Airstream Launches Basecamp X with More Ground Clearance and Rugged Tires
The compact Airstream Basecamp will get a new X-package designed to increase its capability over rougher terrain.
To the regular Airstream Basecamp, the X-package adds a 3-inch lift for added ground clearance and a better departure angle. In addition, the Basecamp X is fitted with Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires to improve traction on slippery surfaces. Furthermore, Airstream will give the compact, rugged camp trailer stainless steel stone guards, solar front window protection, and new wheels with a blacked-out color scheme.
Other than that, the basic Airstream Basecamp virtues remain. Weighing in at 2,635 pounds (50 more than the regular Basecamp) and with a gross weight rating of 3,500 pounds, the Basecamp X is well within the towing capacity of many small and midsize SUVs, including the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Subaru Ascent, and Toyota 4Runner. The X also includes all of the Basecamp’s interior amenities, like a 3–cubic-foot refrigerator, 22-gallon freshwater tank, and sleeping accommodations for two.
Compared to harder-core off-road trailers, the Airstream Basecamp X looks more suited for fire roads than the Rubicon Trail, but it still looks like it offers a useful improvement in functionality without sacrificing what makes the lightweight Basecamp so great. At $39,600, the X-package demands $2,700 more than a normal Basecamp, but the holistic improvement is probably worth it to those who insist on that Airstream mystique.