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Old 07-03-2007, 06:51 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by 47WeeWind
Hi Roger:

To my best knoweldge, Airstream has never released production figures by year and model, so we don't know how many were produced. I have beginning Bambi serial numbers for many years, but no ending serial numbers, so I cannot calculate annual production numbers.

On the most recent VAP podcast, RJ Dial said he has been collecting Airstream serial numbers for years, and there were far more Bambis produced than anyone thought. He expects to release his production estimate figures later this year. Sorry I can't be of more help to you.
Fred... computers are a wonderful thing. I had forgotten I had this... Here's an email I received from Bill Scott a number of years ago regarding my old Bambi that I thought you'd find interesting:

Subject: [VAC] 61 62 Bambi
Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 11:57:21 -0500 (CDT)
From: (Bill Scott)

Roger, your Bambi, 16T232, indicates it is an Ohio made Bambi, early in
1962. The only way you can tell, is if the ID plate says Jackson
Center, OHIO. I think the "BAMBI" nameplate, did not appear until 1962,
above the ID plate. The OHIO made Bambi's also had the shower on the
door side and the kitchen sink on the roadside. Some late 62's and 63's
from Ohio, also had doors that opened from the left (non-suicide). I
would guess yours is a 1962. The Calif made Bambi's in 1961 had the mfg
date stamped below the serial number. The wheel well cut outs on the
62's and 63's were also different than the 61's. Since all 747 of them
were hand made, each one is a little different.
Let me know.


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Old 07-03-2007, 07:31 PM   #30
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All this deep thinking on why Caravels cost so much....... They epitomize the Airstream Dream of a self contained unit in its simplest form with all the key features packed in such a small space just like the modern Bambi. They have that cool Airstream shape, easy to tow, easy to store, easy to park, light weight, bathroom, basic kitchen, sleeps 4, etc.

I must agree with what others have said about the "lookers", mine gets as many stares as the newer one we have.

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Old 07-03-2007, 08:00 PM   #31
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Thanks for digging up that 747 production number from Bill Scott for the 1961-63 Bambi.
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:31 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Airboss
Well what do ya know. The west coasters are now getting out of bed.. Morning gang... Opps its afternoon here..LOL
late reply here. Just got up from my afternoon siesta. Life is good, a tad sleepy, but good.

Tomorrow, I just might think about mowing the lawn. Maybe.

Not that us Westcoast'ers don't have busy schedules or anything like that, but sometimes it takes a while to get us up to speed.

I had a Caravel equivalent, a '58 Silver Streak Chico model, 17', that I started a rebuild on but moved to the Airstream mid way and my neighbors are now doing a major on the SS. I really liked the size, tow ability of it, and the vintage aspect is key for us. We were already towing a 17' Boler with all the amenities (fiberglass and round shaped - they have their own cult like following and are very popular with the hotrod crowd) and realized that the extra footage provided by the Flying Cloud would make living in the trailer a couple of weeks or more at a time that much better. We didn't have that issue when we first met but too much good food (while camping of course) has made size a bit more of an issue . Many of our friends find the 17' size ideal still (skinny farts that they are) and keep the prices of that size of trailer right up there.

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Old 08-12-2007, 10:22 AM   #33
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Caravels,Bambi and Globetrotters were only made for two months out of the year. If an order was not filled, you had to wait until the next year (winter)
Airstream did not make much money on smaller Airstreams, so they were in short supply from the get go.

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Old 08-12-2007, 10:30 AM   #34
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The general rule of thumb for Airstream prices:

New and late model Airstreams - the bigger, the more expensive

Vintage Airstreams - the smaller, the more expensive
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Barry not all your friends are skinny farts! My 18' 69 Caravel is 8' wide! LOL

But yes the 17' Caravel's are skinner

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