Trail-lite Basecamp 650 & 730


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Trail-lite Motorhomes has focused on a practical, affordable motorhome with the release of its new Basecamp 650 and 730 models

Trail-lite Basecamp 650 & 730
Trail-lite Basecamp 650 & 730
  • The Basecamp models offer a variety of options available to the customer
  • Internal fittings are top of the line
  • Sleeps four
  • The body is constructed using the same products as all other Trail-lite models

The new Trail-lite Basecamp production model, is now available in New Zealand.

There are two models in this category, the Basecamp 650 and the Basecamp 730, with the number referring to the overall length. The 650 offers a Kaikoura or Akaroa layout; the 730 offers the Coromandel or Akaroa layout.

The 650 Kaikoura (pictured) has been constructed on a VW Crafter cab and chassis. Other brands of vehicle include the Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter, Mitsubishi Canter, and the newly included Iveco.

The Mercedes has an automatic 5-speed gearbox, but all of the other brands have manual gearboxes. There are no modifications available for the basic vehicles but the variations and options for the home body fit-outs are extensive.

The VW Crafter has twin airbags in the driving compartment, dual wheels on the single rear axle, ABS braking and a common rail turbo Euro 4 compliant diesel engine which produces 100kW of power and plenty of acceleration.

Overall length measures in at 7.2 meters with a body length of 6.5 metres and this vehicle can be driven on a car licence.

Internal fittings are top-of-the-line and include a three-burner Springflo Triplex gas cooker, oven and grill, a Samsung microwave, a stainless steel sink and drainer, a 175 litre three way fridge/freezer, and an externally vented range hood.

A full double bed with inner sprung mattress is accommodated above the cab with pull-out steps for easy access and the living area is able to be converted to two single beds with the removable dining table.

Entertainment comes through a Sony radio/CD, a 19" flat screen Majestic TV with a built in DVD player and a wind-up TV aerial fitted to the roof. The VW cab also has a radio/CD which operates separately from the home unit.

The features of the service area include a 200-litre fresh water tank with a 200-litre grey water tank with a fitted gauge, a 260 amp/hour AGM dry battery pack, 2 x 9 kg gas bottles, and a 16 amp smart charger which charges the engine alternator when motoring. A two-speed thermostatically controlled gas heater can run at any time and a fully pressurised water system services all of the water needs.

All interior colour schemes can be varied to customers’ requirements in conjunction with the company design team and double glazing is also available at the time of construction.

The home body is wired to accommodate solar panels and satellite TV but the products are optional extras. Other options include additional side lockers, tow bar and wiring, an alarm, a reversing camera, an outside shower, a rear bumper, solar panels, satellite discs, a satellite decoder, water filter, stainless steel wheel trims, bathroom accessories, and stabilised legs.

A full length Fiamma wind-out awning comes as standard and the large rear locker can accommodate a wide range of equipment.

Windows are tinted with fly screens and full length blinds give total privacy. Three skylights keep both the temperature down and the bugs out.

The home body is constructed using the same products as all other Trail-lite models. Foam wall insulation is covered by Alu-fibre exterior walls which combine to give excellent insulation, strength, and a very high standard of appearance.


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