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The Airstream: Cadillac of the RV set

Christine Stanley
Court Leve / Sierra Sun/ The shiny metallic campers are all the rage among the road traveling set.
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They’re big, they’re aluminum and if you reflect the sun’s glare just right you can cook a hot dog with one. They are Airstream trailers and the people who love them say that these bullets on wheels really are the crème de la crème of campers.

The Sierra Nevada Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International rolled shiny Airstreams into Boca Springs earlier this month for a long weekend of relaxation and TLC – trailer love and care.

The unit’s members, who come from Fallon, Reno, Fernley and beyond, say that the lifestyle afforded to them by their cozy rigs can’t be beat.

“Once you have an Airstream, you never go back. It really is the Cadillac of RVs,” said Fallon resident Dyann Thornburg. “There are S.O.Bs (some other brands) out there, but the workmanship and quality just isn’t the same.”

A peek inside the Thornburg’s 2005 rig proves her theory. A small flatscreen television is mounted above a compact DVD player. The couch is plush. The counters are Corian. It’s like a little mobile Ikea.

Owners swear by their trailer’s comfort and efficiency, noting that the Airstreams provide for substantially better gas mileage than other towables.

Don and Mary Lou Deamoth of Reno began their Airstream adventures when they bought their first rig in 1969. They’ve since upgraded to a 1998 model that has already logged 125,000 miles. The couple even lived in their trailer for three years while traveling the States, and once towed the thing from Florida to Alaska in one sweeping journey.

“Airstreams make a statement,” said Dyann Thornburg’s husband, Jerry. “People turn and look. And the older they are, the longer they look.”


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