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Old 08-10-2015, 06:58 PM   #1
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16' Bambi & family of 4

We had a 31' Airstream for a few years, having in some part been swayed by the argument of "you always move up, so buy big first."

This was not ideal.

We sold it and tent camped for a few years, and recently bought a 16' Bambi for the 4 of us. Girls share a bunk, boys share a bunk, and it works. Have spent about 4 weeks and a couple of weekends in it, and traveled within a triangle bounded by central Illinois, Alabama, and Bar Harbor Maine. Our longest trip was about 2 weeks and 3000 miles - no real complaints. While it took a little patience now and then, we never really felt cramped. Some of us didn't feel as cramped as we had in the 31'. The larger trailer was, I'm Bill Buckley's words, just right for 3, but 4 was two too many.

Obviously, parking was simple, but so was traffic outside of Boston, route 7 across southern Vermont, and various back roads in Alabama and Tennessee.
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:06 AM   #2
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I have a 16' and agree bigger is not always better. Parking, maneuvering in traffic, smaller truck (better fuel economy) etc. It certainly works for my wife and I very well.
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:35 AM   #3
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We have been full time 4 years with 3 kids. Plenty if space for people kids and dogs. Our big problem is with people taking pictures of a big 6 wheeler...... Entering our lane, driving us into the ditch.
Hats off to you, I cannot fathom all those bodies hunkered down during bad weather, those are inside, bored game days!
My funny slogan is "we're going to need a bigger boat"!
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:17 AM   #4
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Our trips are usually just extended weekends and I just love my FC19 and think it is the perfect weekender for 2 (ok, maybe 2 adults a 1 child). We've used it up to 10 days at a time but if I had kids and went out for an extended trip, as in 2+ weeks, I think I would seriously look for a mid-twenties AS. Bigger is not always better, I bought what I needed for me +1 and so far, have no regrets.
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:06 PM   #5
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Seems to me that the 20ft models don't get a lot of love...but thanks to the large and well laid-out galley which may be the best in AS's lineup, and real bathroom, we (a full-time family of 3 and part-time of 4 when son is home from college) can spend prolonged periods in it without getting on each other's nerves. They tow beautifully with...at most...5,000lbs behind you...usually less. Just want to point out the benefits of a beautiful model intermediate between the 16' and 23-27 footers. Safe travels. jon
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:21 PM   #6
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When away for long I guess you just use bath houses and public restrooms?
The 16' can't sport much in the way if holding tanks!
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:30 PM   #7
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How many of you will still sleep in a tent?
I guess 2 can sleep in the bed and 2 can sleep on the converted dinette.
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:36 PM   #8
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We still tent camp, all of us still love primitive camping!
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:53 PM   #9
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I'm with you B00merang! We have a 20' and love it for the galley. I can cook and hubby can walk around, used the bathroom, etc., with out getting in each others way. And there is COUNTER SPACE! Love it.

The only space problem we'd had is that on one trip, almost two weeks in, the dogs (8 lb and 16 lb) got on each others nerves. One didn't like the other walking by to get to the water dish. We now have two water dishes.
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:32 PM   #10
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Small is good.

Enjoy your travels.


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Old 08-13-2015, 11:23 AM   #11
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I looked at the 16 and felt it was just too small, but the Bambi 19 is perfect for me and my wife and our chocolate lab. As some others commented, the bathroom is a good size and I like the full size shower, the kitchen is also a good size. And it all pulls very nicely behind my Toyota Tacoma.
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We had a 16 for a year then traded it on a 20. I could not sleep in the bed on the 16. I would get claustrophobic. I would use the dinette. Loved the unit though, more storage than I would have guessed and it was real easy on the tow and maneuvering front. Was not nuts about the tiny grey/black tank, but we made it work. The bath was just barely usable for night use in a pinch.

The 20 has the same size bed, but it is more open. I sleep in it fine. The bathroom is super usable (though the throne is too tall). The added tank space is great. And the kitchen is to die for. So far we are very happy. Just got back from a 4000K trip in it and had no problems other than refrigerator trim popping off.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:36 AM   #13
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We have just moved UP to a 16' Sport. Have been camping in a very nice CampInn tear drop trailer. I guess small is a relative term. When camping aren't you supose to be outside anyway? It is just the two of us and could take a wire fox terrier with us on occasion but right now we are happy with the size and towing ease of our AS
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When we got the 16 we were lifetime tent campers (with a short few years with a pop-up) and were seriously going to buy a Tab. My folks convinced us to go with a bathroom and the Tab bath was way too small to move in so we got the 16 Sport. It was HUGE compared to what we were looking at. I wished it would have worked better for me, we loved it. On the positive side, trading it in after a year we got more back for it than I thought we would! And somebody got a fantastic not even broken in all the way camper.
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