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Old 01-19-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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Fulltiming in '06 Bambi 16

Are we the only one's crazy enough to full time in a Bambi?

1. When we travel we're out playing most of the time anyway.

2. Takes up only 2 facing parking spaces in the super market parking lot.

3. Easier on the old pickup I use to tow it. Speaking of pickup's, the Bambi is a foot shorter then the pickup, so can be parked more easily when visiting relatives.

4. Extra stuff and most toys store in the truck, including 2 recumbent(long) bikes.

5. Can be put in smaller spaces at tighter(usually older and cheaper) campgrounds.

6. Forces us to be picky about what to take and to stay neat, good for the soul they tell me.

7.Our laptop(TV, DVD's, internet, digital camera), radio,and cell phone can provide plenty to do for those days when we're stuck indoors. In 5 months, 3 day so far.

8. I can make a u-turn just about anywhere it's legal.

9. Don't forget to tell your insurance company if you are fulltiming.
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:02 PM   #2
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Hi Elvie,,, my hat is off to you two!!!!! i have spent 3 weeks in mine,,, my major problem was moving stuff around from under the under the bed storage and whatever you needed was in the truck!! is tight but cozy,,, where do you go where there are only so few bad weather days,,, am envious,, Happy Trails,,, donna
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:26 PM   #3
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Are we the only one's crazy enough to full time in a Bambi?

7.Our laptop(TV, DVD's, internet, digital camera), radio,and cell phone can provide plenty to do for those days when we're stuck indoors. In 5 months, 3 day so far.
I gather you are not in Colorado at the moment then
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:23 PM   #4
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19" is small, 16" is smaller !!!!

Hi,

We're not fulltiming, but do have about 100 nites in the last 2 years in a 19' Bambi travelling about 18,000 miles. About 1/2 of those nites had 2 adults and either 1 or 2 weiner dogs.

Note - if you have a Bambi I suggest weiner dogs as being the ideal companions... They fit right in...

In reality, since I have done all 100 of the nites, I would be less than honest if I didn't admit that I actually prefer the additional room of only 1 person. So, we are sort of in the market to make an upgrade in the next couple of years to a little bigger unit, (soon as I can talk my single sister into buying my 19'...)

Hats off to you to squeeze into a 16', but my suggestion is to also keep in the back of your mind to eventually swap upwards for a couple more feet.

best regards, Dave & Shari
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:15 PM   #5
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It can be done. For ease of living, it would probably be good to have 7 plastic totes, one for each day. You can put your stuff in them, pull them out for the day, and return them to the tote, and put the tote back in the bed of the truck. this will save a lot of the digging under the bed for an item you only use one day a week.
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:38 PM   #6
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Congrats on being able to fulltime with 2 in that tight a space...a 19' is cozy enough and you're in a 16"! Wow! You apparently get along well! Ha! All kidding aside, there are a lot of advantages to the small AStreams, as you well know...great access to parks and tight spaces, city driving, turning around, etc... Good for you! Carry on and enjoy yourselves!

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Old 01-19-2008, 10:49 PM   #7
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Kudo's to you! This gives us ideas.... We have never full timed, but a few years ago we spent 6+ weeks in our 1946 teardrop (it is 8 feet long...4 feet wide...) on the road. We did fine. Not so sure it would be as much fun in the winter.... :P

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Old 01-20-2008, 01:27 AM   #8
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I think if you made it that long in a teardrop, the Bambi would seem luxurious!

