Why Get An Airstream Basecamp???

Why did we switch from an International Serenity 30W to a Basecamp.

We have had many people ask us why we switched from the Serenity to the Basecamp. In just a few sentences We’ll try to give you the best answer we possibly can. While we enjoyed living in the Serenity having loads of space, multiple TVs, surround-sound and more seating options; the Basecamp gives us more travel options than the serenity ever did. First the Basecamp weighs about 7,000 pounds less. This allowed us to trade the Ford F-250 for a Honda Ridgeline. We calculated the fuel cost for or trip to Maine and the money we saved on gas, about $275, means more money for entertainment and souvenirs. Second the smaller length, 16’ vs 30’, and shorter height, 9 1/2’ vs 11 1/2’ trailer and lighter GVW truck meant we could travel on New York Parkways and stay away from the big-rigs. It’s easier to find gas stations and park, and faster to set up and tear down too. No longer do we consider paying extra for a pull through space and 50amp service. We can easily drive on smaller roads like the Blue Ridge Parkway on a recent trip. And while we didn’t stay at state parks or campgrounds this trip, many will not allow trailers greater than 25’.

Is the Basecamp perfect? Is it a big transition? It’s a HUGE change; we are still figuring it out and making changes. Also it’s not perfect, hell no RV is, but it is for us. And, it will allow us to see more of this great country of ours… while doing it in style.

See y’all on the road


4 Comments on “Why Get An Airstream Basecamp???

  1. I love this adventurous life and wish I could live in an RV for a year. Without a partner to help with the driving I don’t think it would be fun at all. Still hopeful that I can get to do a road trip in an RV one day. Thanks for your informative post. 😊


    • You can absolutely do this, never doubt it!! Like anything……there is always that first hesitation of flying, going to a foreign country, eating new foods…….meeting people and making new friends is the best part of doing this. You can drive as many miles as you would like. There is no requirement on what you do in a day. Some days we only drive 300 miles and stop at a campground. Sometimes we drive more and even less……it is what you want to do. Not sure where you are located, but I would gladly talk to you and show you our set-up. Please, reach out and let me know!

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      • I live in the northeast and I’m in the process of selling my house, so I’m really considering what to do next. Would love to talk more about how you got started, cost and tips on solo RVing. My other interest is living a minimalist lifestyle and an RV would help me to do since I’m already downsizing.


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