$40 Million Investment to Continue Handcrafting Iconic Travel Trailers in Ohio

$40 Million Investment to Continue Handcrafting Iconic Travel Trailers in Ohio

Original Article posted through Airstream.com

When people see an Airstream rolling down the highway, they may think of our storied past. But at Airstream, while true to our roots, we’re always thinking of the years of adventure and miles of unexplored road ahead.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the expansion of our campus in Jackson Center, Ohio. The new 750,000 square-foot facility is set to break ground in late spring 2018 with completion expected in 2019. Like the rest of Airstream’s campus, this new facility will be completely powered by renewable energy credits.

This is the latest example of Airstream’s long-standing commitment to continuous innovation, quality, and its Made in America philosophy. The expanded Jackson Center facility will support enhanced product testing and quality assurance methods, while also improving experiences for Airstream associates, customers and visitors.

Airstream Plant Expansion


As a result of this investment, the craftspeople at the heart of Airstream’s assembly process will have more production space to make the world’s most iconic recreational vehicle.

We’ve been crafting Airstreams at our Jackson Center facility since 1952, and as we expand to develop exciting new products – like Nest and Basecamp – our corporate home is growing, too.

Airstream President & CEO Bob Wheeler says, “This new facility will give us the room to build and innovate quality products, all while maintaining the hand-made craftsmanship that makes Airstream an American icon.”

Airstream Inc. Plant Expansion

The current 225,000 square-foot travel trailer plant will be converted to make Airstream’s motorized touring coaches, which will, in turn, free up space to support a growing line of products that appeal to a broad spectrum of customers.

And like every American company, we’re excited about putting more Americans to work. We expect to welcome 280 associates into the Airstream family just outside Dayton, Ohio.

Additionally, a state-of-the-art training center in the new factory will provide Airstream and dealer associates with a hands-on shop floor environment for earning certifications, learning new skills, and mastering new production and maintenance techniques.

Airstream’s current Jackson Center facility has long been a popular destination for Airstream owners and other tourists seeking a glimpse inside the company’s hand-made manufacturing process. (Click here for more information!) A new Heritage Center will enhance those visits with exhibits illustrating the company’s 87-years of inspiring adventure, and help drive regional tourism in nearby communities. Plans call for the display of numerous classic and historic Airstream products, including artifacts from the relationship between Airstream and NASA’s space program.

Airstream Plant Expansion

Bob Wheeler says, “Airstream has always been a community.” He’s right. Our new, expanded facility will benefit every part of that community: our associates, dealers, Jackson Center neighbors and – most important of all – current and future Airstreamers.



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Floorplan of the Week: 2018 Winnebago Intent 30R

The Class A Intent is Winnebago’s newest endeavor to better serve its value-conscious customers.

“The Intent is styled smartly, supremely functional and provides tremendous quality,” said Niles Whitehouse, Director of Product Management. “This product is the result of many hours of listening to Winnebago dealers and consumers to see what an ideal RV experience could be. We then collected that input and gathered the best engineers, designers and craftsmen to set a new standard for what a Class A gas motor home should be.”


At a Glance

Sleeping Capacity: 6

Slides: 2

Length: 30 feet 10 inches

Exterior Height: 12 feet

Chassis: Ford F53

Fresh Water Capacity: 51 gallons


The double slide out 30R includes a split bath to set off the rear bedroom, plus a driver’s-side sofa and dinette opposite the full-featured galley. Perfect for larger families or groups, the Intent 30R has room for everyone to comfortable.

Take a step inside and you’ll notice the swivel and recline cab seating, complete with a multi-position cab table. Above is a StudioLoft bed for additional sleeping space.


The first slide out in the main living area includes a sofa bed and dinette. Both provide two sets of seat belts each, and additional sleeping space if needed. There is a TV along the interior wall for easy viewing from the living and kitchen area.


When it’s time to cook your favorite meal, the double kitchen sink, three burner range, residential refrigerator, and pantry have you covered.

Continue towards the rear to find a split bath. There is a private toilet and sink room to your right, and a shower to your left.

Slide the rear bedroom door open to find the second slide out queen bed with nightstands along the roadside. On the opposite side you can hang your clothes in the wardrobe, view the TV, and place more items in the additional storage provided.


Outside there is a tailgate package which includes a refrigerator, storage drawer, pull-out counter, cargo net, bottle opener, paper towel holder, sink/faucet, and a HDTV. You are sure to want all these features on your next work trip, away-game, or family vacation.



