Are you in love with Airstream RVs? We don’t blame you – their distinctive retro shape and the shiny aluminum body make them one of the coolest rides in the camping world. No one can help but notice them (and turn around to look) on the road.
Not to speak about their fascinating history. Airstream trailers were used for decades to take astronauts to the launch pad at NASA and as comfortable RVs for moving US Airforce officials around the world. It’s no surprise there’s a bit of a cult around these iconic trailers.
Buying one of these beauties is a big investment and the prospect can be daunting. The smallest trailer model price starts at $37,400 and the biggest at $153,400. Airstream touring coaches can cost as much as $250,000.
An Airstream rental is a great way to test this type of RV and figure out if it’s the right fit for you and your towing car, 4×4, SUV or pickup truck. And if Airstreams are completely out of your budget, renting an Airstream trailer a couple of times a year is a great compromise.
Why you might want to rent an Airstream trailer
If you’re looking to go on a camping adventure, whether it’s through the finest campgrounds or off-grid around America’s stunning wild spaces, an Airstream RV rental is an excellent choice.
Airstream camper rentals have lovely and comfy interiors, which are quite spacious thanks to the ample standing room. Some bigger Airstream rentals can sleep up to eight people, so they’re ideal for family trips. Recent versions of the trailers and touring coaches feature contemporary layouts and decor, making your camping trip feel luxurious.
The aluminum construction means Airstreams are generally lightweight, so you can tow the smaller ones with almost any car. Their aerodynamic shape helps reduce windage and keep gas consumption low.
One of the early ads for the Airstream featured French cyclist Alfred Letourneur towing one of their trailers on his bike to demonstrate just how light they are. It was 1947 when Letourneur towed a 22ft Airstream Liner at Van Nuys Airport, California, and the picture became iconic.
Why rent? Renting an Airstream trailer rather than buying means you won’t have to deal with all the hassle of ownership, like paying taxes, storing, maintaining and fixing the trailer or coach. You just pick it up ready to go, have fun camping, clean it up and hand it back in when your vacation is over. Easy.
If you’re considering buying an Airstream RV, renting is a great way to gauge if this kind of trailer or campervan is for you. You can test anything that may be a concern, such as:
- Impact on your towing vehicle of choice. Does your car or truck struggle towing a big Airstream trailer rental?
- Efficiency and gas consumption. Does your vehicle consume a lot more when towing an Airstream? Or is the campervan efficient?
- Insulation in different climates. Is it too hot or too cold in your home state for an Airstream?
- Maneuverability. Are you comfortable driving around and parking with a big Airstream trailer behind your car? Or how does the coach fare rounding tight bends and parking in tight spaces?
- Living space and comfort. Is this model and size adequate to your needs?
- Tire performance on different terrains. Can the Airstream trailer rental or van go off-road?
- The ease of setting camp up. Is it quick and easy enough to put the landing gear down or are you looking for a trailer that doesn’t need setting up?
The best bit?
If you rent through Outdoorsy, you get to speak and meet with real-life owners, who can answer your questions about owning an Airstream – what are the pet peeves, how much is insurance, what yearly maintenance is involved, and so on.
Plus, you can get $40 off your rental with the coupon code “wayward40” if you book an Airstream through peer-to-peer rental company Outdoorsy. See Airstream rentals near you below!
How much does it cost to rent an Airstream?
An Airstream rental generally costs between $90 and $400 per night, depending on the size, location and time of year. You can rent for a weekend, a week and even a month.
If you’re on a budget, go for a smaller model on a week far away from any holidays.
The easiest way to rent an Airstream is to use Outdoorsy, which is like Airbnb for RVs. Remember to use the coupon code “wayward40” for $40 off your rental!
With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from Airstream owners, so the trailer rentals are well-looked after. There are Airstream rentals of all sizes: from minimalistic and light 16ft models to long, heavier 30ft trailers complete with all the options.
Just type in “Airstream” in the search box, select your location and pick your dates to see what RVs are available. You can also filter your search based on different parameters.
Some owners offer a delivery service to anywhere between 30 and 60 miles from their home or your destination for an additional fee.
Is it hard to drive an Airstream camper rental?
Towing a trailer takes a little practice. However, it’s not rocket science and Airstreams are one of the easier trailer models to tow, thanks to their aerodynamic shape and light weight.
You need to learn to go slow, brake gently and early, reverse and park. Of course, you’ll need to mind the size of the trailer too, but after a few hours, you’ll get an eye for the height, length and width of the vehicle. Practice makes perfect and cruising on an Airstream rental makes for fast learning.
Reversing and parking can be challenging, as it can be a little counterintuitive – you need to reverse your car in the opposite direction in which you want the trailer to go. Try it out in a big empty parking lot or campground with a patient person helping you judge distances on the lookout and you’ll soon get confident.
Make sure to check the listing in detail before booking – some owners require previous towing experience or a compulsory setup fee, especially for bigger models.
