tuft & Needle® adaptive foam mattress, low-profile nightstands, unique contemporary accent wall and a curved wrap-around headboard
  • Hand-crafted Italian lite-ply laminated interior cabinetry
  • Franke® high-rise faucet and Moen® oversized rectangular stainless-steel sink under-mounted to a Corian® countertop
  • New overhead storage locker design with radius slim-fit doors and backlit interiors
  • Power awning and window awning package with premium Sunbrella® fabrics (optional)
  • Polk® audio system with recessed speakers
  • Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl™ flooring
  • Globetrotter Essentials accessory kit with Oceanair® bedding


The 27 ft. Globetrotter is priced at $99,900 MSRP. Airstream dealers nationwide started receiving inventory in early October; consumers should visit their nearest authorized Airstream dealer.



Source | Images: Airstream, Gear Patrol.