The Airstream Basecamp was one of my initial choices when I was shopping for a trailer. The Basecamp is Airstream’s most popular trailer and a significant departure from the company’s standard offerings.
Basecamp in an Airstream
The Airstream Basecamp is a single-axle trailer targeted for outdoor adventurers. The flexible space in the back and the wide windows in the front were what drew me to the trailer. With the large wraparound glass on the front, you could stand in the kitchen and view everyone waiting for whatever you’re preparing.
I particularly appreciate the back door, which allows you to store items such as bicycles or kayaks in the trailer. Years later, I’m still figuring out how to effectively load our bicycles into our trailer. I’m not pleased with any of the solutions I’ve come up with, so the bicycles spend more time at home than they do on the road.
With the addition of the Basecamp 20 and 20XL versions, the Basecamp has increased significantly. These trailers are not just longer, but also higher and broader than the original Basecamp trailers. That implies there’s more headroom and liquid capacity on the inside.
The initial Basecamp, which is now known as the Basecamp 16, for example, included a fresh water tank as well as a gray and black tank. This bigger model has three tanks: fresh, gray, and black, as well as more storage space.
The Airstream Basecamp 20 has a larger water tank.
The volume of fresh water has increased from 21 to 27 gallons. A 28-gallon gray water tank and a 21-gallon black water tank have replaced the old 24-gallon combination tank. I’ve discovered that water, not electricity, is what draws me in from boondocking. It’s time to return to the civilized world and feel unhappy when I run out of fresh water or have filled either the gray or black tank (typically the gray).
Not only is there more drink on board, but there is also greater sitting and/or sleeping space. The front kitchen, which sat in the rounded nose of the trailer and was my favorite feature of the original Basecamp, has been replaced with seats that can be changed to bed.
The galley has been relocated to the trailer’s side and is equipped with a small sink and a two-burner stove. A 12-volt compressor refrigerator is mounted on the other wall. A microwave is an alternative that would fit nicely in the area above the fridge.
However, a microwave and an air conditioner are both options. If you tick the box next to air conditioner on the option page, you’ll get a 13,500btu air conditioner with a heat strip.
A Truma Combi eco plus heater and water heater combination system is installed in this trailer. When the outside temperature is cold, the heater runs in gas mode for self-sufficiency, electricity mode at the camp site, and mixed mode when the outside temperature is low. Combi eco plus consumes extremely little power. In the summer, Combi eco plus only warms the water and does not use the furnace.
There are also 12-volt tank warmers available, allowing you to keep your drinks liquid while driving along the road. The cabin heater is ducted to the water tanks as well, keeping them warm.
Like its younger sibling… yet unlike its younger sibling
The fact that this model includes a back door to transport bicycles, kayaks, or whatever adventure gear you choose hasn’t altered. When the weather permits, the door in the center of the rear of the body can be left open for ventilation. There’s also a screen that covers the entire area to keep you and the pesky bugs apart.
I believe having a white board on the door is fantastic. That way, you can keep track of where you are at camp and have a reference point in case of an emergency. You may also tell your camping companions where you went for the day. There are also many compartments with bungee netting on the entrance.
There are seats on either side of the trailer’s rear that may be used as two single beds or one huge bed by lowering the tables that run between them. Storage is beneath the camp side bench, while the water heater is under the road side bench.
The Airstream Basecamp 20 has a bed and a bathroom.
I haven’t slept in one of these, but the cushions appear to be rather thin, so I guess you’d want to do something to ensure you get up ready for the day rather than a chiropractor. One of the reasons we didn’t choose the Basecamp was because of the sleeping system. My wife, on the other hand, warned me that the sleeping arrangement was a no-no.
A wet bath completes the interior design. Because it’s an Airstream, much of the bath’s interior is composed of the same sheet aluminum as the rest of the interior and exterior, making it quite watertight.
You either like or dislike the interior design. I’m in the “don’t” camp because I don’t like the look of exposed metal in a room. On the other hand, there are many individuals on the other side of the fence. Of course, it’s a matter of opinion.
The exterior, too, is sheet aluminum welded to the frame below, as you’d expect from an Airstream.
I have no reason to question Airstream’s claim that the form is favorable to minimizing aerodynamic drag.
There’s a lot about the old Basecamp that I enjoy, and it’s carried over to the bigger, larger edition. Our “good” list included the back door, load carrying capacity, and robust construction. The thin sleeping cushions and damp bath, on the other hand, were on our “no-no” list.
It’s essential to remember that the Basecamp 20 comes in two flavors: normal and “X.” By adding a “X” to the name, you may access extra features of the trailer that are suited for off-road use. This follows the 16’s lead, which is still available in normal and “X” versions.
Another feature I appreciate is the big, optional outside tent, which effectively doubles the trailer’s “internal” capacity. I really appreciate how this tent slips onto a rail at the top of the trailer.
However, I can see why this trailer is so popular. The combination of the interior design’s adaptability and overall style, as well as Airstream’s reputation, has made this a popular choice.
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