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Old 09-02-2017, 11:03 AM   #1
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New Basecamp Propane Cover?

Check out this video that came in my email this morning. If you look close, it shows a quick shot of an aluminum propane box instead of the black plastic one.

The video also shows a Basecamp with the plastic cover. I wonder if the aluminum cover is part of the proposed fix for the fridge cooling problem?

https://www.airstream.com/blog/airst..._hsmi=55913524
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:08 AM   #2
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False alarm

It's a shot of the early model.
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Old 09-02-2017, 01:05 PM   #3
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Check out this video that came in my email this morning. If you look close, it shows a quick shot of an aluminum propane box instead of the black plastic one.

The video also shows a Basecamp with the plastic cover. I wonder if the aluminum cover is part of the proposed fix for the fridge cooling problem?

https://www.airstream.com/blog/airst..._hsmi=55913524
I'm pretty sure that aluminum propane box was on the 2007 Basecamp. If you look at the video, that Basecamp doesn't have the side door.
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Old 09-02-2017, 01:07 PM   #4
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It's a shot of the early model.
I commented before I saw this post from you. :-)
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Old 09-02-2017, 05:30 PM   #5
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No side door, old wheel wells, the original bc
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But I do like how they send out a video raving about the basecamp, not addressing any issues, and then show the old model.....who does that?

Where's the video saying, we are working hard to make this model worth of the AS name and we will make it all right..,,
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It does make me wonder about the relative heat retention between the two covers. On mine, I got a surface reading over 170 in direct sun at 90 degree ambient temperature.

If a thin wall aluminum tank cover with louvers would retain 20-25% less heat, it might give the vent openings behind the tank cover a fighting chance.
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Why not just ditch the cover? Better airflow, and you could keep the standard tanks (since you can swap them at almost any gas station), or go for a nice pair of polished tanks.
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And I was just thinking, isn't the lower vent an intake for the refrigerator - the fresh air intake for combustion - so if you had a propane leak and no shroud......?

Maybe yanking the fridge and replacing with a Yeti isn't such a bad idea. You could stack either two Yeti 35's or maybe a 35 and a 50 - not as much capacity as a 3 cu ft fridge, but no power draw and problem solved!
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Why not just ditch the cover? Better airflow, and you could keep the standard tanks (since you can swap them at almost any gas station), or go for a nice pair of polished tanks.
AS told me that the black plastic cover serves an additional purpose of blocking wind blown rain from entering through the front fridge vents.
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AS told me that the black plastic cover serves an additional purpose of blocking wind blown rain from entering through the front fridge vents.
What keep rain from blowing in the vents when they are mounted on the side? Wouldn't an aluminum cover on the BS also keep rain out? More excuses for the big screw up of putting the fridge in the front. :-)
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I guess my plastic cover must be defective too ...
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I guess my plastic cover must be defective too ...
Not sure what is happening there. We have been through hundreds of miles of rain including torrential South Carolina downpours and have had no water intrusion.

Are you sure that this isn't condensate from the fridge?
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Echo alert!

Gotta move the fridge to one side and add a roof flue IMO.

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