What is your favorite feature in this floorplan? Tell us in the comments below! If you’re interested in learning more about the Winnebago Intent 30R, contact us today or stop by our showroom!



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The RV Renaissance: How Millennials Are Reviving the Industry

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Numbers don’t lie: the RV industry is thriving. In fact, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), RV sales in 2017 increased by 9.6 percent.

“Our industry is in an era of unprecedented growth,” RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer said. “The recession is in the rearview mirror. This is a new era for the RV industry,”.

This new era is being led by a new majority: Millennials.

While retiring baby boomers continue to support the market, it’s these experience-craving young people who are reviving the RV industry. But why are Millennials buying so many RVs?

Experiences vs. Possessions

Millennials place a higher value on experiences versus older generations. A study conducted by travel company Airbnb found that when asked about their priorities for the next five years, most millennials plan on traveling rather than buying a home or starting a family. But millennials aren’t just seeking a run-of-the-mill cruise or a trip to Disney, they’re seeking something deeper.
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Millennials want adventurous, local, and personal experiences when they travel—something that’s new and unique. Over 80 percent of millennials believe the best way to discover and learn about a place is through local experiences.

RVs are a feasible way for young travelers to have these experiences. Advertisers and marketers rack their brains to appeal to the elusive ‘urban adventurers’ that are most millennials, who also make up 38 percent of campground users. The United States is seeing a revival in camping, but most campers still want the comforts of home while they’re away, so renting or purchasing an RV seems to be the easiest solution.

The Rise of the RV Entrepreneur

For millennials who have a serious case of the travel bug, becoming full-time RVers is the next best thing. After all, 43 percent of American workers spend at least some time working remotely.

“Nearly half of the jobs that can be done remote is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, as technology has paved the way for workers to unplug or become location independent. It’s the same reason why millennials are keen to become digital nomads and travel while they work,” Forbes contributor Kaytie Zimmerman wrote.

The culture that surrounds “full-timers” and RV entrepreneurs is nothing short of fascinating. Instagram is a central hub for these vivacious travelers to connect with one-another, their followers and even generate clientele. Newlyweds and business owners Pete and Jordan Jones are a great example of how leaving a “normal life” behind and going RV-ing can be the best decision there is.

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Taking the Plunge

Pete and Jordan went through the motions most post-graduates do. They found good jobs and worked hard at them. Plot twist: It wasn’t enough.

So, they quit their jobs, moved out of their NYC apartment and backpacked across South and Central America after just one year of dating (Seriously, it sounds like a movie. They DID that!).



After returning from their trip, the duo was trying to come up with their next move. When they couldn’t decide on one place to settle, the idea of living in an RV came up.

“Pete brought up the idea, and I immediately shot him down. It wasn’t until I started doing some research and saw how many people our age are growing businesses on the road and how homey you can make RVs,” Jordan said.

One of Jordan’s biggest inspirations for full-timing was another traveling couple, Heath and Alyssa Padgett. Their Facebook group, The RV Entrepreneur, serves as a place of discussion for these like-minded individuals. The couple have also created a successful podcast, an e-book on all things RV life, and much more.

“Why wait when nothing is guaranteed?”

After their wedding in August 2017, Pete and Jordan hit the road full-time with their rescue pup, Russ. They’re currently spending the winter in their fifth wheel at an RV resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.


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Pete and Jordan’s Sabre fifth wheel
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“Crazy enough, our business is doing better than ever. We’ve seen more of this country than we ever could have expected, and we get to start our marriage living with less, but living for more,” Jordan said.

Living for more is what it all comes down to. The American Dream is transforming, thanks to Millennials.

“I think as a generation we’re moving past the mindset of working your whole life and saving so that you can travel later,” Jordan said. “There’s no reason we can’t work hard now, save, and travel at the same time. Why wait when nothing is guaranteed?”.

Pete and Jordan offer marketing consulting services. Learn about how they can help your business succeed at peteandjordan.com and check out their Instagram to follow along with all their adventures!

This post contains no affiliate links and is not sponsored, we’re just big fans of the full-time RV community! 

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February Service Special: Mouse Free

February Service Special: Mouse Free

As we approach the height of winter here in the Midwest, freezing temperatures and heaps of snow can be expected. Another thing you can expect if you’re not prepared? Mice in your RV!

If you store your RV in the winter, you’ve probably dealt with mice before. Discovering damaged electrical wiring and plumbing lines is a major bummer when you bring your RV out of storage. In fact, one of the top five RV insurance claims is damage caused by a rodent infestation. The problems that mice cause are annoying and invasive, but their presence can also be detrimental to your family’s health.

