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Old 09-08-2016, 11:24 AM   #15
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Thanks David for the tire etc. details.

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Old 09-08-2016, 11:30 AM   #16
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I've seen the Basecamp

Hi Folks... so excited that the Basecamp is finally announced. I got to see and touch and walk around one about a month ago (almost exactly). What a great little trailer!! I have the brochure in front of me if anyone has questions... let me know!!

Announced it on our Facebook page today too. (Airstream Central Coast)
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:34 AM   #17
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Hi Folks... so excited that the Basecamp is finally announced. I got to see and touch and walk around one about a month ago (almost exactly). What a great little trailer!! I have the brochure in front of me if anyone has questions... let me know!!

Announced it on our Facebook page today too. (Airstream Central Coast)
So, since you've seen one in person: Do the side windows actually open a bit, perhaps tilting out at the aft edge? There's a somewhat-cryptic reference to that in the ad copy but I couldn't find a photo that shows any openings except the doors and the Fantastic Fans, and that little floor-level pass-through for the showerhead.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:43 AM   #18
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Rear windows

They do say "rear venting windows" on the brochure. I'm trying to remember... but they wouldn't let us take photos. I've emailed someone at the factory... will let you know what I find out.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:44 AM   #19
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Well that's a very cool little thing! the holding tanks are quite large too for some serious boondocking! And towable without a truck! And under 80K!

I also love the optional screen room attachments.

Great job AS!

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Love it! This is what basecamp should have been from the beginning.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:04 PM   #21
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Notes from Factory Visit

Just found my notes from when we saw the Basecamp... we weren't allowed to take photos. Here's what I have:

Designed for the outdoor enthusiast.. a micro modern living space. Convertible interior space that can store gear, provides sleeping and sitting space.

Has a bathroom, sink, shower, 2-way fridge (LP or elec), 2 burner stove. Microwave optional.

Tall enough to stand up in interior. 3 versions: Red Rock, River Rock and Warm Stone.

Bathroom has passthru shower. Indoor shower is sealed, no curtains. Clothesline. 2+ feet taller and 2feet wider than previous Basecamp. Comes with 2 fans. A/C is optional and can be added at the dealer (replaces one of the fans). Prewired and has dripline already for A/C (which will require a generator, of course).

High quality screen fastens with magnets. Solar guard wraparound windows. Tempered glass. Adjustable blackout curtains. 2 plug and USB port stations. The 2 back windows open.

Boot tray for gear, boots, dog bowl, whatever.

Comes with 1 lead acid battery, but has space to add a second. They can be hooked up parallel. Upgraded to AGM if you order with solar panels.

Tie down hooks on the inside are bolted to the metal frame. Spice rack and lots of other storage cubbies. Locking storage cubbie. Comes with Bluetooth Bose speaker that will fit in the locking cubbie.

Truma (sp?) water and heating system.

Tents are optional. 2 5/16 ball, manual jack.

Propane tank cover is plastic and has storage compartment on top for hoses, etc. Spare tire and stabilizer jacks in rear (2). 2 20-lb propane tanks with switch valve. Fridge vents hidden nicely behind propane tank cover.

Five options:
A/C (Coleman 9200 BTU, low profile, quiet)
Solar panels (2 80-watt Zamp panels. Extra plug in near battery box for third portable panel)
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Rear Tent
Side Tent

Front window does NOT open. But you get nice cross breeze with front door, rear and side windows and rear door. Width of back door is 25". Width of front door is 22".

18 inch tires... larger than any other Airstream product. Independent wheel suspension.

LED outdoor light, tail lights, brake lights.

Rear door is plastic molded with aluminum face. Has First Aid kit and a snap screen. Skin of the vehicle is .40 Aluminum (like all Airstreams). Same welded windows, riveted super structure.

72 x 72 inch bed. Tents add 20 cubic feet of living space.

That's it. I think I read my scribbling right... if I made a mistake here, I apologize, but I think I got it all right.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:08 PM   #22
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Very nice! It's a good looking Airstream and much improved over the original Basecamp.
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Good looking rig. Would be perfect to ship it to Europe for touring over there!
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We've been considering something small then upgrading to an airstream in a few years. I've been doing a crap ton of research for the past month. While I like what they are doing with the new base camp. It is just too pricey for what you get. Retail will be mid-to-upper $30,000s. For outdoor enthusiasts (looking at modern teardrop styles or utility trailers with roof top tents) - especially to enjoy the outdoors - this is anywhere from 50-120% higher than the prices I'm seeing. I'm thinking this won't be the seller Airstream is hoping for. I've seen some ruggedly built trailers with 33" wheels serious suspension and off road capabilities (far exceeding what Airstream designs) in the mid teens.
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We've been considering something small then upgrading to an airstream in a few years. I've been doing a crap ton of research for the past month. While I like what they are doing with the new base camp. It is just too pricey for what you get. Retail will be mid-to-upper $30,000s. For outdoor enthusiasts (looking at modern teardrop styles or utility trailers with roof top tents) - especially to enjoy the outdoors - this is anywhere from 50-120% higher than the prices I'm seeing. I'm thinking this won't be the seller Airstream is hoping for. I've seen some ruggedly built trailers with 33" wheels serious suspension and off road capabilities (far exceeding what Airstream designs) in the mid teens.
If you just look at numbers (capacity, weight, interior space, etc) you'd think no one would buy any more-expensive Airstream over an ostensibly-competitive conventional travel trailer either, but the factory is running at capacity.

Here's something roughly competive in size and features with a sort of military/utilitarian aesthetic, with just about the same base retail price as the new Basecamp.

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. . . but the factory is running at capacity.
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This could certainly cut two ways if sales don't meet expectations. With summer over, it will be interesting to learn whether this roll-out was delayed for some reason. Seems like April or May 2016 would have been the best time to sell the new Basecamp IMO.

Shudder to think of all those new batteries sitting around over winter . . . but maybe Airstream will have the dealers wait to install batteries locally as needed . . . ?

This is not the trailer for us, but it may be popular, especially with the screen rooms.

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Beautiful trailer. Without the plexiglass rock guards over the front windows, I bet the tempered curved windows will cost a pretty penny to replace.
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Hearing no deliveries of the new model till spring.
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