Airstream’s Most Popular Camping Trailers Just Got a Fashionable Update

Improved materials and new colors spruce up the Flying Cloud and International.

Airstream’s lineup of aluminum-bodied camping trailers may look timeless, but that’s not to say that they’re unchanging. The company is frequently tweaking what lies beneath that shiny skin in order to make the trailers better-suited for modern day buyers. LED lighting, built-in Wi-Fi, Internet-connected appliances — they’ve all been added to Airstream trailers in recent years.

But upgrades aren’t just limited to new tech. Airstream also adds and removes interior layouts, trims and other features with regularity, to keep them fresh. (Can you imagine if they were still using those 1970s interiors today?) And the latest trailers to benefit from such a refresh are two of the company’s most popular models: the Flying Cloud and International, which occupy the middle ground of the Airstream lineup — nestled between the tiny likes of the Bambi and Nest and the mighty Classic.

The Flying Cloud, the company’s most popular trailer (and also the one with the most layouts, boasting 14 different configurations), sees its upholstery upgraded from UltraFabrics Dwell (a durable synthetic fabric) to Ultraleather (a durable leather simulacrum), in a choice of two colors playfully named “Carolina Clay” (light brown) and “Seattle Mist” (grayish-teal). So-called “Sunlit Maple” trim brightens up the interior; should you like it less bright, however, you can use the new blackout curtains to cut down on outside light in the bedrooms.

The International, in turn, now boasts a choice of light blue or light gray Ultraleather upholstery (which the brand calls “Aqua” and “Seashell,” respectively), as well as new designs for interior fabric features like the curtains and pillows and refreshed cabinets and flooring. The various trims have also been streamlined; instead of going by International Signature and International Serenity Now, all variants will simply go by “International.”

Both models also benefit from several upgrades to the kitchen area, including new squared-off sinks (with Delta faucets in the Flying Cloud and Moet ones in the International) and revised galley layouts designed to make cooking easier, as are updated overhead storage compartments. And both now offer the choice of a handcrafted aluminum rear hatch with a screen on more models than before; it’s now available on 25-footers, in addition to 27-foot trailers.

The 2021 Airstream Flying Cloud starts at $78,900, while the more upscale-themed International starts at $91,900.

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