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Old 05-01-2007, 03:53 PM   #29
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Caryl - thanks for the info on the AC.

I have degenerative Knee disease as well as osteo arthritis in my ankle - same leg I am down to bone on bone with no articulate cartilage left - all sports related.

I am still of course very mobile but at times the pain can be a bit too much. So I do see a future of one day using them fancy scooters but at least 25- 30 more years. Have an ankle fusion or replacement to look at first. But having had 3 surgeries already (2 knee and 1 ankle) I hope to delay as LONG as possible.

Just drink lots of wine and think and play airstreams all day and I can forget about the pain

Hint from our boating days - candle wax on the zippers they slide easier and repel the water great.

PS does not camping and leaks go hand in hand

Happy Trails in your BC - keep us posted and more pictures - lots more pictures
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:08 PM   #30
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PS does not camping and leaks go hand in hand
That's for sure! I remember waking up in the mountain tents some collapsed, condensation, wet gear, that IS camping weather, btw. What about a rain fly for the tent extension?
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Old 05-02-2007, 06:05 PM   #31
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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.
If we can work out the schedule, we will come. I reviewed the forum discussion and it sounds really fun. Thanks for mentioning it. I'll try to find a Darth Vader flag, since folks think it looks like his horse trailer.

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Old 05-02-2007, 06:10 PM   #32
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Caryl - thanks for the info on the AC.

I have degenerative Knee disease as well as osteo arthritis in my ankle - same leg I am down to bone on bone with no articulate cartilage left - all sports related.

I am still of course very mobile but at times the pain can be a bit too much. So I do see a future of one day using them fancy scooters but at least 25- 30 more years. Have an ankle fusion or replacement to look at first. But having had 3 surgeries already (2 knee and 1 ankle) I hope to delay as LONG as possible.

Just drink lots of wine and think and play airstreams all day and I can forget about the pain

Hint from our boating days - candle wax on the zippers they slide easier and repel the water great.

PS does not camping and leaks go hand in hand

Happy Trails in your BC - keep us posted and more pictures - lots more pictures
I will definite try the candle wax. That tent window needs something for sure. I don't do leaks!

We can also trade horror stories on arthritis. I have had 4 hip replacements. RA nd OA are not fun! I have been looking at those Segways where you stand and roll. But I need to walk, walk, walk, so I haven't gone that route yet.

Pictures--yes, some will be coming.

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Old 05-03-2007, 07:20 AM   #33
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Zipper Lube...........

..............and for just about anything else, including drawer slides, hinges, locks, bike and motorcycle chains.

What is this magic elixer you ask???????

DuPont Teflon Multi-purpose Dry lube.

You can get it in a spray or liquid. Lowes usually has it. I use it on almost everything that needs lube. It goes on wet and dries to a non-sticky residue that is oh-so-slippery!! Won't attract dirt or dust either.
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:15 AM   #34
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Desert camping and water issues.

Hey Caryl,
I am planning a trip to the Southwest. I am trying to decide whether
to bring my 20' Argosy or just camp in the van. It's an 80 hour round trip. Anyway finding water in that area can be difficult. One campground I stayed
at had to truck water in, and they charged for showers by the minute. So bringing water is sometimes the way to go. I would recommend the 6 gallon plastic Jerrycans, with the handle on the side as well as the top. I have
another container that has a faucet on it.
And I think porta potties are very conveniant for short trips and trips when I am alone. Sometimes I use it in the van and sometimes I use it in the bathroom of my trailer. That saves having to deal with finding a dumpsite.
Privacy might be an issue in the base camp. But walking to a bathroom in the middle of the night is also an issue.( IMHO ) Dave
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:59 PM   #35
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Hey Caryl,
I am planning a trip to the Southwest. I am trying to decide whether
to bring my 20' Argosy or just camp in the van. It's an 80 hour round trip. Anyway finding water in that area can be difficult. One campground I stayed
at had to truck water in, and they charged for showers by the minute. So bringing water is sometimes the way to go. I would recommend the 6 gallon plastic Jerrycans, with the handle on the side as well as the top. I have
another container that has a faucet on it.
And I think porta potties are very conveniant for short trips and trips when I am alone. Sometimes I use it in the van and sometimes I use it in the bathroom of my trailer. That saves having to deal with finding a dumpsite.
Privacy might be an issue in the base camp. But walking to a bathroom in the middle of the night is also an issue.( IMHO ) Dave
We didn't have issues with finding water in the campgrounds, but we did purchase water for drinking and coffee making. Local water wasn't sweet! We used to camp in a van in the olden days and are well accustomed to portapotties and spit baths. One could string up a curtain for privacy fairly easily if one wanted to in the BC.

We also carried a jerry can for extra water. The BC has jerry-can-like water containers as standard (they are made in Germany and measure in liters) and I have ordered two more from AS. You line 'em up with the pump in the first one and as you need, just switch the pump to the next one and so forth. Works well.

One of the neat things about the BC is customizing it for your own purposes. It is so flexible.

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Old 05-03-2007, 06:46 PM   #36
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Thank You for Posting

And welcome to the Forums. I've seen the Basecamp but not in use. Your account has been really interesting and inspiring. I live in my Airstream, and enjoy taking it on trips when I know I'll be gone for a week or more, but I've skipped one or two weekender activities because my energy was a bit on the low side and hooking and unhooking twice was just more effort than it was worth.

Next time I go past an Airstream dealership, I'll spend a bit more time studying the Basecamp.

Glad to hear you're having so much fun with it and hope your husband can pay it off with the $10 tours!


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Old 05-11-2007, 06:50 PM   #37
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<snip>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.
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I can speak from experience that the back window isn't a problem in the rain, the problem is in the trailer to tent interface - specifically the sides. The tent just won't seal against the sides of the trailer and water finds it's way in. It all dried out well enough, it just pissed me off when we got up to "water in the basement" this morning. Almost as much as the horrible wi-fi at this campground... :-)
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Bob,

I was sure that back window would leak. glad to hear that it didn't!. Since it points to the heavens and has an uncovered zipper I was sure that it would leak. Good news.

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