Originally Posted by Small Fry
I am new to the forum and to Airstreams. I am looking for a Bambi, or similar trailer, I would prefer it to be 17-20 feet, a 22 at biggest. Does anyone know of one in good condition and at a reasonable price in the Arizona or Southern California area ?? I would prefer a classic older one but, if it was a later one that would be fine as well. Any input and information about the Bambi's (pros and cons etc) would be great as I don't really know much about them.
We looked for a very long time for the Airstream that best fit our needs. In the meantime we had other types of vintage trailers so we were out camping a lot, but we hungered for a vintage Airstream. We looked at a lot of them and found many to be in excellent condition but their lay out did not suit our needs. Others were clearly misrepresented by the sellers in terms of condition and it was only because of our own knowledge of trailers that we were able to properly check them out.
In the end we ended up with a pretty decent canvas to rework to suit our needs. The basic size, weight, and age suited us, but it needed some effort on our part to redo it. We tore into it and it still took 5 months of nights and weekends to have it to the stage where we were able to camp in it. There were still things to do, which we accomplished over the next two years during the non-camping season, and we redid a few things once we realized that our original thought about use changed.
Had we known about this Forum, or about Forums or WBCCI events in our area we would have gone to see, talk, and learn from folks who are passionate about their trailers, and can show what to look for, and give you tours of their trailers so you get a sense of what you like or need. There are some happening in the Phoenix area this month and over the next while so don't be shy about going and introducing yourself and asking for guidance.
Size counts. Small is nice, but for any extended camping for us, at least, we found we needed just a bit more room for those days when the weather is uncooperative. We had mostly 17' other brands and we find 21' of Airstream to fit us perfectly.
Good luck with your search. And don't be afraid to travel a ways to get the right trailer. If you are looking at vintage to start with and find one that's already polished consider that a bonus.