Elvie, you do such a fine job of pointing out all the joys of a little trailer, I agree with all of your reasons! We have certainly enjoyed our Caravel, one whole foot longer than yours. I think the full time bed makes a big difference (which you have and we do not). We are selling the Caravel to move up to a slightly larger trailer with a full time bed and more room all around of course. I'm sure I will miss some of the little trailer perks, particularly #2, 5 and 8!
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:55 AM   #9
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Does the 16' Bambi have insulated and heated water tanks? I thought that they didn't. While not impossible, that might cause a difficulty full timing in the winter if the water system has to be winterized.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:15 PM   #10
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Most of us need more exercise anyway!
Under the bed has things like laundry basket, back up food, unused blankets, extra shoes, very nice clothes, you know, stuff that's not needed much

Gen
No, we left colo. Sept. 1st, but will be back this summer. Florida right now. Also see rseagle.

Wagnerda
Sorry, no pets, but we get a dog/kitty fix now and then in the parks.

TBRich
Yes, we get along very well. I ride, she reads, what's not to like about that? Actually I love my sweetie and plan to keep it that way, so we do work on the relationship, that's good for the soul also.

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We're testing being snowbirds, trying to stay south of the frost line.

rseagle
I was told by an old timer not to worry about the water tank (could have uncovered it I guess) so long as it went above freezing during the day. We've had a number of nights below freezing (MN, WI, PA, NC, GA!, FL!). Left the bath room door and under sink doors and drawers open and the furnace at about 65. Disconnected the city water, dumped the gray/black tank, ran the hot water heater, and left the water pump off (as the water in the water heater cools, the pump runs now and then for a second, wakes me up). I think a well placed small electric heater might have been quieter then the furnace and could have directed heat where it was needed, however, all was well.

Thanks to all for the responses, any suggestions about anything?
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:34 PM   #11
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Dieterdog
Most of us need more exercise anyway!
Under the bed has things like laundry basket, back up food, unused blankets, extra shoes, very nice clothes, you know, stuff that's not needed much

Gen
No, we left colo. Sept. 1st, but will be back this summer. Florida right now. Also see rseagle.

Wagnerda
Sorry, no pets, but we get a dog/kitty fix now and then in the parks.

TBRich
Yes, we get along very well. I ride, she reads, what's not to like about that? Actually I love my sweetie and plan to keep it that way, so we do work on the relationship, that's good for the soul also.

stefrobrts
We're testing being snowbirds, trying to stay south of the frost line.

rseagle
I was told by an old timer not to worry about the water tank (could have uncovered it I guess) so long as it went above freezing during the day. We've had a number of nights below freezing (MN, WI, PA, NC, GA!, FL!). Left the bath room door and under sink doors and drawers open and the furnace at about 65. Disconnected the city water, dumped the gray/black tank, ran the hot water heater, and left the water pump off (as the water in the water heater cools, the pump runs now and then for a second, wakes me up). I think a well placed small electric heater might have been quieter then the furnace and could have directed heat where it was needed, however, all was well.

Thanks to all for the responses, any suggestions about anything?
Sure! Don't listen to 'old timers'.........they tend to propagate the 'old wives tales' that are purely myth. Seek competant and knowledgeable advice....like you get here on these Forums!!!
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:35 PM   #12
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16ft has a heater port routed to the undercarriage. I have had no problems in my 16 ccd over 2 winters. I shut the city water off when we are going to freeze and use the fresh water tank.
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:58 PM   #13
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We do not full time in our 16' Quick Silver but have spent considerable time on the road. Just returned from 4 weeks to Savannah, Ga for St. Patricks's Day celebrations, Atlanta, Springfield, Mo and home. Last fall we did 6 weeks thru the New England area. Days of rain in both trips. There are two of us and two Yorkies. TV, DVD, laptop with Verizon or WiFi, stereo, reading material works for those days inside. If it's nice we are always on the go - same at home. When we are home and it is inside weather only we seldom "run around the house", i.e., TV, DVD, computer etc. It can be done, just with less "things" or "stuff" to contend with.
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:20 PM   #14
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Are we the only one's crazy enough to full time in a Bambi?...
I don't think so. We don't full time but we do alot of extended camping in our Bambi also. We store alot of stuff in the cap of our pickup truck which makes up for the lack of storage in the trailer.
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