Modern classic: Loki Basecamp Falcon Truck motorhome review

The Loki Basecamp Falcon is an all-season motorhome designed to be off the grid for people who like to play in the woods.

In 2019 I started shopping for a motorhome, which is basically a tiny house that sits in a truck bed. Most of the RVs I saw looked like they were last updated in 1975 and made for grandparents on tour. And it didn’t match my aesthetic as a mountain biker and cross-country skier.

Then I have to test the Loki Base Camp Falcon, a modern motorhome designed for people who like to play hard and relax just as aggressively.

“Even though I was aware of all the other motorhomes, I didn’t look for a minute at what was on the market,” said Pierre Mathieu, Managing Director of Loki.

“I wanted to build something other than the faux wood, beige and brown motorhomes that I had seen. I knew it would be more expensive, but wanted to build the van equivalent of a motorhome. “

Mathieu asked his staff, who are mountain bikers, trail runners and backcountry skiers, to dream. And then they started to build the motorhome.

It is designed to handle the dirt and mud of outdoor adventures, with a modern industrial look. Lots of details make the Loki Base Camp Falcon the best motorhome for outdoor adventures we’ve seen.

(Photo / Berne Broudy)

Loki Basecamp Falcon: some of my favorite features

The Loki Basecamp Falcon had some unique features that made me want to own one.

First, the rear of the motorhome opens like a hatch, a design inspired by the double rear doors of a Sprinter van. “The best view is always at the back,” said Mathieu. “That’s why we made the back the only entrance, and a large lift-up door was a top priority. “

I use a motorhome to go out into nature. But the other campers are closed from the outside, except for a few windows and a screen door (probably narrow). This one lets in through the hatch that I opened with a switch in the motorhome control center. This is a slow lift to prevent you from throwing a friend or pet out of the tailgate.

A huge zipper and magnetic screen door covered the open hatch to keep insects out. The screen coating rolls up and tucks away if you’re in a place where insects don’t bite and where you don’t need a barrier between you and nature. If I had to choose one feature that convinced me, it’s this one.

Loki Basecamp Falcon series - coating roll
(Photo / Berne Broudy)

Second, the Base Camp Falcon is a true four-season motorhome. And it’s just as nice to have a hot pod where you can make hot chocolate and change your clothes after a big day of skiing as it is to come back to a fully equipped base after an epic mountain bike ride. In addition, it is not necessary to store the motorhome all winter.

The motorhome prototype I borrowed was R16 insulated. Production campers will also have radiant heat in the floor. Dual density composite insulation with high thermal and acoustic properties does not absorb moisture and is an excellent vapor barrier.

The Falcon proto had European glass windows designed for extreme conditions. The highly insulated windows were double-glazed and heat-resistant, with a built-in pressure management system for the high altitude.

You can also order the Falcon with Lexan double-glazed windows. Windows opened outward, with sliding screens and privacy screens blocking light. One window was a hatch with access to the roof.

Loki Basecamp Falcon Series
(Photo / Berne Broudy)

Outside

The base camp is inside the bed of a truck. It is not necessary to remove the tailgate, as there is no overhang. In fact, the tailgate of the truck serves as the back deck and top step for entering the motorhome and for hanging out. When the tailgate is raised and the truck is locked, it locks the duplicate motorhome. The sturdy rear door of the motorhome also locks.

The sides of the Base camp have round vertical rails for attaching gear like surfboards and skis. But this equipment can also go on the roof.

On the Falcon I drove, the roof had aluminum panels and a roof box. The panels were strong enough that I could walk (or sit). In the morning, I drank coffee on the roof; in the afternoon I sipped an IPA up there watching the sunset.

The heavy-duty solar panel mounted out of the way on a sloped front roof panel, so I wasn’t worried about damaging the panels with my trigger.

Loki Basecamp Falcon - outdoor
(Photo / Berne Broudy)

A retractable that locked to the back of the motorhome provided more storage. Loki fitted it with a spare tire as well as Pelican’s larger box, such as a weatherproof suitcase.

Along the chainstay of the Base Camp Falcon, two drawer fronts concealed a storage drawer running the length of the bed large enough to handle the gray water tank as well as a compact grill, camp chairs, tools, PFDs and more.

