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Old 06-04-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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Anyone towing a basecamp with a minivan? Number wise mine will tow the weight but I am wondering about the real world application, I was looking hard at getting a Truck and then a slide in camper but a base camp will bet me out and camping quick with less of an investment and then in a couple of years I can get the truck and camper and still use the basecamp for the kids.

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Old 06-05-2009, 12:35 PM   #2
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Old 06-05-2009, 01:04 PM   #3
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For many years we towed our 23' Safari with a Nissan Minivan. Worked great with no issues.

What year and type of Minivan do you have?
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:43 PM   #4
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:40 PM   #5
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Just curious....what does a Basecamp weigh? I would think you could tow it with almost anything.
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The 250HP Sienna is much more capable than our 150 HP Nissan. Get the connection and set up right and the Base Camp should be A1 to tow.
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We have an '06 Tacoma and I find the tongue weight to be the issue. The trailer itself is only 2000lbs empty and tows like a dream... but I cannot lift the tongue myself... I'd estimate it is at least 400lbs on the tongue.

No one seems to know if a WD hitch will even work with the Basecamp - or at least no one has chimed in here... I'm also looking at an airbag kit, but that doesn't really address the tongue weight issue - it just masks it...
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We have an '06 Tacoma and I find the tongue weight to be the issue. The trailer itself is only 2000lbs empty and tows like a dream... but I cannot lift the tongue myself... I'd estimate it is at least 400lbs on the tongue.

No one seems to know if a WD hitch will even work with the Basecamp - or at least no one has chimed in here... I'm also looking at an airbag kit, but that doesn't really address the tongue weight issue - it just masks it...
Take a look at this hitch: Single Bar Weight Distribution for Pole Tongue Trailers 3204 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

It is designed for smaller trailers with a pole type tongue.
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Take a look at this hitch: Single Bar Weight Distribution for Pole Tongue Trailers 3204 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

It is designed for smaller trailers with a pole type tongue.
I'd like to find some actual measurements for the thing... as it's the only one I think might work. The issue with the Basecamp is there is very little tongue to work with. The LP/AC cover takes up even more space, and the jack can only be mounted in one spot really. It's not even long enough for a swing up jack to be mounted.

I've also seen an adapter that let you use a normal a-frame WD kit with a single pole trailer. I don't think I need a 2 bar setup, but it might work better (or worse) depending on the length of the bars and where the adapter ends up.

It's fairly cheap, but $150 to get it shipped to me, so it's an expensive experiment...
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I've towed the BC with a GMC Envoy inline 4.3l 6 cyl rated at 5500 lbs for towing, and factoy tow package with no problems whatsoever. Even had a 800 lb motorcycle loaded in the BC and while she worked a bit in the hill country...didn't have a problem. Last time out, ran into some strong cross winds and no problem handling. My son is taking my GMC Envoy at 115,000 miles (his car died) and I just picked up up a Buick Enclave SUV with a 3.5l V6 and towing pkg rated at 4500lbs. Based on my experience thus far, I don't think it will be a problem.

As to the minivan, it shouldn't be a problem, but you should check the rating for the vehicle hitch set up.

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