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Old 05-16-2007, 07:39 AM   #57
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campadk andasherkobin,

Great report! Last year, I was offered the original prototype of the 75th that David Winnick built. It is the only '06 75th Anniv. model. I really lusted for that, but just couldn't swing it at the time .

Anyway, you can get much better charging from a better converter with 3 stage charging like a WFCO or the NEW Parallax ParaMode 4400........OR you can hook up a small 3-stage electronic battery charger (about $50) directly to your batteries and bypass the converter entirely (this will need a battery disconnect on the neg. side of the battery cable to isolate them, or use your battery disconnect switch in the trailer).

You can also change out your batteries to AGMs and get a lot more useable amperage from them. I put a WFCO converter in my 19CCD and 2 6volt GPL-4C AGM golf cart batteries in it and I have lots of juice. One of the advantages of ANY AGM battery is the much quicker re-charge times due to the lower internal resistance of the battery.

Another option might be to use LED lighting in the trailer. There are several threads on this, and I have found a light that is a DIRECT REPLACEMENT for the halogen lights that are in the Bambis.

Just a couple of suggestions to keep you running in the boonies.
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:47 AM   #58
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Thanks for that info lewster! Would be great if that ParaMode 4400 solves the recharge issue... and is an easy replacement for the current Parallax 7355.

I'm not worried about converting the lights too much. We already have some neat led based candles and led lights which happen to fit in a standard lantern.

Best solution to improving things is simply higher capacity batteries and a more efficient charging system.
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Old 05-16-2007, 10:09 PM   #59
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Hey Asher.....

I had a similar problem with my furnace, turned out that they had to increase the gas flow for better ignition, it fires right off now.

Don't get discouraged, there are a bunch of little things to sort out. One thing at a time to your liking.

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Old 06-20-2007, 02:15 PM   #60
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Back from trip #4 with our 75th, now having spend 14 nights camping in the Bambi. Kate is in charge of the interior and has mentioned to me on a few occassions that David Winicks design for the pullout secion of the bed works fantastic! Originally she was thinking of not making up the bed back into a couch during the day, however she finds that making up/taking down the bed is a breeze and so it is make back into the couch daily to increase floor space.

Kudos to David for this brillant design element!

Also the area curb side behind the dinette seat makes a perfect area for a bar

Love our 75th!



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Old 06-29-2007, 08:58 PM   #61
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Our first trip

Hi everyone,
Love the photo Campadk!
Thought i'd share a newbies experience for all your amusement.
Finally worked out a time to take her out on our first trip. Nervous as i've never towed nor backed up with a trailer since towing her home in March.
Anyway got off the plane from a business trip and rushed home to back her out to leave.
First problem, electric post in front wouldnt work. No matter figured out how to do manually. Then came the 30 minute ordeal backing it out of side yard between trees and on a slope. Success.
We finished loading and headed out. Luckily we chose a park 45 minutes away as it was already 830 at night.
We pulled in and i saw a pump and hose so i stopped to fill. As its nearly full i notice a sign that says non potable water. Hmm that doesnt sound good. I pull ahead to the ranger station to check in. We're in luck, an electrical site had a cancellation (we had called all week to no avail) I purchase some firewood. By the way where is the water fill site? Oh its further up ahead. That was the dump site i filled at. Eww
Ok so i dumped the water out and refilled with fresh potable. We decide to not drink or shower until we flush again or bleach it or something.
Anyway we set up and everything worked great. We were comfy (wife and I and two boys 7 and 9) slept well and trip was great.
Only other issue. Turned on water heater and no hot water. Wife kept running water but no hot. Read and reread instructions. Maybe its only a gas heater? we turn on the gas, yup. I hear it fire up. Nice hot water. Oops now no water? Turns out we ran through it all. No matter, i pull back out and fill up again, very close to our site and come back, took 20 minutes tops. Let some grey out to make sure we had room. Drought here so gravel parking spot soaked it up in a jiff.
Saw another streamer so went for a visit. Nice couple. Fulltimers in an excella maybe 27 ft? Had a ball. When i got home equalizer brackets were loose again. Same thing happened on way home from showroom. Those things worry me.
Monkeyed around with electric post today, had loose connection is all so working well. Thanks again to all who encouraged us to jump in. We love it and look forward to our next trip a bit wiser.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:19 PM   #62
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I think you might regret the choice of a trailer that small when your boys get a liilt bit bigger. Unless you are going to trade up in size in a year or two I would buy for five years ahead and enjoy the extra room now. (Ha, as if there is such a thing as extra room in a trailer)
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:43 PM   #63
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Great report Randy!

