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Old 04-11-2006, 08:20 AM   #61
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I did a test on the black tank in my '99 Bambi, it took almost two 5 gallon buckets of water to fill 'er up.
For about $1,000, you can probably upgrade your black tank to the 18 gallon size. We ended up doing that as the 8-gallon tank was a nuisance (i.e., constant unhooking and dumping over the course of a camping trip or using public restrooms). We justified the cost as we plan on keeping our Bambi for a long time.

The only reason I considered it is because Airstream eventually started putting 18-gallon tanks in 19' Bambi's so that meant it could be engineered. The reason it costs so much is because the factory had to re-engineer the frame to accomodate the larger tank.
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Old 04-11-2006, 05:24 PM   #62
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$1000, for black water tank.

Gee, thats 100 per gallon.Wowy,did I do some wrong buying a Airstream.Maybe I can get a aftermarket 18 gallon Black water Tank.What do you think?
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Old 04-11-2006, 09:41 PM   #63
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I'm with you on your frustration with the 8 gal. blackwater on your Bambi. I've got a 2001. I don't feel that 8 gal is enough for boondocking more than a couple of days. I did get a quote from a gentleman that was nearer to the $500.00 range. He works exclusively on ASs, and his quality is good. He gets the tank custom made and installs at his shop. Not quite worth a trip to CA for, but at least there appears to be some spread on the going rate. You can always haul a chemical port-a-potty in the back of your truck for use if you are boondocking. Alot cheaper anyway...
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I don't think that the 8 gallon black tank diminishes the value of my Airstream as a lawn ornament in the slightest.

It's gonna be a while before we get to put it to the test since my wife decided to change jobs just about the time I headed to the east coast to pick it up, so it looks like we won't have anything more then maybe some long weekends for a while.
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Old 04-13-2006, 04:09 AM   #65
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...It's gonna be a while before we get to put it to the test since my wife decided to change jobs just about the time I headed to the east coast to pick it up, so it looks like we won't have anything more then maybe some long weekends for a while.
From past experience with my 8-gallon black tank, I can safely predict that you WILL in fact be putting your black tank to the test if you both use it over a weekend camping trip. The primary reason we upgraded to the 18-gallon tank was because we mostly do weekend-only camping and the 8-gallon tank couldn't take care of all the business we needed it to take care over the course of the weekend.
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Old 04-13-2006, 04:19 AM   #66
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...I did get a quote from a gentleman that was nearer to the $500.00 range. He works exclusively on ASs, and his quality is good. He gets the tank custom made and installs at his shop. Not quite worth a trip to CA for, but at least there appears to be some spread on the going rate...
I had the work done a couple of years ago at the Airstream factory because I couldn't find a dealer/repair shop who had experience in this type of work. Airstream had recently re-engineered the 2002 19' Bambi in the middle of the production year to accommodate the 18-gallon tank so I felt comfortable that Airstream knew what they were doing. When I inquired at my local Airstream dealer about doing the work, they indicated that they had never done it before but they would be willing to try. I didn't feel comfortable with that answer, no matter what the price was! As it turned out, that Airstream dealer couldn't even install a new furnace without damaging the exterior of my Airstream!

The bottomline is to know what you are getting for the price. I'm not saying that this guy doesn't do quality work, but I would investigate further to understand what you are getting, what his experience is, and what other people say about his work.
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:00 AM   #67
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I just had to make a post here so I can find it again later.... (nothing like forgetting where you put your post.) I'm getting my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder (rated 6000lb tow) ready to tow my 2004 CCD Bambi...19fter. I originally had a 2004 GMC Savanna Cargo Van for business that I had rigged with all stuff and then went out of business, sold the van...lost the hitch etc until I was inspired to go to the NorCal Rally next month! I am so glad that I've found some friends here on the Forums who live nearby and are helping me regroup, to make all the connections I need to really get going...I'm 'Jazzed!' ....Lake San Antonio here I come!

I originally bought my Bambi to be used as a guest quarters in my side driveway, then found I couldn't quite disguise it,...something like trying to hide an elephant? What was on my mind??? FEVER !!!! Airstream that is.....Movie Stars...!

