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Old 09-23-2006, 09:05 PM   #1
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Base Camp Anyone?

Do we have ANY members out there who have base camps? I went to Airstream.com and colonialairstream.com and couldn't find layouts, etc. My sister wants to see one? Anyone seen one at a dealer or at Jackson Center?

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Old 09-24-2006, 04:31 PM   #2
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We passed one being pulled on I-70, somewhere along western edge of Kansas/eastern Colorado. It's a surprising sight on the highway; it looks so new. ~G Wonder if it was a forum member?
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Old 09-24-2006, 07:33 PM   #3
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Take a peek here. Patrick Botticelli of Colonial Airstream was nice enough to send me a link to his newest BaseCamp arrival.

Bend over, grab your ankles, and take a deep breath.

Yes, for a mere $27K you too can have the BaseCamp experience!

http://www.colonialairstream.com/newinventory/8165.html

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Old 09-24-2006, 07:41 PM   #4
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Yeah right..... I saw one of these at the local dealership here in Orange County. At first I thought it was real cooool looking. Looked inside and it's a 'Whole lot of modern nothin' It didn't look like it could hold any 'toys' larger than a motorcycle...what use is it? Really!
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I haven't seen one in person yet, but I heard it decribed as "Darth Vader's horse trailer". I'm sure there's a market for them somewhere.
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Old 09-24-2006, 09:46 PM   #6
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Good bargaining on a unit that's not moving ... what's that? An 18% to 25% discount? You could get a vintage Bambi or Caravel in pretty good condition for that price. Now, people could really talk about that! Please pass the Nuvite.
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Old 09-25-2006, 01:37 PM   #7
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Cute, But...

Yea baby, it's cute, AND you could tow it with a lighter duty vehicle. Might be cool for a weekender, but let's compare it to a Casita.

This one did seem to have all of the bells and whistles including a tent. Wonder what they are really going to sell for?

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Old 09-25-2006, 01:55 PM   #8
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Darth Vaders Horse trailer?

Now thats just flat out funny.

I do agree with Foiled that the comparison should be with a Casitas type unit. That does seem to be the market its aimed at.
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:45 PM   #9
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Not my cuppa either....

Hello all -

The BaseCamp is not my cuppa tea either.... If I want cramped spaces then my crawl space has what I need.... and that project sits and waaiiitttssss.

Then again I met a couple that camps in one of those 4x10 trailers with the pull out kitchen in the back clamshell.... They seemed to enjoy it thoroghly. Pulled it with a Buick.

The trailerwas home built. It had all they needed. I looked inside (queen bed with TV/VCR/DVD) and the kitchen was exactly what they wanted/used. They both mentioned that the forced simplicity was something they really enjoyed. Great for them.

Me, I used my AC while they sweated. Mine suited me, theirs suited them. Just as it should be.

Of course, the home built trailer was decidely NOT $27K! My 34 didn't cost anywhere near that....

To each his own!

Am looking forward to seeing one on the road sometime....

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My god all you people do is talk trash on basecamps.it is a grate thing for people that do not want a house on wheels. or you just do not know any thing about the basecamp and the kind of people that get them
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My god all you people do is talk trash on basecamps.it is a grate thing for people that do not want a house on wheels. or you just do not know any thing about the basecamp and the kind of people that get them
Wow. I read the post above, first, and thought there must be alot of reallly negative comments that were made earlier. But no, just folks voicing an opinion. All seemed pretty tame to me. ?? Well, there was that ankle comment. Personally, I think the BaseCamp looks pretty cool. Ron
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:16 PM   #12
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My god all you people do is talk trash on basecamps.it is a grate thing for people that do not want a house on wheels. or you just do not know any thing about the basecamp and the kind of people that get them
Hello airsick - Welcome to the AirForums.

I see this is your second post and the first one was about your need to sell your Basecamp. Good Luck in selling it, and when you do can you please post the difference in purchase price and your selling price. I would be interested in how others find a used Basecamp and the resale value of such.

I feel that at one point in my life the Basecamp would have been a perfect fit but now find the full size campers much more comfortable.

Good Luck and have a safe journey to Mexico.
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well i read other thread's and it seems like a lot of people just talk T. Yes it is not a Bambi but it is a Airstream. and if it is to much $$$$ look all over the internet you can find them a lot cheper than list price
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Paula,

There are seveal at the lot here at JC - and it is said that they are here because sales are not as strong as predicted. I'd suggest that your sister see if she can make a deal.

They are good looking. Interesting looking, anyway.

Sorry - I just noticed that this is an old thread.

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Old 09-13-2007, 09:25 PM   #15
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Hello airsick - Welcome to the AirForums.

I see this is your second post and the first one was about your need to sell your Basecamp. Good Luck in selling it, and when you do can you please post the difference in purchase price and your selling price. I would be interested in how others find a used Basecamp and the resale value of such.

I feel that at one point in my life the Basecamp would have been a perfect fit but now find the full size campers much more comfortable.

Good Luck and have a safe journey to Mexico.
Let me speak a little from experience here...

The Basecamp is a great little trailer for camping, it's less than stellar for traveling (i.e., lots of one night stays). Sure, if your going to stay in one spot for a few days, you can easily justify setting up the tent and making a nice, comfy base to operate from. On the other hand, if you're driving 10 hours a day and want to pick up again and move out pronto in the morning, the tent isn't the fast track to getting back on the road.

