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Old 09-03-2008, 06:35 AM   #1
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Base Camp 20K joke?

Hi Folks; Traveling in NY State over Labor Day Holiday we got to see brand new Base Camp parked near by, so we decided to take a close look. No one was present at the trailer so we did not peek inside. My first impression was "Holly C--p". Sitting in the hot sun the overlapped sheets riveted at 5" or so apart, looked more like an aluminum shed than a camper. For some reason top overlapping panel was separating [bubbling away] from under laying lower panel at the center between long rivet spacing. The brushed aluminum appeared poorly finished. The design reminded me of the Roman Chariot and I still cannot get that thought out of my mind. All one needs is to take the roof off and get a team of horses. To say the least, I would never expected this from Airstream. Perhaps it it a harsh statement but everyone is entitled to their opinion.
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Hmmmm. . .

Perhaps it was a homebuit knockoff? I'm sure Airstream would never let something like that out the door.
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:11 AM   #3
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Hmmmm. . .

Perhaps it was a homebuit knockoff? I'm sure Airstream would never let something like that out the door.
Hi markdoane; Your'e joking right? It was definitely genuine BC not a knock off. I am not sure what year it was and I have pics in my camera to prove it. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:24 AM   #4
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Yeah. Sometimes my comments are too subtle. It was a joke. Don't send pictures. I believe you.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:20 AM   #5
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Your description of the Base Camp is quite interesting. I wonder how many of these units Airstream has sold - there are a lot of them available.
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I agree, I don't really care for a basecamp, but it's marketed to folks who would otherwise tent and don't know any better or don't want to haul around 2 tons or more of RV. Total niche market. To each their own.
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Your description of the Base Camp is quite interesting. I wonder how many of these units Airstream has sold - there are a lot of them available.
I don't know the numbers but I believe the Base Camp has been discontinued. Ya see them around. New they are mighty pricey! Just one opinion.
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:30 AM   #8
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...we got to see brand new Base Camp parked near by, so we decided to take a close look...
hey bd...

no offense but, where the heck have you been!

they aren't new anymore, and i'm not sure they are even making them nemore...

this isn't what u saw is it? (recall m-d's subtle humor)...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ler-43037.html

u might wanna scan the bc sub forum, for threads on the product when it was new.

there is LOTS of info on the good, bad, utility and how they are being used...

as 4 the skin n how it functions, here's a double secret, seldom seen, covert spycam view of the INNARDS...

taken years ago, by a KAOS agent using a belly button cam, the pic can be ENLARGED for better details.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...8&postcount=14

it has a fiberglass exoskeleton with aluminum panels filling the cheese holes...

which may explain why the rivets and "skin" are s p a c e d as they are....

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this isn't what u saw is it? (recall m-d's subtle humor)...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ler-43037.html
Hey, are you making fun of my trailer?

I wouldn't trust a BC to carry my llamas
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It's too bad the BaseCamp never really had a chance. A great idea, but way overpriced for those that would use it most. When you want to travel light and get into the back country, what you want is a trailer to hold your site back at the national park camp ground, a place to store your gear, and a shower so that you don't have to take the significant other all the way back to town every few days. Having a cot to sleep on and being able to get in out of the rain is a bonus.

I imagine they priced it the best they could, and it's absolutely expensive to make. It just doesn't seem to be a good value to the average adventure seeker when you can spend much less on a trailer that will get the job done, and you've got 10k left over to buy gear.
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...I wouldn't trust a BC to carry my llamas
-a team of llamas once pulled a bc up everest at 60 mph with 3000 lbs of peanut butter inside !

i find that hard to believe...

-well then would you believe the dalai llama uses one for monk parties in tibet ?

no...

-ok how about i stepped in llama poo last week and plugged up my phone ?

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Since you are talking about costs, I am stunned at the cost of new Airstreams these days. Are they trying to price themslves into bankruptcy? $50K plus for a Bambi rebranded as a Flying Cloud. These coaches could be had new $30K a couple years ago, albeit branded as a Bambi. The Safari, International and Classic lines prices equally as insane. People don't have equity to suck out of thier homes to buy over priced toys anymore. It will be interesting to see where the brand goes.

I want a larger coach, but will definately buy used. The depreciation off the lot is as bad as a car anymore. Looked at all the used units on the market. Indicator of the times.....
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I'm with you on that. I lived the FB we looked at on the lot last time, until I saw the price tag I might look for a used one in about ten years!

As for the BC, for that price you could get a pretty nice vintage unit. The thing is almost as big as our Caravel!
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I want a larger coach, but will definately buy used.
Hi Paul,

Glad to see you back on the Forums. We've missed you at Galax. What are you looking to upgrade to?
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