Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

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    Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

    Review: 2011 Airstream Avenue
    A Deluxe Apartment On The Move
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    This is the time of year when you can't help but realize that you've been tucked away in an office while the desk calendar has been the only one getting a workout. It's time to look at a map and pack a bag. Coincidentally, my friend Tom had the same thing in mind. He's about to have his first baby, doing work on his first home, and he's getting a look in his eye that suggests it's time for a breather. For me, the open road is always calling and, when a friend is ready to join in, it means the stars have aligned for a road trip.

    Those two little words create all kinds of questions, the first of which centers upon what type of vehicle to use. We're both 30, so we'd like a little luxury but... we're both 30, so we'd like a little adventure too. Thankfully, a brief call from Airstream put my name on the keys of a 2011 Avenue slumbering in a Los Angeles parking lot.

    From the outside, the large Chevrolet Bowtie in the center of the grille is familiar, but the rest of the sleek, silver Avenue lends our chariot an immediately upscale appearance. The roof is taller, the paintwork seems to have an extra layer of depth and the tinted windows give off an air of cooler-than-the-next-guy motoring. The dolled-up Express van that Tom and I are staring at appears to be a suitable home on wheels from the outside. It may not have the iconic aluminum cigar look associated with Airstream's travel trailers, but the Avenue still manages to come off as stylish.

    Grabbing our bags and heading inside, we're greeted by an interior that rivals Manhattan's finest broom-closet sized studios. The front driving space is standard Chevy Express, with the exception of a rear camera display mounted over the rear-view mirror, but the Avenue is packed with storage space and amenities just behind those front thrones. It's enough living space that I suspect I'll be charged first and last month's rent when returning the Avenue.

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    Re: Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

    Just wondering...

    How does the open container law appy to a vehicle like this and limosines?

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    Re: Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCritical View Post
    Just wondering...

    How does the open container law appy to a vehicle like this and limosines?
    In the 39 States that comply with federal law TEA-21, open container laws must apply to "all vehicle occupants except for passengers of vehicles designed, maintained or used primarily for the transportation of people for compensation (such as buses, taxi cabs, and limousines) or the living quarters of motor homes".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...rs_in_vehicles

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    Re: Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

    Very cool looking and nice choice of wheels.

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    Re: Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

    how i wish that gm would update the dashes and gauges on those vans. i know it's a niche market, but it's getting long in the tooth.

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    Re: Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyl321 View Post
    how i wish that gm would update the dashes and gauges on those vans. i know it's a niche market, but it's getting long in the tooth.
    Sadly, that is the "updated" interior. Things haven't changed much. It looks a bit more like the Silveraso's WT interior though.

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    Re: Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

    I don't understand why you would buy that when you can get a 37 foot class a diesel pusher motorhome with under 15000 miles for the same coin? You can get a brand new 35 foot gas class a for that money.
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    Re: Review: 2011 Chevrolet Express "Airstream Avenue" Conversion

    A $98k van...
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