Basecamp Interior User Guide Videos

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User Guide Video Outline: Click below to go to each video section.

All Basecamp Floor Plans

Battery Disconnect Switch
Power Center
120-Volt and USB Outlets
Solar Charging System
Holding Tank Heater
Battery and Tank Level Monitoring
Water Pump Operation and Strainer
Air Conditioner
Converting the Rear Living Space (Dinette Tables to a Bed)
Wetbath Clothesline
Wetbath Exhaust Fan
Wetbath Toilet
Wetbath Shower
Window and Door Shades
Interior Lighting and Switches
Microwave
Kitchen Cooktop
Ceiling Vent Fan
Refrigerator
Kitchen Faucet and Sink
Storage Nets
Cargo D-Rings
LP and Carbon Monoxide Detector
Onboard Fire Extinguisher
Smoke Detector

Basecamp 16
Combination Furnace and Water Heater
Cabinet Storage

Basecamp 20
Furnace

Cabinet Storage
Water Heater and Controls
Converting the Front Dinette to a Bed

 

 


Battery Disconnect Switch

While the Basecamp is in storage, make sure the battery disconnect switch is in the "off" position. When in use (plugged in or using the solar battery chargers), be sure to turn it to the "on" position to get full power and keep the battery voltage up.

 


 

Power Center

Learn how to access your Airstream Basecamp Power Center which houses all of your breakers and fuses.

Push the panel to reveal the instructions for which breakers and fuses control the power in the Basecamp.

One the left: 110-volt breakers with information sticker

On the right: 12-volt breakers with information sticker

Airstream Basecamp Power Center and Fuse Box



120-Volt and USB Outlets

The Basecamp galley has retractable 120V receptacles with USB ports installed in the galley’s counter top. These flush mounted receptacles can be pulled up to use the outlets/USB ports. When not in use, simply press the receptacles back down to lock them in place. The receptacle is completely self-contained and sealed should any spillage occur around its casing.

Airstream Basecamp Kitchen Counter Power Popup

Grab the socket and pull upward until it stops.

Airstream Basecamp AC and USB Power Popup

12-Volt Power Circuits

The current in the converter system is 12 volts direct current (12 VDC) negative grounded. Power sources that supply 12 VDC current to the system are as follows:

• Main charge line from tow vehicle

• Trailer batteries

• Converter

The power sources listed above are all electrically connected to the 12-volt distribution fuse panel that distributes current to interior branch circuits. The circuits provide power to operate all 12-volt DC lights, pumps, motors, and appliances.

The power converter is a solid-state electronic power supply and is maintenance-free. It is so self-sufficient and quiet that you will probably not know it is working except for the fact that your batteries are always charged, and your 12-volt lights and appliances always work. If any 12-volt appliance fails to operate, first check your 12-volt distribution fuse block, located behind the decorative front door in the front right-hand corner of the converter and inspect all fuses. If a fuse is opened or blown, replace it with the same size fuse (never install a larger fuse). If the fuse opens again, have an electrician or certified RV technician locate the circuit trouble. Replace blown fuses only with the same type and amperage size previously used.

If the power converter is not working, first confirm the RV supply or shoreline cord is plugged into a live circuit. Then check all the 120-volt breakers in your RV distribution panel to make sure they are on. If the breaker is tripped, follow instructions to reset the breakers. If the breaker trips again, consult an electrician or certified RV technician.

 

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Solar Charging System



Holding Tank Heater

Dual tank controls inside the Basecamp 20

 

Single switch inside the Basecamp 16.

12-volt heat pads are installed with the fresh and black/gray water tanks. These pads are individually switched, located at the bottom of the roadside cabinet beside the refrigerator, which allows the saving of battery power in freezing temperatures. RV antifreeze may be used to protect the black/gray tank.

When the outside temperature is near freezing, simply switch “ON” the holding tank heaters. Built-in sensors will activate the heat pads when the contents of the tank drops to 44°F. Once the liquid is heated and rises to 64°F the heat pads will automatically deactivate. Switch the power “OFF” when the ambient outside temperature remains above freezing or when the tanks have been emptied.

 



Battery and Tank Level Monitoring

The SeeLevel II Tank Monitor panel displays information about the battery voltage (left), fresh water level (middle), and grey/black (Basecamp 16) tank usage levels (right).

