Airstream Is Turning Recreational Vehicles Into Smart Homes

Airstream—the maker of bullet-shaped, aluminum-clad trailers—finally has some contemporary technology to go with its Jetsons aesthetic.

The brand from RV giant Thor Industries is introducing a new app for controlling its campers, from AC to lights.

“It’s effectively a blend of a smart home and a connected vehicle,” said McKay Featherstone, Airstream’s vice president of product development. “We’re trying to solve multiple problems for our customers.”

The system, dubbed Smart Control, has been standard on Airstream’s largest, most expensive unit—the Classic—since July. In coming months, the same features will start appearing throughout the rest of the company’s product line. What’s more, Airstream started taking orders today for a $1,000 kit that will convert any Airstream into a smart home, no matter the age.