You might be able to tow a Bambi with a medium-sized SUV (I've seen them towed with Range Rovers and BMW X5's) but the height and width of the thing means you will have a lot of wind resistance. And that is the smallest Airstream they make, and it still costs $50,000. The folks with the Range Rover I met, had $100,000 of car and camper parked at their site. Kinda expensive for camping - at least for us middle-class schmucks. And while they might think they can afford it, in reality, well - that is what this blog is all about, middle-class people bankrupting themselves buying bling.
Sadly, this cut short her camping season, as the repair shop needed over a MONTH to remove the dented panels, replace them with new ones, re-rivet and re-clearcoat the trailer. She e-mailed me later:
"I picked up my Airstream Sept. 16 from Knoxville, TN and she looks like new. Thank heaven for insurance because the total repair cost 8,000.00 as there was more damage then I first thought."
Ouch. $8000 is what I PAID to purchase my secondhand Casita. And insurance notwithstanding, the costs are not "free." File a few claims like that, and well, your insurance will skyrocket, over time.
And of course, it goes without saying, that it implies status. The fellows I met towing a Bambi with their Range Rover weren't making a sound economic choice, they were making a status statement. And the statement is, "Look at me! I am better than you! I can afford to spend $100,000 to go camping!"
That sort of thing gets old really quickly. It takes no talent to go deeply into debt for status. And the ability to borrow is not a sign of real wealth. I could afford, right now, to buy 17 of such rigs. I choose not to. The cost of buying "brandy-new" is just too staggering. And frankly, what is the fun in that? It takes no talent to go to the dealer and write checks (or worse yet, take out a loan). No one is "impressed" by your ability to go into debt to acquire consumer goods.
It would be fun to restore a vintage Airstream from the 1960's and tow it with a restored International Travelall (with fake wood on the sides, of course). But then again, the reality of the costs involved make me realize that it would be an expensive fantasy, and the reality of driving an older vehicle and an older trailer, well, it would have its challenges.