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Old 05-05-2017, 04:52 PM   #1
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Hello! After trying a few trips of tent camping along with hotel stays; we are looking for an upgrade to our tent camping. Our tow vechicle is a 2014 Buick Enclave , 4,500 lb capacity. So I think that limits us to a Bambi 16' from Airstream line. Had been interested in Tab 400; but concerned with it not having all of it's bugs worked out and they want a hefty price without a proven track record. They are asking 10k more than European model.

We have been following forum some and have learned some useful info. Are Bambi 16' owners happy or do they find it cramped for 2 people? Husband 6'1", I'm 5'3". Both average weight, not considered overweight. 63yrs.
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So ... can you say Why you're looking to upgrade from tent camping? Those (honest) specifics would help you determine if a Bambi would likely suit you. With a Bambi you can likely fit into most back to back parking spaces so it could afford you similar itineraries to hotel based travel. I'd love to have a Bambi but can't say DH finds the same charm in the "smaller is just cooler" aesthetic.
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:45 PM   #3
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We would not be using the hotels. Having a nicer covering for sleeping in national parks is appealing while opening up "boondocking" possibilities . While hotels in national parks are booked sometimes a year in advance; we can get 1st come first serve campgrounds with out having to reserve in advance. Grizzly bears in Glacier NP and making sure no odors were in our tents to attract them were a concern and hassle our trip there last summer. For health reasons I need to have access to air conditioning or fans if temps are in 90's. This last trip, we were able to sleep in our SUV(I made mosquito screens for windows) for boondocking one night in National Forest. I would not feel comfortable in a tent in NF. Husband would only boondock at Walmart if we had a trailer, not SUV. In the past; too much time searching for last minute hotels. We typically travel for weeks with some reservations and free days in between in order to be flexible. I would be willing to continue this way tent, hotel when one makes sense and sleep in SUV when tent isn't safe and hotel doesn't work out. My husband prefers the trailer option and is willing to pull one. Does this help?
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Are you considering the Bambi only because it's the limit of your Buick? If you had a larger vehicle would you choose a larger trailer? If so, then you probably will be continually disappointed in the limits of the Bambi. It will always be the Buick's fault for its limited capacity. It would be a shame to have "almost" what you want, and live with regrets.

Go shopping again, and find the trailer you really really REALLY want. Then decide how to make that happen. In the end, you may find the Bambi is perfect for you, and you won't have to second guess your choice. On the other hand, you may find that upsizing your tow vehicle will provide you with a very satisfying trailer experience.

A sink with hot water, and a toilet that flushes puts boondocking in a Bambi lightyears ahead of a tent. But then moving up to a middlesize 25' trailer will generally double the capacity of your tanks, fridge, propane, batteries, etc. This makes a huge difference when you're boondocking for any length of time at all.

It was suggested to us that <20' trailers are excellent for weekend getaways. 20-28' provide comfortable accommodations for 1-6 week trips. >28' offer the comforts of home for time measured in months or years.

Keep in mind the average Airstream outlives nearly every car on the road. Airstreams are handed down to the grandkids, while cars are carried out with the trash.

Find the right trailer, then get the tow vehicle you need.
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:56 AM   #5
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We would not be using the hotels. Having a nicer covering for sleeping in national parks is appealing while opening up "boondocking" possibilities . While hotels in national parks are booked sometimes a year in advance; we can get 1st come first serve campgrounds with out having to reserve in advance. Grizzly bears in Glacier NP and making sure no odors were in our tents to attract them were a concern and hassle our trip there last summer. For health reasons I need to have access to air conditioning or fans if temps are in 90's. This last trip, we were able to sleep in our SUV(I made mosquito screens for windows) for boondocking one night in National Forest. I would not feel comfortable in a tent in NF. Husband would only boondock at Walmart if we had a trailer, not SUV. In the past; too much time searching for last minute hotels. We typically travel for weeks with some reservations and free days in between in order to be flexible. I would be willing to continue this way tent, hotel when one makes sense and sleep in SUV when tent isn't safe and hotel doesn't work out. My husband prefers the trailer option and is willing to pull one. Does this help?
From the great company of fellow campers at every RV park, am told that rather than dry camping at a Walmart, pull into a Cracker Barrel. Better clientele/safer and like Walmart, they welcome campers in their parking lots! Tell your husband
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Some Cracker Barrel's don't. Depends on where they are located. I know. I tried parking in one and they had no trailer parking.
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I would be willing to continue this way tent, hotel when one makes sense and sleep in SUV when tent isn't safe and hotel doesn't work out. My husband prefers the trailer option and is willing to pull one.
Sounds familiar.

My take, as someone who owns a larger trailer -

If you are really satisfied doing what you're doing now then a Bambi will likely cover all the concerns you have. It will still be nimble enough to allow you to drive like a normal person (go where a large truck or SUV could go etc.) but offer the safety of a hard sided trailer, with a lockable door.

I think the other considerations already mentioned are very much worth thinking about. Both "how long do we camp at a time" and are you possibly placing too much emphasis on "working within the confines of the TV we currently have". That's something only you can decide.

The ideal solution would be to stay in a smaller and larger camper and really get a feel for both. You'll want a smaller one for driving and a larger one when you get there. I'm not sure that tension is avoidable. So you really need to have a firm preference for one or the other and just go from there.

The only other consideration might be whether or not you want something you are comfortable handling by yourself. Does DH do all the driving? What if you wanted or needed to drive your rig? Something to think about.
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I just sent you a private message (since you're new to these forums you might not know to look for that).
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We have a 16-foot Bambi. Still new to Airstream, and have only had it out for a few weekends of camping. With that caveat ...

