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Old 04-06-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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Red face Hi...I'm new.

Although I am not yet an owner of an Airstream, I really really really want one, and would like to eventually (hopefully sooner than later) buy one! I like the little Bambis, but towards the 19 foot size. I only have a car to tow with, and through this site I am learning that there is a LOT to know about owning and using an Airstream! Like, maybe I should buy a small SUV or a pickup before I get my airstream?! I am so inspired by all the enthusiasm and knowledge here. It is my new favorite place to go on the web.



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Old 04-06-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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Welcome. You will find TONS of great information on this site. It is also a lot of fun to read.

Myself, I would get the trailer first and then get a tow vehicle to fit. There is no use buying a new Super Duty to pull a Bambi. By the same token if you find a great Overlander, you don't want to tow it with an Escape. Just my thoughts. Have fun looking.

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Old 04-06-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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I don't know what age of 19' Bambi you're looking for. Or what kind of car you have.

If its a new or newer 19' my preference would be a half ton pickup truck. Lots of other vehicles could pull it too, but I like having the bed of the truck for carrying all the stuff which is dirty, bulky or otherwise inconvenient to carry in a SUV, van, etc. Generator, firewood, bbq, outdoor mat to name a few.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:23 PM   #4
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Howdy and welcome to, jbjny! This is the right place to ask questions about your dream trailer, that's how many of us started

Yes, pick out the trailer you will want, and THEN decide on the tow vehicle. The trailers tend to live almost forever, so it's likely that you could have several tow vehicles during the life of one trailer.

One thought: be sure of the size you want to get. Not that there's anything wrong with the little ones, but after you sit in one for a while, and especially if you won't be alone, it's entirely possible that you may want to consider something larger after a short while. There's something call "two-footitis", which is caused by wanting a trailer "only two feet longer".

People have been known to buy small and then go through one or two more trailers before finally deciding that a 30-footer is what they really wanted, although I've never heard an owner say they wished they had bought a smaller one....

All that to say, take as much time as you can to actually go and sit in the different sized ones; get a good feeling for what they each feel like inside. Once you are towing it down the highway, they all look and feel the same, by the way
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:00 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. You have found the right place for all things Airstream. Stick around with us and you will learn what you need to find and choose the perfect Airstream.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:24 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! I can tell this is going to be a great place to learn and meet people!

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
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Glad to have you with us. Best of luck with your search.


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Old 04-06-2011, 09:57 PM   #8
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TPI has a good point on tow vehicles for a 19' Bambi. Yes, it would be nice just to throw the extra stuff in the bed and take off. On the plus side of an SUV, you can lock it and not worry about somebody lifting the genny or bikes.

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Old 04-06-2011, 11:23 PM   #9
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Welcome to the Forums! We tow our 19' (which are great little trailers) with a 2007 Tacoma Double Cab (and is our only vehicle) with a factory tow package and get along just fine. We have a tonneau cover on the truck bed so we can lock it and keep stuff out of sight ...and the tonneau also keeps us from bringing too mush stuff we probably don't need.

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Old 04-06-2011, 11:32 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forum. I just joined a few days ago and have learned lots in a very short time. Like you, Becky and I spent a long time looking for the right AS. We finally pulled the trigger when we found her last weekend (pick her up this Sunday!). The search took awhile, but was worth the wait. Good luck on your hunt!
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:24 AM   #11
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Welcome! Enjoy your search and reading the posts. Your in the right place. We have a 06 19' Bambi CCD and love it, the size works great and you don't need a huge truck to tow with. If you are close to a dealer spend some time in several units to get a feel for the space and size.

Again, have fun and were all here to help.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:09 AM   #12
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Welcome to the forum! I second the advice of finding the Airstream you want, then getting the tow vehicle after. That way you do not end up restricting yourself.

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