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Old 02-13-2017, 03:50 PM   #29
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Does anyone know what holds the back hatch door securely open? On the unit we saw at our dealer, There was a sturdy, short canvas strap at the hatch hinge that stopped the door from swinging open too far to hit the outside of the unit, but I could not determine what would keep the door open in place so one could enjoy the hatch view on a breezy day without the door swinging. Joe
I agree, nothing was engineered to hold the back door open. I also was told, during my camper orientation, that you can only open that door from the inside. (??) I was pretty sure when I saw the 'demo' unit, that the back door could be opened from the outside. If mine opens from the outside, I haven't figured out how to do it! I also was told that some changes were made during later production, for instance, the drip guard above the back door of my camper is wider, thus works more effectively, than the more narrow drip guard they used when they first started producing them.
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:00 PM   #30
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The old Basecamp had a metal rod that snapped in place at the bottom of the rear door and the door frame to hold it open. It's shown on one of Patrick's old Basecamp videos. Too bad they didn't carry over something like that to the new model. I was figuring on using a bungee.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:02 PM   #31
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I like the idea of a Basecamp for travels when my wife and I retire which will happen for me this July and my wife this December.

That means that if we buy it will likely be a 2018 model. Buying a 2018 will allow for things like the water tank problems to have surfaced and been corrected as well as some other issues mentioned in this thread. Other improvements that I would like to see include the addition of a tank flush, a way to secure the rear door when it is open and better execution of the tables. When I viewed the demo unit in Ohio I set up the bed, laid down and then could not get the table tops off the table legs. I thought that perhaps I was just too fat for the base camp and my weight had jammed the table tops onto the legs but I see that others are having this problem as well.

Perhaps the biggest appeal of the basecamp for me is that I can get away with a smaller tow vehicle that I can fit in my garage. The biggest downside is that it is a two person trailer and not something that I could use to bring along the granddaughters.

Although I really, really want an airstream, I am not convinced that they make sense for middle class families. My cost all in (trailer and tow vehicle) will be over $100K and it will come with the need to pay ongoing storage, insurance and maintenance costs. YIKES, that would fund at least ten European vacations!

I am very conflicted about all of this and I am not at all sure what I will end up doing.
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:12 PM   #32
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I like the idea of a Basecamp for travels when my wife and I retire which will happen for me this July and my wife this December.

That means that if we buy it will likely be a 2018 model. Buying a 2018 will allow for things like the water tank problems to have surfaced and been corrected as well as some other issues mentioned in this thread. Other improvements that I would like to see include the addition of a tank flush, a way to secure the rear door when it is open and better execution of the tables. When I viewed the demo unit in Ohio I set up the bed, laid down and then could not get the table tops off the table legs. I thought that perhaps I was just too fat for the base camp and my weight had jammed the table tops onto the legs but I see that others are having this problem as well.

Perhaps the biggest appeal of the basecamp for me is that I can get away with a smaller tow vehicle that I can fit in my garage. The biggest downside is that it is a two person trailer and not something that I could use to bring along the granddaughters.

Although I really, really want an airstream, I am not convinced that they make sense for middle class families. My cost all in (trailer and tow vehicle) will be over $100K and it will come with the need to pay ongoing storage, insurance and maintenance costs. YIKES, that would fund at least ten European vacations!

I am very conflicted about all of this and I am not at all sure what I will end up doing.
I like you, will be in retirement in next two years and planning on using the basecamp extensively. What appealed to me now was the convenience of knowing it will not require a lot to pack up and go. The thought of a over night stay at my favorite fishing hole or hiking the trails or bicycling over night without a drawn out planned involved.
As for the grandchildren, when the opportunity is there I would most likely rent a cabin.
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Old 02-16-2017, 08:06 AM   #33
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I like the idea of a Basecamp for travels when my wife and I retire which will happen for me this July and my wife this December.

That means that if we buy it will likely be a 2018 model. Buying a 2018 will allow for things like the water tank problems to have surfaced and been corrected as well as some other issues mentioned in this thread. Other improvements that I would like to see include the addition of a tank flush, a way to secure the rear door when it is open and better execution of the tables. When I viewed the demo unit in Ohio I set up the bed, laid down and then could not get the table tops off the table legs. I thought that perhaps I was just too fat for the base camp and my weight had jammed the table tops onto the legs but I see that others are having this problem as well.

Perhaps the biggest appeal of the basecamp for me is that I can get away with a smaller tow vehicle that I can fit in my garage. The biggest downside is that it is a two person trailer and not something that I could use to bring along the granddaughters.

Although I really, really want an airstream, I am not convinced that they make sense for middle class families. My cost all in (trailer and tow vehicle) will be over $100K and it will come with the need to pay ongoing storage, insurance and maintenance costs. YIKES, that would fund at least ten European vacations!

I am very conflicted about all of this and I am not at all sure what I will end up doing.
Yearly insurance on mine is close to $800. If I wanted to pay it every 6 months, it would have been over $1,200 a year.
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:42 PM   #34
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Gush! I have of a quote of under $300.00 for the year, with $ 1000.00 deductible. You may want to shop around.
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What company? Do they provide full replacement or depreciated cost?
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STATE FARM I haven't had the basecamp delivered to the dealer yet so as of this point it is a quote but have no reason for it to change much if at all. I raised the deductible to save on the premium. I have many vehicles insured through States Farm, Ilso maybe be a factor also
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:40 PM   #37
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Basecamp back door

I reported earlier that during my Basecamp orientation I was told that the back door could only be opened from the inside. That is NOT correct. When unlocked and the 'deadbolt' thumb lock is 'up' on the inside, you can open it from the outside. Sorry for that misinformation.
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STATE FARM I haven't had the basecamp delivered to the dealer yet so as of this point it is a quote but have no reason for it to change much if at all. I raised the deductible to save on the premium. I have many vehicles insured through States Farm, Ilso maybe be a factor also
The quote you got from State Farm is much less than what I'm paying, and we have multiple policies with them also. I've got a year coverage for $622 with a $500 deductible, and I think it was around $500 with the $1000 deductible. That is not for full replacement value either. I am thinking of looking at another company. The dealership recommended American Adventure Insurance. Does anyone have any experience with that company?
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Dang it, we had a heavy rain and our Basecamp had a puddle on the floor. It appears to be leaking either around the front window or the refrigerator vents behind the propane tanks, because the water seeped under the refrigerator. It's back at the dealership.
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Lmnhead,

I think mine is leaking in the same place. My friend's unit is leaking around the front window. Good luck… keep us updated how the repairs go. Mine goes in today.
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Bummer, but I'm confident that a good dealer will quickly find and fix those leaks for you. While it is there, have them go over all the seals at every seam. You obviously found a fast leak, but there could also be other slow ones. Also, the warranty on seals is only 6 months, so get this handled right away.
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Old 02-18-2017, 02:02 PM   #42
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Dang it, we had a heavy rain and our Basecamp had a puddle on the floor. It appears to be leaking either around the front window or the refrigerator vents behind the propane tanks, because the water seeped under the refrigerator. It's back at the dealership.
Well drats!!! Mine will leak too. Here is a photo of the gap between the vent for the refrigerator and the front of the camper. This is behind the cover for the LP bottles. Be sure and check yours.
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