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Old 12-19-2014, 02:18 PM   #1
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My wife and I are seriously thinking of buying a new Bambi Sport 16. The floor plan looks perfect for us. Currently we tow a 15 foot Trillium but want something with a fixed toilet. I must say that after reading some of the posts here it seems that Airstreams have major leaking issues and that it is a constant struggle to try and keep leaks repaired. Is this impression accurate? How is the access to the plumbing? Are the pipes, fixtures and connections easy to see to monitor for leaks?

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Old 12-19-2014, 02:30 PM   #2
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To be honest, I don't think the maintenance is more or less than my last trailer as to leaks. I am more attentive to the AS as it is my "forever" trailer. My old Prowler was built to be disposable. I had it for 17 years and had floor rot, wall rot, replaced the roof membrane, fixed window leaks. Sound familiar? Rvs are Rvs, but the AS is at least built to be more easily rebuild-able, and are not really disposable, unless seriously neglected.
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Old 12-19-2014, 03:00 PM   #3
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Thanks Rich. I agree, and am detail oriented and handy with most repairs. I guess I had always thought Airstream would be more "top shelf" in construction and detail work. Could you say a few words about ease of access to systems and components? It is much easier to monitor and do preventative maintenance if one doesn't have to tear the unit apart to visually inspect.

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Old 12-19-2014, 03:19 PM   #4
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Yes, The interior cabinetry and craftsmanship is far superior to most others. Now, mind you I have a classic, but there is NO particle board anywhere. Cabinet faces are solid hickory and "innerds" are good quality ply. While there are some assembly "misses" with the assembly line workers, it's no more or less than others. There's no wood anywhere in the shell, so when leaks occur, at least you don't have to worry about inaccessible wood framing dry rotting after the leak is fixed. As much as we complain about wood floors and potential rotting, if you start with a new(er) unit, you can easily monitor and repair before rot occurs. Rot comes from long term exposure and remaining wet for extended periods. I use water alarms in common "puddling" areas and have caught several leaks in their infancy. Proper scheduled sealer examination and replacement around windows, doors etc. reduces surprises.

The components of an AS, like fridges, h2o heaters, pumps, furnace, A/C, etc. are common to the industry and no different. Electronics are common as well. Access is OK, but I am used to working in tight places on cars, so I find it not much of a challenge to maintain/repair components.

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Old 12-19-2014, 03:24 PM   #5
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Remember, people are motivated to post what they are irritated about and refrain from being motivated to post about all the "right" things. I have my last trailer, unless I wreck it....and I'm only 54. If I made my disposable Prowler last 17 years, this one will be passed down to another generation and keep going.

BTW, My Prowler is now a hunting "cabin" down in Missouri somewhere. They'll get another 5 - 10 out of it, I'd guess.
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Old 12-19-2014, 03:48 PM   #6
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I own a 16 foot Sport Bambi. I hear what you're saying. If I heard this for the first time I would have the same reluctance. Going back to when I was a child my parents having a camper and me as an adult with other camper other than airstream find all have their flaws. However now owning an airstream I wouldn't go back to anything else. My wife and I enjoy it a great deal. The kids call us now to see if we are at home usually because they want to borrow something and the granddaughters, usual comment is you are never home anymore. That should give you some idea of how much we enjoy it. Best of luck in your decision.


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Old 12-19-2014, 03:59 PM   #7
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Thanks folks. Just for my info, from those of you that have newer Bambi models, what, if any, issues have you experienced?
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My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter comes over and the first thing she says is, "Gandps's tailor?"
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I have a 2015 16' Sport and have no problems to report.


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We have a 87 Sovereign, the last leak was a water fitting that had been rubbing the frame since the factory. Not bad for a 26 year old trailer. All the other leaks have been at a hole cut through the exterior skin. The guys at P&S trailer say that is where Airstreams leak.
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Remember, people are motivated to post what they are irritated about and refrain from being motivated to post about all the "right" things. I have my last trailer, unless I wreck it....and I'm only 54. If I made my disposable Prowler last 17 years, this one will be passed down to another generation and keep going.

BTW, My Prowler is now a hunting "cabin" down in Missouri somewhere. They'll get another 5 - 10 out of it, I'd guess.
As a member of the Forest River forums, you are correct. Most people use the forums to vent thier frustrations and bash the manufacturer for issues. When you look into their issues, it's generally misuse and poor maintenance. RV's are no different than a new house as there is plenty to do there. We were told years ago RV's are rolling earthquakes and need attention.
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Old 01-01-2015, 04:23 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone. The content of your comments was very helpful and pretty much what I expected and have experienced. My wife and I just signed a deal on a 2015 sport 16 and look forward to getting to know it...warts and all.
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Congratulations my wife and I purchased ours in November 2014 (16' Sport). I'm sure you'll enjoy it.


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