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Old 06-17-2007, 05:30 PM   #1
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Campin' (and chillin') with the BaseCamp!

We just got back from our second trip in the BC and I'm happy to report that (almost) all of our previous "issues" have been resolved. We spent 3 nights at Colonial Woods Campground near Revere, PA - a very niec CG, clean and relaxing. We still haven't cooked inside the trailer, and I doubt we ever will, as we have our Coleman stove and a newly acquired Coleman gas grill. An 8X8 awning for the kitchen area and a 10X10 for over the table and we were quite comfy.

Here are a few pix of the set up (and my better half).
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Old 06-17-2007, 05:45 PM   #2
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You guys look like you really know how to lay out a spread! You'd be welcome at one of our rallys anytime
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Old 06-17-2007, 07:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing your pics. That Basecamp looks like a whole lotta fun!

We don't like to use the kitchen in our Bambi much either. We use a Camp Chef outdoors for most everything. So far I've only boiled water for tea on the indoor stovetop.

What was the name of the campground you stayed at in PA?

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Old 06-17-2007, 08:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing your pics. That Basecamp looks like a whole lotta fun!

We don't like to use the kitchen in our Bambi much either. We use a Camp Chef outdoors for most everything. So far I've only boiled water for tea on the indoor stovetop.

What was the name of the campground you stayed at in PA?

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Colonial Woods was the CG. Only one other AS there (a Safari, looked to be about 25'), a seasonal whose owners didn't come for the weekend. There is an old Overlander in the storage yard, looks pretty rpough and hasn't been on the road for a long time (reg ran out in 2004). We were tempted to ask the park owners about it, but cooler heads prevailed...
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Old 06-17-2007, 11:29 PM   #5
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That's quite a set-up. Looks like you are seasoned campers. I love the little baseCamp sign with your name. That must have been custom or did you make it?
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Old 06-17-2007, 11:44 PM   #6
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I love the pictures. Your BaseCamp is tent camping to the 10th power.
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:43 AM   #7
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Hi, first pictures and matching story to go with a new BaseCamp I've seen. Looks like you have it all together and complete. Nice to hear and see a BaseCamp in action. Thank You for shareing with us.
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:00 AM   #8
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...I love the little baseCamp sign with your name. That must have been custom or did you make it?
We met a metal crafter at a craft show back in December. I sent him some pix of the BC, and he took his plasma cutter to steel. His name is Brian Libby, he's out of Farmingdale, NJ. His prices are quite reasonable and he does great work (IIRC, the sign was $65.00 - cut and painted). I have a phone number and email if you're interested.
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:30 AM   #9
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Way Cool!!!!

If (when) they make a bigger one with a full bath arrangement and real storage tanks.......I'm there!
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Now THATS how you set up camp.

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Bob,

I am going to see a basecamp in person today for the first time. Your posts have been very informative and helpful to me. Thanks for the great pictures too.

Although I have some reservations, I think that the basecamp is the best solution for my particular need. I have some rural property in the beautiful woods of East Texas. Lots of wildlife and live creek. Just a beautiful setting. Access is a little tough. The basecamp looks like a wonderful way to bring building materials in for a future retirement cabin, as well as have "living quarters" (so to speak!) while I develop the land.

I am wondering if the problems you encountered and brought to the attention of AS have been addressed in the current inventory of basecamps or am I going to encounter the same probs and have to go back to the dealer to get them fixed as they arise. Anything at all that you can tell me about what to look for when I visit the dealer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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If (when) they make a bigger one with a full bath arrangement and real storage tanks.......I'm there!
There's room! A nice old fashioned tub with old fashion holding tanks...I think they used to call them buckets. And you don't have to winterize. Or maybe an inflatable hot tub.

Bob how is the camping going? Got more pictures? I would be so excited to encounter a Base Camp in our travels. Saw an really nice ALiner last trip out but the Airstream has it beat hands down in the cool factor. Outdoor kitchens and the entire camp set-up is neat.
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Bob,

I am going to see a basecamp in person today for the first time. Your posts have been very informative and helpful to me. Thanks for the great pictures too.

Although I have some reservations, I think that the basecamp is the best solution for my particular need. I have some rural property in the beautiful woods of East Texas. Lots of wildlife and live creek. Just a beautiful setting. Access is a little tough. The basecamp looks like a wonderful way to bring building materials in for a future retirement cabin, as well as have "living quarters" (so to speak!) while I develop the land.

I am wondering if the problems you encountered and brought to the attention of AS have been addressed in the current inventory of basecamps or am I going to encounter the same probs and have to go back to the dealer to get them fixed as they arise. Anything at all that you can tell me about what to look for when I visit the dealer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I doubt that anyone has used a basecamp for hauling building material before. When you look at one try to visualize getting stuff in and out and keep an eye on how much they can carry.

A better solution might be to park an older unit on your property and transport building material on a flat bed trailer.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:40 PM   #14
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kathleena - I wouldn't choose the Basecamp for hauling building materials. It's max weight is 2500 or 3000, depending on the axle installed. Lumber gets heavy - FAST, as does drywall. Besides, for the price of a Basecamp, you can buy a nice, ready to go vintage unit AND a suitable utility trailer for hauling building materials.

I don't know how long you'd want to live in the Basecamp. The Basecamp facilities are rather limited and wouldn't be very comfortable for a long term. As for the problems we've had, Colonial has been good about fixing the issues as we've identified them, but it seems everytime I tow it, something new crops up. If you do decide to get a Basecamp, DON'T get the 20" wheels! Get the standard wheels and tires, they are designed for trailers, unlike the other wheel options.

wheel - We haven't been camping since we got back from North Carolina to pick up our Argosy. We did get the Basecamp back from the dealer (again), but we've been so busy remodeling the Argosy, we haven't had a chance to get out again.
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