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Old 02-21-2004, 10:58 PM   #15
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Crazylev

We bought a 16CCD off the lot about three weeks ago - and are really happy with our
decision. We also considered rehab - but having survived two house re-do
extravaganzas - and also having sore backs and 'arty scars' (I never knew what to call
them before I read your post) - new and poor was also our answer.

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Old 02-21-2004, 11:02 PM   #16
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Oh - two questions:

Can the Honda 2000 handle reasonable elec needs if your not running the A/C?

Is there another portable generator that we should consider other than the Honda?

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Old 02-21-2004, 11:33 PM   #17
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If you remember to put the refrigerator switch on gas, rather than auto, so it won't switch to 120VAC operation, the only other thing you'll have drawing power from the generator is the converter. With only one battery, and without the boost circuit of a converter like the Inteli-Power with Charge Wizard, it isn't likely that your converter will be drawing much from the generator when charging the battery.

One EU2000 will run our 1000W cooking power microwave oven (1500W) or a 1600W hair dryer, if the batteries are reasonably charged. I've even run the MW with the frig on AC, and while it didn't overload the generator, its rpms were really high.

The Honda EU series are the only generators that can be paralleled. Even if you buy only one now, you'll always have the option of getting another if you find you want air-conditioning.
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Old 03-02-2004, 12:25 AM   #18
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I also just ordered a 19' Bambi CCD International....one reason why, it has the wrap around front window...a big thing for me because I love 'windows'!
While speaking with the salesman, he assured me that if I were not running the A/C that I wouldn't need a generator at all, that there would be enough power to go boondocking for at least two days! Now I think I shouldn't have listened to him...
and whoooooaahh.....! I have a hairdryer, 15" TV the surround sound system for the music I can't live without!....
so, where do I go to buy this little generator??? also I have the impression that the Honda is a bit quieter??? Is there a way to keep the generator in one of the compartments permanently so you don't have to wrestle it around? I'm new here....like I had to tell you.
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Old 03-02-2004, 06:31 AM   #19
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You can start to look here for Honda generators:

http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=fp...nda+generators

As for a perm mount. some folks have attached it to the "A" frame. One thing on the Bambi is that there is a battery box in the area behind the LP tanks. Depending on which one you'd get the 2000 is not that bulky or heavy you might find that attaching it might not be needed. Once you take a look at them, I think you'll see what I mean.
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Old 03-02-2004, 07:00 AM   #20
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Congratulations Crazylev! It will probably seem like an eternity now waiting on your new Bambi CCD to arrive. Thanks for sharing all the thought processes you went through on the way to your decision. Good luck with your new coach and the dream below is now yours!

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Old 03-02-2004, 09:01 AM   #21
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Stephen & Miriam.

Thank you. We are now at the next phase awaiting the VIN and build date of our TT.

Deb.

Congratulations. Maybe ours will be built at around the same time. I have heard that AS builds a series of the same model trailers and then another series of another model.

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Old 03-02-2004, 11:42 AM   #22
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Congrats Crazylev!

As soon as you get the VIN send an email to Mitch Bailey at tech@airstream.com. Tell him I sent you. If he has time, he might get pics of your unit on the line, especially since the factory watches this forum closely. It is an awesome experience to get updates from him, it makes the wait bearable. Enjoy!

Since you are not getting the bigger AC, I would strongly recommend the Fantastic fan. I love them on my new Classic and they will pull air through the widows to cool the coach.
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Old 03-02-2004, 11:59 AM   #23
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Big Dee.

Thanks for the referal. I'll definately contact Mitch at AS. Noit only does the Bambi come with a Fantastic fan, but we also ordered a second one to be put where the regular vent is in the bedroom.

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Old 03-02-2004, 01:41 PM   #24
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I am in Anaheim Hills. We have a 19' 2001 Bambi, and use the Honda EU2000. When we go to the local mountains late fall, early spring, I fire up the generator for about 3-4 hours in the early evening. This tops off the battery (I have only one) and runs all electrical while preparing and having dinner. Then use the heater all night to stay nicely warm and cozy. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. rickk48@aol.com
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Thank you all for your wonderful information and links to the generators and opinions from your experiences. Where else can you get access to instant knowledge than on this forum.
I'm looking forward to one day meeting you in person.
What a community!
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CCD's with bellypans

Crazylev:

Does your new Bambi CCD come with the bellypan? I have a 2001 19' Bambi with the pan, and thought they all did until visiting a dealer where I saw a CCD and a 22' Safari without one.

It seems to me that a bellypan is a "must" and I'm surprised that this was an option on at least some post 2001 model Bambis and Safaris. Almost as much of a "must" as a spare tire.

I would recommend having the bellypan if you plan any cool/cold weather use.
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If by belly pan you mean the bottom of the trailer has sheets of aluminum that protect the guts, I am pretty sure the answer is yes, as AS TT's are supposed to be all season campers. I will however double check this. I am also pretty sure that asdide from the cosmetic features, this trailer is the same as a regular Safari Bambi.

Hey Silvertwinkie:

Did your Bambi have the Aluminum belly pans?

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Johnathan,
Yes, I did mean the underbody skin. It surprised me that several 2002 units I casually looked at did not have this, including the CCD. I was told this was an option.

With no bellypan, there is no insulation, only the aluminum clad flooring.

Anyway, I'd recommend that you confirm that your new unit does have that.

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