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Airstream Debuts 2011 Interstate 3500

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

Airstream Inc. today (Aug. 24) announced today the debut of its 2011 Interstate 3500 Class B motorhome built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. The partnership between Airstream and Mercedes-Benz has yielded a touring coach that fuses the legendary quality and design of the Airstream brand with the comfort, control and luxury of Mercedes-Benz, according to a news release.

The 2011 Airstream 3500 Interstate continues the tradition of extraordinary design and handcrafted quality that has made the Airstream a style classic for nearly 80 years. The unique blend of these two premium brands has produced a fuel-efficient, luxurious, safe
and comfortable way for travelers to explore the open road.

Airstream has outfitted the Class B Interstate 3500 with seating
for eight, a kitchen, bathroom, and a convertible lounge area that at
night becomes a bed for two. Bucket seats in the cockpit swivel to face a
removable table that seats four at mealtime, and a 19-inch flat panel
HD LCD/DVD provides on-board entertainment.

The galley features a convenient 1.2-cubic-foot convection-microwave
oven and a stainless-steel two-burner cook top that is flush-mounted
under a glass cover. A 3.1-cubic-foot refrigerator is cooled by an AC/DC
compressor that uses 90% less power than conventional RV models.
Additional energy efficiency is obtained by using interior LED lighting.

The Interstate comes with a high-efficiency, 13,500 BTU Dometic
roof-mounted air conditioner, an optional 2.5-kilowatt Onan propane
generator and a 26-gallon fresh-water tank (with its own 6-gallon water
heater for taking hot showers and washing dishes). The unparalleled
cargo capacity of the Interstate 3500 allows for greater continuous
travel while the rear axle dual tires provide the stability to carry
such weight.

Although the Interstate is less than 23 feet long and 80 inches
wide, people up to 6 feet 2 inches can stand comfortably inside the
cabin. For worry-free backing-up, the Interstate also features an
optional 5.5-inch LCD screen mounted in the driver’s compartment to
display the area behind the van whenever it is in reverse.

The 2011 Airstream Interstate is powered by a 3.0-liter Blue
Efficiency V-6 diesel engine that produces 188 horsepower and 325
lb.-ft. of torque from 1,200 to 2,400 rpm. Most importantly, the engine
gets 30% better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine.

The 2011 Interstate 3500 is available in both twin and lounge
floorplans, with two interior decors — Onyx and Sand Pearl, and two
exterior colors — silver and white. The Interstate 3500 has a suggested
retail price of $121,274.
By RV Business

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