11 Cool Airstream Campers You Can Rent for a Taste of #VanLife
Interested in building out your own dream camper for long weekends — or a whole life — on the road? Check out these beautifully renovated Airstreams and trailers around the US.
Life on the road can be full of wonderful surprises, but moving from a large — and stationery — house into a van or camping trailer is a huge adjustment, no matter how cool and carefree the lifestyle can look on social media.
If you're interested in giving #VanLife a shot this spring and summer, these beautifully restored and renovated Airstreams and tiny trailers are a great way to ease into small-space living. Most of them are rooted in or close to trendy cities, so you can basecamp at the trailer with the freedom to explore by car without worrying about leaving your wheeled home unattended.
Here are some of our favorite rentals to inspire your renovation dreams. Want to learn a little more about what it's like to live tiny? Check out how travel bloggers Siya Zarrabi and Kristen Sarah renovated their vintage Airstream for full-time life on the road with their toddler and adventure pup.
This vintage Airstream a few miles from downtown Austin, Texas, is full of quirky vintage charm inside. The trailer sleeps two and has a clawfoot bathtub inside and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the fresh air.
This cedar-paneled Airstream near the trendy Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas has space for two in a cozy, vintage atmosphere. Outside your door, you’ll be able to take advantage of a fire pit during your stay.
Once you step inside this lovely camper, you might forget you’re in an RV. This trailer at the edge of the Marshalltown Fairgrounds in Iowa has a full kitchen and two beds with space for four. A cozy desk space makes this a great spot to trial-run living and working from an RV without actually committing to life on the road.
This 1962 Airstream with two beds and room for three is hidden in the woods of Good Hope, Ga., not too far from Athens. The hosts have kayaks you can borrow to go exploring on the Apalachee River.
This cozy one-bed camper in Tucson, Ariz., has a feature you’d likely not expect from a camper: a working electric fireplace. The open floor plan allows for a workspace — complete with USB charging ports — and other distinct areas in spite of its small square footage, making the space feel larger than it really is.
This cozy RV in Salinas, Calif., near Monterey, is superbly decorated and outfitted with a few thoughtful surprises you might not expect, like a record player to set the mood. The camper has one bed and room for two guests.
This 27-foot, 1974 Airstream trailer was home to its hosts while they were building their house, so they know a thing or two about tiny house living. Build a fire by the creek that runs near the trailer and settle in to roast marshmallows and imagine life on the road. There's room for two and plenty of hiking and outdoor adventure minutes away.
One of the best parts of van life — or Airstream life — is taking advantage of the great outdoors. This picture-perfect, two-person Airstream between San Antonio and Austin has a hot tub you can enjoy underneath the stars, complete with an outdoor shower steps away, and a fire pit and hammock.
Want to take #VanLife for a real spin? RVShare allows you to rent campers, Airstreams and other RVs all over the US that you can actually take on the road. This Airstream, based in Appleton, Wis., sleeps five people.
Book yourself a romantic getaway at this mini Airstream complex on an animal sanctuary in the Santa Monica Mountains about half an hour from Los Angeles. You’ll be sleeping in a 1960 Airstream Land Yacht, and you’ll also have access to the 1948 Wee Wind Airstream steps away, which the hosts have set up as a snack trailer. The site is intended to be a romantic couples’ getaway, so it’s limited to two guests and has a private jacuzzi. The hosts can set up experiences for you like sessions with a celebrity personal trainer, or set you up with surfboards to tackle the waves nearby.
Just 20 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park, this secluded Airstream getaway will put you in a prime spot for stargazing. There’s room for four in the Airstream’s two beds, and the outdoor space is outfitted with a fire pit, hot tub and cozy outdoor lounge area.