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Old 09-25-2006, 08:01 AM   #15
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TIMEMACHINE knows his stuff. Good job!

Just remember, a heavy hitch-receiver combination will overload the rear axle GAWR unless weight distribution (WD) gear is installed on the trailer. WD gear has heavy spring bars that put force on the TV frame so that some of the hitch weight is transferred to the front axle. I don't think a dealership would let you out the door without one. Equalizer is a very good brand. Dealerships tend to have lowball friction anti-sway WD gear brands -- put your foot down and get something more reputable.
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:31 AM   #16
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is the cayenne a turbo? & photos of redo

First, randy, I'm curious about the cayenne stats, as our dealer said "no problem" with towing the AS with our turbo Cayenne. (Although we most likely will not; it's our "nice" car) I don't know about the Cayenne and Cayenne S models, but the turbo is heavier and more stable than some tow vehicles I have seen pulling 19' trailers. I've seen a Nissan Pathfinder towing one before and it is probably a 5500 lb vehicle. I really have to defer to the guys on this one, though. Canoestream is a fount of information-- (I have read many of his posts since joining the forums and have learned alot.)

Now to territory in which I'm more comfortable-- I will post photos of my redecorating when the whole project is complete. Bedspread will be finished this week along with the curtains. The last thing is the floor. BTW--this flooring is so cool. It's made by Chilewich (I think there is a website) It is the basketweave pattern woven vinyl with a metallic thread woven into it. It is a perfect complement to the Aluminum interior and matches perfectly the black laminate. Easy to maintain with a little vacuum and damp mop, and very edgey for all you modernists out there.

Randy, I hope you get exactly what you want and what is right for the family. The Base Camp will seem inadequate in comparison to the 19. I have had some great driveway parties in the AS. Imagine...the awning deployed to block the hot Texas sun and a blender full of Margaritas and a cooler of beer! My last "event" attracted curious neighbors who I had not seen in ages and we had a great time entertaining and enlisting potential new Airstreamers!

You will find excuses to go out in the trailer, plus, think of all the cash you'll save on vacations when you don't have to check into hotels! See? It practically pays for itself! No, seriously, my philosophy is that life is too short to worry about what might be, or will you use it enough. Those thoughts quickly fade when you're on the road, and then when you're ultimately snuggled into your trailer for the night with all the people you love.

Good luck! We'll be watching for your posts when you finally get your AS.

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Old 10-09-2006, 04:21 PM   #17
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Thanks for that update indiancreek.

We are T minus 10 days to picking up our 75th, so we'll be waiting on your photos!

We love the interior of David Winick's design, but do wish he had used more of a marine quality wood (ok I bet he wouldn't have approved of that! LOL). Done in the quality of say, a Doral Cruiser, that 19fter would really have been eye popping! We just might do something about that down the road... or not.

I think my wife is starting with replacement curtains, floor matt and bed cover to homy up ours when we get it.

Might get to sleep in it for a few nights before winter storage
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:35 PM   #18
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For those who might be considering the 75th anniversary 19ft Bambi, I just put together a page listing all the available units.

Currently out of the 75 built, there are 39 units on dealers lots, and one on ebay. So basically about 1/2 the units are now owned by campers, the other 1/2 will likely be sold over the winter and summer of 2007.

Interestingly I only noticed one of the Quicksilver Bambis left for sale which was the 2006 special.

Anyways if you're looking for one of these fine units, check out
http://fishcreekpond.com/content/view/66/75/

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Old 11-08-2006, 12:12 AM   #19
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Actually I'm moved that URL... try http://campadk.com/40winker/75thlocator.html instead
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Old 11-12-2006, 08:42 PM   #20
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75th Anniversary Bambi Video/Slideshow

I've put together a bucket load of photos hilighting the 75th and its features...

See http://campadk.com/40winker/videos.html

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Old 11-13-2006, 10:58 AM   #21
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dave, thanks for posting those photos. i love the interior. i'm doing a complete modernization of a '56 flying cloud and was thinking of going with stripping the paint of the interior panels and going with aluminum look but was worried it may be too much. BUT looking at your photos, i think it looks very cool and nicely compliments the wood tones. thanks so much for sharing.
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:55 AM   #22
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Dave your slideshow was stunning and very very thorough. It was as enjoyable and informative. It was great to see all the storage bins and cabinet details. This is what Airstream should have updated on their product website. I think they definitely need a new webmaster, since most is not working nor does it have new models shown. A spread as complete as this would really give potential buyers what they need.

