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Old 02-27-2017, 11:44 AM   #1
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Appealing to Women/Wives?

My wife is not interested in a Basecamp (she wants a Sport 16 or an FC19). I am interested in a Basecamp. Could I get a shout out from any women who enjoy camping out of a Basecamp and why? Could I get a shout out from husbands who have happy wives camping in a Basecamp and why?
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:07 PM   #2
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Appealing to Women/Wives?

In 2008 when we were shopping I first pitched a roof top tent for our Land Rover. Then made a case for a basecamp (the original). We ended up buying a 25' international. Happy wife = happy life in hindsight we made the best choice for our particular needs.

That's probably not want you wanted to hear
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:17 PM   #3
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Similar experience to Wulfraat-- showed my wife a picture of an awesome tent in a sporting goods sale paper... fast forward 9 months and we've got a 30' Airstream. She's happy, I'm happy! Good luck!!!

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Old 02-27-2017, 12:27 PM   #4
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The last place my sweetie would want to spend her recreational time with me would be cooped up in a basecamp --- hence our 27 FB, which works fine with her & she's counting the days when we next take off in it. Hey, if it don't work with her, it don't work, period. I regret being unable to support your desires.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:36 PM   #5
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Tried to convince my wife that a teardrop trailer would be perfect for those quick spur of the moment trips. We looked at several and none impressed her. Even as a emergency type rv, we already had our Argosy, I couldn't convince her of the many pros. She would rather have the space and pay more in fuel......
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:15 PM   #6
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Here's a wife who wanted the Basecamp as her first choice. I wanted something easy to tow, because I'm going to be towing it and didn't want a new vehicle. The other smaller Airstreams didn't have the floor space that the Basecamp has, thanks to its flexible floor plan. We don't have to jostle around in the same 2 sq ft of standing space. The kitchen area has plenty of storage (opted out on the microwave), and also the best views for someone who loves to cook. The rear cargo door makes it a breeze to load and unload, instead of constantly going up and down the steps. I love the attached rear tent "screened in porch". The Basecamp is also just adorable...hope that helps!
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:31 PM   #7
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Why do you like it? Why does your wife like the 16 or 19?

The 20, 22, and 23 make better coaches, but the cute factor works for the smaller rigs. The key is ..... what works for you and the wife.

Check out the Oliver, Casita, and other low CG small trailers. If it's size that bothers the wife, maybe the Oliver will help. Similar price and more space.

If the issue is the "looks like an Airstream" deal, you are out of luck.

A Basecamp is camping. It's a trailer to haul your stuff to where you want to be and a shelter to cook and sleep. An Airstream is glamping and the bigger/nicer the rig you get, the more you move to a comfortable lifestyle while on the road.

Go sit in Airstreams for a while. Talk about how you would use each one to live in, store your stuff, sleep and cook. You will start to understand the whys as you discuss what you like.

If cost is the thing, look at used. There are less expensive coaches on the used market. Life is a compromise. Start by working with your Honey.

Now your question: To make your case. You will make and unmake the bed. You will use that single sink to do the dishes, You will keep the galley organized and spotless. You will keep the dirt cleaned up that gets dragged in when you load the bikes and boats. You will set up the outside tents and take them down. You will not complain about the payments. You will fix what breaks. You will stay in places where she can have air conditioning. You will not turn it into a man cave. You will not run off with your buddies and leave her alone. You will ....................... and that should seal the deal.

Otherwise, see above.

Good luck. Pat
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Why do you like it? Why does your wife like the 16 or 19?



The 20, 22, and 23 make better coaches, but the cute factor works for the smaller rigs. The key is ..... what works for you and the wife.



Check out the Oliver, Casita, and other low CG small trailers. If it's size that bothers the wife, maybe the Oliver will help. Similar price and more space.



If the issue is the "looks like an Airstream" deal, you are out of luck.



A Basecamp is camping. It's a trailer to haul your stuff to where you want to be and a shelter to cook and sleep. An Airstream is glamping and the bigger/nicer the rig you get, the more you move to a comfortable lifestyle while on the road.



