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Old 10-02-2006, 05:01 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Basecamp - $28,000us

I saw the basecamp, check at Colonial Airstream.
28.000$ !!!!
For 31.000$ you get a Bambi 16' Safari with shower, toilet, kitchen, a real one not a poor sink with a poor burner, a coach, I mean everything that an Airstream is known for 75 years.
And I don't even talk about a used unit.

Advise for resellers : if somebody ask for a Basecamp, hide immediatly all the other units. Because to me you must be out of mind to purchase a 28.000$ emptied shell.
Of course the only benefit is the weight. 1.000 lbs less heavy than the 16' safari.
Good luck for those who want to go with that.

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Old 10-02-2006, 08:10 AM   #2
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Wow, so much for appealing to 'entry level' buyers. Sounds like it needs an 'entry level' price if they want to do that!


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Old 10-02-2006, 08:22 AM   #3
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I've never been able to figure why people buy what they do, that goes for Airstreams, Harleys, Mac Mansions and Hummers.
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:13 AM   #4
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I've seen new pop ups for over $12K, and thought that was insane
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Old 10-02-2006, 01:10 PM   #5
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The BaseCamp we saw on the road a couple of weeks ago was stunning as it sped by, but $$$$$$$$$???? No way! ~G
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Old 10-02-2006, 01:31 PM   #6
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I understand that the BaseCamps have a fiberglass roof. Add the Kelty tent roof and aluminum sides you're talking the same materials in a pop-up. Why $28K, I ask?
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:52 PM   #7
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I too have seen it and felt it was a bit on the steep side $$$-wise

I believe the "added bonus market" they are trying to attract is the toy-hauler crowd. The way it is outfitted, you can haul an ATV or a couple of motorcycles inside it. Although, I can't imagine trying to keep it cean enough to live in, having to unload "toys" every night or wanting to sleep in my garage

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Old 05-03-2007, 07:42 PM   #8
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Price aside, to carry a full size motorcycle, offer reasonably comfortable camping facilities and be able to be towed by a small truck, nothing else seems to touch it, at any price. Keeping it clean is easy with its rubber floor covering and living in it is not the idea. It is intended to be a base camp....not a home on wheels. Unloading the toy every night while en-route is a pain but that is not the paradigm. Once you arrive at your destination, then you unload the toy and keep it out. Then you setup your base camp. For those of us who used to be backpackers and/or tent campers, this is a major step up without the complexity of a full size trailer. Please, keep an open mind. Regards, Jerry
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:02 PM   #9
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I think it's all relative.

I recently saw a 34' SO for over $100K. That's a good chunk of money too! But you can't get your ATV or motorcycle in the 34 so it's function would be considered limited by those who want to do that.

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Old 05-03-2007, 08:04 PM   #10
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Hi Jerry,

Welcome! Being a motorcyclist (along with a ton of other toys) it's always a challenge to pack for my Summer journeys and be able to include ALL of the toys necessary for a good time!

I wish that my 19CCD had a way to carry more of the goodies that I have to cram into my Sprinter. The Basecamp looks really good, but I might consider one a little larger (next generation?) with a few more amenities to sustain one for a longer adventure of ....say.....2-3 months like the CCD will.

Good luck with it and enjoy the h*ll out of it!!!!!

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Old 05-03-2007, 08:19 PM   #11
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Hey Lew,

Thanks for the welcome. BTW, we used to live on NE Alameda in Portland. I still miss the Northwest!! :-(

Ben Owen, the Basecamp product manager, told us that a larger model was being considered for a future generation. Keep the faith.

I strongly agree with the notion that you get what you pay for..............


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Old 05-03-2007, 08:29 PM   #12
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I got to check out a few Base Camps at a dealer last month. Apparently, a lot of you folks have never actually been inside a Base Camp. If you had, you wouldn't be comparing it with any variety of traditional RV. I found it shockingly roomy, very much more stylish than any conventional toy hauler, and far more clever than I expected. It has this amazing quality of seeming larger inside than it does outside. It's not in competition with pop-ups, or Bambis, or anything sold by anyone else. It's a whole different deal.

I expect the typical buyers will be couples in their late 20s, early 30s who both work, probably in cities. They drive Volvo or BMW SUVs, and they have more free money than free time. So on the weekends and holidays, they like to get out of town for some fun. They used to do tent camping, and they maybe have a couple of quads or dirt bikes, and it's getting hard to haul all of that around in the X3. So they figure they can load the toys in the back of the Base Camp, and take off.

Like I said, a whole different deal. I'm pretty happy to see Airstream spread out into a more youthful direction myself. The big traditional Airstream trailers that the rest of us have are great, but let's not forget that early Airstreams were high tech and revolutionary.

There's a quote in the new book "Wanderlust: Airstream at 75" that I like. It's from an Airstream dealer named Jim Dandy Cooley. He says "Airstream is the lighthouse drawing people to the RV lifestyle." If that's true, the Base Camp is shining the light in a completely new direction.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:03 PM   #13
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Hi AgZep,

You are right, it's a different paradigm. I think you "get it" but based on our experience the market is much broader than most people seem to perceive.
The many people asking for tours seem to be 40+ and are interested in a less complex sewage to deal with, no special hitches, no need for a big tow vehicle. One owner with whom we have communicated is an artist who wants to take herself and her products to flea markets in it.
I think AS has underestimated its flexibility and the breadth of market appeal. Finally, I agree that it is good to see AS introducing a completely new product that has the potential of being appealing to a broader (& perhaps more youthful) market segment.


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Old 05-06-2007, 07:23 AM   #14
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Who wants a BC

The last few postings generally capture the basic premise that most consider in a BC. We used to tent camp with the kids. Kids are now on their own, (well, almost!) The desire is now to a) have a measure of comfort while enjoying the campground experience, b) bring along the ultimate "touring" vehicle for new adventures wherever we make camp...the Harley, and c) not have to acquire a much higher rated towing capacity. Being in our mid - late fifties, this seemed like a great alternative to the more traditional approach, as I don't want to be strapped with a high level of maintenance often necessary with a larger RV.

I pull with a GMC Envoy with an in-line six, with ease. You arrive at your site, unload the bike, attach the tent, and the rest is as expected. We normally camp at sites with facilities, so showers and restrooms are not an obstacle. We have a porta potty for emergencies. Clean up of the BC is quick and easy.

The marketing strategy for AS seems to be similiar to some of the auto companies. Offer an entry level product (yes, it's costly, but generally, most recreational related equipment is) to get the new customer enticed. As they have a favorable experience they then consider the next level up and so on. Much like Toyota with the Corolla-->Camry, then -->Lexus. And it works.


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