|Computer stand over stove, the day after the snowstorm|
It's not so much the snow or even the cold that's keeping me from camping--most of the lows have been in the teens here in SE Iowa. It's the ice that's keeping my brand new Airstream Basecamp in the driveway. Yes, we had a big snow and freezing rain storm, and the temperatures have stayed low enough to keep that ice on the ground, and not only in my yard but also in the campgrounds. About half of the ice melted, but that has been on traveled highways. In the campgrounds, that ice has been staying. And now we're in the middle of another blizzard!
Just because I'm waiting at home, though, and keeping an eye on the weather, doesn't mean I can't have fun in my new camper. My wife and I are still playing with possibilities with the new nooks and crannies of our Basecamp. We're exploring just how we want to set up our bed, where we want to store our clothes and food, and we won't even begin to learn more about the water systems until spring when we de-winterize. Plenty to learn about prior to that, though.
- Efficiently changing the bed/dinette configurations and bedding storage
- Storage and access for clothes, toiletries, and towels
- Easy access to pots and pans, cooking appliances, and food
- computer workstation set-up
|Sleeping bag for pad, pillows, and down bags hanging from cargo nets|
For sleeping we want something that requires a minimal amount of bedding. Right now that means sleeping bags. We're using an old cotton flannel sleeping bag for our bottom sheet/topper pad and lightweight down sleeping bags for our top covers. We plan to also take our heavier down bags just in case we get cold--at least until we become more familiar with the Basecamp's temperature profile.
|Front opening strut|
We plan to use the storage space beneath the curbside bench mostly for clothes. Mounting the struts on the hatch lids has really made a difference. To make the bench storage more useable, three things were required (for us, anyway):
- minimize bedding so moving the cushions was quick and easy
- mounting the struts so the hatch lids easily stay open
- removing the table leg storage mounts to streamline the interior space
|Table legs stored in cargo net zip pouch|
The passenger-side overhead cargo rack has a zipper pouch in the bottom netting on our 2021 model. The particle boards used for the bed foundation at the back of the bed were stored there when we picked up the Basecamp. They are heavy, so we realized that this zippered storage area could also hold the tubular table legs. With the bed/table configuration we're working with now, one short table leg will almost always be in place in the back table area. Two legs (one long, one short) can be stored in the zippered cargo net area. The last long table leg we will either have up with the forward table, or we will just slip it beneath the bed area like we did with old old tiny trailer when the bed was made. We're hopping for this to be an easy set up for us but also realize that as we camp more with the trailer, things will probably change.
|Typing at the front table; bed set up in back|