Hello all. Late last spring we travelled to Pennsylvania to buy a BaseCamp. We had been patiently watching for a couple of years and were thrilled when an ad appeared for one available with lots of options and many additional equipment included.
The BaseCamp was owned by Rhyder McClure, who sadly died last year. Rhyder posted many times on this forum about his innovations with the BaseCamp. His wife was happy that another BMW motorcycle enthusiast was getting the BaseCamp as Rhyder had used the BaseCamp with his motorcycles as well.
Here are a few shots of the trip we took with the BaseCamp this summer to attend the BMW Motorcycle Owner National Rally in St. Paul, MN at the State Fairgrounds. Rhyder had attended several of these National Rallies with the BaseCamp and a couple of folks stopped by to chat with him this summer. We were sorry to have to tell them of his passing.
By way of background, our daughter received her motorcycle learners permit in June and we took her with us on her motorcycle for her first long trip as a solo rider. Since her permit restrictions included riding "in the company of another licensed rider" my wife and I took turns driving our Highlander Hybrid pulling the Basecamp with our motorcycle inside. The other parent would ride their bike with Faye following on hers. By the end of the trip we often found ourselves letting Faye lead on the back roads.
Here is the BaseCamp parked in front of the house with another recent addition to the stable - a 1979 BMW R1100S.
Our campsite at Colonial Beach, VA during our test weekend to make sure everything worked.
On the way to St Paul we camped in Ohio and used Rhyder's tarp to assist the Kelty with some expected rain.
Our campsite in SW Wisconsin near Dubuque, IA. Our daughter's tent is behind the red chairs.
Our campsite in the RV section of the State Fairground in St Paul. The wire spool was placed to give other RV drivers a pointer so they didn't clip the tongue on the turn in front of our site. Our daughter chose to camp with a bunch of teenagers - go figure!
Relaxing in the shade. Highlander in the background. The Hybrid pulled the BaseCamp just fine.
Karla shot this on the ferry to Kingston, Ontario in Canada. We crossed into Canada at Sault Ste Marie and spent a few days camping in Ontario's Provincial Parks.