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Old 10-10-2006, 11:45 PM   #43
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I'm with 2air, and want to know more, but I'm very happy that after all the discussions about whether the BaseCamp - the Argosy - the SquareStream - are REAL Airstreams that the forum members here are welcoming rather than discussing or dissemblng about your new trailer. You are welcome. About that there is no doubt.

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Old 10-10-2006, 11:52 PM   #44
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Do you mean the trailer's cute?
OMG!! Yes I mean't the trailer.. that's one of those we can't see you so we don't know you mean moments ... HUH!
I haven't laughed like that all day!! Actually since the last time I was online here. Thanks for keeping me in line. I could really confuse someone!
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Old 10-11-2006, 08:33 PM   #45
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hi betty and welcome to the forums....

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

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A brief history of how I (and the bank) came to own a Basecamp. (Well, maybe not so brief.)
I grew up on a farm and we never took a vacation. I envied the town kids reporting what they did on summer vacation--trips to national parks topped the list. In my adult life, I have done a fair amount of travel at home and abroad, a little fair weather camping and backpacking (Big Island and Kuaui most favorite) and a fair amount of bicyling.

I raised and emancipated two great children, and started to feel freer to pursue a more rewarding occupation. I started a business selling interpretive products (relating to mountain climbing and hiking) from an original concept to national parks. I imagined I would fill my need for travel, even hoping to take care of business from the road. Instead, I found it was a lot like having a dairy farm--hard to get away. Now, I kind of know what I'm doing and I have an employee who can take care of the home office.

This year, when the wanderlust surfaced again, I started to look for the ideal mode of transportation. To tell the truth, I really like the Sprinter, with the Mercedes diesel engine (22 mpg), all outfitted. I thought, "I can handle that solo." But I can't handle $95K new, or any fairly recent model. I started searching the internet. I looked at used conversion vans, and very small motorhomes. Then I found T@B (very drawn to it) and and finally landed on the Airstream site, the BUZZ section featuring the Basecamp. It was love at first sight. They had almost no information as to its availability, and the local dealer couldn't add much. Finally, I set out just to find the dealership so I would know how to get there, should they get any. To my surprise, they had two on the showroom floor, #004 (red) and #005 (blue.) They had just been delivered. One was for a Colorado company and the other, the deal didn't go through. I closed out the Saturday with them and called the salesman on Sunday to say I'd take it.

So, how will I use it? Initially, business and pleasure. It will be half of my tradeshow booth, with product displays in the interior, product video on the TV, nature sounds on the CD. The other half will look like a campsite.

The Basecamp is a metaphor for me pesonally, and for my business. I've been trekking at sea level, so to speak, and I'm ready to take it higher.

(Apparently there's no limit to how much one can write!)

Just one more thing motivating my decision. When I travel for business, I'm so sick of retiring to the room at 7 p.m. and channel surfing. I figured if I were staying in a campground I'd find myself with like-minded people, and perhaps even have a conversation!

About the market: of the first five Basecamps at least, it looks like businesses are getting them. #001 was sold to Aveda Corp, I bought #004 (by chance) and #005 ordered by an un-named Colorado company (dealer: Shorewood RV, Anoka MN.)

More later--Betty
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:20 PM   #46
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So, how will I use it? Initially, business and pleasure. It will be half of my tradeshow booth, with product displays in the interior, product video on the TV, nature sounds on the CD. The other half will look like a campsite.
Sounds like a great tax deduction to ensure your sanity. Your tow vehicle (Toyota FJ Cruiser!) will also be a tax deduction and all your camping gear. Gee, maybe I'm in the wrong business...I'm curious about any options you acquired during the purchase. Did you get the tent or the ramp or...?
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:22 PM   #47
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hi betty and thanks for sharing!

you have confirmed one of my suspicions...

that the early buyers would have business or marketing motives...

the shape is grabbing and the profile distictive...

tradeshow vendors may be attracted for just that reason...

you also seem to suggest being new to the rv market...

concerned about handling a bigger rig, traveling alone and so on...

i agree campgrounds are great places to meet people and

most airstream owners soon realize every 'stranger' has an 'airstream story'...

so we get lots of comments and questions and conversations...

you will too. perhaps even more because the model is so unique looking...

and the basecamp name analogy will strike home for many...but,

i suspect you'll be asked more than once if it is a customized horse trailer...

why not consider mister ed or flicka or bessy or war paint or silver stallion or estalon,

as pre emptive names for the trailer?

again welcome and tell us more about the travels of ms basecamp...

