If the new Bowlus aluminum trailers look like an evolution of the famous Airstream design, that is because Airstream evolved from the original Bowlus aluminum trailers of the early Twentieth century. Their creator, William Hawley Bowlus, brought his aviation engineering experience that included work on Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” to his work on these surprisingly lightweight living spaces.
Reinvigorated in 2013, the brand has introduced the Bowlus Road Chief Lithium+ ($219,000!) to be the most awesome off-the-grid home in creation. This high-tech mobile home has a 4 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery. It has proven to last a conservative week on a charge although it can only run an 8,000 BTU air conditioner for four hours. There is a 120 W solar panel system to keep power flowing. It is in contact with the world through a standard 3G/4G mobile router with GPS and can be run LAN or Wi-Fi. As the ultimate “work from anywhere vacation home,” there is no reason not to change your front yard to fit your mood.