We've done tent camping (and I've done a lot of backpacking). Then we had a VW Westfalia, which we used for years all over the country (and one trip up into Canada). A great rig!

To our eyes, and compared to tents and the VW Camper, the Bambi seems luxurious.

We are interested in seeing the sights, and the Bambi should let us continue to do so, and in comfort (air conditioning ... none of that in the VW).

If we had not traveled light for years previous, I can see that we might have gone for a bigger rig (pulling with a Suburban, so we could tow somewhat bigger if we chose to do so).

From where we are coming from, though, the Bambi is big enough.
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Thank you all for replies. If we had larger tow vechicle, we would probable go the 22ft Airstream. We liked the larger bed; however in our new experience of sleeping in SUV (width was 48") same as Bambi 16', 19' so that opens up more options if we had larger TV. I am not really comfortable backing up our Buick, so I am the one leary of getting a larger vechicle ( love the smooth ride of Buick too)! Husband does most driving; but I would help on long stretches. We pulled a 8x10 uhaul from New Mexico to GA last year...he did all driving.

We were thinking a smaller unit to see if we liked the "pulling trailer" unit that would hold up in resale a few years down the road and we buy a larger unit that we would travel and stay in one place longer. This would be once we downsize our home. We moved here after living in Europe and hoped our kids would end up nearby, 11 yrs later, they only are here a few times a year, and our great "resort" here with boat are not utilized enough. We spend our time going to them to help and visit 5 grandchildren in 3 different cities.

If we knew we could adjust to a different travel style; then definitely we would change TV and get a larger Airstream. We definitely want to go back to Glacier NP and spend more time there. Last year, our first year there, we spent 8 nights.

It's the sight seeing along the way that concerns me. Can one unhitch trailer and "sight see" a few hrs in a place. Is there a safe place to leave a trailer a few hrs? Or do you have to add a night in a place to see points of interest? Example: This past trip (to experience boondocking) we went to Charleston, then overnighted in Francis Marion NF; (surprised we were able to get by with 1/2 gal of water for dish washing and ourselves.). then checked out beaches along coast including Myrtle beach and overnighted in Carolina SP. Then in Wilmington heard of Wrightsville beach (close) and Beaufort 2 hrs away. Getting to the beaches was possible without a trailer. It would have been difficult to see the beaches with a trailer. From Beaufort husband chose to drive home 81/2 hrs. Negative reviews of Croatian NF. In a trailer, we would have needed to stay at a Cracker Barrel. I am concerned about not sleeping where the driver is able to make a quick get away if the area becomes unsafe. The getting out of trailer to drive off concerns me. I did check out WalMarts along the way. A very nice one just out of Charleston. Isle of Palms. I agree, some Walmart seemed sketchy.

We would definitely be slowing down our travel pace with a trailer. Hope to go to Alaska and feel a smaller trailer would be better for this trip? Especially for newbies. Hope all of this info helps all of you "counsel" me!
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Respectfully.... go rent an sob... camp... you will have more data than we can ever transmit here.

Be prepared to commit... it is great to wake without being soaked with morning dew..or rain... unless you want to sleep outside the camper, at least you have an optional shelter.. :/

If you like.. the AS experience will be better than the sob
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It's the sight seeing along the way that concerns me. Can one unhitch trailer and "sight see" a few hrs in a place. Is there a safe place to leave a trailer a few hrs? Or do you have to add a night in a place to see points of interest?
Humm that seems like an obnoxious amount of work. I'm sure there are places you could technically leave your trailer for a few hours but I can't imagine where that would be legal or secure etc. Besides, with a 16' trailer, you could park that sucker anywhere you had 2 normal parking spaces back to back, no need to unhitch. (this appeals to me, considering the amount of space we need with our rig)

If you do a lot of "in and around town" sightseeing - it sounds like you'd be better off with a Sprinter-type conversion. Any thoughts there?
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Here's a blog from some folks who decided on the van conversion route ... http://snowmads.blog/iving-full-time...igital-nomads/
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We are prone to extended road trips. Two years ago we toured New England, sleeping in 6 beds in 8 days. Last fall we slept in 1 bed during a 5,000 mile west coast tour with the trailer. With the trailer we spend more on gas, and drive slower. But thatís nothing compared to all the time and money we waste hunting for motels and restaurants. We still eat out for dinner sometimes, but breakfast and lunch is so much easier ďat homeĒ in the trailer. The flexibility is not understood nor appreciated until experienced.

When exploring a region, say the SC coastline, find a home-base campsite centrally located, then do daytrips to the various destinations. Hitching/unhitching takes about a half hour, so even if you unhitch for a single day, itís not that big an ordeal. Even when touring through small sightseeing spots, there are plenty parking places for large RVs. None of this is immediately obvious, but youíll be on a steep learning curve, and quickly discover how easy it can be.

On the road between destinations we overnight in Walmarts, rest areas, truck stops, church parking lots, behind motels,... never a problem, and oh so easy when youíre fully self-contained.

We always enjoyed tent camping, but itís a one-season sport for us. My biggest gripe was my wifeís insistence that we pack everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink! With the trailer, we camp three seasons, and I happily bring the sink along. Our primary frustration with a longer trailer is backing into tiny campsites. Weíve prepaid for campsites that were supposed to be long enough, but couldnít get in due to a tight approach. But thatís only a fractional part of our experiences.

We chose and older trailer the first time around to avoid the cost of depreciation supposing we change our minds right away. We could be satisfied with a smaller trailer right now, but we hope to retire soon, and expect to tour extensively for a while. But Iím also deeply grateful for the enormous tanks we have every time I see a Blue Boy tank roll by.
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