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Old 03-01-2013, 07:06 PM   #15
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We are just finishing week three with two more to go with our 16!
And they said it couldn't be done.....
My only gripe so far has been about the shoes but that is another post!!

I like the CCDS interior too and the 19 seems just palatial to us. Of course we have Scottish terriers not labs and ours are home now with a "sitter"....

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For 3 weeks our labs would be at home with a sitter! We love our little 19' Bambi and its still about camping, when were on extended trips we will go bigger but for now our 19' works great for us. Enjoy your trip! Very jealous since ours is in storage and we have about 12" of snow on the ground.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:23 PM   #16
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Blmitch5, I am totally new to Airstreams, and we have the same model AND I know I am in wrong forum, sorry, but do you leave your awning out all the time at a campsite? Love the nice platform. sub
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:29 PM   #17
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Hi,
I will jump in here! Leave your awning up at your own peril!
Suggested reading.....http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ing-78413.html
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:52 PM   #18
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Never leave it out at night! Or when your away but we have it out most of the time.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:57 PM   #19
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I forgot but the platform was at a campsite in Branson MO. It is a great CG!
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:32 PM   #20
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The wife likes the larger bed and if we go with the 22 Sport I'll add the stone guards and rear bumper.
We compared the same models, though several models years ago. That was the distinction for us, the bed. Some folks may not find a six inch width difference to be that significant, but it was a lot for us. Actually, we have an even slightly wider bed than the current model, as our Sport 22 is the older non-FB plan, with the front dinette usually made up for sleeping.

In practice, the narrow body doesn't seem less roomy to us, and both models you're considering feel pretty open for small trailers. Both are easy to maneuver.

As you're also looking across model lines, the 'cheaper' or missing features of the Sport tend to be pretty obvious: no bumper, plastic propane cover, cheaper windows, and so on. But as you note, these can be fitted later, or upgraded over the years. And both series get the same admiring looks!

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We compared the same models, though several models years ago. That was the distinction for us, the bed. Some folks may not find a six inch width difference to be that significant, but it was a lot for us. Actually, we have an even slightly wider bed than the current model, as our Sport 22 is the older non-FB plan, with the front dinette usually made up for sleeping.

In practice, the narrow body doesn't seem less roomy to us, and both models you're considering feel pretty open for small trailers. Both are easy to maneuver.

As you're also looking across model lines, the 'cheaper' or missing features of the Sport tend to be pretty obvious: no bumper, plastic propane cover, cheaper windows, and so on. But as you note, these can be fitted later, or upgraded over the years. And both series get the same admiring looks!

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Which windows are different?
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The windows have the rubber seal around them verses the aluminum frame. I think the pano is the same but all the side windows are different.
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We compared the same models, though several models years ago. That was the distinction for us, the bed. Some folks may not find a six inch width difference to be that significant, but it was a lot for us. Actually, we have an even slightly wider bed than the current model, as our Sport 22 is the older non-FB plan, with the front dinette usually made up for sleeping.

In practice, the narrow body doesn't seem less roomy to us, and both models you're considering feel pretty open for small trailers. Both are easy to maneuver.

As you're also looking across model lines, the 'cheaper' or missing features of the Sport tend to be pretty obvious: no bumper, plastic propane cover, cheaper windows, and so on. But as you note, these can be fitted later, or upgraded over the years. And both series get the same admiring looks!

Enjoy the rest of your search.
Like Whizzo we chose the 22' Sport and leave the dinette made up for sleeping. We use sleeping bags. A bumper doesn't do anything except add weight. Windows are fine and if you have mudflaps the rock guards aren't really helpful. The narrow body saves gas, is easier to see around and has more counter space.
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The windows have the rubber seal around them verses the aluminum frame. I think the pano is the same but all the side windows are different.
Yes, that's the major window difference. And on older models, even the front window was different. As a weight-saving measure with the lesser capacity 4000 lb vice 4500 lb axle, A/S used a standard Hehr window, eventually upgraded to the bigger wrap-around.

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We just purchased a 2013 International Signature Bambi 19.

The front bed in the Sport 22FB seemed like a waste of nice front windows. We love the Bambi's rear bed with room divider (curtain).

They both weighed the same, however the smaller Bambi's rear bumper, front gravel guards, two batteries, larger LP tanks and black/grey tanks and much nicer interior trumped the larger size of the Sport.
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We just purchased a 2013 International Signature Bambi 19.

The front bed in the Sport 22FB seemed like a waste of nice front windows. We love the Bambi's rear bed with room divider (curtain).

They both weighed the same, however the smaller Bambi's rear bumper, front gravel guards, two batteries, larger LP tanks and black/grey tanks and much nicer interior trumped the larger size of the Sport.
Interstateflyer, From your profile it looks like you are pulling your Bambi 19 with an Interstate Sprinter RV. If so, I'm curious how it's working out? We have a 2011 Pleasure Way built on the Mercedes 3500 Sprinter with dual tires. The towing capacity is rated 5000# and we're looking to buy a small AS for extended travel. We're trying to choose between the Sport 22FB or one of the higher end shorter ASs. We plan to use the RV as our living room and kitchen and use the AS as the bedroom and bath. The size of the bathroom will be of more importance to us. Any thoughts?
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We looked at 22 also because we want to upgrade from a 17' Casita. The 22' seemed to have a smaller fridge vs 4 cu/ft that we have in our 17' Casita or the FC 20' or 19'. In the 22 there are no cabinets over the dinette. There are in the 23FB. Kitchen countertop is much better in the 22 vs 19. A lot of people never user their RV ovens. We cary a toaster oven in the Casita. Only a 2 burner cook top on the 22 vs 19 but we've never missed having a 3rd in the Casita. Gray holding is 24 gallons in the 22 vs 21 gallons in the 19,20 but is 30 in the 23fb. Out Casita has 32 gallons an we found it hard to downsize that because we like to camp at National Parks (no hookups) a lot. The FC 20 vs the FC 19 wins for us, both have the same basic features, 48" wide bed and dinette, but the corner toilet shower is cramped in the 19' and more spacious in the 20. Kitchen in the 20 is better an just about any other floor plan AS offers. The more we looked the more we kept going up in size. We are now considering the 25 as the sweet spot. Not to0 large and not too small and large enough to spend a couple of years on the road when we retire in years. We also have to buy a new TV to do this. You have the F150. Even though preowned and new 25' are more expensive than 20s, 22s, 19s, 23s its cheaper to buy it one time than buy twice within 5 years for a larger AS.

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Interstateflyer, From your profile it looks like you are pulling your Bambi 19 with an Interstate Sprinter RV. If so, I'm curious how it's working out? We have a 2011 Pleasure Way built on the Mercedes 3500 Sprinter with dual tires. The towing capacity is rated 5000# and we're looking to buy a small AS for extended travel. We're trying to choose between the Sport 22FB or one of the higher end shorter ASs. We plan to use the RV as our living room and kitchen and use the AS as the bedroom and bath. The size of the bathroom will be of more importance to us. Any thoughts?
You will find the bathroom is much larger in the 22' Sport.
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