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Basecamp Padded Window Protector

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Protect your Airstream Basecamp Travel Trailer's panoramic front windows with our custom-designed Airstream Basecamp Padded Window Protector.

Easy to install and designed to remain in place while in motion, and can be easily removed at the campsite, these custom-made products help shield the front panoramic windows of your standard Basecamp 16 or Basecamp 20 from flying road debris.

This padded window cover is 1/4" thick and made from 2 layers of the highest quality USA-made materials. All materials and fasteners are marine grade.

Exclusively available at Airstream Supply Company, our Padded Window Guard Covers are compatible to fit all Basecamp Travel Trailer models.

Basecamps with the optional X-Package

The optional X-Package adds front solar rock guards as added panoramic window protection. Our X-Package guards are compatible with your Basecamp X, including Basecamp 16X, Basecamp 20X, and all REI Co-op Special Edition Basecamp Travel Trailers.

No Hardware Required

Our custom-designed Padded Solar Window Guard Covers are lightweight and a 1/4-inch thick, with two layers of padded materials for excellent protection from road debris that can be kicked up by tow vehicle wheels. 

The cover is held securely in place with a strong elastic band that goes around the outside of the windows. Pass-through points make room for the elastic fasteners on the central window guard, and marine-grade sail rope secures behind the solar guard hinges to help ensure the cover won't slip off while traveling. 

Basecamp 16 or 20 Standard Packages

Adhesive (No-Drill) Snaps

The Basecamp 16 and Basecamp 20 Standard kit comes with high-quality adhesive snaps that go directly on the windows. No drilling is required. Best adhesion will be achieved by applying in warm temperatures.  If applied below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the snaps will take longer to develop full adhesion strength (a handful of days, ideally in the sun)

The kit comes with snaps already installed on the cover, and includes everything you need to install the adhesive snaps on your windows, including detailed instructions with photos. 

Product FAQs

What material is the cover made of and how thick is it?

The cover is made from 2 layers of the highest quality marine grade fabric available.  It is ¼” thick.  This is much thicker than your typical vehicle “bra.”  The outer layer is Top Notch fabric, which is highly UV resistant, highly water resistant, highly abrasion resistant, and easy to clean.  It carries an 8 year warranty.  The back layer of fabric, facing the camper, is Boat Blanket.  It is a tough, yet soft, fabric that feels like the soft side of Velcro and will not scratch the windows or damage the finish of the trailer in any way.  The Boat Blanket acts as a padded shock absorber for flying debris.

Is the fabric water proof and UV resistant?

Yes!  The fabric is highly water resistant, so it will not soak up water or get heavy in the rain.  It is also highly UV resistant.  The outward facing fabric carries an 8 year warranty against sun damage.

Is it thick enough to protect the windows from damage due to road debris?

Yes!  This is the whole purpose of the cover.  This cover is much thicker than your typical protective vehicle “bra,” and will adequately protect your windows.   The dual layer design has a cushioning shock absorption effect to protect the window from flying debris.

Can I get a color besides black?

The outer fabric also comes in dark gray, light gray, taupe, tan, red, burgundy, dark green, navy blue, and pacific blue.  Expect a longer turn-around time for your order (2-3 weeks) as these colors must be special ordered.  Contact customer service to request a different color or for a sample color swatch.

How should I clean the cover?

Use a hose with a nozzle attached, and a simple soap (like Dawn), and perhaps a scrub brush for stubborn stains.

How to Install Basecamp Padded Window Covers

Basecamp 16 and 20 Standard Models

Adhesive (No-Drill) Snap Installation Instructions

In addition to reading these instructions below, you can view a video of the installation process available here.

Step 1. Prepare the cover by snapping the adhesive snaps onto the existing snaps on the back of the cover, except for in the top center. Top center is indicated by the label. Do no remove the paper backing yet.

Also, install the provided adhesive velcro in the outside corners of the trailer window. This velcro is only temporary and will be used to help hold the cover in place during the installation process.

Basecamp Window Cover Installation

Step 2. Locate center on the top and bottom of the window. Install tape at the center on the metal frame just outside the window, and mark a line on the tape to indicate the exact center positions, top and bottom.

Step 3. Determine the position of the top center snap using the provided cardboard template. Hold the template at the upper edge of the window, and align the center line of the template with the center line you made on the tape. Secure the template in this position using additional tape. Run the tape vertically up to the metal window frame, so that you can still lift up the template to clean the window

Step 4. VERY IMPORTANT. Clean the window surface thoroughly as described below before applying the snap. For the first snap, lift the template up to clean underneath.

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to clean the window surface well before applying the adhesive snaps. The cleaning process below is to remove the OIL RESIDUE and dirt from the road, which can be hard to see and may not be obvious. If you do not follow the steps below fully, you may just be pushing road oil and dirt around rather than removing it. This can cause snap failure.

