Our company was established in 2005, initially to bring Airstream trailers to Europe.
Airstreams were probably first seen in Europe in the mid 1950’s, when Wally Byam the founder of Airstream Inc, led a ‘caravan’ of Airstreams around Europe in 1956.
Some 75 years after Airstream’s beginnings in 1931, 3 Englishmen (2 northerners Michael & David and a southerner, Anthony) decided it was time that Airstream came to Europe to stay – and approached Airstream Inc. with a proposal to develop a European Airstream trailer fleet.
Work started in earnest on the engineering work in 2004 and production commenced in 2006. Jon Davison our head technician joined us in 2007 and we moved to our current Tebay premises that year, occupying 1/3rd of the building to begin with (the rest being devoted to storage of paper and Christmas puddings). Airstream Europe was born.
2010 was a year of expansion. We decided late in 2009 to take the Airstream internal fitout in house (and to buy the shell only from Airstream Inc, in Ohio, USA) and production rapidly expanded to occupy the whole building at Tebay. We also expanded to a 2nd location in 2010, opening a southern UK depot. Lastly, we started to diversify to stock and retail other ‘cool camping’ brands, initially the Holtkamper tent trailers made in Holland. We soon decided that canvas was not for us and within a year had dropped the Holtkamper brand, replacing it with the T@B teardrop trailers made by Knaus Tabbert.
T@B proved to be an ideal ‘fit’ with Airstream, being rounded and retro, but at a cheaper price point. We changed the name of the business from Airstream Europe, to Airstream and Company, to signify that Airstream now had company on our sales lot.. We exceeded our first year sales target for T@B by 50% and are very confident of the future for this super cool brand alongside Airstream.
The Eriba Touring, manufactured by Hymer of Germany, joined our product line in early 2013. We had long wished to represent Eriba, so this represents a pivotal moment in our future growth. The Eriba Touring is a cult product, with a strong following who appreciate its rounded shape and excellent towing characteristics. Other Hymer caravans followed and proved popular with customers wanting the best of German engineering.
During 2015 we added the KiP Shelter (a compact camping trailer capable of carrying cycles or motorbikes) and our first motorhome. To mark our venture into selling motorised leisure vehicles, we changed the company name again to Adventure Leisure Vehicles.
We look forward to serving all our customers in the UK to the very best of our ability.
Michael, Anthony, David and all the team at Adventure Leisure Vehicles.