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What to bring when renting an Airstream trailer near you
Need help packing? If it’s your first time going on an Airstream RV rental adventure, we have a handy gear list that will help you pack the right stuff. It can be overwhelming
Here’s our go-to packing list:
- Clothes and PJs
- Bed sheets or sleeping bags
- Wet wipes – especially if there’s no bathroom in the trailer
- Camping plates and mugs
- Torch and head torches
- Camping chairs and table
- Solar shower (if there’s no shower onboard)
- Insect repellant and mosquito coils
- Food, drinks and condiments
- Board games and books or Kindle
- Battery bank for your phone or tablet
- Any gear you might want to take, like bikes or surfboards
- Campfire wood and tinder
Remember to read the listing carefully to check what’s included in the rental. Some owners offer clean bedsheets, basic cookware, camping chairs and towels. Some smaller Airstreams don’t have a toilet, so you may want to take a portable camping toilet with you.
The listing details may even give you some ideas for extras – if there’s a TV with DVD player on board, you may want to take a couple of your favorite movies with you.
Examples of amazing Airstream rentals for $40 off
Get inspired for your next Airstream rental adventure with these super cool rentals. We’ve picked some of the best in the USA. Use the coupon code “wayward40” to get $40 off a rental!
2015 Airstream Flying Cloud – Airstream Trailer Rental in Texas
Price: $200 x night / $995 x week
Location: Rockwall, TX
This luxurious Airstream trailer rental in Texas is ideal for a big family who wants to travel in comfort. It features two twin beds, a pull-out couch and a drop-down table.
The Flying Cloud Airstream rental comes with all modern conveniences: two TVs, surround sound system, heating, fans, oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, bathroom with shower and back up camera for easy parking.
Cruising on this luxury Airstream is the epitome of glamping. It even comes with a roll-out awning, so you can set up a nice outdoor seating area for eating and chilling out.
You’ll need some experience towing campers to rent this one.
2018 Airstream Basecamp Rental
Price: $125 x night / $700 x week
Location: Flower Mound, TX
Are you a minimalist? Then this Basecamp Airstream rental will be right up your street. The trailer is compact at 16ft long and only weighs 2,800lbs. The beautiful brand new interior is super functional.
There’s a small kitchen with a refrigerator and two sofas plus table that convert into a huge double bed. The ample windows in this Airstream trailer rental allow you to feel close to the wilderness even when you’re inside the RV. The modern amenities include AC, heating, inside and outside showers and a generator.
2019 Airstream Sport rental in California
Price: $200 x night / $1,455 x week
Location: Napa, CA
If you fancy testing one of the latest, lighter models before buying, this Airstream rental in California is what you’re looking for.
Inside, there’s a toilet with separate shower, a double bed with memory foam mattress, a dinette that converts into a double bed and a fully kitted galley. It comes with AC, heating a a TV.
The owners have decorated the interior to make it look extra cozy.
1976 Modernized Airstream Rental in Oregon
Price: $90 x night / $630 x week
Location: Medford, OR
This completely restored Airstream Sovereign rental merges the original ’76 model with an Instagram-worthy #VanLife interior. Plump cushions, a modern nordic-style kitchen with oven, boho decor and warm wood finishes make this Airstream a dream rental.
Inside, you’ll find a full-size refrigerator, a bathroom with shower, a big dinette that converts into a double bed, plenty of storage in a wardrobe and drawers and a double bed.
Beware of the compulsory cleaning and setup fees though – they bring the price up by quite a bit.
2020 Airstream Flying Cloud Trailer Rental
Price: $280 x night / $1,680 x week
Location: Salem, NH
Wheeew! This is a beast of an Airstream trailer rental. It features four rooms – a double bedroom, a single bedroom, a living room where you can turn the dinette into a big double bed and a bathroom. It’s ideal for a big family or a group of friends going on an epic road trip.
This amazing Airstream RV rental comes with all the comfort you’d expect from such a beast – AC, heating, solar, microwave, TV and more. You can’t really go any bigger, more luxurious or newer than this rental.
If the 2020 Flying Cloud is on your wish list, this is the right trailer to rent in order to figure out how you’d like it and if you really need to get all the options.
1959 Airstream Caravanner Rental
Price: $109 x night / $763 x week
Location: Verona, NJ
Look at this renovated stunner of an Airstream trailer rental. The shiny aluminum looks like new and the interior is just adorable. It comes with a pull-out sofa and drop-down table, so it’s ideal for two couples.
There’s an inside shower, a toilet, a stove, a microwave, AC and a heater. The lovely interior and comforts make it a great deal for anyone on a budget.
2014 Airstream Interstate (Touring coach rental)
Price: $225 x night / $1,418 x week
Location: Spicewood, TX
If you’re considering test driving and camping in an Airstream touring coach, this one is spotless.
The Interstate model is ideal for a couple who like a roomy interior. The seats at the back turn into a double bed. There is a kitchen with oven and refrigerator and a bathroom with separate shower.
The owners have kitted this campervan out with loads of options, such as a TV, solar, satellite, an awning, a backup camera, an inverter and more.
Conclusion on the best Airstream rental for a summer trip
If you’re fan of Airstream RVs, renting one is a fabulous way to try them out and see if they’re right for you. And if you’re planning on renting rather than owning an RV, you get to camp in as many models as you like.
I spent my childhood holidays exploring Europe on my parents’ motorhome. Now, I live, work and travel on a sailboat with my husband Ryan. If you like, you can follow us on our YouTube channel, where we’re documenting refitting and cruising on our Tayana 37.