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Forum: Base Camp 03-15-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,902
Posted By Dasponto
Great photos! Jealous of the warm weather. ...

Great photos! Jealous of the warm weather.

Our last weekend of winter camping. Basecamp off to get new front guards! Yaaay! 390856
Forum: Base Camp 03-04-2021, 05:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,902
Posted By Dasponto
Hmm I see that! So frustrating I can't go back...

Hmm I see that! So frustrating I can't go back and edit it for some reason lol. My other forums I can. Oh well here's another from our winter camping!

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Forum: Base Camp 03-02-2021, 11:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,902
Posted By Dasponto
Please do! Need some more lively and fun posts!

Please do! Need some more lively and fun posts!
Forum: Base Camp 03-01-2021, 05:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,902
Posted By Dasponto
Well this place is a little depressing. Seems...

Well this place is a little depressing. Seems like it's where everyone just comes to complain lol.

We're now 70 days of use both winter and summer with our 2019 Basecamp X (with dometic fridge :O)...
Forum: The Pet Forum 01-31-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 1,074
Views: 175,293
Posted By Dasponto
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Photography 01-02-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,540
Posted By Dasponto
Our 2019 Basecamp X! 386117

Our 2019 Basecamp X! 386117
Forum: The Pet Forum 01-02-2021, 09:55 PM
Replies: 1,074
Views: 175,293
Posted By Dasponto
Wife and our two goldens out the back of our...

Wife and our two goldens out the back of our Basecamp 386116
Forum: Base Camp 12-16-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 84,793
Posted By Dasponto
We fashioned our own canopy with a rab tarp,...

We fashioned our own canopy with a rab tarp, climbing rope and support poles off Amazon. Packs up super small and is ultra light weight. We may order a keder rail rope and get it sewn onto the trap...
Forum: Base Camp 12-15-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,010
Posted By Dasponto
Depends on your dealer for what's included oddly...

Depends on your dealer for what's included oddly enough and seems to be typical regardless of brand.

Our 16x did have a power cord. And the dealer included a sewer hose, lug wrench, plug tester,...
Forum: Base Camp 12-10-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 891
Posted By Dasponto
One person had a custom hitch made that attached...

One person had a custom hitch made that attached further underneath to the frame. There's no mounting capability for standard style hitches at the back.

Intent is to haul stuff inside!
Forum: Base Camp 12-10-2020, 09:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,902
Posted By Dasponto
Photo of your Basecamp!

So we always do this over in the automotive forums. Just a spot to share a photo of our Basecamp on the many adventures they see and collect them all in one place!

And to start us off our 2019 16X...
Forum: Base Camp 08-27-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 84,793
Posted By Dasponto
Much smarter choice! For those of us with...

Much smarter choice!


For those of us with the Dometic fridge and noisy fan, someone figured out a solution to a better fan for computers.

I also chatted with a co-worker/engineer/computer...
Forum: Base Camp 07-26-2020, 10:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,711
Posted By Dasponto
Fresh water tank is nearly directly over the...

Fresh water tank is nearly directly over the axle. Just but a little bit behind.
Forum: Base Camp 07-26-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,711
Posted By Dasponto
There's only room for two agm batteries that come...

There's only room for two agm batteries that come with the solar package.

Im sure changing the loading can quickly change the hitch weight. Especially on a single axle.
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-26-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 19,666
Posted By Dasponto
When you get it, there's a trick so you don't...

When you get it, there's a trick so you don't have to reset the tension every time
Forum: Base Camp 07-26-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,733
Posted By Dasponto
We love our Q5 as well! About 5k km in so far and...

We love our Q5 as well! About 5k km in so far and about to do 2k road trip through the rockies next Friday!
Forum: Base Camp 07-26-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,711
Posted By Dasponto
We have the two agm batteries, x package and full...

We have the two agm batteries, x package and full solar. Fully loaded with pots, pans dishes etc and it's the 444lbs measured.
Forum: Member Introductions 07-09-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Another great weekend in the books! Loving our...

Another great weekend in the books! Loving our basecamp more and more every time we get it out.

