Airstream Basecamp 16 vs. 20

Airstream Basecamp 16 vs. 20

The Basecamp Travel Trailer was made for those who want to see the world. Built for adventure, this small camping trailer is tough enough to go anywhere your wanderlust takes you. For years the Basecamp 16 has been very popular, but for 2021 Airstream has added a new 20′ floor plan to the Basecamp lineup. Below we will highlight the main differences between each floor plan.

What is the Airstream Basecamp?

The Airstream Basecamp is made for those who love adventure and the outdoors. Whether its a weekend snowboarding trip or mountain biking deep in the forest, the Basecamp allows you to pack up and go anywhere. The compact, lightweight design allows you to tow with a variety of mid-size SUVs or trucks, which means you don’t have to make any big changes.

Weights and Measurements

While both the 16 and 20 floor plans have a compact and maneuverable design, they do vary in their weights and dimensions. The below chart outlines the differences between both.


16NB 20NB
Exterior Length 16’3″ 20′
Exterior Height with A/C 8’8.75″ 9’1.5″
Exterior Width 7′ 7’9″
Interior Height (Entry Area) 6’3.5″ 6’2″
Interior Width 6’4″ 6’7″
Freshwater Tank Capacity (gal.) 21 27
Gray Water Tank (gal.) 28
Black Water Tank (gal.) 21
Gray and Black Water Combo Tank (gal.) 24
Maximum Trailer Capacity (GVWR) (lbs.) 3,500 4,300
Hitch Weight (with LP & Batteries) 410 500


The location of the galley varies on both floor plans. The 16NB has the galley located in the front of the trailer. This provides a great view out of the panoramic windows when making your morning coffee or cooking. Located below is a 3.1 cu. ft. 2-way 12v/110v Highly Efficient Compressor Refrigerator and optional microwave oven.

On the 20NB floor plan, the galley has been moved to the side of the trailer to make room for the front dinette. Both the 16 and 20 feature a Stainless Steel Sink and 2 Burner Cooktop. Unlike the 16 that has the Refrigerator under the galley, the 20 has a larger 4.3 cu. ft. Refrigerator and additional storage opposite side near the bathroom.

Sleeping Accommodations

When you’re ready to get some rest, the rear benches in both the 16 and 20 can be converted into a half bed or complete bed depending on your needs. The 16 features a 76 in. x 76 in. bed that sleeps 2 people comfortably. The Basecamp 20 has a slightly larger bed that measures 82 in. x 78 in.

Thanks to the larger size of the trailer and the addition of a front dinette, the Basecamp 20 can sleep an additional 2 people compared to the 16NB, making the total sleeping capacity 4.

When you are not using the rear bed, simply convert the bed back into a bench and you have the aisle open for gear or walking space. The two removable tables can be set up to provide a working or eating space.

Basecamp X Package

If your adventures take you even farther off the beaten path, the Basecamp X Package adds more rugged features to make you ready for just about anything. Goodyear® Wrangler® tires and black shadow wheels, plus a 3″ lift kit and a raised hitch jack foot pad allow you to tackle rough roads and cold-weather driving with confidence. Stainless steel rock guards and a solar window guards keep the trailer protected on your off-road adventures.

Overall the Basecamp 20 is perfect for those looking for more space or want to bring more friends along for the adventure. The Basecamp 16 is great for solo travelers or couples who want a smaller more compact Travel Trailer. Whether you choose the 16′ or 20′ floor plan, the Basecamp will be ready for any adventure, big or small.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the 2021 Airstream Basecamp, give us a call at 1-800-265-9019. You can also view our Current Inventory to see all of our Airstream models.