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Old 10-27-2006, 06:17 PM   #1
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EVERYONE should know....

As a brnad new Bambi ('06, 19' Safari) owner, I was curious. From all you ol'timers, what one thing would you want a newbie to know about a Bambi (i.e. what do you wished you had known before you bought/went on that first trip) and what one thing do you love most about YOURS?

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Old 10-27-2006, 06:21 PM   #2
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:32 PM   #3
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Just because it fits does not mean you need to take it.

Paper plates are wise.

Tanks fill up at the worst possible time and guages lie.

CHOCK THE WHEELS BEFORE YOU UNHOOK!!! I had a 19ft. Safari and they roll away really quick.
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:58 PM   #4
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:01 PM   #5
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My recommendations to your questions:

A. Things I did, I learned, or wished I knew, plus things I bought before my first (and second) trip:
1.) Read and reread the Owners’ Manual, and the OEM vendor booklets. Reread them whenever problems appear.
2.) Review the trials and tribulations documented on this Forum.
3.) Create database or notebook on your computer of important facts and numbers about “the way things work”, “how to fix it”, and the “what if” situations to enable you to overcome the little problems that will occur.
4.) Buy the necessary longer hoses, cables and spare parts.
5.) Join or associate with other Airstreamers and don’t be afraid to talk shop.

B.) What I love most about it:
1.) “Just Camping” is more fun when you’re prepared.
2.) Meeting other Airstreamers as we explore places we wouldn’t do if we traveled by car, tent camped and used motels.
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:09 PM   #6
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Just noticed your User Name.
Roscinante- -I like it, very appropriate.
Your in good company- -Stinebeck liked it too.
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:25 PM   #7
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1. Trailer tire pressure is VERY important. Check it often.

2. Have lots of sewer hose, at least 30'.

3. Have 50 amp tp 30 amp adaptor.

4. Have 50' of TV coax.

5. Have several female-to-female coax connectors.

6. Have two 25' drinking water hoses.

7. Have 50' garden hose with spray nossle. The curly-que kind is best.

8. Use water hose quick connects.

9. Always use wheel chocks.

10. Use a water pressure regulator.

11. Use an AC power monitor.

12. make sure that the refer lock is engaged before getting underway.

13. Enjoy your Airstream.
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:03 PM   #8
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:33 PM   #9
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1 Buy a $3 item at Camping World, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc to check the AC power every time before you plug to a pole. You will need a 30a to a 20a adapter as well.

2 As the poster above stated, read your manuals. While doing so in the comfort of home, imagine hooking up and unhooking at the campground. Make yourself a checklist. On the arrival checklist, number 1 should be install chocks. On the leave checklist number 1 should be retract stabilizers. Use your checklist everytime. The first time you unhook and the trailer starts to roll, or the first time you bend a stabilizer or tear off your TV antenna, etc, the checklist will suddenly become a good idea.

3 Do not rush when arriving or departing. If someone tries to talk to you during this time, stop working or don't talk. You will forget something.

4 Enjoy that Airstream!!!!!
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Old 10-28-2006, 01:12 PM   #10
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1 Buy a $3 item at Camping World, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc to check the AC power every time before you plug to a pole. You will need a 30a to a 20a adapter...
I have a simple needle voltmeter that I leave plugged into an interior 110V socket. Campgrounds have lost power on us often enough and an occasional glance keeps us from running on LP (fridge) and batteries for prolonged periods. Campground plug-ins generally are 30A. Definitely don't run the A/C unless you are using the 30A plug without an adaptor -- fewer amps can damage the compressor. Have an electrician wire a 30A circuit at home if you want A/C for your aluminum spare bedroom.

When hitching up, have the ball enter the hitch toward the front lip. The latch mechanism can misbehave if the ball is toward the back. When you close the latch note how the latch lever slides down and under a projecting metal lip. Always verify that this happens every time or else it could all come uncoupled violently -- happened to me once just when engaging the weight distributing bars -- better then than when on the road!
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Old 10-28-2006, 01:20 PM   #11
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1. Trailer tire pressure is VERY important. Check it often.
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What is the recommended tire pressure on a new Bambi? I know there are max psi's printed on the side of the tire but how close should you fill to the max psi?

On our 2002 Bambi, we have found that filling it close to the 60 psi causes the trailer to go airbourne when going over bumps. On the otherhand, I've heard that keeping it underfilled increases the wear and tear on the tire.

Any thoughts?
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Old 10-28-2006, 02:04 PM   #12
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Welcome and congratulations on your 'Stream. You'll love it. I ditto all the above, especially checklists and being intimate with owner/operator manuals. Havis Avis double check the exterior before you pull out...sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. An extra pair of eyes makes a difference.
Tire pressure - I keep mine at the recommended, which is the max for the OEM tire. Overfilling will save you gas mileage, but will destroy the tire. Underfilling will give a smoother ride, but likewise will damage the tire - esp the sidewall.
Plan ahead, plan for the worse...no surprises.
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Oops, forgot. Use a torque wrench on the lug nuts and check before every trip and during if it is a long one. Yea, I have a large vertical compressor and impact wrenches that'll work on a Kenworth, but I use a manual torque srench. Overtorqueing a lug will warp the brake drums/discs and can cause catastrophic failure...not fun.
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Yukionna -- I seem to recall that full inflation (eg, 65 psi) is most important when you're loaded almost to trailer GVWR. Some people run as much as 10-15 psi less than that if they're under GVWR. Having adequate air pressure becomes more critical with a single axle trailer. Bouncing doesn't bother me as much as road hop on seams of aging poured concrete highways -- makes one wonder about the whole system, from tires to stiffness of WD bars, etc.

Roscinante -- One word: Walkaround. If you've just hitched up take a complete circle to eyeball everything -- roof vents, TV antenna, windows, door locked, awning, steps stowed, hatches, rear view mirrors, and every component of your hitch setup. I like to get on my hands and knees and visually scan the entire underside of the trailer. One member once posted that somebody took a shortcut, stepping over the hitch at a gas station -- and they accidentally pulled his breakaway switch; he caught it on a normal pre-roll walkaround.
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