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Old 07-21-2015, 09:50 PM   #1
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Clearance question for Bambi 16 - driveway

Hello Airstream community,
My family is thinking of buying a newer model Bambi 16 (2010 - 2014). We really want to park it in our own driveway but, never having owned a trailer before, we aren't sure if the back end will clear a 12 degree upward incline in our driveway. I assume that the Bambi cannot be manually rotated so that if we had to pull it in forward, we wouldn't be able to spin it around, or would we? If it had to go in forward, do you think the back would scrape at that angle? My trigonometry is a little fuzzy. What is your experience with inclines and backing up? The top of our driveway is pretty large and flat but not quite large enough to leave the trailer hitched to our truck and turn around. I'm a total newbie so any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! I have a ton to learn.
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:55 PM   #2
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I have yet to scrape it as there is not a huge amount of overhang like long trailers which seem to scrape much easier. Not sure how steep yours is but you might be able to use boards as ramps to ease the grade. We have a gutter at the entrance to our driveway and I bought a board to lay there if needed- ended up not needing it.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:49 PM   #3
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Another good idea is to approach at an angle if at all possible. We've got a rather deep gutter cut between the road and our driveway for water collection and I've always found it easier on all vehicles to approach on an angle and then straighten out. As an added benefit, you get to practice your backing up skills!
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Good news, bad news, and regular news

After a brief learning curve, you will probably find it best to back into the driveway.

Good news: I have to back down a hill, I think it is a little bit easier FOR ME, to back up a hill. I pick up too much speed backing down the hill and have to stop, which throws off my hand/eye coordination.

Bad news: not a good chance that you will be able to turn around in your driveway, unless that part of the drive]way is flat and you can utilize the yard.

Bottoming out? you will have to do a test. ( slow with a spotter )
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Old 07-23-2015, 01:21 PM   #5
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Maybe a bit more than you want to bite off, but we lifted the back of our Bambi about 3 inches. It cost us $350 at a local off-road customization company.
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:30 PM   #6
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We have done it with 19 ft bambi, steep drive and flat pad with just enough room for the 19 footer with auto and towbar. Used a power caster to turn the trailer once it was detached. Have a VW Touareg diesel to tow. This also has power to raise and lower the auto to manage the trailer trough the rive to street swail
I have photos but would need an email to send them.
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:37 PM   #7
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I have a Flying Cloud/Bambi 19--have knocked back bumper off x 1 going up 10%grade at short part of driveway to street--if I go at an angle, I'm fine. I pull it with a Tundra--and although I have backed it into driveway, my driveway is on a blind curve with a fair amount of traffic--so it's not my entry of choice. The length of the truck and need to avoid a gulley and a fence make it challenging, to say the least.

I recently bought an electric mule which allows me to tow into driveway and then unhitch truck, move it. I completely rotate the AS and back it into position on side of driveway with the mule. Makes it much more appealing to use--not having to worry about getting back in.

Tried it out recently and discovered I can do it fine--on my own!
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:36 PM   #8
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We too park our '16 bambi on our driveway with incline going up and flat at the top. I have scrapped the back bumper (and even bent the stabilizer jacK) driving into parking lots, but did not bottom out on my driveway. I don't know the incline, but can post pictures when I get home. I've thought of getting one of those electric mules mention in a previous post, but they seem to be a European thing and quite expensive.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:12 PM   #9
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Photos to go with earlier message of Bambi clearance on drive

This is a steep drive with a small pad at top, but large enough to manage the 19 ft bambi. Hope you can view the wmv file
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:28 AM   #10
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bl7sk7: Wow, that is one heck of a steep, windy driveway. Do you detach and move with the trailer dolly once you get to the top? It looks electric, where did you get it, I haven't been able to find one like that.
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Great suggestions! Thank you!

You all are awesome! I feel so much more confident about moving forward with our purchase Thanks for sharing your experiences, I hope to see you out on the road someday. However, I'll probably be somewhere else on this board sooner than that
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You all are awesome! I feel so much more confident about moving forward with our purchase Thanks for sharing your experiences, I hope to see you out on the road someday. However, I'll probably be somewhere else on this board sooner than that
Yes we make sure we are high enough on the drive, actually on the flat pad, put a block behind a trailer wheel and then detach the trailer. We move the tow vehicle out of the way and wheel the "Power Caster" in to place for the trailer to be moved into its storage position, out of the way of the garage entrances. www.powercaster.org is the location for information.
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Maybe a bit more than you want to bite off, but we lifted the back of our Bambi about 3 inches. It cost us $350 at a local off-road customization company.
Caroline
I would sure like to hear and see more about this modification. Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:02 PM   #14
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D Greene, you might look at this thread. I keep seeing the Dexter lift kits mentioned here and there...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...rt-135436.html

As for my modification, I'll try to get some photos and post them at the other thread.

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