Airstream Hotel in California Has Seen ‘Fantastic’ Bookings

Caravan Outpost has a similar concept as Autocamp: use classic Airstreams travel trailers as hotel suites to create a luxurious “campground.”

Airstreams at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

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… Caravan Outpost is comfortably located in Ojai, California, about a two hour drive from downtown Los Angeles, making it a destination for Angelenos looking for a reprieve from city life.

A close up of a bicycle at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

Bikes at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

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Shawn Steward founded Caravan Outpost with her serial entrepreneur husband Brad in 2015.

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Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

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There are 10 Airstreams on the Outpost’s property, along with one tiny house.

An Airstream parked among trees, nature at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

An Airstream at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

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Caravan Outpost’s travel trailer lineup also includes Airstream’s $145,500 Pottery Barn edition trailer, which some visitors have been specifically requesting.

Airstream Pottery Barn trailer


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Caravan Outpost carries several Airstream models like the Flying Cloud and International, allowing customers to test drive life inside a specific Airstream before they spend over $100,000 on their own unit.

A Caravan Outpost Airstream in Ojai, California surrounded by flowers, trees, and an outdoor dining set.

A Caravan Outpost Airstream in Ojai, California.

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The Airstream may be an American icon, but the “silver bullets” have attracted the eyes of international visitors, which made up about 40% of the Outpost’s guests before COVID-19.

An Airstream parked among trees, nature at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

An Airstream at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

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Besides international guests, the Outpost sees a pretty wide range of visitors, from solo travelers and remote workers …

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In general, since the Outpost’s launch, business has been “fantastic,” according to Shawn Steward, who explained that most of its success has been through word of mouth.

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And, like other hotels, Caravan Outpost has also been seeing plenty of last-minute bookings, which has been bolstered by its proximity to a major city.

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This general success has been encouraging to the Outpost team, which has intentions of expanding to other locations.

The entry into Caravan Outpost.  Tall trees line the facility.

Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

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But unlike Autocamp, which is centered around its Airstream identity, Caravan Outpost doesn’t feel tied down to the Airstream look.

The front of an Airstream parked among trees at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.  An outdoor table and two chairs under a yellow and white stripped umbrella are behind the Airstream.

An Airstream at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

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“People do love Airstreams, so perhaps we would keep the flavor of that,” Shawn Steward said. “I would think if you loved the Outpost and you wanted to go to a new location because you love the Ojai location, that you would probably want a new experience.”

A wooden welcome sign that reads Caravan Outpost at the top.

Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California.

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