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Old 10-09-2006, 11:39 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Fyrzowt
Given those 2 choices, I vote "Sir Hillary".
Yeah. I'm leaning toward Sir Hillary. Why not travel with the first of the best? And my TV could be Tenzeng! But I sure could use some more ideas.

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Old 10-09-2006, 11:42 PM   #30
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Welcome to the forums, ABC004.

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Old 10-09-2006, 11:46 PM   #31
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Thumbs up Way Cool !!!

Welcome Betty !
You did good!! And you've come to the right place for advise, solutions and just plain ol' hangin' out.
You have no idea how much fun you're in for .... do keep us posted!

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:03 AM   #32
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Hey!! We are gonna need a Basecamp forum added to the list of model forums!!!
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:13 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Buttercup
Hey!! We are gonna need a Basecamp forum added to the list of model forums!!!
Uhhh...done deal!

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Old 10-10-2006, 05:34 PM   #34
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Local dealer in Houston received two last week. They didn't have the loading ramp (motorcycle/atv) or the Kelty tent attachment. One with those accessories should arrive in about 3 weeks...we're hoping so as camping in Texas is best this time of year. As to tow vehicle...I have a 2002 GMC Envoy in-line six cylinder (4.2L) and it's been bullet proof for 75,000 miles. (22 mpg highway driving). I towed a 3900lb open trailer with 600 lb motorcycle from Houston to Florida in August with no problem. I intend to load a Harley Road King Classic (750 lbs) on the Basecamp on occassion (one of the key interests we have in the Basecamp) I like the flexibility and while it's not a condo on wheels, it will suit us just fine, as we historically did tent camping with the kids...and with them off now, this will fit just fine.

Good luck on your TV decision, but there are many options in the market.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:01 PM   #35
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Wow! I'm sure you'll really enjoy the BaseCamp. Enjoy and see you down the road.

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Old 10-10-2006, 07:52 PM   #36
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What a cool little trailer! How big is the big screen TV in there?

Congratulations, I'm sure you'll have a blast with it.
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:38 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by Druupy
Highlander would be fine, in my opinion, as long as it is the V6 motor.
Gee Betty, I don't know how I've missed this thread. Welcome to the forums -- you have collected a lot of attention on your new baby.

Stick with the Forums -- we love tales of travels, pictures -- but mostly sharing the relationships with fellow Airstream devotees. About February or March, keep an eye out for a thread about the Midwest Forums Rally at Kettle Moraine -- quite a way into Illinois, near Bloomington. But we'd welcome a chance to meet you and your own Edmund --- er, Sir Hillary.

Based on experience of a friend of mine with a 4-cylinder Highlander, I have often been the voice of discouragement on that tow vehicle. I honestly agree with Druupy above that the 6-cylinder should do fine with the Base camp. Guess I've missed if you mentioned whether you have the 4- or 6-cylinder.

Well -- freezing weather tonight with a chance of rain and slush. These forums keep us alive through the winter. Good timing!

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Old 10-10-2006, 08:43 PM   #38
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I have an 04 Camry which the Highlander is roughly based. I have the 4 cylinder-same engine used in Highlander . I would strongly recommend the V6 Highlander for towing. I think you'll do fine with that engine.

The 4 is fine for commuting, but IMO not enough for pulling a 2,500 lb. trailer.
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:56 PM   #39
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Hi Betty! I love your Basecamp! It's bigger than I thought it would be. I never saw a picture of one with a person standing next to it. You two are made for each other!

I don't think you would be happy towing with a Highlander. If you're sold on Toyota, did you check out the new Toyota FJ Cruiser? What a sweeeet combo that would be with the Basecamp. 5000# towing capacity compared to 3500# for Highland(with tow package)

If you want something pre-owned, maybe a 4-Runner would be better. Bigger engine choices and towing capacity.

A suggestion for a name would be "Wanda"....for Wanda Rutkiewicz, the only woman to climb 8 of the 14 worldwide mountains over 8000 meters.

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Old 10-10-2006, 09:12 PM   #40
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Towing your basecamp

A short list of things you might want to consider as you shop a tow vehicle:

Ask about "tow packages". Pre-wired for brake controller?, Class III receiver hitch, connector to allow for elec. brake function, transmisson cooler. Nice if vehicle has separate fuses for trailer functions.

Vehicle's actual weight vs. trailer's. As light as the Basecamp is even a moderate tow vehicle should weight more.

Will you need other cargo space? Bicycles, small generator, extra water, etc.
Trucks are nice for this.

The Basecamp is 7'-2" at its widest point. Anything over 6 feet becomes an issue for using your side mirrors. Almost any side mirror can be extended with clip-on extensions. Some models have standard or optional extending mirrors.

Better to err on the side of more than less when towing cross-country & mountains.

If you are looking at new or almost new the Toyota Tundra or Nissan Titan are worth looking at.

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Old 10-10-2006, 09:17 PM   #41
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Is that just the coolest thing or what?. I have seen those on the web and am green to the bone. It is so shiny and new looking. I wonder how long it will take to start seeing post about rebuilding and gutting. Good luck with Colorado an GO FOR IT!!
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:15 PM   #42
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hi betty and welcome to the forums....

the basecamp......humm.

if you've learned to search here yet, there are several threads related to the basecamp....
not very much is positive, but that is the nature of the beast...when dealing with a new beast.

i've recently been to the factory and had the rare opportunity to privately tour the base camp construction...
i saw them assembled from frame up to body, insulation, skin, interior and complete and ready for paint, and every stage in between.

seeing how they are made and what they are made from, gave be a much better understanding of the product than i've had from just looking at the prototypes.

now, i'm really curious about who will buy these and why. i want to understand the market segment better...

you certainly don't have to justify your purchase, but IF you could share a little bit more about who you are, what your camping/rv experience is, i'd be most grateful.

what other products did you cross shop...pop ups? vintage? casita? tents? other airstreams?

also what do you plan to do with your shinny new spaceship. what sort of camping, how far, how many trips , how many people dogs and toys....and so on... that would be great too....

don't take any comments that critque the product personally...

some of us are like...
-parsons who hate the sin but love the sinner or
-paciifists who oppose war but support the troops or ....
-beer aficionados who love beer but hate beer drinkers...
...ok i'll let u figure out where i fit....

as for towing...the highlander is based on the camry car platform. how much towing is planned. is your tv gonna be a daily driver too?
i wouldn't not want to tow anything more than a utility trailer or small pop up or teardrop with a highlander...

i'll post more on towing options later...tell us more about YOU!


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