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I originally bought my Bambi to be used as a guest quarters in my side driveway, then found I couldn't quite disguise it,...something like trying to hide an elephant? What was on my mind??? FEVER !!!! Airstream that is.....Movie Stars...!

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Having visited Laguna Beach I can see how it would be hard to hide a Bambi there. Beautiful part of the country though; beautiful spot to park a Bambi too (what isn't?).

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Old 07-25-2007, 12:13 AM   #69
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2006 Safari SE LS 19' Bambi

Hi all...this is an old thread wanting to know why we chose a Bambi...so here goes. First, we had an SOB 22' motor home for 3 years before we went after an Aristream experience. We enjoyed the MH a lot, liked it size, but we did not tow a vehicle, so we always felt locked into our campsite unless we wanted to pull up stakes and haul the whole camp with us...so we we decided to sell the MH and get an Airstream TT so we could have "wheels"... We had been oogling ASs forever, so when we finally got serious we started looking at options and decided the 19' Bambi was right for us. Not too big, separate shower, and full-time bed (neither of which were in the little MH), and easy to tow. In March 07 we lucked out and found a new 2006 Safari 19' LS SE 75th Anniv...not the special 75th Edition of which only 75 of made (we considered one of those and came close, but in retrospected we're glad we went with the Safari)...and put our money down...and we love it, love it, love it. It's loaded with the LS SE offerings, including factory solar panel, flat screen TV, 10-disc CD changer, fantastic fan, AM/FM/DVD, set up for Sirius radio and wired for satellite (but not equipped with satellite). It's got an inverter to convert 12 volt to AC for small-draw things like computers, radio, DVD, TV, etc... We pull it with a 2007 Toyota Tacoma with a tow package rated at 6500 lbs so it's a good match. We have done three 1-week long trips since March 07 and a couple of shorter trips, and I can tell you we are so pleased we can hardly stand it. We enjoy finding items that we can use in it that are aluminum or brushed stainless steel...you know.."all things aluminum"... My partner is very handy with a sewing machine so we are creating different "decors" to fit our mood...slip covers for the dinette, curtains, bed spreads, and throw rugs...we started with a "Safari Decor" which seemed highly appropriate... have recently completed a "SoCal Decor" and are now working on a "TropiCal Decor"...Bambi's are so small it doesn't take much to change the whole feel of the interior...and aluminum goes with everything, you know...and we have several more ideas in the wings. We travel with 2 Cocker Spaniels who love hitting the road as much as we do...and though it's cozy, we find there's plenty of room for everybody and their stuff. (The dogs' dishes are brushed aluminum!) We have pretty much been in state and county parks where there is electricity and water and sometimes sewer hook-ups, but we have dry camped a few times in national forest camp grounds when we relied on the solar panel to keep us going...and so far so good. Since getting the Bambi, we've had people stop at our camp site as they walk by and comment on it...or if we are inside and they can't see us, they'll stop and look and point and admire...and of course, if there's another AS in the park, we can't help ourselves...we have to say "hey"...

That's our life in the Bambi...and we love it! We hope everyone else enjoys thier little Silver Trailer as much as we do!

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TBRich -- Thanks for sharing your new Bambi experience. I love it that you're towing with a Tacoma! and looking forward to hearing more about your experience with that. We're driving a Tundra now, but would love to move to a Taco someday if it's really a match for our Bambi. Your Bambi is very much like ours, with just a few more doo-dads than we have. One thing I love about the Bambi is learning to think small, economize, find ways to do more with less, size-wise. A compact bundle of fun!

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Old 07-25-2007, 11:38 AM   #71
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You're welcome, Jamie...so far so good on the Tacoma...(funny you should say "Taco" as our AZ license plate is "TACOMAZ"...we get some smiles from that)... We've made a long haul to San Diego through the hills for a week, another to northern AZ up onto the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains and another up to the Show Low traveling through the Salt River Canyon, which is pretty steep climbing if you've not been through there. We are happy to report that the Tacoma is performing well. We aren't going to win any races towing up a long steep grade...but then we aren't interested in winning the race, just getting there... Toyota has beefed up all their truck with the 2007 models it seems, our Tacoma is a TRD offroad, and seems to be handling the towing real well...we considered a Tundra but (a) it wouldn't fit in our garage and (b) it felt like overkill for the Bambi...so a Tacoma it is!