The information from each tank function is displayed by percentage (0-100%).

Airstream Basecamp Table Leg Storage

 



Water Pump Operation and Strainer

Flip the switch on the top right corner of the display to turn on the fresh water pump.

The Basecamp water pump switch (monitor panel mounted, see Appliances in this section) operates the pump. Once the switch is turned on, the pump will run until the water pressure reaches about 55 PSI. At this point, an internal pressure switch will shut it off. When a faucet is opened, the water pressure will drop and the pump will start to run again.

As a general rule, the water pump should be turned off while using a city water hookup, however the water pressure at some campgrounds may be low. The water pump can be turned on to assist the city water hookup pressure. Be sure there is some water in the fresh water tank. The pump will only use the water that is needed out of the tank to bring the pressure up to the usual standard of 55 PSI.

Access to the water pump will be necessary for periodic cleaning of the strainer screen. Refer to Section 8 - Maintenance for water pump access and strainer screen removal.

NOTE: Turn off the water pump while traveling to prevent water from being pumped in the event a faucet opens in transit.


 

Air Conditioner

Twist the temperature control knob to the desired setting and the on/off knob for low, medium, high controls.

Airstream Basecamp Air Conditioning and Heat Controls

The directional control knob lets you decide to force more air towards the front or rear of the trailer.

 Airstream Basecamp Air Conditioning and Heating Directional controls

To clean the combination unit's air filter, remove the grille by popping out the grille and pulling out the filter. Run water through the filter from the sink and let it air dry before returning to the unit.

Airstream Basecamp Heating and Cooling System Filter Removal

 


 

Converting the Rear Living Space (Dinette Tables to a Bed)

 


 

Inside the Basecamp Wetbath


Clothesline


Exhaust Fan



Toilet



Shower


 

Window and Door Shades


 

Interior Light Switches

The light switches are located just inside the main entry door to the left.

Airstream Basecamp Light Switches

From left to right: exterior lighting above the door (Door), interior ceiling lights in the front half of the trailer (Front), interior ceiling lights in the rear of the trailer (Rear), interior lighting in the wet bath (Shower).

Airstream Basecamp Light Switch Controls


 

Inside the Basecamp Kitchen

Microwave



Cooktop

Lift the cover to reveal the built-in range top which has two burners, two knobs, and a spark ignitor button.

Airstream Basecamp Wet Bath Door Lock

Turn the knob until it says, "light", push the spark ignitor button until the flame appears, and then turn the knob to your desired heat setting.

Airstream Basecamp Range Top Ignition Switch

When finished cooking, turn the knobs to the "off" position and let the burners completely cool before lowering the cover to prevent any damages.

Note: Be sure not to use a skillet or pan over 10 inches on range top. 


Ceiling Vent Fan

Turn the knob to raise and lower the lid to your desired height.

Airstream Basecamp Fan Cover Raise and Lower

Choose from 5 speeds on the dial to control how fast the blade spins. There is also a dip switch located on the fan that will automatically turn the fan off if you close the lid.

Airstream Basecamp Fan Speed Control


Refrigerator



Faucet and Sink

When closed, the built-in sink lid offers more kitchen counter storage space. You will also want to keep the faucet folded down and lid closed while traveling.

Airstream Basecamp Kitchen Sink Lid Closed

After opening the lid, the faucet is found laying down and needs to be flipped upward to use.

Airstream Basecamp Kitchen Sink Faucet Folded Down

Pull the faucet upward until it stops in an upright position.

Airstream Basecamp Kitchen Sink Faucet Rotate Up

Choose your water temperature by vertically moving the handle.

Airstream Basecamp Sink Faucet Hot and Cold Control

Turn the water on by pushing the sink handle to the right.

Airstream Basecamp Kitchen Sink Faucet Water On Off Control

 



Storage Nets



Cargo D-Rings

 



LP and Carbon Monoxide Detector

If there is ever a propane leak in the cabin, this device will signal a warning.



Onboard Fire Extinguisher


 

Smoke Detector

 


 

Basecamp 16 Floor Plan Specific Videos

Combination Furnace and Water Heater (Truma Combi)


Cabinet Storage (16)


 


Basecamp 20 Floor Plan Specific Videos

 

Furnace (20)


Cabinet Storage (20)


Water Heater and Controls


Converting the Front Dinette to a Bed

 

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