Front left view of this beauty.

Airstream’s Brilliantly Designed B190 Camper Van

Today marks the second day in an extensive journey to retrieve an Airstream B190 camper van, described by its previous owners as being in “like-new” condition.

The Airstream B190 is an example of the type of products Airstream puts out – something of extremely high quality. This particular van is extremely difficult to find and required an extensive stint to pick it up.

View from the back.
View from the back.

What’s really interesting to me is how people can call something “like-new” when it is in need of a massive mechanical service, but nonetheless, this B series camper was a steal.

Throwback Ad from the early 90's when this beauty was released.
Throwback Ad from the early 90’s when this beauty was released.

The first thing I did once purchasing the van was take it to a Ford service center, as mechanically, it was having some difficulties. Low power on acceleration, erratic idle, and shaking in the early stages of acceleration. Ford diagnosed the problem saying that it was misfiring on one cylinder and a faulty coolant temperature sensor. However, they were wanting an arm and leg for the repair, so I found another shop to do the repairs.

View from the Firestone Service Center on Washington Road in Houston, TX.
View from the Firestone Service Center on Washington Road in Houston, TX.

Now I am stuck in Houston waiting for parts to come in tomorrow at the service shop I am using, Firestone. Fortunately, the Airstream makes for a perfect sleeping spot with its full size bed above the front.

The bed area, over the passenger cabin.
The bed area, over the passenger cabin.
The van features a sink, microwave, refrigerator and full stove top.
The van features a sink, microwave, refrigerator and full stove top.
In this photo, you can see the couch on the left (which folds down into a bed) as well as the bathroom in the back, which features a shower and toilet.
In this photo, you can see the couch on the left (which folds down into a bed) as well as the bathroom in the back, which features a shower and toilet.
The driver's and passenger's seats are a mixture of cloth a leather for a modern look.
The driver’s and passenger’s seats are a mixture of cloth a leather for a modern look.

For now, I will explore the town and see what all it has to offer. Then I will hit the road back to Indiana, a 1200 mile trek with an impending snow storm that may throw me off course for another day or two. We will see what happens!

Best,

Nathan

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