First trip or so with a new rig is always fun and a learning experience!

We've been out camping with our 75th 4 times and have racked up 22 nights in it so far. Another 4-5 trips in the works.

Backing up is becoming pretty easy. We use walkie talkies and I have Kate guide me in. I have her continual 'talk' to give me feedback, and we generally have it backed in in no time. The only 'issue' is getting the trailer perfectly oriented for water views, sunsets and such

I haven't bothered with fill sites. I just take a 6gal jug past a nearby water tap whether I think of it. We don't economize much on water... generally we transfer the gray water to a 25gal blueboy tote every day or so.. (about 4 showers plus doing dishes) since we don't have hookups.

Water heater is just gas, yup. Takes us about 5 minutes for some mightly hot water.

Hope you weren't dumping out grey water at your site! Most places wouldn't like you doing that!

Personally I wouldn't worry about the size of your trailer when the boys are older. I hear from a lot of campers that they bought so and so a camper for the kids, and then later on they want to stay in a tent. Neighbours today were tell us that as well. My son also prefers to have his 'own place'.

Besides when they become teenagers, they sleep in so late... thats a pain if they are sleeping on the dinette.
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Randy & Dave -- Excellent camping reports. Great photo Dave!

Randy, your manual has a clear description of the simple disinfection process for your water system. Sometimes I manage to do it frequently, sometimes I don't. It's almost easier for me to bring bottled water. Some campground water is high in iron and makes lousy coffee anyway. What-evah...
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Randy & Dave -- Excellent camping reports. Great photo Dave!

Randy, your manual has a clear description of the simple disinfection process for your water system. Sometimes I manage to do it frequently, sometimes I don't. It's almost easier for me to bring bottled water. Some campground water is high in iron and makes lousy coffee anyway. What-evah...
Wow...great shots. Wish I was having as much fun in my David Winick trailer as all of you are. <tag> Jealous </tag>

DDS Bob,

Don't you use a filter on campground H2O? Ever since I saw the orange water at Morraine View, I have carried one.

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Old 08-19-2007, 01:44 AM   #66
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Hey All,

Just closed the deal on our new 2007 75th this morning. She's #45. It'll be our first travel trailer. We weren't really serious about getting one for maybe another 4 or 5 years. Then my wife saw the picture of the 75th edition, and said that would be the only one for her. Long story short, we got excited about it, and I found one 500 miles away from me. Bought it sight unseen....which makes me very nervous. I'll pick her up in a few weeks.

I felt pretty comfortable with the buy since it was an Airstream, and I thought they were the cream of the crop. Now, I see some posts that some of the construction is kinda dumb/cheap. I did notice in some pics the dealer sent me that the plastic/rubber gasketing between cabinets and the cabin walls seemed cheezy for the high level and price of the unit.

Anyway, I hope to be a happy camper. I think I got a good deal and it has the solar package with 600W inverter, the awning package, and satelite radio.

It's just my wife and I and we are not big people. The bed/lounge arrangement and the walnut veneer is what sold her. I didn't care for the fact that there is no fan over the range, but justify it as being "in keeping with the vintage style" (....which of course, is meaningless since it has solar and satelite radio...)

I'll be studying this site and thread for hints from you experienced guys. I'll post her once she's home.

