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Old 11-17-2011, 04:05 PM   #15
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Okay, now I have to go sift through your photos to find that. Is that something a non-mechanical but handy person like me can do?
Yes you can do it. I didn't post any photos of my process. From the factory the aluminum frames are sized correctly for total seal contact, but little attention is paid to the curvature of the shields because their primary function is to absorbe rock hits (which mine have done saving me many window replacement $$$$).

What I did was to open/close the pano rock shields (leave them on the hindges) observing where there were gaps between the rubber gasket and the AS body. I then would bend the rock shield aluminum frame (while still on the hindges), mostly by hand as aluminum is soft, until the seals were in contact around the entire perimeter. It's a very iterative process as bending to make the seal contact one area will cause another area to cease to make contact; you just have to be patient.
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:37 PM   #16
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Yes you can do it. I didn't post any photos of my process.
You da Man. (Or possibly, ahem, da Woman.)

I've a line on a Bambi on a private sale, good price, but single window. It looks really nice, but I'm really thinking the panoramic windows will let us live in the trailer for longer, especially since we'll be working daily. Pros cons pros cons pros cons...
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:31 PM   #17
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:55 PM   #18
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Astern, we like our pano windows in our 25' FB. But pano windows on the front, with the solar rock guards were a pain to keep clear of debris and the sun shade treatment cut down on any available light. We purposely deleted the forward, bedroom, pano windows which would have been stock on our current FB.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:17 PM   #19
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Panoramic windows were really important to us. We were ready to put money down for the 19ft, but in the end decided we'd rather have the smaller 16ft trailer for the light. Maybe it's the fact that we live in Oregon and we need all the light we can get..those gray skies really get to us after awhile!

We've only had our Bambi since July, but we feel we made the right decision for us! Sunshine and warm temps aren't usually a big problem in our neck of the woods...this is a mild rainy climate!

Sure wish they made the 19ft with panoramic windows...bet they'd sell a lot of them!

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Old 11-17-2011, 06:26 PM   #20
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We love the pano windows in our 25' FB. I really enjoy all the visibility it gives us. The dark rock guard windows (couldn't think of the correct name) allow for privicy during the day time. The only draw back is allow more areas for water leaks.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:26 PM   #21
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Sure wish they made the 19ft with panoramic windows...bet they'd sell a lot of them!
I think they do, available in all the different packages, I'm pretty sure...

P.S. Your photos on your blog are amazing - they look like Airstream PR materials!
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:31 PM   #22
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I think they do, available in all the different packages, I'm pretty sure...

We didn't see any when we were looking. They did have the 22ft sport, but all the 19s on the lot near us has the side bed and single window in back. Darn...Hope we don't find out now that they do have that style!!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:32 PM   #23
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Here's what gets us - it is simply COOL to be sitting behind this big curved piece of glass in our little rolling treehouse. It's what ultimately will probably drive us to buy a trailer with these windows front and rear - leakage issues, extra weight, and slightly colder sleeping be damned.

But nevermind what we all say. What do YOU want? If you want it, and you're going to be living in it a while (I'd get at least a 23' for full-timing, but that's a different thread), and you're stretching a bit to get it - get what you want the first time.

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Old 11-17-2011, 06:38 PM   #24
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We didn't see any when we were looking. They did have the 22ft sport, but all the 19s on the lot near us has the side bed and single window in back. Darn...Hope we don't find out now that they do have that style!!!
The newer 19's can only have a front pano window, as the bed and bath are in the back...the 16's can have panos on both ends. What used to be the Safari SE (like ours) has a pano and aluminum interiors (Safari SEs are now called the Flying Clouds). The regular Safaris of that era had a small front window and fabric interior.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:44 PM   #25
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In August 2011 we purchased a lightly used 2008 Safari SE 27FB with a standard window in the front bedroom and a panoramic window at the rear. We like having the wide view from the pano window when sitting at the dinette. It, combined with the other windows, fantastic fan, and skylight in kitchen area make the living area light filled, bright and cheery during the day. Since we don't use the bedroom during the day, we don't miss the added light or visibility from the pano window in the front bedroom. However, we do very much like the extra storage afforded by the closets on either side of the queen bed made possible by having the standard window instead of the pano window in the bedroom.

We also find the bedroom to be warmer in cool weather due to the absence of the glass area of the pano window. During a recent fall outing, temperatures were in the low 50's at night. The heat pump did a good job of taking the chill off. We did notice the trailer was demonstrably warmer in the front bedroom and much cooler in the rear where the pano window is located. We attribute this phenomenon to the greater glass surface area in lthe rear. In the summer heat we also find the bedroom cools faster than the living area.

