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Old 08-01-2013, 07:35 AM   #21
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Let me repeat this once more: Our trailer weight is well within the published capabilities of the tow vehicle.

Sway comes from a bad hitch setup. You can get sway with a 3/4 ton truck and a 16' Bambi. We tow with a Hensley hitch, making our rig as stable as stable can be.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:56 AM   #22
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jk2006, I was just in our Bambi yesterday (in preparation for our upcoming trip to Glacier NP ) and thought about your question. My response is still basically "No, it won't work to have someone sleep on the floor."

Our model has the bathroom door opening into the cabin right by the outside door, but the newer models (I believe) have the bathroom door opening out by the kitchenette. Opening this door would be difficult to do with a body in the way. With our 2005 model, there is an air quality detector by the wall that sets off an unholy racket when it is blocked (as in, by a sleeping body.) Also, the length just isn't that great. The person would have to sleep with their legs partly under one of the beds, but this is where we store our gym bags (for clothing) as the closet is pretty small, let alone for four people.

If your heart is set on one of the "little guys" (as ours was) I think your best bet is to sleep 2 and 2 on the beds till your children get too big for that, and then either look to an auxilliary tent, a tow vehicle that will sleep a person or two, or a bigger AS.

In terms of the tow vehicle (funny, my eyes kept reading "TV" as "television" and I wondered why you might need a big TV) we are a one-vehicle couple with a medium-sized dog. We found the 2011 Tacoma crew cab (which gets over 20 mpg without towing) to be a good all-around vehicle for our uses. No problems driving with Bambi in the mountains, which is the only way we get out of here.

Unfortunately I just checked the specs on the 2013 Tacoma, and it looks like Toyota has really dumbed down its towing capacity, to a marginal 3500 lbs, which is the weight of our Bambi. I guess they want you to buy their beefier Tundra for towing purposes.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:12 PM   #23
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Thank you all for your responses. I sincerely appreciate it!
We are going to review our budget to see if any AS is in reach in the next few years but at least now I have confidence that a 16 would work for our needs. Our local dealer doesn't have any 16's in stock ...
Have you considered an Airstream that is a couple of years old? The price would come down quite a bit if it is 3-5 years old rather than brand new. You may be able to realize your dream sooner...and stay within your budget.

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Old 08-02-2013, 10:31 PM   #24
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Find floor plan you like. Lay it out with tape then see how y'all "fit"..

If I could have done it, we would have many more camping memories. Instead we had tents and miserable popups which were rarely used and ended up selling or rotting in storage.

Do it.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:03 PM   #25
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Light hearted response, ok?...

I cant imagine how 4 folks could enjoy a long adventure in a 16' camper. My buddy says 'we spend all of our time out side and only sleep inside...'

Gee, buy a Home Depot cargo trailer and install 4 bunks...

6 for cocktails, 4 for dinner, 2 for sleeping applies to our 34'....

We were 'stuck' in a Florida campground for 5 days, 2 of us in a 34'er, when a storm cut us off from the mainland. We were on the local news..
Had there been 4 of us in a 16' Airstream, we would have also made the news in a much different manner....

You mileage may vary....
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This would be absolutely horrible. A pop-up would be more enjoyable.
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LOL...well there are certainly varied opinions on this matter, and I appreciate all of your responses!!

We are going to put this on the "back burner" for now. There are almost no used 16's out there in the 3-10 year old range, and since we are towing virgins I don't want to jump right into something long/heavy (and very expensive too)
We can stay in hotels for our weekend adventures and be ahead financially at this point based on cost of ownership & how often we'd get out, mileage, storage, insurance, etc.

I've been officially scared away from owning an AS with my research. Maybe when the kids are older, when we are done paying an arm & leg for daycare, it will be in the cards but not now. We will rent one to get our Airstream fix but will focus on owning one way down the line, maybe in 10-15 years, unless we win a lottery...

Thank you all again for your advice & taking the time to respond to my questions....I really do appreciate it!!
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:40 PM   #28
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If you have a dream that is good and true, never give up on it.

If you keep your eyes open on the classifieds, RV dealers' sites, and even stop and ask when you see one parked in a driveway, your Airstream will find you.

Ours did.

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Old 08-03-2013, 07:52 PM   #29
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Back in the 60's friends of our family had a Bambi and they had two teenage boys. They later upgraded to a 27'. One thing to consider is that when the kids get older they sometimes like to sleep in a small tent instead of a trailer. More room for everyone and everyone is happy.

That is their Stream in the top left corner. Pic was taken at the Fairview Mall parking lot in St. Catharines Ont.
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