Need to start a journal to track how far we've gone with it, but rough calc we're getting close to...
Forum: Base Camp 07-09-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 21,371
Posted By Dasponto
Great weekend in Fernie with the dogs and wife!...

Great weekend in Fernie with the dogs and wife! 372365372364372367372366372369372370372372372368372371
Forum: Base Camp 07-09-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,601
Posted By Dasponto
That's a wicked set up. Definitely well done! ...

That's a wicked set up. Definitely well done!

Our mileage really didn't take a hit with them on the roof. So up there they will stay now. 372363
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-09-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 19,666
Posted By Dasponto
Oh we needed it on the Q5, the rear sag and...

Oh we needed it on the Q5, the rear sag and amount of bounce before was terrible.

As for the rest of the owners shenanigans, I just stay out of that... But do agree with you about being a bad...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-09-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 19,666
Posted By Dasponto
We've been using our Andersen for about 5k miles...

We've been using our Andersen for about 5k miles now and it's been fantastic. Had to pull the ball out once to clean the sleeve after getting caught in a big dust storm that caused some crazy...
Forum: Base Camp 07-02-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 84,793
Posted By Dasponto
We found the baskets in the Basecamp to be quite...

We found the baskets in the Basecamp to be quite inadequate.... so time for custom!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50068675156_bb8eb98fee_c.jpg...
Forum: Base Camp 06-23-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 84,793
Posted By Dasponto
There was a guy on the facebook page that was...

There was a guy on the facebook page that was looking at getting a fold out support piece that would go over the counter. I'll do some searching and see if he ever finished it.
Forum: Base Camp 06-04-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,417
Posted By Dasponto
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49966592223_14...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49966592223_146a8c7ca4_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2j8nR4n)_MG_8938 (https://flic.kr/p/2j8nR4n) by Ryan Ponto (https://www.flickr.com/photos/131698311@N05/), on...
Forum: Photography 06-04-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,696
Posted By Dasponto
100% Function. The basecamp is so small and agile...

100% Function. The basecamp is so small and agile it allows us to go almost anywhere. Paired with the 3" lift and now 1.5" lift on our TV all we need are some better off road tires to be almost...
Forum: Member Introductions 06-04-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Lift installed and tested! Very happy with the...

Lift installed and tested! Very happy with the combo, up next will be 18" wheels and some all terrain tires for the Q5

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49966592223_146a8c7ca4_c.jpg...
Forum: On The Road... 06-04-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2,651
Views: 534,285
Posted By Dasponto
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49967100416_7e...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49967100416_7e16836f02_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2j8qs8j)_MG_8989 (https://flic.kr/p/2j8qs8j) by Ryan Ponto (https://www.flickr.com/photos/131698311@N05/), on Flickr
Forum: Base Camp 05-28-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,711
Posted By Dasponto
Interesting, thank you very much for the reply!

Interesting, thank you very much for the reply!
Forum: Base Camp 05-28-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,711
Posted By Dasponto
Pushing 500lbs is definitely loaded a bit front...

Pushing 500lbs is definitely loaded a bit front heavy if the spec is 440lbs.

We will measure ours again tomorrow before we head out to the mountains again, but we've been able to keep it in at...
Forum: The Pet Forum 05-26-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 1,074
Views: 175,293
Posted By Dasponto
Finally got the goldens out camping ...

Finally got the goldens out camping

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49867357197_448b7f9066_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iYBeWD)20200503_102617 (1) (https://flic.kr/p/2iYBeWD) by Ryan Ponto...
Forum: Base Camp 05-26-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,601
Posted By Dasponto
Saw you posted on the facebook page as well....

Saw you posted on the facebook page as well. Definitely a lot of bikes to fit in there! As it was mentioned, avoid hanging them from the bars as they aren't that sturdy load wise.

Our two...
Forum: Base Camp 05-26-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,789
Posted By Dasponto
Welcome and congratulations! We have tested...

Welcome and congratulations! We have tested sleeping sideways and there's actually more leg room that way almost (without the bed mod anyways).
Forum: Base Camp 05-12-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,601
Posted By Dasponto
Taking a little inspiration from my roof rack and...

Taking a little inspiration from my roof rack and discussions with my fab guy, came up with a rough sketch.