If anyone has a fix for the thermostat in the bathroom, please post. I was wondering if the stat could be moved/turned around and wired through the cabinet next to the range..and then maybe extended to a more logical location. Just a thought...but then I don't even have my Bambi yet.
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Just closed the deal on our new 2007 75th this morning. She's #45. It'll be our first travel trailer.
Congratulations! The 75th is a beautiful trailer.
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Long story short, we got excited about it, and I found one 500 miles away from me. Bought it sight unseen....which makes me very nervous. I'll pick her up in a few weeks.
We had a very similar experience with our Quiksilver Bambi - it was the only one for us but the closest one available was 1000mi away. We bought it sight unseen about a year ago, have loved camping in her, and haven't had any problems so far (knock on veneer).
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Thermostat

The thermostat being in the bathroom proved annoying and I had the dealer move it to the other side of the cabinet. They were gracious enough to put a round mirror in the bathroom where the thermostat used to be.

So here's the catch...with the thermostat now being on the kitchen side, the thermometer gets screwed up just the same when you're cooking :P

So it's a trade-off. Of course ideally it would be on the other side of the trailer. One note is that Witnick's prototype had the thermostat on the kitchen side...

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Just closed the deal on our new 2007 75th this morning. She's #45. It'll be our first travel trailer. We weren't really serious about getting one for maybe another 4 or 5 years. Then my wife saw the picture of the 75th edition, and said that would be the only one for her. Long story short, we got excited about it, and I found one 500 miles away from me. Bought it sight unseen....which makes me very nervous. I'll pick her up in a few weeks.

I felt pretty comfortable with the buy since it was an Airstream, and I thought they were the cream of the crop. Now, I see some posts that some of the construction is kinda dumb/cheap. I did notice in some pics the dealer sent me that the plastic/rubber gasketing between cabinets and the cabin walls seemed cheezy for the high level and price of the unit.

Anyway, I hope to be a happy camper. I think I got a good deal and it has the solar package with 600W inverter, the awning package, and satelite radio.

It's just my wife and I and we are not big people. The bed/lounge arrangement and the walnut veneer is what sold her. I didn't care for the fact that there is no fan over the range, but justify it as being "in keeping with the vintage style" (....which of course, is meaningless since it has solar and satelite radio...)

I'll be studying this site and thread for hints from you experienced guys. I'll post her once she's home.

If anyone has a fix for the thermostat in the bathroom, please post. I was wondering if the stat could be moved/turned around and wired through the cabinet next to the range..and then maybe extended to a more logical location. Just a thought...but then I don't even have my Bambi yet.
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Thermostat

THAT was exactly my thinking, although I was speculating that I could extend the wiring thru the cabinet over the range and mount the TStat on the end of that cab facing the dinette seat. I'll check it out when I take delivery. The bathroom needs a mirror anyhow, and that seems a suitable fix.

Thanks for the reply.
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Congrats tetstream!

Don't worry about some of the comments. These are all pretty minor in the whole scheme of things.

I haven't tried it yet, but I was going to adjust the thermostat so the on/off swing isn't so great. If you move it over by the monitor, that would be great, and shouldn't be too difficult. Being near the stove should be an issue either since you likely don't want the heater on anyways when you have the stove going. For us here in the north, we will only be using the heater in early spring and late fall... for you in SF Bay area, maybe you won't ever need it!

We have tried a few things to improve the bed/lounge comfort. Turns out a 1.5 inch (roughtly) piece of memory foam makes it quite comfortable, and it rolls up nicely for storage during the day if you make the bed back up into a couch (we normally do, its quick and easy).

One think we wish Airstream had done was include one of the vintage color zip dees like the blue stripped on which would have looked more athentic than the plain gray Zip Dee awning.. oh well.

My only issues at the moment are to improve on the boondockability of this unit. Unfortunately the fridge uses about 2A with the fan on (its on a lot if its warm out). Apparently older units are much more booddock friendly. The heater blower as well sucks the juice. We are using about 35AH a day with little light usage or anything else for that matter, so a generator/good solar panel is a must if you have no hookups.

I still have to solve the dang buzzing, blups and pops the come out of the subwoofer. I'll get to a solution come soon enough.

Anyone else with a 75th, let me know if you have this problem as well with the sound system.

Cheers!
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