Meet the Airstream Rangeline, a New Affordable Camper Van

Is the Interstate too pricey for you? Check out the Rangeline.

airstream rangeline parked in a field with mountains in the background and a mountain biker in the foreground

Airstream refers to its camper vans as "touring coaches." One could also refer to them as RVs or Class B motorhomes. Whatever you want to refer to them, they are premium vehicles; the cheapest Airstream touring coach, the Interstate 19, starts around $200,000. Airstream now offers a more affordable option with a new camper van, the Rangeline.

The Rangeline is the first Airstream vehicle to use the Ram Promaster 3500 chassis; Airstream's Interstate coaches use the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. They use Chrysler's ubiquitous 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine, which also powers the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler Pacifica minivan, among other vehicles. That engine pairs with a 9-speed automatic. The Rangeline offers a "high-traction front wheel drive" system, which should be the next most weather-capable thing to all-wheel drive.

long haired man in airstream rangeline interior
airstream rangeline

At 21 feet, the Rangeline is about nine inches shorter than a Ram 3500 pickup with an eight-foot bed. The standard configuration sleeps two on an elevated bed above a storage area with accommodations for another two sleepers available from an optional pop-top. The Rangeline has four belted seats when the vehicle is in motion.

Airstream does not use any diesel fuel with the new Rangeline. Appliances — including a 3.2 cu. ft. refrigerator, an 0.4 cu. ft. freezer and a stowable and portable electric cooktop — are all electric. The Rangeline's hydronic heating and hot water system draws gasoline from the fuel tank.

airstream rangeline driving on a rural two lane road

Other Rangeline features include front seats that swivel to face an adjustable flex table and a space-saving wet bath that incorporates a skin, shower and toilet. An integrated L track system provides secure gear storage and MOLLE panels affixed to the rear doors for additional storage.

The Rangeline is dramatically cheaper than the Airstream Interstate, starting at $131,882. Airstream dealers are taking orders now. Airstream says dealers should receive inventory in the coming weeks.

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