Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-22-2008, 08:42 AM   #1
New Member
 
Chicago , Idaho
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 3
Airstream's smallest / lightest trailer

As obviously stated, I am looking for something pretty small and definately light. I love the look of the Basecamp, but I want something smaller still. I only need room for my wife and I to sleep and we don't take too much equipment with us that doesn't fit into the Blazer. I heard there was an even more compact Airstream sort of in the mold of a Little Guy

I don't know how much validity there was to that statement though. Maybe they were talking about one of Little Guy's alternative lines which are a bit bigger (Shadows and Scottys), but I am open for the education....please educate this neophyte!

If so, it would be more in my budget too, so I am excited...I only have about 15K to work with so I might have to look at used Basecamps or begin exploration of Little Guy and others. Any suggestions?
__________________

__________________
SzochIsOn1st is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 08:52 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
wheel interested's Avatar
 
2007 23' International CCD
Lapeer , Michigan
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 7,038
Would that smaller lighter Airstream be the 1935 Torpedo built from a kit? I don't think there are any smaller than 10 feet (tiny bubble?) featured in Airstream Life magazine and I think Ken Faber owns an unique one like that. Or a Wally Byam Holiday.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	torpedo.jpg
Views:	415
Size:	54.0 KB
ID:	54819   Click image for larger version

Name:	56_BUBBLE_WALKER_PASSMTNS_ezr.jpg
Views:	967
Size:	14.6 KB
ID:	54820  

Click image for larger version

Name:	5c7a_3.jpg
Views:	250
Size:	78.1 KB
ID:	54821  
__________________

__________________
Caroljb



photography
wheel interested is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 08:56 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,608
Images: 97
Base Camps are the smallest current model Airstreams. Your other option is to go vintage...they are lighter and smaller than the current models. Otherwise, you may want to check out these non-Airstream trailers:

T@B
Tada
Teardrops

Good luck with your search ~

Shari
__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty | 1946 Curtis Wright Model 2
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 08:56 AM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
damonbeals's Avatar
 
1998 31' Excella 1000
1979 23' Safari
Mooresville , Indiana
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 348
How about a Teardrop?

You might want to look at a Teardrop trailer, the T@B might fit your bill! I don't think any Airstream besides the basecamp is going to fit your needs.

Tab-rv.com - T@B Microlite teardrop RV travel trailer campers - Tab

Damon
__________________
damonbeals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 08:57 AM   #5
Moderator
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,280
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
Welcome to AIR Forums! Until this decade the smallest Airstreams were conventional silver trailers in the 15-16 foot range. The T@B has been mentioned. That certainly is smaller than the Basecamp but I wouldn't get excited about any Airstream connection there. I've read and heard a lot of things about the T@B being fairly cheaply made.

Look into teardrops further if you want something smaller than a Basecamp. This is a pretty good site with a lot of links. And this looks like a large teardrop forum.
__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 09:00 AM   #6
New Member
 
Chicago , Idaho
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 3
Hmm... I will have to check into that. Thank you for the lead.
__________________
SzochIsOn1st is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 09:04 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
cosmotini's Avatar

 
1963 24' Tradewind
Highland , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,057
Images: 83
On the other hand ...

The smallest, lightest new Airstream in the traditional Airstream shape is the 17' Safari Sport. It's a fully self-contained travel trailer (sleep/kitchen/shower/loo) but is larger than the Base Camp.
__________________
Dennis

Air #4056

"Oooh - They have the Internet on computers now!" - Homer Simpson
cosmotini is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 09:05 AM   #8
Moderator
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,280
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
We have a member who has this on his site. Might be wrong but I think he built his own.
__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 09:23 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Road Ruler's Avatar
 
1973 23' Safari
St. Catharines , South Western Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,134
Images: 41
Here is the latest and the best. Tow it with a 4cyl.

We saw this unit at the Toronto RV show and the quality and design is 2nd to none. Slick!

ALTO - Safari Condo

__________________
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
Road Ruler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 09:27 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
Fyrzowt's Avatar
 
2000 25' Safari
West of Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,694
Images: 8
Welcome to the forums!
If you don't mind stating, what is the reason for the search for so small?

Certainly, if that is what fits your needs and is what you want, then go for it. OTOH, many people buy small and then wind up trading/buying up to a larger size after camping in the small one a few times.

I just wanted to throw that into the mix of things to consider.

What kind of tow vehicle do you have?

Whatever you decide, let us know and post photos.

Nice to have you here,
Dave
__________________
Fyrzowt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 09:55 AM   #11
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 10,790
Images: 39
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Road Ruler
Dang, that is too cool! I love the way the top lifts to reveal a row of windows. What an awesome idea!
__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 10:02 AM   #12
Moderator Emeritus
 
overlander64's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,350
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
Airstream's smallest / lightest triler

Greetings SzochIsOn1st!

Welcome to the Forums!

As was mentioned by an earlier poster, there are a number of smaller, lighter coaches in the Vintage Airstream/Argosy ranks. While not the smallest of the Airstream manufactured coaches, the Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre (1977-1979) is among the lighter, fully-featured coaches, and many of them even have composite aluminum flooring thus avoiding floor rot issues. The empty weight of these coaches is in the vicinity of 2,400 pounds and the maximum gross weight is 3,250 pounds. I purchased my Minuet from its original owner, and have been enjoying the coach for the past four seasons. It is amazingly roomy, yet compact and easy to tow. A photo of my Minuet is attached below:



Good luck with your research!

Kevin
__________________
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 10:04 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Fyrzowt's Avatar
 
2000 25' Safari
West of Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,694
Images: 8
I have a 21' in the classifieds in your price range....
__________________
Fyrzowt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 03:36 PM   #14
_
 
. , .
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 8,812
Quote:
Originally Posted by SzochIsOn1st
...I heard there was an even more compact Airstream sort of in the mold of a...
nope bad info.

and as for the basecamp, RUN do not walk from these...

but THOR the a/s parent company makes (and imports) other little units...

like the t@b...

Tab-rv.com

there are also funky new popup styles like the chalet...

Chalet RV Inc.

and little tube like fiberglass units like the burro or scamp or casita...

America's Favorite Lightweight Travel Trailer

burro

Scamp Trailers

ALL of these suggestions r within your price range and NEW....

and they could be painted silver...

skip the old stuff, buy something that u can go camping in TODAY!!

cheers
2air'
__________________

__________________
all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
2airishuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Your Airstream's Name & Why? Overlander & Sea Off Topic Forum 143 04-14-2011 06:52 AM
Airstream's New Toy Hauler swebster PanAmerica - all model years 101 02-12-2010 08:50 AM
Smallest Twin Axle Airstream? craftsman Our Community 13 07-15-2007 12:40 PM
smallest airstream with seperate bedroom? tom wolseley 1974 - 1979 Safari 11 05-14-2006 11:08 AM




Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

Airstream News Delivered to your Email!

Stay up-to-date with Airstream news in your inbox!

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]