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Old 04-18-2007, 07:12 AM   #15
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The doors (rear) of the Base Camp are very wide. The sofa-benches on each interior side flip up and there is plenty of room. We put a ramp in place and drive (sort of--you would have to see it) the motorcycle in. There are tie down holders on the floor and we just tie the motorcycle in place. The airstream website has some good pictures to illustrate this. Then at camp, we roll the motorcycle out and flip down the seats. Later, the seats pull together to make a double bed.

Thanks for the ideas on the water. The Base Camp has a sink with two portable water jugs underneath. One has a pump and when it is empty, you easily switch the pump to the other container. Each container holds 13 liters. I have decided to purchase a couple more containers--there is plenty of room for them under the sink. Then we are not running to the water spigot so often to fill up. I have some physical limitations and the smaller water containers are easier for me to manage. I just don't want to be lugging them back and forth so often and I don't want to run out of water in the middle of something.
Is there room for two bikes or just the one?
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:46 PM   #16
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Is there room for two bikes or just the one?
There is room for two small dirt bikes, or one street bike. An ATV will fit as well. I looked at my pictures and have great ones of my Honda Ridgeline in camp with the Base Camp behind it. I will have to take more.

The airstream web site does have pictures of various "toys" in the basecamp. You can get a good idea from that.

Pictures will be coming......


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Old 04-18-2007, 11:08 PM   #17
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Old 04-20-2007, 04:49 PM   #18
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First Trip in the Base Camp

Good info on the BC as a MC hauler. I've loaded, but not yet traveled, a Harley Road King. I was uncomfortable with the loading ramps (rated at 400 lbs each on the packaging) so bought a set-up rated at 1500lbs on the wheel tack with a runner on each side so I could "walk" it in under low power. Length and width was not problem. Had to remove the windshield to clear the door opening. The bike weights in about 800-900lbs...lots of chrome! I'm thinking a adding a removable wheel chock to facilitate ease of loading while I secure with tie downs.

Also had rear leaks and seal damage. I actual requested the factory to give guideance to the dealer as the dealer had little experience with the BC. Had a small leak around the AC unit as well. Hopefully, the dealer now has it right. With new production of anything, this doesn't surprise me, as long as they get it resolved to the customers satisfaction.

Don't have any loading pics, but am planning a trip to Austin Texas next month with the Harley on board and will try to post then.

I'll have to gauge the water issue as we have always tent camped, so this has still got to be a big step up. Perfect for me and my wife as we explore new venues.

As always, keep the shiney side up!!!
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Old 04-20-2007, 06:43 PM   #19
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Hey Martinto,

Look at the L A Chock for the front wheel. I've used one for 5 years and they have never failed me!

Great increase in the stability of the bike, especially while you're strapping it down!
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:47 AM   #20
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Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check into it.

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Old 04-21-2007, 09:04 AM   #21
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Great narrative of your first outing! Sound slike you'll have lots of fun times ahead (especially after the world starts to get used to the Base Camps out there). Welcome to the forums.
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:34 AM   #22
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Good info on the BC as a MC hauler. I've loaded, but not yet traveled, a Harley Road King. I was uncomfortable with the loading ramps (rated at 400 lbs each on the packaging) so bought a set-up rated at 1500lbs on the wheel tack with a runner on each side so I could "walk" it in under low power. Length and width was not problem. Had to remove the windshield to clear the door opening. The bike weights in about 800-900lbs...lots of chrome! I'm thinking a adding a removable wheel chock to facilitate ease of loading while I secure with tie downs.

Also had rear leaks and seal damage. I actual requested the factory to give guideance to the dealer as the dealer had little experience with the BC. Had a small leak around the AC unit as well. Hopefully, the dealer now has it right. With new production of anything, this doesn't surprise me, as long as they get it resolved to the customers satisfaction.

Don't have any loading pics, but am planning a trip to Austin Texas next month with the Harley on board and will try to post then.

I'll have to gauge the water issue as we have always tent camped, so this has still got to be a big step up. Perfect for me and my wife as we explore new venues.

As always, keep the shiney side up!!!
Martino,

We did not buy the Airstream ramp because we figured it was too weak. We were advised by the dealer and Ben Owen at Airstream that their ramp (2 of them) was appropriate for an ATV, but not for a heavy MC. Jerry's Honda is about 750 lbs. We looked at the one you purchased but opted for another one that can be used in the BC and our pickup truck.

I agree about the new model issues and have nothing but good things to say about Chicago Airstream's response. They seem to want our feedback and are as anxious as we are to learn about any issues and how to resolve them. They listen to our ideas.

I am going to check around the air conditioner today to see if I see "light" around the installation. I know I had dust and dirt in that area, but I was assuming it was from the back leaks. Please keep me posted about the leaks--I will as well. Let's learn from each other!

I really like the idea of a removable wheel chock. That could simplify loading alot. Jerry was loading the motorcycle exactly the way you described and we had to removing the windshield as well. But I had to hold it while he tied it down. That made for some jockeying around in tight spaces. Tips???

The water issuse won't be an issue for people using a campground shower and/or not cooking much (meaning not much dishwashing). I enjoy making compground meals--even baking in a little oven designed for Coleman stoves. (I make killer camp brownies and biscuits!) So I do use some water. I will be very interested in your camping tips as well. We purchased some carabiners for the back poles to hang bags, even finding some huge ones at Home Depot that work on the upper racks.

Happy trails!!

