Mark Lucas revealing the prototype of the Shasta Airflyte ReIssue
The 2015 ReIssue of the 1961 Shasta Airflyte travel trailer was designed in honor of the company’s 75th anniversary. Spearheaded by Shasta President Mark Lucas, the limited edition run of 1,941 trailers commemorate the company’s first year in business - 1941.
“It’s not a retro unit,” Lucas told RV Daily Report. “It’s a re-issue based on the original print pack from 1961. I bought a 1961 Airflyte for my wife, and this is as close to the original as possible. We painstakingly tried to replicate the original.”
Elements like the stylish magazine rack, chrome emblem, drip caps, gas lamp, 'nightlight' exterior door handle, and metal countertop edging seen in the original models are included in the reissued unit. “The exterior colors - polo white with matador red, seafoam green, or butternut yellow - are as close to original as possible,” said Lucas. Interior upholstery colors match the exterior.
With a wet bath and a front dinette that converts to a full bed - not the small twin found in the original - and a gaucho across the back, the 16' trailer will practically sleep three, but may increase to four when accommodating small children. The 19' bunk model floor plan has the same dinette and full bed, but with two bunks in the back, along with a wet bath. The weight is in the 2,000-pound range, which means it can be towed by SUVs, mini-vans, full-size cars, and collector cars.
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In 1941, when Californian Robert Gray built the first Shasta “house trailer” to be used as mobile military housing, he had no idea his homes on wheels would play a major role in establishing a billion-dollar industry.
In the 1950s and 60s, the toaster-on-wheels / canned ham look of the original Shasta trailer was the most recognizable shape on the road. There were other RV brands, but only Shasta was distinguished by those silver wings that signified flight and freedom. Today, 70 years and three generations of Shasta owners later, Americans have the desire to travel like never before. Motivated by the rediscovery of our families and renewal of ourselves, we still respond to the call of the road. Today’s Shastas have sleek profiles and amenities that were unimaginable a generation ago.
Yet, it is the memorable image of the little trailer with wings that brings each of us something no other manufacturer has to offer: nostalgia. The 2015 Re-Issue of the 1961 Airflyte Trailer brings our memories to life...