We see all sorts of publicity stunt road trips, but few seem as cool as spending 11 days driving almost 4,000 miles in a 2013 Range Rover Autobiography and sleeping each night in an equally plush Airstream trailer. This is exactly what Ben Samuelson, formerly of TVR, and his PR team did to show off the new Range Rover while driving it from England to Morocco and back.

Towing the 5,300-pound Airstream was as much to show off the towing abilities of the Range Rover as it was to provide luxurious sleeping accommodations, which Samuelson compared to a boutique hotel. One of the more interesting aspects of this story is Land Rover's claim that the most popular tow vehicle of choice by European Airstream owners is a Land Rover product.

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ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER & AIRSTREAM

– Range Rover demonstrates its breadth of capability by towing an Airstream to Morocco and back!

In order to demonstrate the class-leading towing ability of the all-new Range Rover, Land Rover teamed up with an American icon to take part in the ultimate road-trip to one of the highest points in Africa.

With a newly-launched Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminium travel trailer hitched to its electrically-deployable tow bar, a Range Rover Autobiography with the 339PS SDV8 engine was chosen for the challenge – to drive from Airstream's European home in the English Lake District, to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco - and back...

More European Airstream owners choose Land Rover products to tow their 'silver bullets' than cars from any other manufacturer so all-new Range Rover and Airstream made for an appropriate pairing. The journey started at the factory where Airstream finishes its European specification trailers in Tebay, just a few miles from the Scottish border, to Oukaïmeden, which is the highest ski resort in Africa. En route, it encompassed Land Rover's state of the art factory in Solihull, Frank Gehry's amazing aluminium Marques de Riscal building in the Spanish wine region of Rioja, the beach near Casablanca, the desert outside Chichaoua and the race track at Marrakesh, where Land Rover was based for the launch of the new car.

Often on the move for more than 12 hours a day on every type of road imaginable – from the empty motorways of Spain to the precipitous hairpins of the High Atlas – the all-new Range Rover coped imperiously with the challenge of towing a 2,399 kg Airstream 3,676 miles in just 11 days.

Ben Samuelson, whose firm Samuelson Wylie Associates planned and executed the trip, was deeply impressed by the new car: "The new Range Rover's towing ability is nothing short of stunning. It pulled the two and a half tonne Airstream like it simply wasn't there.

It didn't matter what we, or the weather, threw at it – it just did the job we asked of it without question, while truly cosseting us with its extraordinary luxury and refinement. Half way through Spain, we encountered horrendous side winds, the type that sees articulated trucks tipped onto their side, but the Range Rover's Trailer Stability Assist meant that any sway in the trailer was dealt with before it ever started. And mountains. What mountains? With 700 NM of torque from that mighty V8 diesel at our disposal, there wasn't an incline that slowed us down at all, even with a gross train weight of well over 5 tonnes. What was possibly even more impressive was the way that, even after repeated 12 hour driving days, we'd step up into that exquisite cabin in the morning and still appreciate its sense of occasion."

And the overnight stays were no less luxurious...

"You can compare the Airstream to a boutique hotel – albeit a mobile one – and taking this combination of rig on your travels injects some serious style and comfort. The moment that really summed up the magic of a journey like this was waking up in the Airstream on a sunny morning next to the beach just outside Casablanca – only a few days after towing it down a crowded British motorway through typically dismal autumnal British weather. A hot shower was followed by breakfast rustled up in a luxurious Corian-worktopped kitchen and that morning's Times newspaper downloaded onto the iPad via the Airstream's satellite broadband. I think we proved that luxury and adventure are not mutually exclusive...


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      King of Eldorado
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was hoping for some rock-climbing photos with the Airstream still attached.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really? How many Range Rover Owners tow a gulfstream.. or tow or know how to tow?
      hp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is the trailer full of the needed parts and tools for the Land Rover to make the trip?
      CruzControl
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Range and Airstream both deserve each other since they're overpriced and ugly.
      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Expect butthurt anti-RR fans to shower this article with comments regarding RR's reliability.
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. Pulling a trailer is supposed to be an exciting 21st century way of showing off a new vehicle? I guess all those clapped out '80s cars/trucks that pull trailers all across America every summer are groundbreaking. I have a friend that drove a '65 Caddy limousine from London to Lisbon including the mountain passes where he had to have local handlers hold off traffic to let his heavy barge through the narrow passes, crumbling cliffside roads as he drove. That was groundbreaking so to speak. If this Land Rover trailer stunt was being done in 1920 I'd be impressed.
      likeaboss1234boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      as an owner of a 2011 range rover it has never gave me a problem yet. except for the battery going low if you don't drive it that much other than that its been perfect. they aren't unreliable at all.
        onewayroll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @likeaboss1234boss
        To be fair, they have come along way in the last 10 years.
          wilkegm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @onewayroll
          @damienreiduae- one that sits enough to have the battery discharge, that is....
      Matthew Simmons
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love a new Range Rover if only they weren't as unreliable as everyone says they are.
      Tony Stilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now that is a camping trip I'd sign up for.
      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      new range rover front end looks a lot like the ford explorer front end
        Dominick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        The lighting design also seems to take the same queues. Still a very handsome car
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      *slow claps*
      EB110Americana
      • 1 Year Ago
      How is this a publicity stunt? Land Rover tows trailer? What's next, Land Rover picks up kids from private school?
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EB110Americana
        Well done. Next week, a Chevy suburban brings home a load of lumber and concrete blocks from Home Depot.
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