Expending our horizons - adding a bike carrier to your Airstream Basecamp using an EZ Utility Bumper mod.
Airstream Basecamp gets the 'EZ' bump.
Here at EZ RecRacks we are always looking for new opportunities to expand and diversify. After recently acquiring an Airstream Basecamp trailer we quickly realized that it could use some "EZ" touch to further increase the practicality of independent outdoor exploration. The lack of hitch at the rear of the trailer made it impossible to carry any additional cargo in a convenient way. We decided to change that. Now, there is an easy way to add a bike carrier to your Airstream Basecamp.
After designing the initial model in 3D space, we proceeded straight to a quick mockup using simple materials and PVC tubing to figure out the spacing and placement for the finished metal construction. We made sure we left enough room to allow access for the spare-tire lowering mechanism opening, and allow enough space for the rear hatch to open freely.
The only piece of DIY is cutting out slots in the rear plastic cowl for the metal arms to slip through. The metal arms attach straight to the frame with several bolts. This idea turned out great and provided us with a strong, rigid base. Finishing the prototype with a nice black texture finish powder-coat, we could now move on to field testing.
With its tough steel construction, EZ Utility Bumper is an attachment designed specifically for Airstream Basecamp trailer which provides a universal receiver for all kinds of aftermarket cargo/bike carriers. You can now gain extra storage space for your bikes, firewood, generators and more. We decided to test our prototype with a converted motorcycle carrier and an 80 lbs eBike. With the bumper itself weighing in at around 33 pounds, the total weight we carried on the back of this trailer was in the ball park of 140 lbs.
Because the bumper contains a universal hitch receiver it will accommodate most of the attachments available on the market.
There are also number of reducer sleeves you can purchase to adapt the receiver for differently sized options. With this multifaceted approach the EZ Utility Bumper should be able to handle most of your outdoor cargo needs.
From our initial road trip we can tell that the trailer tows true and smooth, and the bumper doesn't affect it in any way. You still have to be conscious of your load distribution, but we are happy to report no major issues with our 140 lbs experiment, even at 70 mph. The height of our hitch is also at a comfortable level providing a lot of clearance for those off-road scenarios.
We hope that this invention will help out Airstream Basecamp owners as we plan to develop many more attachments that will fit our design and provide even more convenience for the Outdoor enthusiasts. Hopefully we'll get to come up with many more interesting solutions for 'overlanding' purposes and get to expend our customer base and catalogue of EZ accessories, making your journeys that much more convenient.
* To see the EZ Utility Bumper in action, check out our video *
The EZ Rack Family has grown exponentially and the people have spoken.
The EZ Rec Rack has been on the market for about 3 years now and the company (and the product) has reached a comfortable leveled ground. We have gone through the awkward stage of growing pains and after receiving priceless feedback from our growing base of customers (we lovingly call the #EZRackFamily) we have listened, and updated the features of our design to meet even the toughest expectations.
Like with any new piece of gear that will be put to the test in the wildest forms of outdoor applications there is a learning curve to properly utilize the EZ Rec Rack, but once you find your groove the rack simply becomes an extension of the user. EZ Rack users have described to us their many types of setups and applications, which sometimes may take some DIY tinkering and customizing on their part, but in general once the rack is in place it simply does what it was designed to do - make you work less. Even with the slow downs due to pandemic we have experienced a steady growth in demand, sales and an amazing outpouring of support and kind words.
EZ Rec Rack brings you independence.
The whole idea behind the EZ Rec Rack is to give a lending hand to a determined user. As avid outdoor enthusiast we understand that once you're out in the wild you may only have yourself to depend on. The feeling we want to provide with this product is one of 'security' and 'reliability' - two most important aspects of any outdoor expedition. A companion can come in handy in a tight spot, but once you are left alone (or you are simply a solo-traveler) we want you to rest assured that the rack will perform and make quick work of whatever you can throw at it!
The feedback we've been receiving is very enlightening and we always appreciate your honest opinions and uplifting words. We are glad the rack had met many peoples expectations and in most cases exceeded them. As always, we continue to expand on this information and try to make sure that our product meets the quality of strength that will ensure longevity and ease of use. Please, feel free to share your stories, photos and videos with us! Use the hashtags #EZRecRacks and #EZRackFamily and tag us in your Instagram and Facebook posts. We love to be a part of your experience and we look forward to seeing your adventures.
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Hey! It's Ira Mercurio the creator of the EZ Rec-Rack. I'm making this blog to keep you all updated on everything going on with us, Enjoy!