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Old 12-12-2007, 07:16 AM   #1
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Competition for Bambi or Basecamp???

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Interesting.. Total weight under 3,000lbs
Aerodynamic, easy tow
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:42 AM   #2
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Looked at a similar unit called a Kombi at a dealer here in Durango. Very high tech and attractive to the eye. Quality looked good at first glance. Big sales pitch was aero-dynamic shape that's easy to pull with a vehicle capable of better than average gas mileage. Nice TV!
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:41 AM   #3
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Any idea of price?
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pretty cool looking. i googled Kombi with no luck.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:13 AM   #5
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Bob, I quickly looked online but couldn't find any pricing info. I just sent an email to the company requesting pricing. Will see what comes back.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:40 AM   #6
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A nice upgrade from a tent trailer perhaps, but it would still be a fair weather trailer. It will be interesting to see where the price is related to the T@B or it's bigger sister/brother.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:51 AM   #7
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i don't see any competition there. it's kind of ugly. the rear looks like that ugly pontiac van that came out a couple of years ago, can't think of the name at the moment, very boxy rear end. i'd go for the t@b before this thing, BUT i really wouldn't go for either and simply go for an airstream
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:56 AM   #8
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I think it's going for a different market than Bambi or Base Camp...

I'd see it as direct competition for T@B or any tent trailer! I think it's acutally pretty cute (when comparing to a tent trailer) and it looks like it's tall enough to stand up in when opened, unlike the T@B if you are nearing 6'.

Now, whether it can really pulled by that little sports car...that's a whole different issue!

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Wow.

A tear drop pop-up!!! Has a nice clean euro kinda look. This looks like a really neat thing to get into if you want to go from tent camping to something modest that's enclosed and has some amenities of a regular TT.

It even has a little pooper in the closet. Not sure I would want my tuxedo hanging in there though.

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Is this U.S. made - or a European import? Those small tires would sure rattle things around on poor quality roads. Aside from that, I think that it's a neat looking package - but I seriously doubt any notable achievement in aerodynamics between the open and closed version. In other words, I think that it would be just as aerodynamic, or only marginally different, if built in the "open" configuration. At normal highway speeds I doubt if you would see much difference in fuel usage. Also, it appears that it might fit in the average garage even when open. If not, that could be a significant advantage to the "pop-up" top.
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It looks like it's a Canadian company ~
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I think that it would be just as aerodynamic, or only marginally different, if built in the "open" configuration.
But it would likely add weight as the "windows" would have more than just screen material as it is now. They would have to include glass & additional structural supports...

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It looks like it's a Canadian company ~But it would likely add weight as the "windows" would have more than just screen material as it is now. They would have to include glass & additional structural supports...

Shari :flowers;
If you look closely at the pictures, the side windows, at least, are solid, not screen. They slide down inside when the clamshell is closed, so sealing against leakage when up might be interesting.
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Hmmm...interesting, I didn't look that closely ~

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I found their web site. ALTO - Safari Condo It appears that is european. (no CSA model yet) Nice layout inside. No price on the site tho. Vey light at 1360 # empty. 2002 GVW, so not much room for options and cargo. Just low enough to go in a garage folded w/o A/C.
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