Small is the New Big
Inside the All-American Airstream
Inside Airstream’s Jackson Center, Ohio factory Photos by Airstream
We see a lot of Airstreamers using the Basecamp as exactly that — a base camp for their adventures. They’re out rock climbing or kayaking. They’re bringing along their bikes. So accessibility for us also meant a livable travel trailer that supported your outdoor lifestyle. It needed a rear door big enough to fit the kayaks, the bikes — whatever gear you were bringing on your adventure.
It’s really all about having everything you need, and leaving out things you don’t need. A/C is optional, allowing you to carry more gear if you want. The netting we used in some of the storage areas is much lighter than traditional cabinet doors, and the cabinetry itself is made out of Lite Ply material that’s both durable and light.
Basecamp, in the wild. Photos by Airstream.
Once those elements were set, our design team found creative ways of fitting everything else in, from a functioning kitchen with a stainless steel sink and a 2-burner cooktop, to the microwave and refrigerator. The toilet is porcelain and the fixtures are stainless steel. You really feel the comforts of home. It’s spacious, but not too big. The goal was the create something that people could come home to, without leaving the woods, or the boulders, or the edge of the lake.
So in addition to 110-volt electrical outlets, Basecamp’s got USB charging stations too. When you’ve been enjoying the outdoors all day, you can still come back, take a shower, have a great meal, and then kick back with a movie on your tablet. It’s also solar ready, with a dedicated plug you can hook up to solar panels to keep your battery charged.
I love seeing how people are renovating vehicles, creating their own spin on #vanlife. A lot of the satisfaction comes in building their van out from the wheels up. Some folks may not want to renovate a van or a trailer, but they still want the experiences of a nomadic lifestyle. We really feel Airstream enables them to get out and have those adventures.
Last year, before we interviewed Wheeler, Eric Adams took the Basecamp for a solo spin and had a great time. Read the Story