Want to see how the Airstream trailers are made? Well, we went out last week to the Airstream Tour factory in Jackson Center, Ohio. (About an hour outside Columbus) They have daily tours that start at 2pm. My friend and I thought it might be an interesting tour for our kids since are kids are older. (TIP: They suggest you wear closed toe shoes and I agree; there are nails on the floor that you do not want to step on!)
Once you arrive at Airstream, you will need to head to the service center to start your tour. (This tour is about 1-2 hours) They will also give you ear and eye protective gear that you will wear on the tour. The tour guide starts explaining the history of the Airstream (did you know that it’s been around since 1931?) Each one is handcrafted and currently have 2500 on order to build! (They say they make about 50 a week!) Finally, you cannot take pictures inside the plant so the pictures I have are just in the service center.
They will take you through every phase of building the airstream. (From bending the sheet metal to the finishing of the trailer with rivets) You will not see the final product and each is made to the owners specifications. Each trailer costs between $55,000 – $160,000! We did get to see a semi-finished trailer with a kitchen and bathroom with a projection screen!
I’ll be honest in that it was hard to hear the tour guides because of the noise in the factory. The tour was mostly older folks (we were the only ones with kids). I found the tour interesting but the kids did not. I don’t think the kids appreciated the detail and work that goes into the trailers as much as the adults. I really would recommend this tour to adults and not kids.
SMAC Neutral-for adults interested in trailers