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Studio F.A. Porsche and Airstream have collaborated to create a ‘garageable’ Airstream trailer, a first for the trailer-maker in its 90-year history.

The concept will be showcased at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas, beginning on March 10, 2023.

It features adjustable suspension that allows the trailer’s body to be lowered far enough to fit into most home garages.

“The ability to securely store the unit at home makes travel trailer ownership much easier for many potential owners,” said Airstream.

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A carbon-fibre pop-up roof creates an additional 12 inches of headroom and when lowered is flush with the roof to preserve the trailer’s low profile while being towed.

The pop-up design is also said to “improve aerodynamic efficiency or enhance off-road manoeuvrability.”

Airstream says the trailer’s shape, as well as its flush underside, further aid aerodynamic efficiency and “optimise” it for towing by electric vehicles.

The ducted air conditioning is located above the concept’s floor, with a lithium battery, spare wheel, holding tanks and hot water components located in a 254mm space underneath.

The trailer stretches 4.99 metres long and Airstream claims the interior offers a “sizable L-shaped workspace that rivals what’s found in many larger travel trailers”.

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The seating area converts to a 82-inch x 61-inch (2.08m x 1.55m) sleeping area.

There’s a new two-piece rear door with a hinge-up hatch and drop-down tailgate, designed to bring the outside in and aid accessibility. Awnings can be attached to the hatch.

The wet bath sits behind a door that swings freely to hide the toilet when it’s not in use, which Airstream claims opens up more space in the adjacent galley.

Porsche and Airstream have created the concept to be usable for off-road and off-grid camping arrangements.

There are also integrated solar panels and lithium battery storage, for use in locations where a power supply isn’t available.

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The trailer is only a concept for now.

“Like earlier concept vehicles, the Airstream Studio F. A. Porsche Concept Travel Trailer builds on Airstream’s design DNA and our commitment to aerodynamics to create a vision that is both familiar and excitingly new,” said Airstream president and CEO Bob Wheeler.

“While our concept projects don’t always reach the marketplace, the resulting lessons and innovations often influence present and future designs as they make their way into our main product lines.”

It’s the first time the two companies have collaborated.

US firm Airstream has been building RVs, camper vans and trailers since the 1920s, while Studio F.A. Porsche was established by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the grandson of the car brand’s founder, in 1972.

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