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Old 12-10-2006, 09:42 PM   #197
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Purchsed our 16' Bambi Quick Silver in July. Took two shakedown weekend trips prior to a three week trip back to the Midwest. Encountered major rain, high humidity (for us) and heat. Only major problem was a leak by the front door. Notified dealer and he repaired on way back thru. The front awning fixture was not sealed properly (dealer knew what to look for as had happened on a rear fixture on another model). Only other problem was a short piece of molding on dinette seat was coming loose at the end - repaired that myself. Since have taken a 8 day trip (rain included) and no leak or other problem.

Holiday Trailer in Albuquerque, NM is a family owned dealership and TOP Drawer. During first trip all questions were answered by phone call no matter how "dumb" (and I asked some). Maybe the Quick Silver, being a limited model, helped with the quality workmanship - I have my fingers crossed. Really happy with our rig and looking forward to a trip in early Jan.
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Old 12-12-2006, 01:41 PM   #198
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Hello From Oregon!
We too have a 2006 25' Safari FB SE!
Purchased it in Feb'06/ Big learning curve for Rookie Airstreamers!
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:03 PM   #199
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Bathroom walls rebuilt after 6 months

After 6 months of use the bathroom door wouldn't close anymore. There were pretty good gaps around the frame. We had to tie it shut during towing. Oasis RV fixed it. They said some bracing was missing from the factory. It seems much sturdier. We also had them rivet down the bathroom cabinet mirror trim.
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Old 12-22-2006, 11:00 AM   #200
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Thumbs down Bambi Quiksilver 2006

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We have a 2006 Quiksilver Bambi 75th anniversary edition that we bought last christmas and have taken it on around 10 trips since our purchase. We have had to call every trip almost with little questions,some were things we just didnt know but mostly they are problems. The first being the fridge and then the fan in the bathroom, the curtains contiue to stain with two sets from factory. The rivets come out, the shower leaks into floor. We just went to hook up to go today to florida on vacation and the battery wouldnt allow the hitch to rise so there is no backup way to hookup..so at three in the morning we are trying to charge with battery cables to no avail, so i take battery home and we go back to sleep while it charges. We go out again at 930 am in the rain to hook up...ok no problem we are hooked up gas turned on and go to turn the fridge on but no power to the unit... I call again as usual and they walk us through checking the fuses, the voltage the connections outside and then we look to the solenoid under the seat and they said we could over ride the solenoid by putting the connectors on one pole but that doesnt solve the gas issue with the fridge. we try the gas and cant get gas to the stove. they say they have had some bad solenoids and bad regulators...this is just not satisfactory to me. I have spent 46 thousand dollars on this supposed top of the line Airstream that is just a nightmare every time we try to experience camping. I think its poorly made and not consistent at all, however our dealer is accomadating with the issues now under warranty but they are three hours away. I hate this thing and I want my money back so I am going to sale it or maybe they will buy it back who knows, but I sure would not purchase an rv again because this is obviously a market with poor quality workmanship and cheap components. So now that I got that off my chest. I will be offering this brand new bambi for sale soon.
I have made every effort to try and enjoy camping but the bitter taste of poor quality lingers in the air every time I hook up and use this brand new Bambi Quiksilver 2006 75th anniversary edition. I know that man made stuff breaks and I have tried to keep that in check but every time it is something and I am sorry but that is just not acceptable to me when I payed a premium for what I thought was going to be first class quality trailer that has just turned into a huge disappointment. I hope that this helps someone for the future consideration in purchasing an rv from airstream or anyone for that matter because I think they say, they all have problems but airstream is suppose to have less of them. If this is true I must just have a LEMON. Too many problems for me!!
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:33 PM   #201
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jbird, are you saying that you've been talking with the factory or the dealer?
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:50 PM   #202
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Smile 2006 Classic 25' Issues

I recently (one month ago) traded my 04' Bambi Safari in on an 06' Classic.
I towed it back to my base (So. Ala) from the dealer (Bates RV in Tampa).
The rig was delivered to Bates in Feb of 06' but I don't know the build date.
I bought it at the end of December of 06'. I've had/delt with the following
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Rear tail light housing wasn't sealed and caused a leak and stain inside on the wall. I sealed it and removed the stain
Door is so hard to close that the living room overhead light cover pops off due to the 'hard' closing. I've read that it will get eaiser with time to close the door.
The shower is beginning to show signs of a very small leak. Just after getting out of the shower there is a tiny amount of water at the seal of the shower and the floor of the bathroom. I've checked and no water comes out from around the shower enclosure.
The flourscent light over the bed works intermettently

These are small things and after speaking to the Service Mgr at Bates, I am satisfied that they are prepared to correct these issues. Gary, listened and expressed his wishes to fix anything that wasn't working correctly. I'll definately take it back, but will use it more before I do, just to make sure that I've identified all problems.

