I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year I start to get a little antsy. Especially this year, when I can count the number of times I’ve left the house in the last month on both hands. I’m a natural-born road dog, so once the very thought of warm weather comes around, I start itching for a road trip or an outdoor adventure of some kind.
A couple summers ago, I was lucky enough to hitch an Airstream Basecamp Travel Trailer to my Jeep Grand Cherokee and drive it through the Sierra Nevadas for a week of camping in Tahoe, Mt. Shasta, the Hood River Valley, culminating in a couple days camping with an RV pass at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater.
It was a wonderful experience – there’s nothing like posting up in a remote campground in the mountains with all the comforts of home.
Many millennials like myself are flocking to van life as an option to get out there and explore while also being able to balance their remote work obligations. Despite the many romanticized portrayals of van life on YouTube and Instagram, many come to discover that it’s not exactly easy to live in a converted van for months at a time.
With so many people figuring out how to find work-life balance while on the road, Airstream is trying to find a niche need in the RV marketplace:
A full mobile office with enough space and creature comforts to live in and work out of.
Airstream’s latest model is called the Flying Cloud 30FB Office. According to Airstream, this new trailer is full-equipped for working on the go – a 6,800 pound, 30-foot aluminum trailer that sleeps up to six people. There’s a bedroom, a bathroom with shower, three closets, and a roomy kitchenette.
There’s also a cozy office space, perfect for firing off emails, taking a Zoom call, or putting together marketing decks while posted up in a campground or boondocking at a truck stop.
The cost of this modern Airstream?
According to the iconic RV company, the Flying Cloud 30FB Office answers a darn good question heard from Airstream loyalists:
“Why work from home, when I can work from anywhere?”
This trailer is stacked with windows to keep it bright and breezy, along with power solutions and outlets, along with sound-deadening materials and connectivity options. Blackout curtains in the trailer give privacy and help control the ambient light; a sound-deadening divider reduces the ambient noise in the trailer so you’re not distracted from whatever is going on around you.
A few other notable features:
In addition to standard Flying Cloud features, the 30FB Office floor plan includes the following improvements:
- Dedicated desk with sliding drawer storage and additional storage cubbies
- Comfortable office chair secured with strap during travel
- Several USB ports located throughout the desk area
- Pop-up USB/AC outlet supported by the 1000W power inverter
- Pull-out table creating more work space and slides out of sight when not in use
- Access to the satellite TV/HDMI outlets from onboard Blu-Ray DVD player
- Privacy divider
- Two desk grommets for organizing cables or mounting monitors
- Overhead storage cabinets with dry erase surfaces and under-mount LED lights
- Three windows for maximum light and expansive views and black out curtains
Not gonna lie, I’d love to head to the desert or the beach for a couple weeks and work out of this trailer, taking Zoom calls in that office.
When you’re a digital nomad like myself, there’s nothing quite like taking a call in a beautiful surrounding and executing on deliverables. Sometimes you need a change in perspective when it comes to work-life balance.
Airstream is doing it right, knowing that the best, most actionable items often come with a little change-of-scenery.