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Best Lightweight Travel Trailers 2017 Airstream Basecamp. Starting out, there is a standard awning but the really cool thing is the two optional tents you can get for the side or the back. Because for those of you traveling with families or place with you need a little bit of “extra” indoor space those are really going to help open this up for you. This Basecamp comes with 18″ wheels, leveling jacks in the back and even an outdoor 110v outlet. Up at the front, we have a big wrap around window.
Dual propane tanks AND there is a propane outlet down in the front for your BBQ’s and things like that. In the top here, nifty little storage container. You can keep your 30 amp cord and any tools you want to keep out here as well. On this side, there is a Zamp solar connection down here at the bottom. You have your outdoor shower, sewer hookups, fresh water hook ups and your 30 amp power receptacle here at the back. All Basecamps come standard with the Zamp solar hook-up. There is an option to get 160w of solar on the roof. I’ve always loved the design of Airstreams, this one is no exception. I love the LED lights in the back, the door, the streamlined look and this cool door…
That when you open it has a nice roll-up screen, a ton of room inside so you can put bikes, even kayaks – it’s long enough in there. The door itself has some storage pockets, a roll down shade for the window But let’s not forget for you adventurers out there who are going off the grid If you blow a tire, there is a spare here in the back for you. At the entrance, there is a screen that pulls across. Small little storage container here on the side. These are all of your light switches and a couple little key hooks. To the right of the entrance, is a bin down here to put your muddy shoes, gear, stuff like that. Storage unit. A microwave, that’s optional. Little spice racks and your fire extinguisher. I’m 5’11” and there is plenty of room here for me to walk around without hitting my head. The only thing is the back of the unit does start to taper down so if I was going to go out the backdoor, I’d have to scrunch down a bit.
Now, this is the galley area and notice the big windows I told you about earlier. It actually has a decent amount of counter space. There is a two burner gas stove. A sink with pop up faucet. And on either side here, there are these nifty little 110v outlets with USB ports that, go down into the sink. There’s also a storage unit. And a gas powered fridgerator. After a long days hike, we all love a hot meal so when you’re cooking there is Fan-Tastic vent right up here to get all of the fumes and everything right outside.
The Basecamp has a full wet bath. There’s a shower, a couple hooks for your towels, full size toilet and…a retractable clothesline. This wet bath is surprisingly large. There’s more than enough headroom in here for me. A small fan, but the nice thing is that I can move around in here without hitting the walls. This is the rear of the unit. It is actually quite a large living area. Two benches on either side and this converts into somewhat of a large bed. Kait was laying on it earlier, plenty of room. There are two tables here. Now these tables rotate. So if I wanted to be closer, a little work station or just to eat. The other nice thins is that both tables do come out. There is a shorter leg for both of these so you can use them to support the bed. Otherwise, you can pull them both up and stow them underneath the couch and you’re good to go.
As I mentioned before, there is a screen on the back with the door. And for those adventurers out there, if you want to bring a kayak, bikes or some other type of equipment with you there are tie downs that allow you to strap that stuff down so they don’t go flying around while you’re going down that bumpy road. One nifty thing that Airstream has done, is they have these nets on either side where you can put stuff, store them but, there’s also a large storage area underneath this bench. For those of you who are planning to camp in really hot weather, don’t worry, this unit does come with an optional A/C unit which also doubles as a heat pump but you do need to be plugged in to run it. Standard, this comes with the Truma Combi on-demand hot water heater and furnace. There are two large windows on either side here that open and LED lighting along the ceiling. And a nice little reading lamp here.
And for those of you who like it really dark at night… Me especially, there are zip up blackout shades on all the windows as well as screens. Now for plugging in all of your devices, there is a 110v outlet here in the back. And a little USB outlet here on the side. By the entrance, there is a small lockable container for those of you who are going to be out and about and you want to leave some valuables here. The other nice thing is, they do provide you with a Bluetooth speaker that comes in here, there is a cup holder some more storage and another USB charging station. But let’s not forget, self closing. Next to your little locker is the Truma control panel as well as your tank monitor and water pump. The GVWR of the Basecamp is 3,500 pounds. You get 769 pound of carrying capacity.
You also get 22 gallons of fresh water and a 29 gallon combined black and gray tank. All of this for a starting MSRP for around $35,000. And that, is the 2017 Airstream Basecamp.Best Lightweight Travel Trailers