- We wanted a trailer small enough to fit those campground sites that aren't linked to the sewer system, sites that fit into the natural landscape, rather than bulldozed, "tract home" sites.
- We wanted a trailer we could pull with the vehicle we owned.
- We wanted a small trailer that I could tow and learn how to back more easily.
- We wanted a trailer that put us outside more often, where even with our "safe haven" tiny room, the outdoors campsite was still our main living space.
The transition from a tiny to a little camper, surprisingly, doesn't really affect the first three reasons. The Basecamp, at sixteen feet, is still close to the RTTC in size, and we still fit into smaller campsites that the bigger rigs avoid. We pull the Basecamp with the same tow vehicle we used for the RTTC Polar Bear. The greater weight is noticeable but not significant, as the width-of-trailer increase from five feet to six and a half is not that much. I've added inexpensive mirror extensions to my Nissan Pathfinder's stock mirrors, which also is not a vital addition but does provide more of a view behind the trailer. In terms of backing, after three camping seasons of backing the tiny trailer, backing the Basecamp offers no greater challenges. In terms of these three points, the transition has been seamless.
- Space: With more space, it is easier for my wife and me to be in the trailer at the same time. It's also easier for use to engage in activities while in the trailer. One of us can cook, and one of us can work, for instance. Storage space is still at a premium, but there is more space and it is more accessible.
- Toilet/Shower: The toilet is, as one can imagine, more convenient because we don't have to set up the utilitent outside or take the walk to the campground facilities--although we do still use campground toilets if they are clean and pandemic-safe. I had wondered how I'd adapt to having a blackwater tank. (The Basecamp combines sewage and gray water). Would it smell and just be a burden? I've found there's no smell, and the draining procedure is straightforward, really. Not a bother. (We use Happy Campers tank treatment powder.) As for the shower, we've had the Basecamp almost a whole season, and I've only used the shower once, my wife not at all. We prefer taking longer showers at campground facilities. I've also continued my habit of taking sponge baths in the trailer, one I started with the tiny trailer.
- Kitchen: We really like how we have our food available in the trailer. I have found myself cooking more inside, but mostly with the toaster oven or Instant Pot we take along. We opted to not buy a microwave, using that cabinet instead for storing our toaster oven and Instant Pot (plus our utensil organizer and tiny, cast iron baking dish). We haven't used the propane stove much but do use it for simple cooking, such as scrambled eggs or quesadillas. Smelly foods we cook outside with an induction burner or our old Coleman propane stove. We steam our vegetables in the Instant Pot, either inside our outside, but we release the steam outside.
- Sink: I'm listing our sink as separate from the kitchen so I can talk about it more directly. It's a tiny sink, and the current trip I'm on is the first time I've really washed a meal's dishes inside the trailer. I prefer to wash outside with the three-unit set-up we used with our tiny trailer: wash tub, rinse tub, and drainer. That works so well that it's easy to forego using the tiny inside kitchen sink. I just used the sink, though, on my current trip because it was raining outside and my site just wasn't set up for an outside living space. I found washing in an inch of water and then rinsing and stacking on a towel worked pretty well. Using the sink when brushing my teeth has become a habit, though. We do pack our own drinking water from home, and I have just recently purified the Basecamp's water system, following the owners' manual procedures. It's easy to notice that using the sink increases water consumption.