You can probably recognize Airstream’s iconic silver bullet travel trailer anywhere. But did you know that Airstream wasn’t the first aluminum motorhome? In fact, Wally Byam was an employee of Bowlus before he set out to develop his own line of campers.
Although Bowlus is not as well known as Airstream, the quality, craftsmanship and innovation are top notch. Let’s take a closer look at what makes these trailers so unique!
What is Bowlus?
Bowlus is a camper manufacturer that produces high quality aluminum travel trailers. These caravans are a beautiful combination of functionality, luxury and innovation.
Recently, Bowlus made history with the introduction of the Bowlus Volterra, the world’s first all-electric motorhome. But Bowlus motorhomes are not for the occasional weekend getaway. They cost anywhere from $159,000 to more than $300,000.
Who owns Bowlus?
The company began in 1934 when Hawley Bowlus manufactured the first riveted aluminum travel trailer. However, production ceased during World War II because aluminum was deemed a critical strategic metal.
Fast forward a few decades to 2011-2013, Geneva Long grew up with an old bowlus. While studying at Wharton Business School, she assembled a team that began to redesign the Bowlus and RV experience.
Too many RVs were of poor quality, and Long focused intently on changing that and increasing sustainability and innovation. Under her leadership, craftsmanship was compared to that of a yacht rather than a motorhome.
In 2013, a 24-foot Bowllus was completely remodeled to include a full bath, heated floors, birch wood interior, an all-electric refrigerator and high-capacity AGM batteries. Long and her team had breathed new life into the Bowlus brand.
Bowlus continues to evolve with new technologies, innovations and design. In 2020, the company launched the Bowlus Power Management System, which enables off-grid operation for up to two weeks.
In 2022, the company launched the Bowlus Volterra, representing AeroSolar’s first application in the RV industry for an all-electric RV. During her tenure as owner and CEO, Long was named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list.
Where are Bowlus motorhomes made?
Bowlus is headquartered in Oxnard, California, near Los Angeles. It is located about 45 minutes south of Santa Barbara and 30 minutes west of Thousand Oaks.
The Port of Oxnard is the closest access point to Channel Islands National Park. The city also hosts the California Strawberry Festival.
What makes a bowlus pendant so unique?
Bowlus makes aerodynamic and lightweight travel trailers that are easy to maneuver and pull. The monocoque design is something you would find in an airplane or supercar. It is unique in the RV industry.
If you want to go off-grid camping, Bowlus has developed campers that allow you to live off-grid for up to two weeks at any time of year. At the same time, you don’t have to do without modern conveniences.
Air conditioning, heated floors, purified water and air, unlimited hot water and high-speed Internet access are already part of the design.
The Bowlus offer
No matter which Bowlus pendant you choose, you can be sure you’re getting top-notch quality and craftsmanship. This is not a fiberglass or laminate trailer. Alclad 2024 T3 aluminum will last for decades.
Plus, Bowlus’ sustainability focus means the seats are 13% cooler than leather because of the PVC-free polyurethane product. The seat and upholstery are CertiPUR-US foam, and the entire interior is made from sustainably grown organic products.
Learn more about the product range.