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Old 01-24-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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We're new owners, but I've been lurking for a few months. We have been camping for the last year and a half in a T@B. It got us back into camping but we found it just too small for our needs. I'm 6'3, so the T@B didn't allow me to stand inside. We had the clamshell version (kitchen on the outside) and that worked pretty well. Along our camping travels early on we came across a couple with a small Airstream in Santa Cruz. They offered a tour and my wife jumped on it. Well, needless to say she fell in love with it. We started doing a bit of research and found that the one we got the tour of and the one that my wife became fixated on was the 16' DWR Bambi.

I had tried to discourage her placing all her hopes in that one DWR basket since I knew that it was a limited production model and would command higher prices. Yeah, that worked well...

Well, fast forward a year and we came across one that was for sale in the San Francisco bay area. We went and saw it, fell in love all over again and the next weekend towed it home. We've camped two times so far since having it about two months (holiday months).

We are looking forward to many years of fun camping in it. We've already signed up for the NorCal Forum Rally up at Casini Ranch.

Can't wait.

Jeff & Silvia
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:34 PM   #2
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Congratulations... Some pictures would be appropriate.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:39 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum and to A/S ownerhood!

Lurkers really do make good owners, especially when you have both fallen in love with your A/S. Just beware of aluminitis: there is no known cure.

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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I did just post a few images.

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:47 PM   #5
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Welcome and a big congratulations to you..what a find!!!! The 16ft DWR was what got me interested in Airstreams in the first place. We never found one, but got a 16 ft one anyway and we love it. My husband is also 6'3 and we fit nicely in the little cozy space!

Looking forward to seeing your photos This is a great group of people here...you'll enjoy all the information and friendships!

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I'm lost, what is a DWR Airstream trailer?
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:15 PM   #7
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Derek, The DWR (Design Within Reach) Airstream was a special edition 16ft trailer that was only available for a short time....you can see pictures of it here Airstream DWR Design Within Reach Travel Trailer review - Roaming Times

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Old 01-24-2012, 08:19 PM   #8
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We're new owners, but I've been lurking for a few months. We have been camping for the last year and a half in a T@B. It got us back into camping but we found it just too small for our needs. I'm 6'3, so the T@B didn't allow me to stand inside. We had the clamshell version (kitchen on the outside) and that worked pretty well. Along our camping travels early on we came across a couple with a small Airstream in Santa Cruz. They offered a tour and my wife jumped on it. Well, needless to say she fell in love with it. We started doing a bit of research and found that the one we got the tour of and the one that my wife became fixated on was the 16' DWR Bambi.

I had tried to discourage her placing all her hopes in that one DWR basket since I knew that it was a limited production model and would command higher prices. Yeah, that worked well...

Well, fast forward a year and we came across one that was for sale in the San Francisco bay area. We went and saw it, fell in love all over again and the next weekend towed it home. We've camped two times so far since having it about two months (holiday months).

We are looking forward to many years of fun camping in it. We've already signed up for the NorCal Forum Rally up at Casini Ranch.

Can't wait.

Jeff & Silvia
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:20 PM   #9
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It is one of the special edition models of 16' Bambi's that was designed by the firm DESIGN WITHIN REACH (DWR). There have been a few other special editions Bambi's (Quicksilver, Victronix, Anniversary models, etc). The DWR has a solar panel, some design items inside (George Nelson ball clock, some special dishware, chairs, coat rack, etc)

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Old 01-25-2012, 10:29 AM   #10
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Congrats! We owned a T@B too - took it cross-country before we bought our Argosy. Liked the little teardop - so easy to use - but really wanted more space and a bathroom.

Here's to many happy years with the DWR!

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Old 01-25-2012, 12:41 PM   #11
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That's what did it for us, too. Took a trip to Yellowstone last summer and that was when the T@B's limitations stood out. We started looking at Airstreams right after we got back. We still love the T@B, don't get me wrong. In fact, if they had made a teardrop model of the basic same shape but wider, longer and taller, who knows?

But they don't, and if I made it myself (I had thoughts) my wife said we probably wouldn't go camping for years until it was finished. Wait, does that mean she lacks confidence that I could finish one project before moving on to another?!?
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We were in the same boat. T@B made several bigger models in Europe - I even toyed with importing one from England. If we could have bought that (the T@DA just didn't do it for us), we would have. Oh well.

Both T@B and Airstream have great groups of owners too.

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Welcome and Congratulations! We've gotten to know a number of couples that have camped for months at a time in their 16' Bambi's, including summer trip from Virginia to Alaska and back. Had small washing machine tub inside and two bikes in back of Toyota pickup. Don't make mistake of parking it just to provide housing for spiders and critters.. (Ask me how I know..).. They are really easy to take to warm weather, and actually do OK in cold with full propane tank, small electric heater and external electrical power..

We too look forward to seeing you at Casini, if the spiders don't mind giving it up for the weekend..
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:45 PM   #14
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Yeah, we saw those European models and drooled for awhile then found out how much they would cost if imported and that put that problem to bed.

I think, the much worse drool factor was the European Airstreams. They have THE layout as far as I'm concerned. Bed (queen size) in back (across the back) with a dinette in the front. The fact that it was light was a huge bonus. But again, not available here.

Why, oh why, doesn't Airstream make a 19' or 20' version with that same floorplan, which is the same as the 16 Bambi. It would allow for an acceptable bed size which doesn't exist until you get into the much larger (and heavier) models.
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