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Old 04-17-2009, 08:05 PM   #15
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The model # (16TDSS1659) is on the plate by the door, but we are looking for a VIN which should be on the frame. We can see a # has been stamped on the door side of the tongue up close to the body, but they are large #'s and I don't think there is room for all 9 of the #'s we read on the title.
16TDSS1659 is your VIN. It is a California 61 Bambi with the double bed layout. It was the 59th of 60th (did they atart with #600 or #601?) made at that plant.
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:11 PM   #16
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...I'd always heard the number of 200 left on the road; hope that's holding steady.
I think that your number is very low. There were over a thousand Bambi's made in the 3 years of production. 200 is less then 20% which would be unlikely for a trailer as popular as the Bambi.
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:31 PM   #17
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In almost 50 years of towing, falling trees, fires & hail storms? I'm a '62 too and am surprised to have lasted this long.

Someone please check my math, but I believe that an attrition rate of 16-17 trailers a year isn't out of the question.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:15 PM   #18
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We have a newly acquired '62 Bambi- vin #162T471
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:29 AM   #19
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The model # (16TDSS1659) is on the plate by the door, but we are looking for a VIN which should be on the frame. We can see a # has been stamped on the door side of the tongue up close to the body, but they are large #'s and I don't think there is room for all 9 of the #'s we read on the title.
That number is indeed your VIN. The stamped number can sometimes be so long that the last part of it ends up under the propane tank base. It fit when it was stamped there.

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Old 04-19-2009, 03:06 PM   #20
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Great idea to register these....I did about a month ago.....I read some time ago that there were a total of 866 Bambi Airstreams made from 61 through 63, does anyone know if that is correct? Also, the 200 left on the road (mentioned above) seems low, does anyone know anything about that number?
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:45 AM   #21
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I've got a '61 Ohio model, 161T158. Nice to see some '61's represented here!
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:22 PM   #22
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I just joined today! I'm really glad I 'tripped' across this wonderful website. There is a lot of great information here.
If memory serves me correctly, I have 161T150. Just 8 away from you on the production line mudseason.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:15 AM   #23
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Wow - they're cousins!
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:36 PM   #24
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1963 Bambi 163T244 made in Calif. Mostly restored...It is great to haul and I love to camp in it......just joined Airstream Club in TX where I spend the Winters.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:56 PM   #26
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61 Bambi

We have a 61 Bambi - manufactured in Santa Fe Springs, CA. It is a 16TDS, S1780 built in May of 1961. We have camped in it for several years. It has some original parts and some replaced. We have never traveled anywhere with it when it did not attract attention and lots of interest.
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:27 PM   #27
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Hi: I have a 1961 that I am in the process of restoring. The VIN is: 161T117. It is an Ohio Unit. I'm not sure how to post a photo.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:57 PM   #28
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I have a 1963 Bambi with vin# 16TSS1944 also has 6301. I believe it was manufactured in CA?
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