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Old 10-15-2016, 06:26 PM   #57
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Jeep GVWR is 4900 lbs. I'm unable to find a GCWR.
3400 + 3510 = 6910 which equates to 2010 lbs over manufacturer's GVWR.
The Basecamp GVWR is the amount of weight that it's chassis is designed to support. Same for your Jeep.

When hitched, your Jeep's chassis will support its weight plus whatever weight that it carries from the Basecamp, i.e., hitch weight plus whatever else is transferred via the WD system. But the Jeep will NOT be carrying 100% of the Basecamp's weight. It has its own axel, no?

Your Jeep is a fine tow vehicle for the Basecamp

BTW, for my Porsche, the GCWR is the GVWR of my Cayenne plus its tow capacity.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:25 PM   #58
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Conventional snap ups won't work as there is no space on top of the frame rails.

Because the fridge vents are on the front of the trailer the lp cover needs to be sealed to below the frame.

Pins for the torsion bar chains were common in the 60's when trailers were smaller.

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It is likely the photographer the Basecamp is level.


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Old 10-16-2016, 12:47 AM   #60
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The Basecamp GVWR is the amount of weight that it's chassis is designed to support. Same for your Jeep.

When hitched, your Jeep's chassis will support its weight plus whatever weight that it carries from the Basecamp, i.e., hitch weight plus whatever else is transferred via the WD system. But the Jeep will NOT be carrying 100% of the Basecamp's weight. It has its own axel, no?

Your Jeep is a fine tow vehicle for the Basecamp

BTW, for my Porsche, the GCWR is the GVWR of my Cayenne plus its tow capacity.
I think you're correct. I must have been looking at the use of the GVWR to estimate tow capacity incorrectly. The GVWR relates more directly to the total weight of the tow vehicle, payload and TW (tongue weight).

My Jeep's tow capacity rating from Jeep is a max. 2000 lbs and an optional max. of 5000 lbs with automatic transmission.

The TW can be adjusted through the GTW and use of a WDH (weight distribution hitch) that potentially can distribute part of the TW to the 4 wheels of the tow vehicle.

My OE hitch has a rating of max. 2000 lbs and max 5000 lbs with WDH. The TW is 500 lbs. Rating similar to Jeeps tow capacity rating.

The Basecamp appears to be a great 16' trailer. It would be difficult to find something similar in a cabin type trailer. There are off-road trailers without cabins, some include a tent, that are lighter, better suited for more extreme off-road terrains and environment. None that I have looked at so far, have any place to sleep (except inside an attached foldout tent), built-in water and sewer, additional storage, etc.

It appears the designers of the Basecamp included a departure and approach angle as part of the trailers rear end. Off and non-improved roads this become advantageous when off-road as trailers often become damaged due to not having an approach and departure angles. The axle and wheels appear to provide enough ground clearance under the trailer's axle. The rear approach and departure angles increases the underbelly's ground clearance.

Though I don't think anyone has come up with any measurements, there was some discussion about items hanging down closer to the ground such as the sewer grey/black water connection.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:37 AM   #61
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. . . there was some discussion about items hanging down closer to the ground such as the sewer grey/black water connection.
FYI -- further requests for clarification from the dealers have been made recently on the older Basecamp thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f404...ng-156584.html
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:36 PM   #62
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New video: 2017 Airstream Basecamp

Published on YouTube yesterday:

2017 Airstream Basecamp video showing side visor setup and detailed walk-through:

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Thanks for the video. The dump valve is shown briefly at 2:48, and it does seem to be tucked in nicely near the tire, about the best possible location to avoid impact from a boulder, curb etc..

At time stamp 4:00 there is a quick glance at what looks like a bent steel anti-tip safety device (IMO) to prevent the trailer from going down when a heavy person steps in through the rear door, and throws things out of balance. [Edit -- at 1:38 there is a better shot of these and a brief description as a skid plate etc. near the full-sized spare tire.]

A great little trailer!
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That's a great video, thanks! They're giving Patrick and his excellent videos a run for the money.
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What a thoughtful layout! Very cool!
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Old 10-16-2016, 07:47 PM   #66
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Thanks for the video. The dump valve is shown briefly at 2:48, and it does seem to be tucked in nicely near the tire, about the best possible location to avoid impact from a boulder, curb etc..

At time stamp 4:00 there is a quick glance at what looks like a bent steel anti-tip safety device (IMO) to prevent the trailer from going down when a heavy person steps in through the rear door, and throws things out of balance. [Edit -- at 1:38 there is a better shot of these and a brief description as a skid plate etc. near the full-sized spare tire.]

A great little trailer!
You're welcome, Rocinante and OTRA15!

BTW, regarding the pair of "bent steel devices," Patrick calls these "back approach bumper guards" (seen at 18:58 into the video in post #2, "Walk Through 2017 Airstream Basecamp").

Brent Rudd, Airstream Regional Director of Sales, Central Region, calls these "skid plates," and says, "The floor is angled up in the back... to give it higher clearance in the tail of the unit... when starting up a mountain road, you're not going to drag the tail. It also has some skid plates here underneath [points with his foot], so if you were to drag the bottom, it would hit here before you damage the bottom of the travel trailer" (see at 4:25 into the video, "RV Tour: 2017 Basecamp Trailer," post 28).

Laura of The Airstream Store at Lazydays, also refers to these as "skid plate things" (as seen at 1:40 into their video "2017 Airstream Basecamp," post #62) and reminds us that they will keep the bottom of the trailer from scraping the pavement when going in and out of gas stations!
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Thank you for the additional time-stamp references to the skid plates. In some of the earliest company videos posted on the other thread, it looked like the skid plates hung down a lot more IMO, which is what prompted my questions to begin with. The newer videos suggest that the plates "fit" well into the design. Better that they hit the pavement etc. first, than the full-sized spare tire mounted under the stern, or the rear bumper. Hopefully the skid plates are mounted in such a way that they will break off or bend if necessary, without doing any damage to the structure of the trailer, as sacrificial low points.

An optional rolling caster assembly at the bottom each each skid plate might be a good idea?

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2017 Airstream Basecamp Tent Option

See Colonial Airstream's Patrick Botticelli give a walk-through of the optional rear and side tents, showing details of the tent structure and how the tents attach to the 2017 Airstream Basecamp.

Patrick enters the rear tent and says, "There is hardware that the dealer will install to get it tight up against the body... you can put your mountain bike or some of your equipment here." (Patrick is an avid mountain biker, as noted in the article Airstream Basecamp Relaunched!)

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We looked at a Basecamp yesterday. Given the emphasis on remote camping, I am surprised that is does not come with an inverter. The brochure lists a "dash" next to inverter as well as TV or Sat wiring as opposed to STD or OPT.

Dealers says no inverter. Anyone have additional info on this?
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