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Old 04-30-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
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New tow vehicle...slight overkill

Wow, when is the last time that there was 3 posts in this forum in a day?!? So I realize this isn't the most active forum on this site, but figured I'd post up some pictures of our setup anyway, hope you all enjoy!

These pictures were taken just north of Pacific City, OR.

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Old 05-01-2012, 12:45 AM   #2
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I'm surprised to see an itty bitty trailer like that make the back end of that truck sag that much...
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:57 AM   #3
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Beautiful photos. Did you camp there? Details, please...
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:30 AM   #4
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I'm surprised to see an itty bitty trailer like that make the back end of that truck sag that much...
Well, it isn't exactly your normal F150 and you probably aren't taking into account the stuff I have in the bed of the truck that you can't see. It is an F150 Raptor which has a long travel suspension from the factory, so think very soft to absorb large bumps / slight air time in the truck. Also, there is no weight distribution system and the Basecamp's tongue weight isn't exactly forgiving. Even though the Basecamp only weighs in at 2K lbs, the tongue weight is 350+ lbs. Welcome to why you don't see Honda Elements towing these things around.

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Beautiful photos. Did you camp there? Details, please...
No, there is no camping on the beaches. Not sure you would really want to due to tides. There are some very nice campgrounds that sit on the bluffs of the beaches though, Beachside and Tillicum in Oregon, Wrights Beach in California to name a few. I know I've been down to one beach where you could camp, however everyone was packed in like sardines, can't remember where that was at.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:53 AM   #5
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Great pic's, sweet rig, in spectacular surroundings...don't get any better.

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Old 05-01-2012, 08:45 AM   #6
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As long as we're doing TVs, I picked up this one last week. It's a new ML-350 with the Bluetec diesel (455 ft. lbs. of torque, 7,200 lb. towing capacity). Also replaced the original jack on the BC with a Barker electric jack that was an irresistable find on eBay.

If anyone is interested, I'll post a photo of a 10 x 12 foot heat shield/awning I made for about $25 for last year's Burning Man adventure (well worth attending!).
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
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Cool lookin' rigs ya'll. Get the danged salt off them, too!! (Ocean or road).
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:56 AM   #8
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Nice truck and trailer! Are you from Oregon too? I live just 40 minutes from pacific city in Dallas, Oregon. There's something that just works with a silver tow vehicle Here's a couple picks of my new to me 2007 Tacoma and my 56 bubble. Cheers. Ted

The first is downtown Dallas. The second pic was from last weekend at black lake Washington.

And everyone should know that there is an excellent brew pub on the beach at pacific city called "the pelican". Cheers.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:20 AM   #9
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As long as we're doing TVs, I picked up this one last week. It's a new ML-350 with the Bluetec diesel (455 ft. lbs. of torque, 7,200 lb. towing capacity). Also replaced the original jack on the BC with a Barker electric jack that was an irresistable find on eBay.

If anyone is interested, I'll post a photo of a 10 x 12 foot heat shield/awning I made for about $25 for last year's Burning Man adventure (well worth attending!).
Definitely post some pics of the awning and electric jack, would love to see them. It is funny how many people toe these things with ML's, I used to tow mine with a 2000 ML55.


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Nice truck and trailer! Are you from Oregon too?
Thanks, yes I'm in the Portland area. Love the Bubble.
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Nice. Did you have any trouble pulling your base camp back up to the road once you hit the deeper loose sand? That's sometimes pretty deep there at the pacific city dory launch access.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:03 PM   #11
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Nice. Did you have any trouble pulling your base camp back up to the road once you hit the deeper loose sand? That's sometimes pretty deep there at the pacific city dory launch access.
The pictures were taken on the beach just north of town with much easier access and less crowded. I know that the sand by the dory boat launch can get very deep and soft though. Not sure I would take the risk right there or not. I'm sure the Raptor is capable with a stock rear locker and torsen LSD front axle pulling the BC through it.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #12
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Since we're posting Basecamp pics...

The Taco is stock rear leafs with a 3 inch block lift... front is RevTek 3 inch lift... wheels are 18 inch TRD... The gizmo on the front is a mesh rock-deflector designed mostly for boat trailers, but worked great on the Airstream. Got a bit of road rash before I got it though...

Kind of miss the Basecamp as far as it's value as a conversation starter... as an RV... it has it's niche...
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