Go sit in Airstreams for a while. Talk about how you would use each one to live in, store your stuff, sleep and cook. You will start to understand the whys as you discuss what you like.



If cost is the thing, look at used. There are less expensive coaches on the used market. Life is a compromise. Start by working with your Honey.



Now your question: To make your case. You will make and unmake the bed. You will use that single sink to do the dishes, You will keep the galley organized and spotless. You will keep the dirt cleaned up that gets dragged in when you load the bikes and boats. You will set up the outside tents and take them down. You will not complain about the payments. You will fix what breaks. You will stay in places where she can have air conditioning. You will not turn it into a man cave. You will not run off with your buddies and leave her alone. You will ....................... and that should seal the deal.



Otherwise, see above.



Good luck. Pat


My wife does say that she enjoys our road trips in part because I do all the planning and most of the cooking and cleaning!
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Old 02-27-2017, 04:08 PM   #9
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I would say...if your wife says she needs more space than in a basecamp, give it to her.

Not every couple can do tiny.


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Old 02-27-2017, 04:10 PM   #10
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I really like the look and concept of the Basecamp. I fully understand it is more camping and less trailer. Showed it to my wife. She wasn't at all interested. She reminded me of the tent we had, and then the tent trailers, and said she didn't want to go back. She likes the FC27, which I like, but now she has seen a 30. So no Basecamp.
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Old 02-27-2017, 04:16 PM   #11
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We had one tent camping experience in the cold (near freezing) close to the Grand Canyon in late September of 2011. Was my first and last tent camping deal. Trying to carry a shovel, flashlight and toilet paper in the dark and cold was not my idea of any form of enjoyment.

We tried a 2013 25FB International Serenity in October of 2012 and the layout just did not work with the cross frame queen bed. If we had found a twin bed first, we probably would still have it. However, we traded up to a 31' 2014 Classic twin beds with a ProPride hitch and have never looked back. The tow vehicle migrated from a 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI V6 diesel to a 2012 Ram 2500HD Cummins.

We acquired a 2015 23D International Serenity for quick weekend trips to the older nearby parks that cater to the smaller rigs. We are using the existing 2007 Mercedes as the tow vehicle along with the Hensley Arrow hitch we removed from the sold 25FB.

She is extremely happy with both rigs. That translates into we are happy!
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I don't know if this will help but here is the reasoning as to why I love the BC vs Bambi 16. I felt that the 16 was a bit claustrophobic esp when you add in a 60lb dog. Much roomier in the BC. But also it appeals to me because of the type of camping we do. We aren't going to a place to sit in the trailer, it's more about the destination and being outside. But if I wanted a trailer for that reason I wouldn't be "feeling it" in a 16 or 19 either.. I would love the 25 for that no contest. But add in the option to haul "toys" in the trailer, ease of towing, and versatility BC is the winner hands down. But that's me. If you aren't both on the same page then keep looking for that compromise. Good luck!
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Old 02-27-2017, 05:53 PM   #13
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My wife is not interested in a Basecamp (she wants a Sport 16 or an FC19). I am interested in a Basecamp. Could I get a shout out from any women who enjoy camping out of a Basecamp and why? Could I get a shout out from husbands who have happy wives camping in a Basecamp and why?

Personally, I would learn to love a Sport 16 or FC19. Good luck.
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Since she's a country-girl who knows how to fix the water well when ants get into the switch-box when I'm out of town...she has tented and slept on the ground beneath the wing of our personal plane...with a deflated air mattress...and cooked in a downpour...and laughed about it. She's ready to do whatever I'm game for .
I just knew she'd have no problem with a minimized camping trailer. I showed my wife a teardrop. I showed my wife a BC.
She saw a 22' Bambi on the roadside for sale. It has a stand-up shower and decent lavatory and toilet. It has a "just-right" galley. It has a queen bed. She bought it.

We love it. Happy life.
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