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Old 06-30-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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75th Anniversary Bambi #6

This is an update on our 75th Custom #6, which we found in the Portland area, early June, 2010. Last Summer, I had posted some photos of the interior on the 75th Anniversary Bambi Registry thread, inquiring about our unusual upholstery scheme. As expected, I found the backrest fabric had been changed somewhere along the line.
I sent David Winick an email with those same photos, and he had a great response - “YUK!!!”. It just happened that David had a few yards of the two original fabric colors stashed away, and I was able to purchase it from him, and brought #6 back to his original design.
Here’s a summary of all the things we’ve done to #6. Some are repairs to original manufacturing shortcuts, and others, subtle upgrades that Airstream might have done if they wanted to raise the price a little more.

The interior items:
- Re-upholstered the back rest cushions and two pillows with the correct fabric combinations.

- Replaced all the hard foam pillow forms with high quality, and much softer, cluster fiber forms.

- Removed (and saved) the pillow buttons, much softer now, and at a small cost to David’s original design.

- Replaced all the high-density foam inserts in the goucho cushions with 2” memory foam laminated to 2” high-density. Amazing improvement in sleeping (and sitting) comfort.

- Added a SS marine barrel bolt to the bed pull-out, keeping it from sliding out while moving. Also added a few clear bumpers in strategic positions to keep the toilet door and slide out from making contact when made into a bed.

- Added two chrome knobs in the toilet area, one on the door for towels, and one on the right wall for a large hanging toilet kit.

- Replaced every visible zinc, pan head, sheet metal screw with SS, truss head.

- Replaced the Sony audio/video unit with a newer and more intuitive Sony.

- Removed the CD changer, since we always use an IPod, and picked up a little more storage space. The wiring behind the TV panel was a spaghetti-like mess, now organized.

- Replaced the TV hold down footman loops with some nice marine grade SS ones, and an improved velcro strap design that cinches the TV to the wall much better.

- Shortened all of the mini blinds, so they are now taut at all times.

- Beefed up the converter mount. Airstream made the opening too large, the converter was installed crooked, and only two screws held it in place. It almost fell out on an early trip.

- Added HD magnetic catches to supplement OEM catches on all of the drawers, and removed, properly reinstalled, and adjusted all of the OEM door and drawer catches. Now they all stay put while traveling.

- Planed down all four sides of the pop-off door at floor level below the entertainment center, and added a supplementary HD magnetic catches. Also cleaned up and secured all the wiring running through this area. Now easy to use as a storage area for our sleeping bags in a compression sack. We didn't even find this storage space until this Spring.

- And last, but not least, found some nice lightweight Bodum glasses to fit the street side glass holder.

The exterior items:
- Replaced the wheels and tires with 16”. The wheels are exactly the same as used by Airstream (Dexstar), but 16” and higher rated. The tires are Michelin XPS Rib, 225/75-16, load rated E.

- Removed all of the exterior decals.

Here are the photos posted last Summer, showing the backrests with the plaid fabric.

Much better now, with the upholstery back to David's spec.

Here are the plaid fabric "Before" photos.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:54 PM   #2
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Ya pay 80,000 for an Airstream ya gotta expect to fix it up a bit to make it livable.
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Looks good. Its the little things that make the difference.

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Old 06-30-2011, 08:03 PM   #4
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Ya pay 80,000 for an Airstream ya gotta expect to fix it up a bit to make it livable.
Actually, these David Winick Customs didn't sell for anything close to that when new. And we bought ours last Spring, pre-owned, so just a fraction of your number.
But you're right about the need to fix it up. Amazing what you find when you use it awhile, or look close enough.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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Wonderful updates and changes. This is a great post that shows how you can upgrade a slightly-used trailer with better components and materials.

I'm envious of the Winicks - I keep having dreams of buying a used 23' International and having new wood cabinetry built for it in the same vein...

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That's one fine looking Airstream!
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I love it! I was @ $3000 off and lost out on one in Seattle in 09. it worked out ok because we found a great 06 CCD but yours is what started our obsession. Great looking AS!
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glad i checked this post - i never knew there was floor level storage below the A/V [and i have had this trailer for 5 years!]. I am going to check it out when i get back.

we are adding stainless trim around all of the exposed wood edges on ours - the benefit of living close enough to DWs shop, i can get advice and help from the man himself!

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glad i checked this post - i never knew there was floor level storage below the A/V [and i have had this trailer for 5 years!]. I am going to check it out when i get back.

we are adding stainless trim around all of the exposed wood edges on ours - the benefit of living close enough to DWs shop, i can get advice and help from the man himself!

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Robert - I haven't been here in awhile, so just seeing you comments. Meredith was on her knees damp-mopping the floor after a trip, and just happened top spot the finger pull on that door. We'd only had Wanda less than a year, and were wondering if everyone else had spotted that storage space. Our door was a little tight to remove and replace easily, so I ran the edges through a planer to knock off about a 16th inch all the way around, so now it's easy to use.
Show us your stainless trim when it's done. Neat that you live near DW, it would be super to have such a great resource so close.
I'm sure you know this, but your Custom number is stamped on the plate to the right of the door. Is yours on the registry?
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Hi kd, thanks for all the ideas for upgrades. I'm interested in replacing the cushion green high density foam as well, hoping it'll be even more comfortable to sleep on. Could you give more detail on where you found a good replacement and how you made it fit in the cushion covers? Also, I took out the cd-changer as well, but am having trouble finding a way to connect my iPod for music and such. How do you SE your iPod with the audio system?

Thanks. Love other pictures and ideas. - Mike
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I'm interested in replacing the cushion high density foam as well. Could you give more detail on where you found a good replacement and how you made it fit in the cushion covers? Also, I took out the cd-changer as well, but am having trouble finding a way to connect my iPod for music and such. How do you SE your iPod with the audio system?
Mike - I used A-1 Foam Rubber on SE Stark at 80th. I ordered two-inch memory foam laminated to two-inch high density foam. You need to leave your existing foam cushions, which he uses to trace the shape onto the new foam, and cuts with a special band saw. He also helped us stuff the new foam into the covers, which is a challenging job. We wanted all of the goucho cushions to have the same feel, so replaced the foam in all four pieces. Our cost in January '11 was $506.
The new foam is a perfect fit. You're welcome to sit and lay on ours before deciding, just send a pm, and I'll respond.
Regarding our iPod - the receiver is connected to the iPod's headphone jack with a cable that has the mini-jack on the iPod end, splitting to stereo RCA connectors on the other, which you would be able to find at Radio Shack. Connect the iPod to the RCA connectors on the walnut panel behind the TV. Our newer audio/video receiver is set to rear aux input, and yours is probably the same.
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Guys -- where is SE Stark and 80th? I'm looking for more comfortable sleep also, but I'm in Texas.
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Guys -- where is SE Stark and 80th? I'm looking for more comfortable sleep also, but I'm in Texas.
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Hi Racoco, kd and I live in Portland, OR. I think you could ask around any foam place in Texas about the same specifications for the foam as kd describes.
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Portland is a long way. However... not having a lot of luck with foam guys in TX. Anybody have suggestions in TX or New Mexico?
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