With creature comforts aplenty, life on the road is a dream in Airstream’s new touring coach
The allure of the great American road trip has been well-documented: It inspired Jack Kerouac to gas up a 1949 Hudson Commodore and John Steinbeck to outfit his 1960 GMC pickup with a camper shell (resulting in timeless travel logs). Like-minded seekers of the open road can motor through the writers’ Central Coast hangouts—or further afield—this fall in a newly minted, yet equally pedigreed, conveyance that taps into the fundamental urge to live out of a vehicle. Airstream’s Special Edition Tommy Bahama Touring Coach is a nod to the simplicity of van life, albeit one equipped with remote-controlled wooden blinds, a built-in bar and a Mercedes-Benz 3.0L V-6 turbo diesel engine. An exterior shower rinses neoprene clean after a morning of paddling out at Big Sur’s Sand Dollar Beach. All the trappings of home, including a two-burner cooktop, a freezer and fridge, plus a full interior bathroom and bed for two—not to mention a retractable awning—make this rig a fully functional retreat, and, perhaps the setting for writing the next great American novel. airstream.com.
Written by ELIZABETH VARNELL.