Airstream Basecamp Walkthrough | Small Travel Trailer

Airstream Basecamp Walkthrough | Small Travel Trailer

Today, we are at Airstream Los Angeles and we’re taking a look at the 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. Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below, LIKE the video, subscribe to our channel And if you enjoy videos of small campers, check out the one we did of the Alto Safari Condo. Thanks for watching guys, see you next time!

About the Author: Michael Flood


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  2. Ok i couldn’t concentrate looking at that bow? Considering its for camping that is strange to me, like a teen accent. Regarding price. They last and people want the look. A neighbor is redoing a vintage full size one. But at the price for the weight and that size? 3500 lbs our dry weigh of Cherokee wolf pup is 2800. And it has full stationary queen 2 seat, 2 bunks and on sale when the new model came out. We paid 12K discounted from $22 k still new. All these “feature trailers are great and depends what you want as in upgrades but if going airstream i think id go a bit buffer for that weight.

  3. It’s airstream…big time name brand…which means way way less bang for your buck now. But look at the bright side, it’s AIRSTREAM!

  4. Airstream rides the reputation & are so overpriced. So now they're trying to complete with a new fiberglass compact trailer. The new fiberglass airstream is so out of touch with what people like in their trailers.
    This video & the Russo tours are well done. Thank you.

    It's just airstream. Used to be the best.

  5. Im amazed at all the small camper videos and the amenities you can get in them but no place for clothes! I want to take clothes more than i want to cook! lol

  6. We have been RVing for decades and they can never (yes I said never) persuade me that this is money well spent. We go to RV shows every year and every time we come to the Airstream area we look through and are like “Seriously, we cannot believe people spend their money on something like this”. Just saying, they obviously have a following.

  7. Hi. Thanks for the excellent review of this airstream. You did a very good job on providing a comprehensive report on this product.
    I enjoy your videos, and will look forward to more views.
    God Bless

  8. When is someone going to come out with an affordable family fun RV that can be pulled by smaller SUVs?? These units always seem so expensive. Just can’t justify price. Good video Russo’s. Looks great

  9. wouldn't expect any less of an airstream, and this calls to me, though I am not a small trailer kinda guy, but this one would be the one I'd settle for, if I could afford one 😂🤣

  10. Very well presented. Looks like a quality piece of equipment. You get what you pay for. We will be looking more closely at this one. Thanks for posting.

  11. The mini max plus is about $25,000 with real maple wood. Decent trailer. Airstream does hold their value. This still should not cost $40,000.

  12. Waaaay over priced! How about something a LOT more affordable that the average person , or small family starting out, could reasonably afford without having to sell an internal organ on the the black market? Think about it..for those that are just now discovering the joy of camping (and the affordability of a REAL vacation without the overpriced hotels and outrageous prices for a single meal for a family!). Affordability means a LOT more customers who can actually buy the product! But at $35,000 you have totally excluded a completely different set of customers that could (and would!) buy this! Sorry, but as a young couple with a toddler, we just can’t afford this. You are missing out on the new generation coming up. Make something fun and young AND affordable! Update the interior “wood-work” to something more modern and streamlined.
    When you compare European travel campers against the products produced for the U.S. campers, it’s like night and day!

  13. $35,ooo base price , Really !!
    Add on a/c and other options
    Maybe $41,000 , oh my !!
    I think I will stay home
    Camping cost !
    Is it just me or is that high $

  14. We bought a 2019 24 foot Northwood Nash with an onboard generator, included flatscreen, a/c, queen bed, sleeps 6, for $23,999.00
    35k for that tiny camper? No way in hell

  15. Commening even tho this YT is a couple of years old. Airstream was bought out by a mass market RV manufacturer. They are using the name still, but the quality has taken a big nose dive. You no longer get what you think you are paying for with an Airstream named RV.

  16. You would be staggered to see what you could build with a modicum of fabrication skills for FAR under 35K,and have ALL these"options" included!Maranatha, Greetings from Tampa Florida 😎

  17. Plagued with lots of quality control issues. Sadly AS are now mass produced and it quantity over quality. Go read about the Base Camp issues in the forums. Water leaks which end up being mold issues. Nope not worth the $$$$$.

  18. This $35k starting price is for those people that need to justify their existence through material things….this is a status symbol.
    There are way more practical RVs out there for allot less but if your a narcissistic person…..THIS IS YOUR RIDE

  19. Not an affordable camper, not at all! $35k? Out of reach for most people. Too bad, it really looks like a great camper

  20. No comparison to the Casita at a little more than half the price. Casita has way more storage, better layout, bigger fridge, can keep the bed made all the time and still have a dinette. Love the look of the classic Airstream but for serviceability the Casita is the way to go!

  21. As much as I’d like to camp in a $40k refrigerator that comes with hail damage from the factory.. I’d rather sign up for another round of gonorrhea than buy this trailer.

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