We paid about $27K for our Basecamp last November at Colonial. We investigated buying a 20' Safari (new) when we were in Ohio in August, the dealer only offered us $13K for our trailer in trade. He also didn't want the tent or other the Kelty stuff, just the trailer. We almost made the deal, but as luck would have it, the financing didn't work out as we would have liked. A few weeks ago, I took our Basecamp back to Colonial for more warranty work. While I was there, I looked at another 20' Safari. Colonial also offered me $13K for the Basecamp.

No way, no how, not gonna happen.

I'm now in the process of buying a spiffy 1972 20' Argosy (found on the classifieds here). So... I'm going to keep my Basecamp and use it as it was intended, but have the Argosy for when we want to travel instead of go camping for a 3+ day weekend. For what we're paying for the Argosy, we'll have plenty of funds available for a new exterior paint job, changing the flooring and fabrics to exactly what we want, and still not come close to spending the amount of money we would have lost on the Basecamp had we traded it in for a new trailer. Since the Argosy already has all new running gear, a new rooftop AC unit, and a grey water tank added, the hard work is already done.

Don't get me wrong, I really like the Basecamp (in spite of the troubles I've posted about in prior threads). It should be coming home from Colonial soon (they had to get some parts from the Mother Ship). It'll look real nice next to the Argosy in the driveway...

BTW - The dealer in Ohio showed me the "book", trade in value on the 07 Basecamp IS $13K, retail for a used unit is $19K. Seems to me that there is a considerable difference in those figures. Considering the trouble we've had with our trailer, had Colonial offered me $19K for the Basecamp, I wouldn't be buying the Argosy, I'd have the Safari in my driveway right now. Just as well, from all of the complaints I read about the newer units (and my own experiences), I'd rather have a vintage trailer.
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It all goes to your needs. I find that true of our Flying Cloud ( a weekend warrior) and our Tradewind (more sleeper friendly for family use). Although I can't see myself making use of a Basecamp, I think the are pretty cool. I have been watching them on Ebay for maybe buying one for my son. He keeps asking me to take my Flying Cloud and so far I have been putting that off. In his case he has a motor bike to take with, and likes the idea of toy hauling and camping from the Basecamp. Buying used seems to make sense over new, the value drop of anything new to being used the moment it leaves the dealer lot is an unexceptable loss to me. At least I can say I won't lose too much value on my 59 Flying Cloud, at 48 years old, now it's vintage instead of just old or used. I am a pack rat, might be fun to have a Basecamp to go to garage sales, but then I would bring home more stuff I dont really need. Although a Base camp is almost 7 times (new cost) what I paid for my lil Flying Cloud, I dont really want to let it go with anyone else, I have bonded with it and can not replace it. Plus for me opening the door to rough it in the tailer is much easier than the Basecamp set up. Just a thought here, if Thor had made the Basecamp under some other name other than Airstream, based on how it is built being the same, do you think the new price would be more than $17, 000.00? What do you think Wally would have thought of it? I also wonder what he would have thought of any of the Airstreams designed and built after his passing, not just the Basecamp.
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<snip> Just a thought here, if Thor had made the Basecamp under some other name other than Airstream, based on how it is built being the same, do you think the new price would be more than $17, 000.00? What do you think Wally would have thought of it? I also wonder what he would have thought of any of the Airstreams designed and built after his passing, not just the Basecamp.
Probably under $17K. Check out this little guy http://www.yourrvwizard.com/trailers...~521/RV521.asp .

We saw one of these at a campground near Dayton back in August. It was being pulled by a Toyota Camry, without any problems.

As for what Wally would have thought...
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Well, for all those folks that did buy a Base Camp, hang onto it; it will be a collector item. This will be the last year for the unit. Although it was a very cool looking unit and did fill a nich, not enough buyers with really deep pockets. There was a lot of excitement and sales when first introduced but the novelty wore off too quickly.
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Probably under $17K. Check out this little guy http://www.yourrvwizard.com/trailers...~521/RV521.asp .

We saw one of these at a campground near Dayton back in August. It was being pulled by a Toyota Camry, without any problems.

As for what Wally would have thought...
I like those and had once seen one in a campground. I note with special interest the in wall mounted commercially available (WALMART) cheap AC unit that requires no special service tech to install if (WHEN) it goes out. What a great idea, hummmmm - couldn't there be a AC cabinet in an Airstream for this same idea.....
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What do you think Wally would have thought of it [the Basecamp]?
I think he would have liked it. Wally was an avid outdoorsman, and he told friends Airstream would always built a small weekend get-away trailer that a fisherman or hunter could tow to his favorite remote spot. And from 1948 to 1963 he built the Wee Wind, Clipper, Bubble, Pacer and Bambi, fulfilling that promise. Airstream continued to build the Caravel through 1971. Wally also liked bicycles, mopeds and small scooters. As off-road motorized vehicles have recently increased in size, utility and usage, they have been adopted by many outdoorsmen, especially hunters. I think Wally would have accommodated these small vehicles in a family manner. The Basecamp is an ingenious blend of toy hauler and small trailer for remote area get-away camping. It can be used by traditional outdoors folks: backpackers, peak-baggers, rock-climbers, canoeists, cross-country skiers, as well as by people pursuing newer outdoor sports that didn't exist in Wally's time: off road bicyclists, motocross, extreme skiers, and hang gliders (Hawley Bowlus would be running off ledges and catching updrafts). I think Wally would approve.
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