Airstream's Interstate 24X Takes Van Life to the Luxury Level

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Photo credit: Airstream
Photo credit: Airstream
  • Airstream is launching the Interstate 24X camper van aimed at adventure-seeking nomads.

  • Built atop a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis cab, the Interstate 24X features standard four-wheel drive and an air suspension to make getting to off-grid camping sites easier.

  • A host of luxury features are offered, including 5G connectivity, solar panels, and an onboard generator, which is good because this go-anywhere beast starts at $213,850.

There are endless YouTube videos and Instagram posts that detail all the best ways to custom-build a camper out of a new or used commercial van, and those talented influencers are great at making it look easy. But unless you're handy and have a host of specialized tools on hand, buying a premade rig to live your best #VanLife may be a better way to go, and Airstream's new Interstate 24X camper van is tailored for people who want a turnkey vehicle ready for their next adventure.

Photo credit: Airstream
Photo credit: Airstream

Built on a four-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Interstate 24X comes with all-terrain tires, a height-adjustable air suspension, and enough off-grid equipment to let users venture way off the beaten path while still delivering modern conveniences. Both an onboard generator and a host of solar panels ensure electrical service for the van's lighting, kitchen, and entertainment systems. The 13,500 BTU air conditioner provides enough cooling to turn the Interstate 24X into a welcome oasis when camping in warm weather; a furnace and water heater are also standard.

Photo credit: Airstream
Photo credit: Airstream

Reconfigurable is the name of the game with the Interstate 24X's interior layout, with a number of different bed configuration choices and a modular table system that allows users to move the van's dining table to one of four different places, including one that turns it into a standing desk for remote workers. The two front seats swivel around and can be configured with the table so it can be used as a seated desk. Speaking of remote workers, Airstream has provided pre-wiring for the company's Airstream Connected system, which includes a 5G cellular antenna.

The interior is lined with Airstream's signature silver trim, and there are clever storage solutions such as a reconfigurable system that lets campers rearrange tie-downs to store their gear. An overhead storage shelf features heavy-duty netting to keep things in place when the van is moving.

Photo credit: Airstream
Photo credit: Airstream

A small bathroom is located behind the driver's seat and across the aisle from the van's sliding side door and the galley. The galley features a sink, a two-burner stovetop, a small microwave, and enough counter space to prep a meal, but if you're really camping shouldn't you be grilling outdoors anyway?

The Interstate 24X is available to order now with deliveries starting in just a few weeks, right on schedule for people seeking a new summer home on wheels. The 5000-pound towing capacity should be more than enough for a trailer full of ATVs, a pair of Jet Skis, or even one of Airstream's rugged Basecamp travel trailers in case you need more room for additional campers. Be prepared to shell out some dough, though, as the van carries a starting price of $213,850.

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