Review: The Airstream Interstate 3500 EXT
It’s often said that you “can’t improve on perfection,” but the country’s oldest RV manufacturer, Ohio-based Airstream, Inc., keeps doing it with each successive model, year after year. The 24 foot long Interstate EXT surrounds you with luxurious creature comforts while still benefiting from superb mileage and economical operation. When Airstream gets together with Mercedes, you can bet the result will be a new standard in luxury. Built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis and powered by a state of the art 3.0L V6 Mercedes Turbo diesel, the engine is paired with a five speed automatic and kicks out 188 horsepower. EPA est highway mileage is 18 and the fuel tank holds 26 gallons, so you can run all day without a stop if you desire.
You have many options for seating, sleeping and entertaining within the ultra comfortable decor, with several finish choices available for seating and flooring, such as Corian countertops and wooden cabinetry. Four different trims on the Interstate EXT provide you with the option of seating from 2-8 persons, depending on your configuration. The Interstate is designed to sleep two adults. Towing capacity delivers up to 6,400 pounds, enough for your toy hauler or livestock when you’re off to a show.
Adjustable LED lighting provides ambiance to the cabin, and entertainment options are covered with LED TVs, a Blue Ray player and fully integrated entertainment system. Operated from a 7″ dash touchscreen, you’ll be able to access your own personal wi-fi, satellite HD radio, streaming web services, DVDs, and integration for iPhone, and other smart phones. Your comfort is assured with an onboard 13,500 BTU air conditioner and 16,000 BTU furnace.
In the galley you’ll find a refrigerator, convection microwave, and two burner cook top, with ample cabinetry to act as pantry or cooking and dining utensil storage. Every Interstate includes a complimentary one year membership to the Mercedes Benz Club of America, 30,000 members sharing trips, memories, and motoring tips. Members of the MBCA receive special benefits, including discounts and special pricing on selected goods and services to enhance your motoring. All new Interstate come with two years of 24/7 roadside assistance, should you need it. Mercedes engineering and power paired with Airstream quality construction and luxurious appointments make the Airstream Interstate 3500 EXT the only sensible choice in the class.