  1. Use a dry paper towel to wipe the area to remove any oil or grime that you can.
  2. Use Windex and a new paper towel to clean the area again. The Windex will help loosen additional oils and debris.
  3. IMPORTANT! Use the provided alcohol pad now to thoroughly clean the area again.
  4. Final step. Wipe the area you just cleaned again with a new dry paper towel to ensure all hidden oils are removed.

Step 5. Apply the top center snap. With the template in place, remove the paper backing on the adhesive snap, and place it in the center hole of the template.

IMPORTANT: The adhesive on the snaps is pressure sensitive. After applying, you need to press firmly all around the snap – around all the edges and in the center– for a good 10-15 seconds. Sufficient pressure is necessary to obtain good adhesion.

Step 6. With a helper, place the cover onto the window using the previously applied adhesive velcro to hold it in place. The single top snap is not strong enough to support the entire cover, so you will need to use the velcro at this stage. Adjust the position of the cover up and down and side to side until you can snap the top center snap in place and until the cover is smooth and sits evenly around the entire window.

With the cover in place, peek behind the cover to examine the remaining snap locations to be sure the adhesive snaps will land on the window, not on the metal window frame outside the window.

Step 7. Now install the bottom center snap by repeating steps 4 and 5. DO NOT remove the snap from the cover to install it. Keep the snap on the cover, remove the backing, and press on it firmly against the window from the outside of the cover.

Step 8. Continue working outward from center, installing snaps one at a time, alternating top and bottom. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each snap.

Step 9. When done with snap installation, carefully remove the cover from the window. After removing the cover, press firmly for several seconds on each snap again, to make sure they are firmly adhered to the window. Remove the temporary adhesive velcro from the window. If any adhesive residue from the
velcro remains, remove it with rubbing alchol, or, if needed, Goo Gone or a similar adhesive remover, which can be purchased at any hardware store.

Step 10. The following is recommended in all temperatures, but for sure in temperatures 50 degrees F and below: Allow the snaps to sit in the sunlight without the cover on for a handful of days to help provide warmth to promote full adhesion.

Basecamp 16X and 20X: X-Package Models

You can view a video of the cover installation on YouTube here

PLEASE NOTE: Allow yourself some time to practice putting the cover on. Read the tips below before you put it on the first time. The cover has a tight fit to help it stay securely in place. It will be difficult to put on the first time or two, but rest assured, it will be easy once you’ve done it a couple of times.

You will need a three-step step stool or small ladder that allows you to see over the top of the windows. Installation will be easier with two people, but can also be accomplished alone.


Where the windows meet, the corners of the windows are extremely sharp. The cover is reinforced at this point, but it is recommended to go over the very corners of the windows with fine grit (400) sand paper to reduce the extreme sharpness of the corner. We have provided a small piece of sand paper for this purpose. You only need to sand the very corners of the windows (top and bottom) where the metal framing meets.

Basecamp X Installation


1. Start with the top hinges. On one side, use your stool to position the cover so that you are able to pass the rope behind the hinge and through the lower grommet on the cover. Then squeeze the cord lock and pass the rope through the lock. The cover should now be held in place on that hinge. The rope should not be tight – just so the cover can’t fall to the ground.

2. Firmly tug and pull the cover around to the opposite side, and fasten the rope behind the other top hinge. It will take some effort to pull the cover into place to get the rope fastened on the opposite side. Again, it does not need to be tight – just so it is loosely held in place on the window. Leave the bottom hinge ropes unfastened for now.


Starting at the top outer corners (where the hinges are), pull the elastic pocket around the top corners of the windows. Then work in the middle top area to make sure the elastic pocket rests on top of the windows and is not tucked behind itself. Once the corners are in place, tighten the rope behind the top hinges to help keep things in place.

Next move to the bottom middle window and work out from the middle to the corners, pulling the elastic pocket around the bottom of the windows. When you get to the corners, loosely fasten the rope behind the bottom hinges, just as you did for the top hinges.

While working on the lower part of the windows, the elastic on the top may partially pop off....just go back and put it in place. You will need to go back and forth a bit between top and bottom of the window until the elastic pocket rests outside the window all the way around.

The bottom corners will be the hardest part. Once bottom corners are in place, secure the rope behind the bottom hinges as you did for the top hinges.

Finally, make sure the elastic that runs vertically between the windows is resting as much as possible in between the windows. You may need to tug the cover left or right a bit.

Basecamp X Window Cover Instructions


Tighten the cord behind the hinges to a tight fit, and secure the cord end by twisting it around itself and back through the lower grommet.

Basecamp X Window Cover Tighten Instructions
Finally – tug on the cover to make sure it is firmly in place.


For a printable page of instructions, please click here

Shipping FAQ

Your window cover is made to order. Please allow 2 weeks from order placement for delivery.

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Return Policy

We're happy to process a return for a full refund for any unused and unworn items still in their original packaging within 60 days of the shipment date. Unfortunately, we cannot process requests for refunds or exchanges after this time period.

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