Overall, I am satisfied with the 'fit & finish' of this unit. All systems work well and it appears to have been put together well.

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Old 02-01-2007, 07:16 PM   #203
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I've had/delt with the following
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Door is so hard to close that the living room overhead light cover pops off due to the 'hard' closing. I've read that it will get eaiser with time to close the door.
Ours is an '06 also and our door was hard to close at first and required slamming pretty hard but it has gotten much easier in just a few trips (8).

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The shower is beginning to show signs of a very small leak. Just after getting out of the shower there is a tiny amount of water at the seal of the shower and the floor of the bathroom. I've checked and no water comes out from around the shower enclosure.
Our shower door is a the type that retracts or rolls up like a window shade into a compartment to the side of the opening. We had a similar situation where the water dripped out when the shower door was retracted instead of running into the shower stall. A small amount of caulk corrected the problem. However, I realize your Classic may have/probably has a different style of door.

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The flourscent light over the bed works intermettently
This is one we haven't had and may just be a loose wire in the fixture. If there is a dealer closer to you and the other items can be fixed without a trip to Tampa, unless you just want an excuse to go to Tampa, you might try that instead of making a long trip.


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Overall, I am satisfied with the 'fit & finish' of this unit. All systems work well and it appears to have been put together well.

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We consider ourselves blessed to have the particular unit we have with the minor issues we have had compared to the long list of items from others I have red on this board.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:24 PM   #204
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I would check the piece of wood on the floor at the entrance to the door.There is a possibility that the wood strip is to high and your screen door is hitting it causing it to be harder to close.(That is why when you close it the door seems to stick open about an inch and at that point you have to slam it.)You will see a dark area on the wood toward your left side looking at it.
All it needs is a file to bring it down far enough not to touch the wood it.I had this happen on my previous Airstream and the newer one doesnt do it.
I dont know if you have this type of problem but It may help someone out.
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Old 02-03-2007, 05:29 PM   #205
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I recently traded my 04' 19' Safari bambi on an 06' 25' Classic and stated in a previous reply that the area under the shower was leaking. Most distressing for a new rig. Well, it turns out that after closer inspection, it was a lack of sealant and not a plumbing problem. I sealed under the Shub, where it meets the wall board in the front, and yahoo, leak fixed! Whew was I glad. (sealed on the inside of the shower area of course)
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:25 AM   #206
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I sealed under the Shub, where it meets the wall board in the front, and yahoo, leak fixed! Whew was I glad. (sealed on the inside of the shower area of course)
Isn't it amazing how much the perceived quality of a new Airstream could be enhanced by just a nickel's worth of caulk at the factory!
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:38 AM   #207
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Isn't it amazing how much the perceived quality of a new Airstream could be enhanced by just a nickel's worth of caulk at the factory!
Ironically, if I recall correctly, this single issue has traversed many build years too........
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:53 AM   #208
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Same problem here. The factory should get feedback from dealers for warranty repairs. Looks like a simple problem to fix during manufacturing.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:25 AM   #209
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I think most of them are like this.I had to caulk both the Airstreams because of leaking in that area.It is about a 1'' long x 1/4 '' High opening but I am thinking this is happening to the Airstreams with the bed and bath in the rear.I dont know about the others.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:13 PM   #210
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...but I am thinking this is happening to the Airstreams with the bed and bath in the rear.
We have a rear corner bath with the retractable "window blind" style door/shower curtain thingy and there is a short little section under the door roller where the water will "drain" to the floor area by the toilet after the door is opened. We had that area caulked, but the leak had returned on the last camping trip. I am going to try a different brand of caulk than was used to repair it and see if that will last longer. I guess this is just going to be a routine maintenance item.
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