Winter camping with a Airstream?
This question is undoubtedly on the minds of many curious people who are fascinated by the shiny aluminum shape of this "aluminum cigar" from the USA. Despite the obvious lack of special winter camping standards on the part of Airstream, it is clear that an Airstream European model is perfectly capable of meeting the challenges of winter camping.
The semi-monocoque aluminum shell of the Airstreams is double-walled and insulated with a 60 mm thick Knauf Eco Bat Mat, which is compressed to 40 mm. To avoid thermal bridges, all connecting profiles are covered with sealing tape. The floor is insulated with 40 mm thick rigid foam. This construction method results in a very homogeneous shell that has been tried and tested for many decades in both winter and summer.
All European Airstreams come with a hydronic heating system
In the United States and Europe, most caravans and motorhomes have conventional fan heaters. These systems use electricity or gas to generate warm air and distribute it via several outlets in the vehicle. However, this often involves constantly switching the fan and burner on and off, which can lead to temperature fluctuations and considerable noise pollution.
The Airstream European models designed exclusively for the European market, on the other hand, are fitted as standard with a water-bearing central heating system from the renowned Swedish company Alde. In contrast to conventional fan heaters, these heating systems operate extremely quietly and ensure even heat distribution throughout the vehicle.
Alde central heating basically works in the same way as heating systems in residential buildings. The heat is generated in a liquid gas boiler, which contains an additional 230 V heating element. A mixture of water and glycol is heated in this boiler, which is then pumped through a system of convectors and pipes. The result is a cozy warmth that flows efficiently and quietly through the entire interior.
The convectors (small radiators) are located around the outer walls and heat the air passively. The air rises and heats walls and furniture. The rising warm air also forms an air barrier in front of the windows, which keeps the cold away and prevents condensation. When the warm air reaches the ceiling, it drops to the ground and is then heated again by the convectors.
LPG or electrics? You have a choice.
Water heaters offer the highest level of comfort in motorhomes. They provide heat of the highest quality. The boiler not only ensures a pleasant and noiseless feeling of warmth, but also provides hot water for the shower and kitchen. It can be operated with either liquid gas or electricity, or even with an effective combination of both energy sources. An impressive 3000 watts of heating power is available in electric mode, while a generous 5500 watts can be achieved in gas mode.
Hot water at your fingertips
The Alde Comfort 3020 HE boiler has a built-in water heater that provides hot water whenever you need it in the shower or kitchen. The water heater keeps approx. 8.5 liters of hot water at > 50 degrees Celsius permanently available on demand. Enough for hot showers and also for washing dishes in the vehicle.
Simple operation with a touchscreen
All settings for the heating system are made on the control panel via the user-friendly menus on the touch screen. All key functions are available directly from the home page. Just like modern smart phones, the menu system is intuitive and easy to navigate. In addition, a remote control via an app on your mobile phone is possible.
Heating even while drivingWhat use is the best heater if you arrive at your vacation destination after several hours of driving in a completely chilled vehicle? For this reason, all Airstream Europe models are equipped with a crash sensor as standard, which allows the gas heater to be operated while driving. In this way, Airstream owners can seamlessly switch from a warm car to their cozy, warm Airstream both on the road and at their destination. This makes arrival not only comfortable, but also instantly warm and cozy.
Further additional options for winter camping available
Tested and approved.
All Airstream European models have been designed by Airstream to operate in temperatures as low as -20 degrees and have undergone rigorous testing in a cold chamber. As an impressive practical test, Airstream and Land Rover sent a Range Rover Sport Hybrid and an Airstream 684 to the Arctic Circle in Sweden in February 2015 as part of the #HybridAdventure. Here, the team proved itself with impressive bravura even in extreme temperatures below -20 degrees.
Not to be forgotten is the fact that many Airstreams are used in winter by numerous customers. Armin Heun, Managing Director of Airstream European importer Roka Werk, explains this aptly: "Even if some of our customers initially have no interest in winter camping, this often develops over time. The combination of the magical winter landscape with freezing cold and a cozy, warm Airstream, with more than 20 real glass windows creating a very special experience, is an incomparable highlight. Our customers are often inspired by other Airstream owners who have already had positive experiences with winter camping."
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