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Will this thread become a bit more active when the 'season' begins? We bought our 19' Bambi in October and it has been sitting comfortably in storage since then. We're itchin' to get it on the road but as newbies will wait until the weather is better.
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Will this thread become a bit more active when the 'season' begins? We bought our 19' Bambi in October and it has been sitting comfortably in storage since then. We're itchin' to get it on the road but as newbies will wait until the weather is better.
I reckon the thread will pick up as it gets warmer in northern areas...we feel so lucky that we can go out camping all year long...which isn't to say that it's not cold in the desert in the winter...we just returned today from a campground near Tucson where we had 27 and 29 degree nights...now by many standards, that is balmy, but for us it's cold...I am happy to say that we remained cozy and warm and happy in our little Bambi...winter camping is really great when it's not the "everything in sight is frozen solid" kind of winter. We have not camped in snow yet, but we could if we went a little further north...or higher elevation. I does snow once in a while in Tucson Basin, but it's few and far between...we just might have to rush out to a local campground during our next forecasted snow fall just so we can say we did!

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We bought our 1999 Bambi in the fall of 2007, and because of health concerns, we were only able to make one 4-night camping trip in 2008. This summer we plan to do more. I am thinking of adding a CD player to the audio sytem. It came with an Audiovox radio/cassette player. I will keep the Audiovox, because the radio has analog tuning which I much prefer.
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Hi all New Bambi owner, bought a 1999 19 footer.No manuals with it.Need Manuals on Bambi 19 footer .I am picking it up today.I will give my opinions later.I do not know what size the holding tanks are!
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I bought mine new in sumer of 1998. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have. Doing a complete resto now and plan to have it another 11 years.

The new modles have a 18 gal black tank under the frame it will not fit in the 99 the frame has changed. I was able to get 15 gals becuse I have changed the floor plan some.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:56 PM   #76
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The Bambi thread is back! Yea! Still love ours... One change we've made recently is getting a kit from the Fantastic Fan folks to convert our model which had just a one-way fan to a reversible fan. We used to have a reversible fan in our previous motor home and really liked that...now we have one in the Bambi, too...(it's the forward vent...the back vent does not have a fan...but that may be the next upgrade). For those who are interested in making this change, it's not too bad. If I can do it, you can do it. That that much $ either.
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Old 08-29-2009, 12:30 AM   #77
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A good investment, TB. While at the International in Perry we had that same kit installed. Fantastic Fan was running a special. If I recall, the switch and installation was about $30. They sent two techs, and it only took them about 15 minutes, and they cleaned the screen while it was down. We love it. It's always interesting to hear what others have done to their Bambi's.
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We agree, SilverRanger...a nice change... It did take me longer than 15 minutes, but then I had never done one before...now that I know what needs to be done, it would go much faster... In my earlier post (#76) I mistyped, "That that much $ either."...should have been "Not that much $either." (Happy finger attack.) The kit was $35 plus shipping.
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Why don't they consolidate Bambi threads into one??

We are newbie Bambi owners (new to us 04) Just getting around the forum a bit looking for ideas. We leave in a few weeks fo CO..
So far so good with the Bambi, we've pulled it around town a few times with the Tacoma. It seems like it's going to do the job..ok.
I think I fit in it ok, we tested it in the driveway for a night..

We, unfortunately, had a pretty poor experience with our local airstream dealer when we bought it, but we are getting past all that stuff.

I will post again when we get back from CO, maybe a pic or two..

My original question was why are the Bambi threads broken down by year? Aren't they pretty similar from 1999 on? Seems to make more sense just rolling them into one thread.. just my $.02 worth.
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Have a safe trip. Looking forward to seeing some pictures, and maybe a story or two, when you get back.
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