Good news, camping people: Airstream is resurrecting two single-axle classics

Hardcore camper trailer fans know that Airstream’s travel trailer portfolio is a hefty one. Sure, their products are positioned on the high end of both quality and price, but your buying options just got more varied. Why? Well, Airstream is bringing back the Bambi and Caravel camper trailers, viewed by many as camping classics. So, before you jump for joy and check your bank accounts, here’s what you need to know about the two new additions to the Airstream range.

What is a Bambi and what is a Caravel?

Airstream's Bambi And Caravel Camper Trailers Are Back
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Both the Bambi and the Caravel were initially launched in the early 1960s. The "Bambi" moniker started out as a nickname which Airstream gave to single-axle camper trailer out there. As you’d imagine, these builds were light, nimble, and small in size - pretty much like an African deer that caught Airstream founder Wally Byam’s eye during his trip from Cape Town to Cairo. As for the Caravel, well, its name was coined as a nod to Byam’s affection for sea and sailing.

The two trailers sit just above Airstream's smallest offerings, namely Basecamp and Nest, both size-wise and price-wise.

In fact, Airstream’s Basecamp even made it into our selection of Best Camper Trailers That Are Also Stylish, so make sure to check that out.

Airstream Bambi Design

Airstream’s Bambi offers four floor plans. Each of them can sleep four people, with the main difference between them being the length of the trailer. The smallest configuration is 16RB, and it stretches to 16 feet, followed by 19CB (19 feet), 20FB (20 feet), and 22FB (22 feet).

Inside, you’ll find a bed for two that’s complemented by a dinette which can be converted into a sleeping space that can accommodate two more adults. A bathroom is also included, together with amenities such as an electric refrigerator, microwave oven, stainless steel sink, and air conditioning.

Now, Bambi might be a vintage concept, but at the same time, the trailer is no stranger to modern tech. In this regard, it gets a rear-view camera, solar panels, low-pressure gas connection to fuel that grill, panoramic windows, and an exterior shower.

Other standard features include the aluminum wheels, Goodyear Endurance tires, and LED lighting.

The Bambi Airstream can be had for a starting price of $48,900, but keep in mind that the largest floor configuration will require at least $57,900.

Airstream Bambi Specs

Airstream Bambi specs
16RB 19CB 20FB 22FB
Exterior length 15 feet 11 inches 18 feet 11 inches 20 feet 5 inches 21 feet 8 inches
Exterior width 8 feet 8 feet 8 feet 8 feet
Interior width 7 feet 7 inches 7 feet 7 inches 7 feet 7 inches 7 feet 7 inches
Exterior height (w/ AC) 9 feet 3 inches 9 feet 3 inches 9 feet 3 inches 9 feet 3 inches
Interior height (w/ AC) 6 feet 4 inches 6 feet 4 inches 6 feet 4 inches 6 feet 4 inches
Maximum trailer capacity 3,500 pounds 5,000 pounds 5,000 pounds 5,000 pounds
Fresh water tank 23 gallons 23 gallons 23 gallons 23 gallons
Master bed size 48 x 78 inches 48 x 76 inches 48 x 78 inches 54 x 80 inches

Airstream Caravel Design

Right off the bat, it’s worth noting that Caravel sits below Bambi in the Airstream lineup. However, there are a few similarities between the two, in the sense that Caravel is also built to sleep four adults and offers, just like Bambi, four floor configurations based on the same lengths (16, 19, 20, and 22 feet).

So here come the differences: the Caravel's generous size allows for panoramic front and rear windows and a better equipped kitchen area.

Here you’ll find a stainless steel gas stove with cast-iron burners and a stainless-steel sink with Moen faucets.

On the comfort front, Caravel gets an electronic thermostat that controls the Quietstream ducted climate control and Ultraleather leather seating. Entertainment was not forgotten: Caravel features a four-speaker JL stereo system that’s also fitted with a subwoofer, Blu-Ray DVD, and an LG LED HDTV.

For when the road gets rough, Airstream fitted its camper trailer with stainless steel rock guards so you won’t have to worry about scratches from thick bushes or any other obstacles Mother Nature plans to throw in your path.

Airstream will sell you the entry-level Caravel for $60,900, but as it’s the case with the Bambi, the largest floor plan configuration will require a much heftier investment - $69,900 to be more exact.

Airstream Caravel Specs

Airstream Caravel Specs
16RB 19CB 20FB 22FB
Exterior length 16 feet 2 inches 19 feet 2 inches 20 feet 8 inches 21 feet 11 inches
Exterior width 8 inches 8 inches 8 inches 8 inches
Interior width 7 feet 7 inches 7 feet 7 inches 7 feet 7 inches 7 feet 7 inches
Exterior height (w/ AC) 9 feet 7 inches 9 feet 7 inches 9 feet 7 inches 9 feet 7 inches
Interior height (w/ AC) 6 feet 7.5 inches 6 feet 7.5 inches 6 feet 7.5 inches 6 feet 7.5 inches
Maximum trailer capacity 4,300 pounds 5,000 pounds 5,000 pounds 5,000 pounds
Fresh water tank 23 gallons 27 gallons 27 gallons 27 gallons
Bed size 48 x 78 inches 48 x 76 inches 48 x 78 inches 54 x 80 inches

Just in case you’re in the market for a single-axle trailer, and Airstream’s range caught your eye, here’s a head-to-head comparison between the new Bambi and Caravel camper trailers that will hopefully help you in making a decision.

Airstream's Bambi And Caravel Camper Trailers Are Back
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