I almost shed a tear at the slideshow finale. Very cool. Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-13-2006, 12:24 PM   #23
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Dave , excellent website and slide show. Love quality work. I agree with Carol: Airstream needs a redesigned website and new webmaster. They are stiil displaying old model year photos and have signs up for months promising "photo's to come" for many models. What's up with a company earning money like they are and won't spend for a quality website or even keep the one they have updated?
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:45 PM   #24
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Randy, The Bambi 19 ft 75 th anniversary is a unique Airstream. But built for
2. Consider other options. When we were looking we thought 16 ft Bambi
for 2. No let's go Bambi 19 ft. We did neither. We are new to camping so decided to go Vintage. We bought a 20 ft GT and it is small for 2...but we did not pay the price. We can sell and then do something different. Decisions Decisions...but Airstream FOR SURE.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:34 PM   #25
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I totally agree... Airstream like so many sites miss the boat. Its not a big job to provide more details, and photos especially on their products! They have the absolute most basic info on their site.

Heck why did we have to drive all the way down to New Jersey to see their product? All we had was a handful of photos of the 75th.

And what about the details? I had to spend hours perusing the web to find out correct info, weights, capacities. I didn't even find out the fridge size until we owned it! Actually if you look through specs and options, their isn't even mention that Bambi's have fridges! LOL

At least many realestate firms are getting wise in this regard and have very high quality walkthrough videos to entice prospective buyers.

I found the best resource for comparing Airstream models.. well at least recent models.. just go to the Colonial Airstream site (NJ dealer) and look through their extensive inventory. They have lots of photos at least, and not dot shots like on the Airstream site!

We spent hours trying to figure out what we were buying.. what the unit was supposed to come with. Certainly our dealer didn't have a clue, except for a printout off the web from another dealer LOL.

Well at least Airstream is not alone... so many places/companies lack any amount of details on their websites. And how about those campgrounds? Many parks have one or two photos... ???? Why would I drive 4 hours to camp at a place that I have no clue what it looks like or if its my style? Whats it cost to host a photo? Is the campground that bad that they don't dare show you what it looks like? LOL.
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Excellent job!

Dave -- Embryonic Journey is fitting as a soundtrack for the video of your new 75th Anniversary Bambi. But I know you aren't of age to have been a 1st generation listener ... . I recall Spring of 1967 and seeing Jefferson Airplane in performance -- well before I could have used a Smily with x's for eyes!

I enjoy your enthusiasm -- we're right there with you!
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:54 PM   #27
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75th anniversary shortfall

The 75th anniv edition has a major drawback, compared to the other versions of the 19 Bambi, in my opinion. That is the lack of a second sink and "vanity" area. It's nice to be able to wash your hands, brush teeth, etc somewhere other than the kitchen area, especially while dishes are still draining. It's nice to be able to set up your tolietries and leave them in the cabinet during a trip, and the mirrors give my wife a place to do makeup when she wants to. With four people, both sinks will be in use more often than you may expect. One sink may be acceptable in a 16', but it seems a sacrifice to style in the 19'
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:18 PM   #28
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Good point Robert,

We looked closely at this and thought... heck its only a 19ft trailer.. how many sinks do we really need? I believe Winick talked about this issue in his interview. Of course there are different people and different needs. Devoting all that area to 5 minutes of use in the morning and evening just didn't make sense for our usage but might be a necessity for others. Of course the vanity is available in the Safari and CCD, Winicks version provides campers an alternative.

The openiness of the 75th is what easily sealed the deal for us.

Personally I don't see the 75th as a choice for anyone considering any amount of camping with 4 people. The Safari or CDD would be a better choice. There is more space for day use, for 4 people in the 75th, but the dinette isn't really designed to sleep 2 people... especially 2 adults. Its really better suited to a smaller child as the head and foot areas are storage, not removable cushions like the CCD or Safari. I believe I measured this area at 72 or 74" and about 36" wide? Not definate on those dimensions...

For 2 though it works great!
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