The iconic Airstream silver bullet just got smaller—good news if you don’t drive a full-size pickup.
Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream recently announced the launch of its newest travel trailer, the Airstream Basecamp. With a base weight of 2,585 pounds, you can pull it behind crossovers and small SUVs. Loaded with gear, it has a maximum trailer capacity (GVWR) of 3,500 pounds. You may need a slightly larger vehicle for that.
But most pickups and small and mid-sized SUVs, and Crossovers can also easily handle a pull-behind in the 2,500-3,500 pound range. It is the lightest trailer in the Airstream fleet, which, combined with an aggressive departure angle, large wheels and tires, and aggressive side flares, makes uneven terrain accessible and towing easier.
The Basecamp is designed to re-awaken the primal instinct to experience the outdoors, according to a company news release. The Basecamp stays true to the roots of Airstream’s founder Wally Byam’s Credo, which includes the mission, “To provide a more satisfying meaningful way of travel that offers complete travel independence, wherever and whenever you choose to go.”
Loaded with innovative features that will satisfy and amaze both the experienced long haul traveler and the weekend warrior who is just getting back in their adventure groove, Basecamp is the result of nearly a decade of planning.
With comfort and convenience in mind, Basecamp allows campers to stop wondering and start wandering. The company says it sleeps two in comfort. Two long benches and one short in the back seat five, and convert into a full-size bed.
“It’s easy to get slowed down and overwhelmed by the detailed planning of and the packing for an adventure. We’ve all been there, and before you know it, you’re overwhelmed and putting the trip on the back burner,” said Airstream CEO and President, Bob Wheeler.
“With its lighter weight and easier towing experience, Basecamp is a fully-loaded adventure waiting to happen. All you need to do is head out and decide whether to go right or left at the end of your driveway.”
According to company specs the Basecamp offers:
- Convertible rear space that adapts for eating, sleeping, lounging, or storing your gear
- Large rear cargo hatch and flexible storage space with tie downs that allow for easy loading and unloading
- Bathroom with toilet and shower, including shower head pass-through for convenient use in the most remote locations
- Kitchen with a cooktop, stainless steel sink, and refrigerator
- Wireless Bose Bluetooth speaker
- Optional additions that include an enclosed patio and rear tent that seamlessly attach to the Basecamp roof track for extra outside storage
The brand claims to have designed the Basecamp with “nature and the outdoors in mind.” As such, it has panoramic windows and “subtle decoré” that follow an earth-tone theme. Basecamp was designed in collaboration with Bryan Thompson, an automotive designer with more than 15 years of experience working with top global automotive brands.
Some of the Basecamp’s features (Airstream information):
- Exterior Length: 16 feet 2 inches
- Exterior Height: 8 feet
- Interior Head Room: 6 feet 1inch
- Rear Entry Step standard
- Fixed Front Wrap Windows standard
- Bright Aluminum Interior Skin standard
- Portable 5 Gallon Toilet optional
It looks like a neat camper, but comes with a rather hefty price tag. Basecamp has an MSRP of $34,900 and will be available in October.
Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam’s credo, “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements,” Airstream has remained a timeless classic.
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