The drawer was a storage space for material that I wanted to access quickly but also wanted out of the way. A hatch in the floor of the motorhome allows me to access the material in the storage drawer without going out.

Loki Basecamp Falcon series - additional storage
(Photo / Berne Broudy)

Interior

Climb onto the tailgate of the truck to enter the Falcon through its metal person door and you are in the base camp locker room. It has a rubberized floor drain for easy cleaning.

A French shower allows me to shower inside or stand on the tailgate. And Loki provided me with an indoor shower stall, but I didn’t shower in the open for fear of getting the sofa or bed wet.

Above the cabin is a queen-size bed with a sectional mattress. When I flipped one section over the other, I was able to attach hardware to the open aluminum frame of the bed. The cutouts in the frame were fasteners for the equipment. They also managed body moisture from sleep without the need for a layer of underlay for air circulation.

Loki placed the kitchen on the left side of the motorhome. It includes a sink with a marine-style faucet that folds under a glass sink cover for traveling as well as kitchen cabinets for storage. Instead of a stovetop – Loki provides a plug-in induction cooktop – there’s tons of counter space.

When I wanted even more counter space, I moved a small table in front of the sofa, which is on the right side of the motorhome, towards the kitchen. Installed next to the kitchen, the table also served as a second mobile office space.

Loki Basecamp Falcon Series - indoors
(Photo / Berne Broudy)

Thanks to the solar and rugged battery system, things like the hob, pod espresso machine, and milk frother didn’t drain my batteries. A RedARC system managed all of the motorhome’s systems, including lights, diesel and solar heating, etc. Thanks to the RedARC app, I was able to turn the lights on and off from my phone.

My least favorite feature of the Base camp was the low ceiling at the head of the queen-size bed. If I had the Basecamp, I would choose to have my head towards the motorhome door, not the hood of the truck, or I would have a thinner mattress to have more headroom.

Every aspect of the motorhome is customizable. As I tested, there was not enough storage space to accommodate a longer trip. Instead of the seat next to the kitchen, I could go for storage there. The main motorhome storage spaces are kitchen cabinets – which were modern and looked like something you would see in an apartment, not the small divided storage space many campers have – and a cupboard under the control panel of the motorhome. camping car.

Loki is working on more attachment points for equipment, which could also be a place to hang packing cubes or duffel bags.

Loki Basecamp Falcon Series - inside -
(Photo / Berne Broudy)

The reader

I tested the Loki Base Camp Falcon on a raised 2021 Ford F350 with an 8-foot bed.

The motorhome looked drunk in the bed of the truck. But with the airbags properly inflated, I barely knew it was there, including when I drove to a campsite on a fourth-class highway with the vehicle fully loaded with water and gear. In a strong wind, I suspect that I would at least feel a bit shaken because the motorhome is so high.

Loki Basecamp Falcon - driving
(Photo / Berne Broudy)

Room for improvement

Loki agrees there is room for improvement in the back elevator, and they are working on it. In an ideal world, the hatch would rise beyond 90 degrees to feel more fully open.

Since I tested the motorhome, Loki has redesigned the access to the gray water tank.

Loki Basecamp Falcon: Specifications

The motorhome weighs approximately 1,200 pounds for a 5-foot bed and 3,000 pounds for an 8-foot dry bed. Loki is working on making it lighter.

The Basecamp is modular, so buyers can rearrange all parts and rooms during construction as well as move many of them during use. The unit I tested had a queen-size bed and a sofa bed. I could add a storage attic above the sofa, change the seat next to the sink into a storage area, and put the spare under the truck so there is more space on the tailgate. for storage of equipment.

“The Basecamp turns a truck into an adventure vehicle,” said Mathieu. “This is what we were looking for. We wanted to take the time to build something really amazing. We don’t take shortcuts, we don’t try to go fast.

Loki Basecamp Falcon - specifications
(Photo / Berne Broudy)

And you will pay for this utility. Loki Base Camp starts at $ 95,000. The fully equipped model I drove, which was on a raised 2021 Ford F-350 diesel with an 8-foot bed, costs $ 160,000.

Loki announced the Falcon in May 2021, and it includes models for 5 and 8 foot trucks. I tested Loki’s Falcon prototype, which the brand has already tweaked and improved, in October.

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