Rodents like deer mice, which are commonly found in RVs, carry diseases that are easily transmitted to humans. Hantavirus, for example, can cause pulmonary disease, which can be fatal. Handling a deer mouse caught in a trap or cleaning up mouse droppings in your RV can put you at risk of contracting HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome).

Conventional methods of removing mice usually involve traps or poisons. While these methods can be effective, they are a temporary solution and are often still unsafe to humans (think of handling a mouse on a trap, or all the toxic ingredients in poisons).
The best way to deal with a rodent infestation is to prevent them from ever entering your RV.

Mouse Free is one of the few products on the market that is made specifically for RVs.

Mouse Free’s unique formula stops mice from entering your RV. Its formula is non-toxic, no mess and no drip. A lubricating coat of 100% natural essential oils is applied to the entire undercarriage of your RV, wheel wells and other possible entry points for mice.

Mice have an acute sense of smell. Mouse Free’s natural essential oils are too much for mice to bear, driving them away. The coating also makes it difficult for mice to travel across, physically making it unable for them to get inside your RV.

From now until April 30, bring your motor home or trailer to US Adventure RV and receive $2 off per foot of Mouse Free application (save up to $80)!

For more information on Mouse Free, go to www.mouse-free.com.

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Floorplan of the Week: Minnie Winnie 31K

As an authorized Winnebago dealer, and a Circle of Excellence winner since 2005, it’s a fact that we love Winnebagos. A reliable brand with Iowa roots, US Adventure RV sell tons of Winnebago units each year. This week’s floorplan is one of Winnebago’s most popular Class C models, the Minnie Winnie 31K.



At a Glance

Seating Capacity: 7

Slides: 1

Length: 32 ft 9 in

Exterior Height: 11 ft 1 in

Chassis: Ford E450

Fresh Water Capacity: 44 gals


The 31K is just one of seven Minnie Winnie floorplans. The Minnie Winnie is perfect for a traveling couple or even a family of four! The light and bright colors in the Inspire décor package makes this unit feel modern while also showcasing its spaciousness.

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The lounge area is perfectly designed for comfortable living. The U-shaped dinette, sofa bed and swivel cab seats make it easy to host game night or a large dinner party. There is also the conveniently placed 32-inch HD TV, so everyone can watch! When it’s time to wind down, the 31K offers extra sleeping space in the bunk above the cab seats and the easily-converted sofa bed.

Cooking is made easy in the 31K! This model features a three-burner range with a recessed oven, microwave, two-door refrigerator/freezer and a double sink. Preparing and cooking food in the 31K will be easy, fast and enjoyable.

A good night’s sleep is just a step away in the 31K. The rear master bedroom features a queen-sized foam mattress with a matching headboard and large closet space. Nearby is the bathroom, which includes a 32”x 32” shower with flexible shower head, skylight, powered roof vent, large sink and plenty of counter space.

Interested in learning more about the Minnie Winnie 31K? Click here for more information, contact our sales team or stop by our showroom!


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Floorplan of the Week: Keystone Laredo 298SRL

For our first Floorplan of the Week of 2018, we wanted to feature one of our newest arrivals; the Laredo 298SRL. Keystone’s Laredo line promises RVers a “Life-Sized Camping Experience” and with this floorplan, it’s easy to see why!

At a Glance

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Slides: 3
  • Length: 34 ft 2 in
  • Exterior Height: 12 ft 3 in
  • Hitch Weight: 1390 lbs
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 43 gals

The 298SRL’s exterior features an outdoor kitchen perfect for any chef! There’s also oversized lighted pass-thru storage and an exterior shower. Enjoying the outdoors has never been easier!

At about 34 feet long, the 298SRL features amenities like full-sized kitchen appliances and furniture so you’ll always feel at home. The kitchen boasts a double-door refrigerator, an island with a double sink, a spacious pantry and more.

The living area includes at 39” TV, a free-standing dinette and a 40” fireplace to keep you and your family cozy. The theater style seating and tri-fold sofa both have stain resistant fabrics (for when real life happens).

Enjoy your time in the bathroom again! This bathroom offers tons of space and storage for the whole family. The oversized shower features tons of shelving. There’s also a foot pedal flush porcelain toilet and even more storage in the medicine cabinet, all in a functional and beautiful design.

Finally, the front master bedroom features a designer headboard, a queen-sized innerspring mattress, TV hook-up and a huge 4-panel wardrobe.


Get the rest of the specs and see more photos for this floorplan here.

