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REI, Airstream Double Down on 'Basecamp 20X' Travel Trailer

May 24, 2023

A year after the outdoor adventure titans' first team-up, REI and Airstream launch a larger, more robust Basecamp travel trailer to accommodate longer adventures.

First, the good news: REI and Airstream’s second travel trailer collaboration looks even more capable and feature-rich than the original. The bad news: Its $60,000-plus price tag will not count toward your annual member rebate.

Still, for anyone whose ears perked up last year when the two brands announced their first-ever special-edition, off-road camper trailer, this year’s follow-up — the REI Co-op Special Edition Basecamp 20X — offers a larger floor plan that can accommodate even longer trips. And, in line with REI’s rigorous Impact Standards, an even greater eye toward sustainability and clean energy.

“Our partnership with REI is expanding at a time of unprecedented growth in the outdoor recreation space, alongside an urgent imperative to conserve and safeguard the outdoor spaces we cherish,” Airstream president and CEO Bob Wheeler said. “By extending our collaboration series with REI, this new 20-foot Basecamp allows us to serve more environmentally-conscious outdoor enthusiasts looking to upgrade their adventure.”

Here are the details on the latest REI x Airstream collaboration, and how to snag one for yourself.

While the previous REI co-branded trailer used the Airstream Basecamp’s 16-foot platform. As you might guess, the “20X” refers to this model’s larger 20-foot floor plan.

Also new with the 20X are a convertible front dinette that caters to shared meals or lounging, larger holding tanks to support longer trips away from civilization (2 extra gallons of freshwater capacity, and dedicated gray and wastewater tanks, versus the combined tanks in the 16-foot model), and a built-in floor cooler that doubles as wet storage. In the galley, the 20X shows off green slate countertops with exposed birch plywood.

As far as holdovers from last year’s model, the 20X maintains the rear hatch, “X-package” (3-inch lift, off-road tires, and solar-protective window treatment), L-rack storage system to haul and secure bikes, kayaks, fishing poles, skis, and more, and of course, the 25-piece REI “gear kit,” which includes dinnerware, flatware, storage cubes, and other accessories.

As with the previous model, the 20X has a UV-LED and pre-filter water purification system, and recirculating water heater, which pair with the full wet bath and outdoor shower. Similarly, buyers will have the option to add a 360W solar system with dual 100Ah lithium batteries, and/or a compost toilet.

In addition to some added capability, the REI Airstream Basecamp 20X travel trailer finds new inroads with its sustainability profile. The fabrics and laminates within the trailer use post-consumer recycled materials, the cabinetry uses sustainably grown wood, and the cutting board sink cover is made from recycled paper.

The REI Special Edition Basecamp 20X sleeps up to four people and is available now, starting at $62,400. That’s before options like solar, compost toilet, microwave, and others.

With its 3,500-pound base weight, the 20X can be safely towed by many midsize SUVs and light-duty trucks. Check out the full specs (or customize yours) at Airstream’s site. And head over to REI to stock those gear storage bins — and actually boost that rebate.

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