Will be matte black and welded steel. The end supports of the wheels I think will be...
Forum: Base Camp 05-11-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,711
Posted By Dasponto
Yeah did some research and digging and chatted...

Yeah did some research and digging and chatted with my friend at a local VW shop and its the unibody vs. frame on that they say is the reason for not using a WDH. That being said, when digging...
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 05-08-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,254
Posted By Dasponto
Hey Bob, you been able to remove slight swirling...

Hey Bob, you been able to remove slight swirling in the clear coat? Not sure how thick it is compared to a regular car. Imagine I don't want to do a typical 3 stage polish like I do on my car haha.
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Forum: Member Introductions 05-07-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Thanks Jim. Confirmed the suspension...

Thanks Jim.

Confirmed the suspension upgrade, just waiting on pricing. Will be running H&R Lift springs with Bilstien B6 struts for improved dampening (One level above their OEM replacement).
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Forum: Member Introductions 05-07-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Thanks Jim, And well the suspension upgrades...

Thanks Jim,
And well the suspension upgrades are for clearance/ride height purposes as well. We are happy with how its towing now and the H&R springs I am looking at aren't a heavy duty spring or...
Forum: Member Introductions 05-07-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Well glad to say we got out camping and the first...

Well glad to say we got out camping and the first trip was a great success!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49867047866_65faedd4cd_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iYzDZm)20200501_205721 (1)...
Forum: Base Camp 05-07-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,711
Posted By Dasponto
Does your Touareg have factory Air? Assuming not...

Does your Touareg have factory Air? Assuming not if you are seeing sag.

Not sure why the manual says not to use one, I will reach out to my contacts at VW/Audi this week and see why that is (on...
Forum: Base Camp 04-30-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,711
Posted By Dasponto
Hi! I am going to pick up a hitch weight scale in...

Hi! I am going to pick up a hitch weight scale in about an hour to check it prior to our first trip here tomorrow.

I can let you know after the fact! Currently trailer is loaded with our regular...
Forum: Base Camp 04-30-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,601
Posted By Dasponto
haha, and to be fair you can still buy bikes with...

haha, and to be fair you can still buy bikes with quick release axles. Only the more enduro style mountain bikes have switched to thru axles.
Forum: Base Camp 04-30-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,601
Posted By Dasponto
Nice work, I am intending to build a mount out of...

Nice work, I am intending to build a mount out of aluminum to steady the bikes with the tires on and then strap them down into place. Hate taking tires off haha.
Forum: Base Camp 04-30-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,072
Posted By Dasponto
Since they are there for protection, the rubber...

Since they are there for protection, the rubber is more there as a buffer from the trailer itself then an actual seal. I personally wouldn't be too worried about it. I haven't looked that closely at...
Forum: Member Introductions 04-24-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Thank you! Now if only we could GO, :huh:

Thank you! Now if only we could GO, :huh:
Forum: Member Introductions 04-24-2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Here is the after with the Andersen WDH. 366427...

Here is the after with the Andersen WDH.
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Wife got the interior done up as well.

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Forum: Member Introductions 04-24-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Hello Jim, We already have a brake controller...

Hello Jim,
We already have a brake controller installed by Audi (friends with the head mechanic at the one dealer so got it exactly how I wanted it set up) with the OEM hitch and it is working...
Forum: Member Introductions 04-24-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Dasponto
Where exactly did Audi advise against a weight...

Where exactly did Audi advise against a weight distribution? the 2015's don't have a factory Air option if I am mistaken. I can check with a few of my Audi contacts for more info (On the board for...
Forum: Base Camp 04-24-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 84,793
Posted By Dasponto
I would definitely look at doing a gas shock off...

I would definitely look at doing a gas shock off on the side instead to avoid the above mentioned smack on the head.

Little gas shock from princess auto should work great in this application, few...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 04-20-2020, 10:20 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 19,666
Posted By Dasponto
Well got our Andersen hitch installed....

Well got our Andersen hitch installed. Measurements and results below.

Q5 unloaded 32.5" fender to ground front and rear.

Q5 standaed hitch 33" front and 31" back.

Q5 Andersen 32.5" front...
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