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Old 07-06-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Value 1963 Bambi

I ran across this ebay add for a '63 Bambi. As far as i can tell it looks nice and taken care of.

The interior is (unfortunately) changed but it still has original details.

But i'm no expert at all! What can you experts tell me about this Bambi? How original is she? I know prices for these trailers are crazy but is this one worth it?!

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Old 07-06-2011, 03:55 PM   #2
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I've seen that list, i'm just wondering how to read it. Can i consider this one to be a renovated/restored trailer?
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I've seen that list, i'm just wondering how to read it. Can i consider this one to be a renovated/restored trailer?
From the pictures it looks to be in pretty good shape, but it's definitely not "restored" since the seller specifically says the water heater, stove, furnace and water system are "untested." That usually means these systems don't work properly or at all.

One of the pictures shows a woodgrain dorm refrigerator under the untested stove top, finding a correct and working RV refrigerator for a trailer like this is a non-trivial undertaking.

The AC unit is not original, and odds are the roof of the trailer had to be modified for the AC unit to be installed. You're in a climate where an unairconditioned trailer would actually be useful, so that is probably a negative where you're concerned.

With respect to the hearsay about it having been on a foreign Wally Byam caravan, that's not worth a penny without evidence. Don't consider that in the price without reliable documentation.

It's a pretty, shiny trailer. '60s Bambis are highly sought-after, but this one would need quite a few things to be considered "restored." I'm not an expert on vintage prices by any means, but based on the price guide and the apparently condition of this trailer, I'm thinking $10k might be slightly high. Then again, I'd want a bigger trailer, so I take an extra-critical view of the tiny pricey ones.
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The one thing that stands out for me is the hardwood flooring. I would question the seller about the condition of the sub flooring and want to see photographic proof of it's condition or repair. Most times this type of flooring is used to cover up a rotten sub floor. Without knowing more I think that this one was quickly cleaned up and polished and the seller is using the WBCCI caravan in an attempt to sell it for far more than it's worth. The seller appears to not know much about the "renovation" and seems to be trying to flip it for a huge profit.
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I don't think a 63 trailer would have been on the 59-60 African caravan!
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I don't think a 63 trailer would have been on the 59-60 African caravan!
Hmmm... Maybe it was a pre-production model?
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I don't think a 63 trailer would have been on the 59-60 African caravan!
Sharp I missed that completely.

And thanks for the feedback wasagachris, i'll surely check that! I probably need to find someone who will check it out for me at site....
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You know we have an inspector list on the portal page, I used it when I bought mine and it made writing the check a whole lot easier for me! Good luck! But always remember if you don't get this one there is always another out there, it took 3 try's before I found mine and it was the perfect one for us!
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Thanks blmitch5! I'll try to find it, didn't know it was there but that might be just the solution for us!
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Did anybody else think it was unique that the ends have 13-panel-style beads on them, even though they're the 7 panel variety? (seen in the last photo)

I never knew that detail carried over - all the 7 panels I've ever seen have plain edges.
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What is the difference between 13-panel-style beads and 7-panel-style beads ?

I tried to check the 7 panel plain edge thing but couldn't find a picture with enough detail to confirm...
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What is the difference between 13-panel-style beads and 7-panel-style beads ?

I tried to check the 7 panel plain edge thing but couldn't find a picture with enough detail to confirm...
I did a more general image search than just here on the forums. Here's a 7-panel trailer with the "plain" edges of the panels, you can see that there isn't a raised or "rolled" part of the metal after the rivets like the close-up of ebay trailer (the last photo.)
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I found a more detailed shot of a Bambi. I might need glasses but i'm having a hard time figuring out if this is plain or not.

Does this have to do with the 13-panel-style beads versus 7-panel-style beads?
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