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Old 10-07-2014, 11:02 PM   #1
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Red face Crazy? Going to fulltime in a Bambi 16'

Hi Everyone,

I'm new; just bought it, named it Glint.
I'm a true minimalist, so I plan to fulltime in my Bambi 16 as soon as I learn how to use all of its bells and whistles and take care of maintenance. Are there any disadvantages to full timing in the Bambi other than a lack of space issues (which is not an issue for me)?


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Old 10-07-2014, 11:28 PM   #2
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:12 AM   #3
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Sounds fine to me, I lived full time on a 25' sailboat for seven years. It did not even have standing head room inside, but that time remains one of my best memories!
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:18 AM   #4
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We love our Bambi but there are two of us and two Scottish terriers so sometimes it gets cramped. We have done 5 weeks at one time and we are fine.
You will have to keep us informed as to how it is going!
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:16 AM   #5
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I spent 10 years cruising and living aboard a 32 ft sailboat. Actual living space was 15X5. Cozy to say the least. I recently traded up from a Bambi II to a 23 ft Safari. At 14ft of living spade the Bambi was just to cozy. Much nicer now with a real bed, comfortable couch, dry bath and larger frig.

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Old 10-08-2014, 07:13 AM   #6
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As long as it works for you. I lived off grid for nearly a year in a big slide in pickup camper, not as much square footage as your Bambi. Loved it!

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Old 10-08-2014, 07:19 AM   #7
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If you are alone this should work just fine. If you have a companion and/or furry friends, the 16 feet might seem a tad small, especially on rainy days.

Your most practical limitation will the size of the fresh water and holding tanks. The smaller trailers have smaller tanks. So if you don't have water and sewer hookups at your sites, you'll be making the trip to the dump/water fill station more often.

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Old 10-08-2014, 07:20 AM   #8
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So what do you have to lose? Go for it.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:21 AM   #9
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Met a couple in Glacier Natl Park in 2012 at Many Glacier campground full timing in a 17' Casita. Your advantage is a bigger dinette, more headroom, interior is wider, gas oven. Casita advantage is larger holding tanks (15 gal black, 32 gal grey), 4 cu/ft fridge. They towed with a pickup so they had room to store extra clothes etc.

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Old 10-08-2014, 08:16 AM   #10
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A couple on the Fiberglass egg form travel time many months of the year. They have a 16' Scamp and towed it with a 4 cyl Honda CRV. They now have a Honda Oddy as a TV but still plan to keep the 16'.
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:54 PM   #11
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I would think it would be too small for a full timer. The trouble is storage even for 3 days of rations, bathing, and the ability to stretch your legs. Traveling for a week or two is okay, but full time would become a hassle fast. There isn't room for a comfortable chair.

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Old 10-08-2014, 01:25 PM   #12
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:48 PM   #13
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If you are comfortable living in smaller spaces and can deal with the holding tank and fresh water limitations there's nothing stopping you.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:38 AM   #14
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Sounds like a great plan,go for it. I would love to declutter my life and live like you.

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