Basecamp Garners RV of the Year Honors

In a story published on January 11, 2017, RV Business magazine crowned the Airstream Basecamp as the 2017 RV of the Year. The Basecamp, which initially was part of the 2008 Airstream lineup for just one year, was resurrected and reintroduced late in 2016. 2016rvia-7

The award was whittled down to five finalists from various sectors of the RV industry. Aside from the Basecamp, other finalists were the Coachmen RV’s Sportscoach 408DB Class A motorhome, the Erwin Hymer Group’s Touring travel trailer, Keystone RV’s Outback 332FK travel trailer, and Newmar’s King Aire Class A motorhome.


According to Airstream general manager of travel trailers Bryan Melton, “The original unit was a totally different travel trailer. It had the same name and a similar look, but embraced a different concept. It was really geared as more of a toy hauler for an ATV. It didn’t have a bathroom. It really wasn’t a true RV.”

The reincarnated 2017 Basecamp kept essentially the same shape, but added a side door to go along with the rear hatch for loading gear, as well as a cooking surface with stove and sink, a wet bath, refrigerator, and a wireless Bose Bluetooth Soundlink Color speaker. At just under 2600 lbs and 16 feet total length the new Basecamp is geared toward the outdoors enthusiast who you typically won’t find at your local state park campground. Like the Taxa Cricket, the Basecamp is suited for those mountain bikers, fishermen, hikers, and all those others with a hunger for adventure camping who you’ll likely find…or won’t find…camping off the grid in a secluded forest near a stream. MSRP on the Basecamp is set at $35,900, which is about $10,000 less than the similarly sized 16′ Bambi Sport.

(courtesy Colonial Airstream)

To learn more about the Basecamp’s features and options, visit the Airstream website at


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3 Responses to Basecamp Garners RV of the Year Honors

  1. Ian

    Which would have been your pick for similar lifestyle getaways?

    • Pat

      Good question, Ian. Construction-wise, the Cricket is built like a rock and I think it’s designed to get a little more “dirty” than the Basecamp. However, the Basecamp offers a few more niceties that some would want, such as a dedicated shower/toilet. I guess it boils down to what options are needed over others for certain people.

  2. Dean

    Hi All,

    Very cool. I like the Basecamp. Hmm, Basecamp vs. Cricket. Both are nifty. I would like to say the Cricket, but Laura and I want the extra niceties. Of course as new empty nesters, we are probably not the demographic for either.

    For the money, I will stay in the molded fiberglass RV world, but fun to look!



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