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Airstream Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, plans to debut the unique 16-foot Airstream Base Camp sport utility recreational vehicle (SURV) in mid-August at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“It’s about half the weight and half the cost of our lowest priced Airstream,” said President Richard E. Riegel following the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary’s Annual Meeting and New Model Introduction June 15-17 at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nev.
The diminutive rear-access Airstream Base Camp, with a GVWR of under 2,000 pounds and retailing for about $16,000, was designed in conjunction with Nissan Design America.
Sporting Airstream’s iconic aluminum exterior and a fiberglass superstructure, Base Camp features optional hybrid-like extensions from tent and backpack manufacturer Kelty that fasten to the back of the coach and can sleep an additional four people. Kelty plans to market outdoor accessories, including backpacks and other equipment, co-branded with Airstream’s name.
The Base Camp interior is outfitted with modular furniture and equipment that can be installed, removed or rearranged to suit whatever purpose the owner needs. With a four-way, ramp-equipped rear door, Base Camp is designed to haul the largest ATV on the market.
“The whole design of Base Camp is to allow a broader range of customers to access adventure activities,” Riegel said.