So far we are very happy with the panoramic window on the rear and the regular window in front. If ordering a new trailer we would get it without the front pano so we could enjoy the extra storage room provided by the two extra closets. We would likely still get the rear panoramic window to enjoy the views and have the extra light.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:06 PM   #26
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The newer 19's can only have a front pano window, as the bed and bath are in the back...the 16's can have panos on both ends. What used to be the Safari SE (like ours) has a pano and aluminum interiors (Safari SEs are now called the Flying Clouds). The regular Safaris of that era had a small front window and fabric interior.
Ah, I didn't catch the "in back" bit -- yeah, we have to have the aft bed that goes the length of the trailer - crawling over each other to get out of the bed, as you do when the bed goes widthwise, doesn't work for us, for a couple of reasons. So panoramic windows over the dinette or not is the issue here.

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What do YOU want? If you want it, and you're going to be living in it a while (I'd get at least a 23' for full-timing, but that's a different thread), and you're stretching a bit to get it - get what you want the first time.
Excellent advice... Well, I guess I want the panoramic windows. I suppose it's that the 2007 Bambi with single window being sold is such a good price, it's making me re-think that...well, and plus the other issues like leaks and stones and such... (I'm trying not to totally wipe out my savings with this.)

We're really used to living in a small space, after about 5 years of traveling around the world. We spent six months living in what they'd call a "box room" in the UK, that was something like 5x10, with a loft for the bed that you could just barely sit up in -- also, you had to climb a ladder (not purpose built, a freestanding ladder) to get up there. (It was a very warm room, too -- the water pipes from the bath in the flat upstairs ran alongside the bed. I tried not to think about that too much.) And our landlady often kept her bike in there, on the other wall from the IKEA Expedit bookcase. It was only because we were a couple that we could pass each other from the desk area to the door, and usually one person would just back out of the room instead.

After that, a 19' Bambi feels like tons of room!
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There's another problem here. A 19' is simply too small for full-time for two people. This is because it is a 48" wide bed and one must crawl over the other to get out. The only seating is the dinette, and even laid down it is not large enough for full-time use for two, and you will quickly tire of setting it up and down. The storage capacity is inadequate. The water and waste tanks are too small. The furnace is a built-in space heater. The refrigerator/freezer combo is inadequate.

The 19' is wonderful weekend and vacation model, very popular and holds good resale. For a little more you can have a 25' with more of everything (it's longer, wider, and taller), especially a sense of spaciousness, and it tows nearly as easily with better stability.

We went from years of VW campers to a 20' Airstream and were thrilled, until we began spending 6 months in it. It's a remarkable Airstream but too small for extended use.

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Old 11-17-2011, 09:48 PM   #28
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A 19' is simply too small for full-time for two people.
Well, and that's the other thing. Honestly, the bed is just the right size, because, sorry for the TMI, my fiancé is a cuddler, and it doesn't matter what size bed we have, I'll wake up in the morning on the edge of the bed and him draped over top of me. Srsly, in a king, it's hilarious because we end up using about half of it; I've given up waking up in the middle of the night and shoving with cries of "move over" only to have to repeat! Our "real" bed in the UK is about the same size as what's in the Bambi. I've already tried lying down on the bed and figuring out if there's enough room for us to get out of it without making the other person climb over one, and it works that way, so long as you're talking the floor plan with the bed running lengthwise. I tried the widthwise and that would be impossible for us.

And really, our box-room living space, and many of our other travel arrangements over the last five years, have convinced me that we actually don't need a whole lot of stuff nor a whole lot of room to live. (Especially since we'll still have a home base, albeit in another country.)

Now, the water and waste tanks - that's definitely a concern, and I've never dealt with that before, so all opinions about that are welcome. How do people who full-time in 19' Bambis deal with that? We'll be on hookups a good deal of the time, I'm sure, but also boondocking some of the time as well. We're both pretty good at water conservation, and I know you can always hook back up and dump when necessary if you're boondocking.

Fridge/freezer, I'm not too worried about. Our eating habits work with that size. I'm hoping to move with the weather and stay out of too many extremes.

The other thing is that I really don't want to have to scale up my tow vehicle either, plus I figure the 19' will be easier to store when we're in the UK, or when we're staying with friends and want to stow the thing in a driveway or some such.

This is great, though, it's good to have to think and defend these things and wonder if my thinking/reasoning is right!
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