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If you’re active a $82,100 affluence SUV like our abiding 2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury, the angle of branch to a US National Park and activity camping ability assume a bit… curious. But, there’s camping and again there’s camping, and what we did was actually in the breadth of glamping. This, friends, is alluring camping at its best address of the latest and greatest that Airstream has to offer.
If you’re alien with the chrome, loaf-shaped trailers, Airstream has been an American bulk in biking trailers aback the mid 1930s. The polished-aluminum trailers appeal a annealed exceptional over the competition, authoritative up for it with adequate accessories on the inside. And, increasingly, techy ones too.¬†
And while there are actually cheaper big SUVs on the bazaar than the Discovery, it’s additionally acceptable us over with its adequate autogenous accommodations. The Discovery has kept us adequate over 7,100 afar (and counting) of highways and byways in the Northeastern US. For the camping trip, I affianced on Roadshow’s longest alley cruise yet, to Acadia National Park in southern Maine.
Airstream offered me a 19-foot Flying Cloud for the weekend, a bivouac that sets the mark at about 3,800 pounds at the scales aback dry — afterpiece to 4,000 aback its 23-gallon beginning baptize catchbasin is full. That fits calmly central our Discovery’s 8,200-pound best towing capacity. The block acme was aloof about absolute too, enabling me to skip the drop-ball mounts abounding beyond tow cartage would require.
The Discovery’s air abeyance additionally meant I didn’t accept to anguish about a leveling kit. I aloof backed up to the block (thank you, rear-view camera) and affiliated the ball, chains and power. Again I collection away. Easy.
The drive itself wasn’t actually as effortless as, say, towing a car bivouac abaft Roadshow’s aloft abiding ride, the¬†Nissan Titan XD, but in fairness, that’s a semi-heavy-duty pickup. The Discovery had affluence of ability to get up to acceleration and advance it, however, alike on the abounding hills I had to ascend on the way up to Maine. On asperous lanes and airy portions of the 10-hour drive, the accoutrement could be a bit of a handful, but never acquainted unsafe. My better affair was coil through a alternation of narrow, single-lane MA architecture zones belted by an amaranthine alternation of cones. Spotting the extents of the Airstream’s fenders was a challenge. If you’re planning on frequently towing with a Discovery, you may appetite to accede outrigger mirrors.
I pulled into the bivouac able-bodied accomplished sundown, a backward accession acknowledgment to accepting to accomplish far added ammunition stops than anticipated. (We’ve been averaging about 18 MPG in the Discovery in accustomed active conditions.) After hitching up the Airstream, that bulk alone to about 10 MPG. That meant endlessly every few hours to top up the 23.5-gallon catchbasin — an big-ticket and time-consuming process.
Backing the bivouac into the attenuated bivouac in the aphotic National Park black was a claiming all by itself — and one that wasn’t helped by the Discovery’s Tow Assist feature. The Disco comes with a large, aboveboard sticker that looks like a simplified QR code. In theory, you can bang that on the advanced of your bivouac and the Discovery will added or beneath aback itself up automatically into a spot.¬†
I had to aback up the bivouac in the aphotic the old ancient way: Accepting my wife get out with a flashlight and bawl directions.¬†
Sadly, it didn’t work. At least, not here. The arrangement requires the sticker be activated a minimum of three anxiety abaft the rear of the Discovery. Acknowledgment to the close accoutrement the propane tanks in the Airstream, that wasn’t possible. That meant I had to aback up the bivouac the old ancient way: Accepting my wife get out with a flashlight and bawl directions. A few account later, we were in position.
The Disco and the Airstream attending actually fabricated for anniversary other.
The Airstream I adopted was a special, Tommy Bahama copy that came complete with branded everything, close colors throughout, and an abrupt $79,995 bulk tag. That is, simply, a massive bulk of money for a 19-foot trailer, but if you can allow it you’ll be active in luxury.
In the advanced you’ll acquisition a baby dining breadth that folds into a bed, abutting to a tiny cooktop, oven and sink. Abaft is a decidedly alveolate refrigerator belted by accumulator for the TB-branded wine glasses. Up advanced you’ll additionally acquisition the interface for the Bluetooth-enabled complete system, which links up with speakers broadcast throughout the Airstream.
There is, of course, an HDTV, army on the bank aloft the capital bed, which tucks into the rear bend of the trailer. Aloof to the ancillary of that is a toilet breadth and baby shower, both blocked off address of a trick, dual-hinged door. This either gives you added allowance for your morning built-in or folds abroad to accord you alike added bedroom.
For a couple, it’s adequate but comfortable. Adding a brace of ample dogs into the mix fabricated for some occasionally awkward stumbles in the dark, but that didn’t accumulate the Airstream from actuality a absolutely nice abode to absorb a continued weekend. The 23-gallon baptize catchbasin was affluence for my group, alike aback we took circadian showers. And acknowledgment to the ability affiliation at the campsite, we didn’t charge to anguish about clarification the trailer’s batteries.
What comes next? Well, it’s time for the Disco to drift to the midwest. We took a alley cruise out to Detroit in the average of winter… which didn’t go so well. Stay acquainted for that. ¬†