Airstream International 23 FB
Chris Evans, Washington
My Airstream style:
A couple of years ago we took our 30-foot Flying Cloud Bunkhouse on a three month tour of the west coast, from Seattle down to Tucson for Alumafiesta, then slowly worked our way back up to Seattle. It was a great adventure and a ton of fun to do the “slow touring” thing. We made sure to not drive more than a few hours on any given day and once we unhooked, we tried to stay there for at least an extra day so it didn’t feel like we were constantly towing. Airstreaming through the redwood forests of Northern California was absolutely amazing, and to be able to stay right in the middle of them with our little home is such a treat.
We traded in the Bunkhouse for the International last summer to make it easier to get into the smaller parks we want to visit. Right now we’re using it as a pied-à-terre close to Seattle. We live on Whidbey Island in Washington and I work for GoDaddy in Kirkland, which is a ferry and big traffic highway ride away—the commute can be up to 2 1/2 hours each way. So we have our International parked at Tall Chief RV Resort in Fall City, and I stay in the Airstream on the nights when I’m in Seattle. It’s much less expensive than an apartment or hotel.
My wife Leslie and I travel together, with our new dog, Wilson.
Camper or glamper?
We are tech geeks and access to the internet is a big deal for us, particularly while we’re working, so we don’t do much boondocking. We have added a bit of extra tech to the trailer like a WiFiRanger Sky and cellular booster antenna; the aluminum of an Airstream is gorgeous and lasts a long time but it is not conducive to radio signals. For long trips, we have our chairs and some big party lights that we hang out on the awning so we can spend more time outside.
These days, it’s good internet connectivity. I work on mobile applications for GoDaddy and our mission is empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures so I need good connectivity to help build and to use our solutions. Leslie is a writer with a podcast so she needs good connectivity too to be able to record her shows. When we’re on the road for long trips, though, my camera is my must-have item. I’m also a photographer and part time storm-chaser so my camera is always right by my side.
The ideal Airstream day:
The ideal day would have us staying in one one of the amazing scenic locations like our national parks in the US or Canada. I’d wake up early to capture some photos with the morning light, then we’d spend the day exploring the area, enjoy dinner in the Airstream and then maybe a few more shots around sunset when the light is just so perfect.