This Airstream motor coach “SkyDeck” concept is nothing new. The old double-decker buses in England have had this idea going for years, but what is new is the idea of doubling the living space on a conventional type motorhome. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that Airstream is no longer making this coach for individual RVing but will continue to make it for business use.
The SkyDeck roof automatically opens-up to reveal a fabulous patio with comfortable seating for15, a built-in wet bar and barbecue and yacht umbrellas.
There is a stairway from the inside which eats up some living space but this space does not go unused. They say that this entertainment platform only ads 10 inches of height to the standard coach.
This really is a technological marvel considering the walls are “load bearing” and the roof has to be strengthened to accommodate the added weight. Also consider that you must have a water-tight hatch for the stairs. All this and keeping a low center of gravity adds up to a great deal of superb engineering.
This is a great coach for NASCAR as you can sit on top of the rig and take it all in. How about other sporting events, rodeos, little league games and well, the sky’s the limit. Talk about a wild tail-gate party!
This unit is built on a Freightliner XCR chasis with a 400 Cat engine. Airstream, always at home with innovation, has given us yet another idea rich with potential. I'm thinking that instead of an awning the roof could fold out doubling the top deck space and providing shade underneath. And why do the stairs have to be inside? Why not on the exterior like on the London buses? There is a lot of potential in this concept and it remains to be seen what other innovations can be achieved with this underused RV space.