cheers
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and as for towing options....
given nissan basically designed the base camp....
how about a nice titan pickup or pathfinder...
i'd prefer the pickup but the suv name pathfinder goes so well with basecamp...
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:29 PM   #48
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Hmm. The BaseCamp that passed us on I-70 in western Kansas heading east was red-so showy! I wonder which of these first 5 it was to be already on the road-if it was among these. Just wondering~G
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Old 10-11-2006, 11:43 PM   #49
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Hmm. The BaseCamp that passed us on I-70 in western Kansas heading east was red-so showy! I wonder which of these first 5 it was to be already on the road-if it was among these. Just wondering~G
When I say "red" and "blue" these are interior accent colors . I've seen a picture of a Basecamp with red fenders, but 005 and my 004 have light gray so it blends with the aluminum. --Betty
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:06 AM   #50
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i suspect you'll be asked more than once if it is a customized horse trailer...

why not consider mister ed or flicka or bessy or war paint or silver stallion or estalon,

as pre emptive names for the trailer?

again welcome and tell us more about the travels of ms basecamp...

cheers
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and as for towing options....
given nissan basically designed the base camp....
how about a nice titan pickup or pathfinder...
i'd prefer the pickup but the suv name pathfinder goes so well with basecamp...
I started a response and lost it with a keystroke. Now it will be briefer! Your names made me laugh!

I have never named a vehicle. On the farm, we didn't even really name our domestic animals, except for "Puppy" and "Kitty." I'm reminded that my dear, late brother, tonque-in-cheek, named his sailboat "The Boat." I have a feeling the Basecamp will get called "The Trailer."

The Pathfinder, is of course, a good match considering the design connection and the name itself. My research indicates Toyota as having better reliability ratings, and,"highland"er, works for me, too.--Betty
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Old 10-29-2006, 12:51 AM   #51
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Congrats Betty! Wow -- a first for you! But don't stop there -- if you hurry you could probably be the very 1st Basecamp owner to join the WBCCI! They just voted that BaseCamp owners can now be members. Being the first is a label you could hang onto for the rest of your ABC days!

I'm sure you'd be a hit at all the rallies you could find your way to until these new fangled trailers become as common as flap jacks. That could take years -- a decade -- a really long time -- so you're sure to have plenty of 'wow, what's that?' kind of fun... Here's the link to the North American site.

www.WBCCI.org

Here's the link to the Minnesota Unit.

www.wbccimn.net

Good luck -- I hope you have tons of fun!!

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I'm back. The forum is seductive and I could spend a lot of time here! I've been awfully busy at work, but I sure will let everyone know when I have my TV.

I joined as member-at-large. I certainly intended to join, but as one can easily procrastinate, I appreciate the invitation and yes, if I am the first Basecamp member (who doesn't like to be first?) all the better.

More later,
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Old 10-29-2006, 06:41 AM   #52
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Hi, I'm Betty from Minneapolis and I'm just giddy over my Basecamp!
I'm new to all this and I have a lot to learn. For starters, I need a tow vehicle. I'm looking at Toyota Highlander (3-5 years old.) The Basecamp is about 2500 pounds. According to the published tow capacity of the Highlander, it should be OK, but I have heard that tow capacity goes down at higher elevations and I plan to take this across Colorado mountain passes. What would others suggest?
Wow! What a beauty! Welcome to the forums. If you have a chance, could you post some photos of the interior too!
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Old 10-29-2006, 08:31 AM   #53
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Old 10-29-2006, 09:45 AM   #54
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Betty,

I was out shopping for parts yesterday and stopped at Shorewood. Was Heather your salesman? My wife was very impressed by the design of the Basecamp, but I think she liked the Classic Limited even better.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:29 AM   #55
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Hi. I just picked up my new BaseCamp on Tuesday. Looks just like your BaseCamp, and I intend to use it for quick weekend trips (one or two days only). I really liked the ability to be able to haul small toys (ATV, bikes, inflatable boat, etc.). I didn't want a full blown travel trailer, even the 16' Bambi. I wanted to keep things light, have some light off-road capability. I don't want to spend a lot of time sitting in a trailer. I just wanted a quick place to sleep, and have a quick meal, and store fun things to do. I've pulled mine about 300 miles so far (behind a BMW X-5 4.4 V-8). It tows great, no special weight distributing hitch, and is very easy to handle in tight spaces with lot's of clearance (I have the off-road model). My biggest complaint is that it is not easy to pull up the rear step from the inside to seal it off when parked.

Overall, it's not a good travel trailer if you want the most comfort for the buck, but think of it as a great light weight small toy hauler, and great place to get food, some sleep, and clean up between playing with your toys.
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Old 11-03-2006, 02:31 AM   #56
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Welcome and congratulations on your new basecamp too! What do they do to make a model an off road model? Does it appear different? Do you have pictures? Will you be considering the add on tent? Is that an option?
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