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Old 06-20-2004, 04:31 PM   #1
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I'm now officially vintage -- Bambi II acquired!

We found a 1964 Bambi II in a field last weekend and the owners were willing to sell. The trailer was last used in 1999 and is in good, original condition. It has an unusual badge riveted just underneath the Bambi II badge to the left of the door:

MHMA
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American Standard
Electrical
Plumbing Heating

Does anyone know anything about this badge?

Here is a photo of the badge: http://www.airstreamphotos.com/photo...php/photo/6012

Here are photos of the Bambi:
http://www.airstreamphotos.com/photo...00/ppuser/1084
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Old 06-20-2004, 06:31 PM   #2
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I don't know about the badge, but it might be a state inspection type badge. I think my Caravel has something similar from Oregon showing the trailer is approved for use in the state.

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In the 50's and 60's that was the predecessor to the RIVA. Make sure you don't lose it. They are like hens teeth to find. It speaks to the fact that your vintage trailer was cared for, not abused.

I have the same plaque as Stephanie since my MH was originally sold in Oregon! The story of how I ended up in Florida with an Oregon Coach is well documented. The plate Stephanie and I have was dealer applied, yours was applied at the factory.

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First of all...congratulations!

Another '64

There's also a different plate for CA...ours has that one....you can sort of see it in this picture.

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Congratulations on acquiring a very nice vintage trailer. I have a soft spot in my heart for 1964 Airstreams and a '64 18' Globe Trotter in my back yard which I thoroughly enjoy.

The badge is a classy certification "label" that the trailer as manufactured meets American standard A118.2 for electrical, heating and plumbing components & installation as adopted jointly by the MHMA (Motor Home Manufacturer's Association) and the TCA (Trailer Coach Assiociation), the two major industry trade groups during 1964. Its sorta like a UL Listing for trailers.
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Old 06-24-2004, 07:19 AM   #6
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Bambi II research using serial number

I'm interested in learning more about the production of my unit. Does anyone have information on how many were made and which factory made which serial number ranges? The serial number of my Bambi II is S017410087.
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I'm interested in learning more about the production of my unit. Does anyone have information on how many were made and which factory made which serial number ranges? The serial number of my Bambi II is S017410087.
Serial number S017410087 indicates your '64 Bambi II was built in Ohio. The trailer's serial number plate should also have only the Ohio factory name on it, another way to identify the factory of manufacture in the mid 1960s.

I don't have any serial number ranges for 1964 trailers. But it appears the sequence numbers (last four digits) started at 0001, so I'd say yours is the 87th Ohio built Bambi II from 1964. The highest B-II Ohio s/n I have is "0207", so it appears at least 207 B-IIs were built in Ohio, and perhaps a few more. At least 112 B-IIs, and perhaps more, were built in California.
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Old 06-24-2004, 10:58 AM   #8
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MHMA Cert

If the certification number is on the plate, and it is factory applied supposedly these units have records kept on them in airstream factory archives. From what I was told there is a woman there in sales maybe(?) who has been there forever and knows how to look up the information. The trailers are unusual as, in general, not many records were kept.

I think he said that the plates were only applied in the California factory?

He wasn't the type of guy to get to excited about much at all, but he seemed to indicate that it was a fairly signifigant and that years ago when these trailers were just second-hand RVs people used to seek them out as it indicated a higher build quality?

I was told this by a large, long, time airstream dealer who gave me a valuation of my trailer.
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First and foremost Congratulations!

How lucky you are!
I Will now check closely what my 64 Bambi II has as a badge.
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My 1973 argosy has a badge ...Actually it's in my hand. I was about
to pitch it. I cleaned it up and can read it


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National Electrical code C1

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And there is a registered number
But I can seem to figure out where it is supposed to be on the trailer.
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Old 06-24-2004, 10:23 PM   #11
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But I can seem to figure out where it is supposed to be on the trailer.
My badge is located outside underneath the "Bambi II" badging just to the left of the door. Mine is riveted on so I suspect it was installed at the factory.
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Old 06-25-2004, 07:09 AM   #12
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Serial number S017410087 indicates your '64 Bambi II was built in Ohio. The trailer's serial number plate should also have only the Ohio factory name on it, another way to identify the factory of manufacture in the mid 1960s.

I don't have any serial number ranges for 1964 trailers. But it appears the sequence numbers (last four digits) started at 0001, so I'd say yours is the 87th Ohio built Bambi II from 1964. The highest B-II Ohio s/n I have is "0207", so it appears at least 207 B-IIs were built in Ohio, and perhaps a few more. At least 112 B-IIs, and perhaps more, were built in California.
Thanks for the information. I've done some further research myself but have only found serial number documentation as far back as the 1966 models. It is interesting to see that in the later '60's models, the "S" in the first position of the serial number indicates the trailer was built in California; a "J" in the first position indicates the Jackson Center factory. Here is a link to the documentation I found on the Airstream website:

http://www.airstream.com/airstream/p...pre1980vin.pdf
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Bambi II production numbers

Does anybody know what the production # of my '64 Bambi II is? I've been told that it has a odd (out of the ordinary) serial number.
# 41 S 1038
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Interesting. None of the links to the photos on this thread are working for me. Anyone else experiencing this? I'd like to see the MHMA badge as I want one. One was on Ebay a couple of months back and I couldn't believe what it went for.

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