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Old 04-27-2007, 06:20 PM   #23
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Thanks for the feedback. I will keep posting updates as we learn new and exiting things about the BC as a camper and toy hauler.

I ordered a Bike Pro Quick Release wheel chock today which looks perfect based on size and the basic need to stablize the bike while I tie down. I havn't done a tie down yet...only loaded it once to confirm fit.

You sound like my wife, Meanette, when it comes to campground cooking. It's always been one of our favorite events when camping.

BTW, I know Ben Owen from a previous work life and he has been very helpful through this learning curve.

Will stay in touch.

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Old 05-01-2007, 08:05 AM   #24
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Thanks - I enjoyed your story with my cup of tea this morning

I have loved the look of the Basecamp and it's market reach can infact be endless if marketed right.

I would even see myself when I am Older and having to use a scooter one day to get around.

With a few added comforts many you mentioned it would be a perfect get-a-way.

For the younger and middle age more active crowd with the toys etc - then this is a perfect rugged little "toy" to add to the collection.

The tent extention would be fab for the dogs.

I would love to borrow one for the RSSR as it might be a tad better than my 63 GT tin tent that I will be using

A point to my post....the Air Conditioner.

I would like to add one to the GT and wanted to know the specs on the one supplied with your BC? Is it rugged?, does it cool nice and what is the noise factor like.

Thinking of installing at the back in the bathroom vanity cabinet and venting out the back and putting the drip tube to outside.

I am also looking for something in the frugal price range as I barely have 100 Square Ft to cool - and along with a Fantastic Fan I think I could bare most heat temps.

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Thanks - I enjoyed your story with my cup of tea this morning

I have loved the look of the Basecamp and it's market reach can infact be endless if marketed right.

I would even see myself when I am Older and having to use a scooter one day to get around.

With a few added comforts many you mentioned it would be a perfect get-a-way.

For the younger and middle age more active crowd with the toys etc - then this is a perfect rugged little "toy" to add to the collection.

The tent extention would be fab for the dogs.

I would love to borrow one for the RSSR as it might be a tad better than my 63 GT tin tent that I will be using

A point to my post....the Air Conditioner.

I would like to add one to the GT and wanted to know the specs on the one supplied with your BC? Is it rugged?, does it cool nice and what is the noise factor like.

Thinking of installing at the back in the bathroom vanity cabinet and venting out the back and putting the drip tube to outside.

I am also looking for something in the frugal price range as I barely have 100 Square Ft to cool - and along with a Fantastic Fan I think I could bare most heat temps.

Thanks
I am glad you are enjoying the posts. I am too.

The AC is Whirlpool model ACQ058PS and is 5,500 BTUs. It appears to be just a stock, small, energy efficient Whirlpool. It sits on the tongue with the propane tank on a shelf above it. Both are enclosed in a vented, aluminum box that matches the BC. So far, the jarring of the road has not bothered the AC. It works fine. I don't know if this model was adapted for trailer life or not. So far, so good.

We did use the tent extension this weekend in a state park in Illinois. We added a light weight indoor/outdoor carpet to protect the floor as well as a ground cloth (heave plastic) on the outside. Because you enter and exit the BC through the tent, I am certain that the floor will wear out, thus the carpeting to extend its life.

The tent is relatively easy to put up and take down. I still have concerns that it will be leaky around the back window in a rain storm. There is nothing covering the zippers around the window, and I know from experience that uncovered zippers leak in a rainstorm. However, it adds great living space and makes the BC seem quite spacious. We may need to rig a tarp over that window if it rains. I have some ideas on how that can be done.

You mentioned using a scooter at some point. You sure could do that with a BC. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and will soon have my knees replaced so life is fairly painful right now. I love the wide steps and the ease of making the bed up. That was one thing that attracted me to it. Also, I hang gear in bags from the back posts so that I don't have to bend or kneel to get to stuff. I have a stool that I use to sit on to get to gear in the lower front galley storage. So I must say that the BC is really accessible. The main accessibility issue for me is raising the steps from the inside. There needs to be some additional engineering on that. It is hard to pull them up from the inside.

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Thanks for the feedback. I will keep posting updates as we learn new and exiting things about the BC as a camper and toy hauler.

I ordered a Bike Pro Quick Release wheel chock today which looks perfect based on size and the basic need to stablize the bike while I tie down. I havn't done a tie down yet...only loaded it once to confirm fit.

You sound like my wife, Meanette, when it comes to campground cooking. It's always been one of our favorite events when camping.

BTW, I know Ben Owen from a previous work life and he has been very helpful through this learning curve.

Will stay in touch.

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Martino,

How does the quick release work? Is there a plate that remains on the floor? How will you attach it and seal the floor from leaks?

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Old 05-01-2007, 11:53 AM   #27
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I checked out out a Basecamp yesterday at Middle TN Airstream. What a flexible multifunction set-up! I only wished they existed 20 years ago when I was doing more high intensity camping and backpacking. If Airstream would bring in one of the high-end backpacking tentmakers to consult, they could come up with a leakproof bombproof 4-season tent attachment that would rock.

Y'all have fun and keep the reports coming.
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:12 PM   #28
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Enjoy your Base Camp saga.It reminds us of our day's with our "Cozy Cruiser" teardrop.We alway's had a crowd and meet lot's of great people.Sound's like even more fun being able to take you bike along.
You should try to stop by the 2007 Moraine View Rally in June.
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