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Old 04-16-2007, 06:48 AM   #1
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Dinette area storage ideas

As potential full-timers, we'd like more storage near the kitchen area. We don't use the dinette area for sleeping but would still want to be able to convert it back easily. Has anyone modified the following?

1. The area next to and/or above the water tank (without endangering the electrical wires).

2. Front part (next to the front wall) of the footwell under the table.

4. Along the side of and behind the drawer.

5. The area taken up by the two odd shaped cushions on both sides of the dinette, such as maybe removing the foam and building a box with lid that could be recovered with the fabric.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:01 AM   #2
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Hi Elvie,

Welcome to the Forums!

I have been wrestling with the same issue. Since I don't use the dinette for sleeping either, I am going to have 2 aluminum boxes made that are the exact shape of the large cushions. These will perfectly match the interior of my CCD. Access will be thru hinged top panels.

Then, I will probably remove the drawer on the curb side and make a full box under the dinette seat. I also might make a pull-out under the street side for small things because there just isn't a lot of room on that side.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:58 AM   #3
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Having had a 16' bambi and now full timing in a 30'Classic I know what a challenge you're facing. Even with a 30' there is limited storage space. We us places like the water tank area you speak of for storing thing like paper products,tissue etc. In a 16, in addition to space, weight it probably a bigger concideration as it takes very little to reach the Max GVW.especially with water or holding tank near full. That said the best modification that you can do is in your personal needs. Look carefully at those things -select items that can be used for multi purposes as much as possible. You'll probably still find yourself using your tow vehicle for some storage.---pieman
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:56 AM   #4
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:02 AM   #5
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I will be careful about weight limits but wonder how anyone is supposed to get all their stuff in the Bambi with only 97lbs. as a limit. Any thoughts on this question?

I would like to thank all of you for the help in this matter, and look forward to working on these upgrades.
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:43 AM   #6
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I will be careful about weight limits but wonder how anyone is supposed to get all their stuff in the Bambi with only 97lbs. as a limit. Any thoughts on this question?
Basically there are three solutions...

1) Don't travel with water in your freshwater tank...this gives you an extra 200lbs of cargo capacity. We did this for a while...most of the places we stay have water hookups. The one place that didn't we just used a couple jugs of water.

2) Upgrade your wheels to 15" and tires to ST225/75R15s load rated D (raising the max tire load from a nominal 3740lbs to 5080lbs). Even after weight distribution, a minimum of 200lbs of the Bambi's weight will be carried by the tow vehicle axles. This would make the Bambi's 'real' GVWR 3700lbs even with the stock US 3500lb GAWR axles - thus giving you approx 300lbs of NCC (or 500lbs of NCC if you don't fill the freshwater tank).

3) Upgrade to the 4300lb axle w/15" wheels and tires that Airstream uses on their Canadian spec 16' bambis (and perhaps upgrade to disc brakes while you are having the work done). I had the work done at the Airstream factory in Jackson Center but there is probably a good quality dealer who could do the work closer to you in Colorado.

enjoy,
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BTW there are a number of threads on the subject, two of which follow:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...hts-25040.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f368...vwr-28020.html
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I would travel with your water tank full! It lowers the center of gravity. THe trailer tows better. Besides you never know where you are going to stop or get stuck. Water is the one thing we all need regularly.
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:34 PM   #8
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I would travel with your water tank full! It lowers the center of gravity. The trailer tows better.
It is only on the bigger Airsteams that the freshwater tank is located above the axles (thus improving the ride when full). On the Bambis it is located in the front of the trailer under the roadside dinette.

And unfortunately the 16' Bambi is very noseheavy. Instead of the usually recommended 10-15% of total trailer weight on the hitch a loaded 16' Bambi heads toward 20% very quickly. You really have to fight to get the tongue weight back under 15% - empty freshwater tanks help.

As for the convenience of carrying water vs not - it really is in the eye of the beholder. More to the point, Elvie is in the same sad squeeze as most 16' Bambi buyers - your only choices are ignore the GWVR, travel dry, or pay to upgrade your wheels and/or axle.
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my bad..
The reason I go with full water is I can head across country with the need for a camp site. I am good for about 5 days. That includes a shower every other day and baby wipes in between.
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:21 PM   #10
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Looks like the best deal is less water. Lowers the hitch weight in the bargain also, thanks.
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