What is your favorite feature in this floor plan? Tell us in the comments below! If you’re interested in learning more about the Keystone Laredo 298SRL, contact us today or stop by our showroom!


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Airstream Announces AOC Joining Five Rivet Distinction

This news release originally appeared on RVNews.com

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Jackson Center, Ohio—Airstream has announced the dealers who have recently earned the distinction of Five Rivet status.

These dealers join the 10 Airstream dealers who achieved this status in October. Airstream’s Five Rivet Dealer Standards Program requires dealers to meet minimum standards for both sales and service. Upon meeting those standards, dealers must then receive exceptional scores on customer service surveys. Airstream updates the list of Five Rivet dealers quarterly, and recognizes this achievement on the dealer locator found on Airstream’s corporate website.

“The Five Rivet status is a mark of excellence, and these dealers have earned it through consistent, exceptional customer service,” Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler says. “By achieving rave reviews from their customers, these dealers have demonstrated a commitment to a great customer experience. We’re proud to award them this exclusive distinction.”

Joining the growing list of Five Rivet dealers are:

• Airstream of New Mexico – Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Sutton RV – Eugene, Oregon
• Airstream of Spokane – Spokane, Washington
• Airstream of Tennessee – Louisville, Tennessee
Airstream of Chicago – Naperville, Illinois
• Sky River RV – Paso Robles, California
• Windish RV Center – Lakewood, Colorado
• RBM of Alpharetta – Alpharetta, Georgia
• Prime Airstream – Scarborough, Maine

Airstream officially launched the Five Rivet Dealer Standards Program in May of this year. The program was developed with input from Airstream’s dealer council to ensure it met dealer expectations, with emphasis put on the Airstream customer experience. This status is measured daily and awarded quarterly.

“Airstream’s thrilled to see these dealers earn this impressive recognition and add to our growing list of dealers with Five Rivet status,” Airstream Vice President of Sales Justin Humphreys says. “In just two quarters the list has doubled in size. We’re proud of our Five Rivet dealers’ commitment to the customer and it’s really paying off with improved customer service ratings from Airstreamers who’ve given them all a big thumbs up. Congratulations to all our Five Rivet dealers.”


For more information about Airstream’s product lineup, visit www.airstream.com.

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Christmas in the Camper 2017: How Our Favorite RVers Decorate for Christmas

The online RV world is unlike any other. Collaborative, creative and has a huge emphasis on community versus competition. We love following along and seeing these folks take on one adventure after another!

We recently asked on Instagram how full-time RVers decorate for the holidays. Then, to our pleasant surprise, Katie and Eric from Mountain Modern Life announced their Christmas in the Camper 2017 collaboration with 14 other bloggers! How perfect.

We’ve decided to compile a few of our favorites from #ChristmasInTheCamper2017. Whatever your style or budget, you’ll be inspired!


Mountain Modern Life: Cabin-Inspired Coziness

Instagram: @mountainmodernlife 


You’ll want to cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate and fuzzy socks after you see this. Katie and Eric also created a beautiful flocked Christmas tree using sno-flock, self-adhesive snow powder (how awesome!).  Neutral colors, deep greens, and rustic pieces like homemade pillows and a wire basket give off those cabin in the woods vibes. So.Cozy.


Follow Your Detour: Simple & Traditional

Instagram: @follow_your_detour


We’re big fans of Dan and Lindsay’s approach, keeping it simple and traditional! With a mixture of DIY decorations, dollar store and thrift store scores, their décor will make you feel right at home! We also loved Lindsay’s idea of buying festive throw pillows from the thrift store, cleaning them up, and then donating them back after the holidays are over! Genius.

Kermit & Trinity: A Delightful Smorgasbord

Instagram: @kermitandtrinity


One of the best parts of decorating is showing off your personal style! Their self-proclaimed style of “modern, traditional, fun, wacky and cheap” speaks to all of us! This wonderful mix of tons of colors and textures will surely put a smile on your face. With a whopping total of $35 spent, you can’t beat it!

Argosy Odyssey: Going Big

Instagram: @argosyodyssey


Finally, you know what they say, go big or go home! Chad and Cate are those neighbors on your block, and we can’t get enough! Parked on a farm near Grants Pass, Oregon, the couple has decked out their 12 by 10 foot canopy with garland and lights galore. Inside, their 22-foot Airstream is loaded with all kinds of vintage, quirky, and colorful decorations.


Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below! Also, be sure to check out more contributors of Christmas in the Camper 2017!

