September 08, 2016

Jackson Center, OH

Airstream® Introduces Basecamp®: The Brand New, Rugged Travel Trailer for Those That Want to Play Hard and Rest Well

The Smaller, Lightweight Basecamp, Easily Towed by Crossovers and Small SUVs, Introduces Airstream to New Adventures & Adventurers

Airstream, the manufacturer of the iconic silver bullet travel trailer, today announced the launch of its newest travel trailer, the Airstream Basecamp. Handcrafted in Jackson Center, Ohio, the Basecamp is designed to re-awaken the primal instinct to experience the outdoors. 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.

“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.”

Built for adventure, the design characteristics and streamlined construction of Basecamp allow it to become an enabler for treks both big and small. The Basecamp is the lightest trailer in the Airstream fleet, which, combined with an aggressive departure angle, makes uneven terrain accessible and towing easier.

Other notable features of the Basecamp include:

  • Convertible rear space that was thoughtfully designed to easily adapt for eating, sleeping, lounging or storing a lot of your gear
  • Large rear cargo hatch and flexible storage space with tie downs allows for easy loading and unloading
  • Bathroom with toilet and shower, including shower head pass through for convenient use in the most remote locations
  • Eating healthy on the road is easy in the kitchen which offers a cooktop, stainless steel sink and refrigerator
  • Wireless Bose Bluetooth Soundlink Color speaker is perfect for adding a little music to your adventure
  • Optional additions include an enclosed patio and rear tent that seamlessly attach to the Basecamp roof track allowing you to have extra outside storage

“We designed Basecamp to rekindle the desire to explore nature and get outdoors,” said Wheeler. “Whether it’s for the long-time camper who has a garage full of high-end gear that’s no longer used, or for the person who has always wanted to get out more but was hesitant, Basecamp is the passport to unimaginable new experiences.”

Basecamp was designed in collaboration with Bryan Thompson, an automotive designer with more than 15 years of experience working with top global automotive brands. With a base weight of just 2,585 pounds and maximum trailer capacity (GVWR) of 3,500 pounds, Basecamp is towable with a variety of small and mid-sized SUVs and Crossovers. Basecamp has an MSRP of $35,900. Airstream dealers are taking reservations now and will begin receiving inventory in October. For more information about Basecamp and other products in Airstream’s line up, please visit www.Airstream.com.

About Airstream

Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic “silver bullet” Airstream® travel trailer, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in the world. The company’s mission, as set forth by founder Wally Byam, is to create well-designed, high-quality products that allow people to follow their dreams and explore the world in home-like comfort. A steadfast commitment to Byam’s creed, “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements,” has made the aluminum Airstream travel trailer a timeless classic. An unwavering focus on innovation keeps the company at the forefront of technology and customer experience in both the towable and motorized sectors. Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio, where a team of skilled craftspeople hand builds each travel trailer and upfits every touring coach, adding daily to the brand’s reputation for quality and innovation. Learn more about Airstream, our dealers, and current travel trailer and touring coach models at www.airstream.com. For the latest news on Airstream, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Airstream, Inc. is a subsidiary of Elkhart, IN-based THOR Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO). THOR is the sole owner of operating subsidiaries that, combined, represent the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles. For more information on THOR Industries and its products, please visit www.thorindustries.com.

THOR Industries recognizes the environmental, social, and governance risks and opportunities presented by climate change.  With our recent commitment to ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’, the THOR Family of Companies is taking bold actions to address climate change by committing to be carbon net-neutral by 2050, with an interim target of 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.  Airstream, RV’s most iconic brand, has consistently focused on sustainable efforts so it’s natural they are the first in the industry to offer an initiative allowing consumers to participate in carbon sequestering directly.  We are excited to support Airstream’s ‘Caravan to Carbon Neutral’ campaign, an important step toward THOR’s carbon net-neutral future.