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Weekend in 30-foot Airstream Flying Cloud trailer, Mystic KOA, N Stonington, CT, July 2013

Weekend in 30-foot Airstream Flying Cloud trailer, Mystic KOA, N Stonington, CT, July 2013

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With winter weather on the wane across much of North America, it's time to think about summer vacation.

And if you've ever wanted to spend a weekend in what may be the best-known and most glamorous of travel trailers, the renowned Airstream company can help you in your quest.

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New Airstream trailers will be available for rent this summer through a program operated by the company at five different KoA campgrounds across the country this summer.

Staying in the streamlined silver trailers is likely be be an appealing alternative to yet another grim chain motel next to a highway off-ramp.

Weekend in 30-foot Airstream Flying Cloud trailer, Mystic KOA, N Stonington, CT, July 2013

Weekend in 30-foot Airstream Flying Cloud trailer, Mystic KOA, N Stonington, CT, July 2013

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Fully equipped with dishes and linens, the trailers come with a large platform outside--protected by an awning against sun or rain--and even a gas grille for impromptu barbecues.

We first encountered stays in the luxury trailers via the independent Airstream2Go program, during a GMC Sierra launch program last June, and were intrigued.

So when the Airstream folks themselves offered a weekend stay last July, we packed up our aging Subaru wagon and headed for the shore.

Arriving at Mystic KoA in Stonington, Connecticut, we checked in and were directed to our trailer, pleasantly sited on the edge of a small grove of trees.

We spent two days exploring the Connecticut shoreline, visiting Mystic Seaport (try the crabcakes) and otherwise being tourists.

At night, we returned to our streamlined silver home, cleverly outfitted to sleep up to six people--assuming they're family or at least very friendly.

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For two adults, the accommodations were comfortable and equipped with everything we could have needed. The kitchen is fueled by propane (and electricity), there's full air-conditioning, a suite of electronics including a DVD player, a flat-screen television, even an iPod stereo system.

The air-conditioning on a hot summer night kept the trailer--which is essentially a large metal box, remember--at a comfortable temperature.

Banish those thoughts of grim paper plates and tiny camp towels: Our trailer was equipped with nice fluffy towels with the small but entirely satisfying hot shower.

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We only cooked one meal inside, but the compact kitchen appeared to be capable of providing for a full family, assuming that every member could handle the choreography required to negotiate inside movement. Airstream even provided a jar of Nutella in the cupboard.

And like many of our fellow trailer residents at Mystic KoA, we spent much of our time out on the deck--reading, talking, and generally relaxing.

The campground's pool was full of families and kids, but offered a pleasant way to cool off in the afternoon heat.

Weekend in 30-foot Airstream Flying Cloud trailer, Mystic KOA, N Stonington, CT, July 2013

Weekend in 30-foot Airstream Flying Cloud trailer, Mystic KOA, N Stonington, CT, July 2013

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At night, barbecue grilles and portable stoves were pressed into action as dusk fell slowly, and the general background noise of the campground slowly subsided.

One of the most unexpected aspects of staying in an Airstream trailer turns out to be the respect it seems to engender among other campers.

"We're staying in the big Airstream over by the trees," we said to one person--who responded with, "Oh, nice!" and what we imagined to be a very impressed look.

We enjoyed our time in the Airstream, and would do it again.

This summer's KoA locations for the Airstream corporate program are: Bar Harbor, Maine; Las Vegas; Santa Cruz, California; South Padre Island, Texas; and Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

All you need to bring is your credit card, whatever food and drink you prefer, and a fondness for streamlined lodgings.

Airstream provided two nights of free lodging to enable High Gear Media to bring you this first-hand report.

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