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Five Tips for First-Time Snowbirds

Similar to our avian friends who fly south for the winter, snowbirds are folks who temporarily move to warmer states like Florida, Texas and Arizona to escape the cold months. Some of these people have a timeshare, stay with family or rent condos. Others like to spend this time of year in their RV! In fact, over one million RVers head south every year!

States in Sun Belt are very accommodating for incoming RV snowbirds. In preparation for migration, here are our top five tips for first-time snowbirds!


1. Decide What Kind of Experience You Want to Have

What are you looking to get out of your extended stay? It’s important to know this before you start your search for an RV resort or a place to boondock. Do you want to relax, enjoy some solitude and peace and quiet? Or are you interested in socializing with fellow RVers, frequenting tourist spots and other activities?

Also consider the climate you desire. States like Florida and Georgia will surely serve up the summer-y heat, but with some humidity. California and Arizona will offer a drier, desert heat but will also cool down quite a bit in the evening.

Once you decide what kind of experience you’re after, it will be easier to decide where to park your rolling home.


2. Preparing Your RV and Tow-Vehicle

This is a must. Nothing ruins the excitement of a trip like being stuck on the side of the road! Some things to consider getting inspected and prepared before you hit the road:

  • Your RV’s tires, breaks and axle bearings
  • Your RV’s air conditioning
  • If you’re using a tow vehicle, also be sure to have the tires, breaks and axle bearings inspected
  • Add tank cleaner to your RV’s waste tanks


 3. Winterize Your Permanent Home

Depending how long you’ll be away, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure your home will be safe and sound while you’re gone. No matter how long your trip is, let a trusted neighbor, friend or family member know that you will be away. Ask them to keep an eye on your home, and maybe even collect your mail for you.

For extended stays, consider shutting off your plumbing, turning down your heat, unplugging unnecessary electronics and even hiring a plow service for all that snow you won’t have to deal with!


 4. Things to Pack

Aside from your typical trip essentials like clothing, toiletries, etc. Here are few things that will help your trip run smoothly:

  • First-aid kit
  • Paper map (include copies of your route)
  • Medical records/prescription information
  • RV and tow vehicle insurance
  • Extra chargers/batteries for all devices
  • Emergency roadside kit
  • Tool kit

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5. Join Supportive Groups

If you’re looking for some extra guidance on your first snowbird excursion, good news is there are A LOT of resources out there! Facebook features plenty of snowbird discussion groups, and Kampgrounds of America offers a plethora of information on all things RV. There are even tight-knit groups of snowbirds that meet up at specific resorts. A Thousand Trails membership gets you discounted and even free extended stay camping at over 100,000 private RV parks all over North America. If this sounds beneficial to you, consider joining!

If you’re curious about the snowbird lifestyle, there’s a perfect way to see if it’s right for you! Our rental department is currently offering 90-day leases (January-March) on large Class C units, 2,500 miles included! Check out our rental page for more info.


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Naperville Festival of Lights

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T’was a chilly December night, and all was extremely bright in downtown Naperville, IL. People lined the streets throughout downtown, and Santa’s beard was extra fluffy. Down the streets, comes a new Airstream Interstate, towing a new 25 footer Flying Cloud, lit up with very simple white rope lights. The eyes of the children light up, and parents gasp in great surprise

“What is that!” exclaims little Susie. “It’s an Ice Cream truck” says Tommy. “No, it’s an Airstream” said Papa Gary with a glow in his eyes. “Merry Christmas!” Steve yells out with a hearty wave and the honk of his horn. The children look on with a look of amazement, as we pull on by, behind us is three Disney princesses, and a giving lady with her therapy dog.

2017 marks another year for the Naperville Festival of lights parade that is put on by the Little Friends organization, however this year, marks the first year Airstream of Chicago has partaken in this event. As previously mentioned, our entry was an Airstream Interstate Motor-coach hauling a 25 foot Flying cloud front bed configuration. Besides the lights, the sides were adorned with advertising for our Gift of Silver Sales Event (going on now, hurry in!) and another first for Airstream of Chicago, a partnership with Bike Bald, a local charity organization that specializes in giving to families and children with terminal illnesses.

Besides our Gift of Silver sales event, we are also teaming up with Bike Bald to put on the Fill the Airstream Toy Drive. From now to December 30th, you can bring any unwrapped toy to our dealership located at 9740 S. Rt. 59, in Naperville, and we will give all donations to Bike Bald to give to children in need. While you’re there, stop on in and take advantage of our Gift of Silver sales event.

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