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Old 01-19-2016, 10:20 AM   #15
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Would be great to see some detail on your shock install. Always wanted shocks for my 16. I've gotten no positive feedback from a couple shops I talked to about it. The little ones need a smooth ride too !!
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:18 AM   #16
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OK please share info on the shelf. Is it custom, or can I buy one? Very Cool.
The shelf is something I made up one evening. It is pretty slick and works perfectly (if I do say so myself...).
I posted a picture of it on a FaceBook Airstream group page and people went nuts! It was hysterical. I would imagine that it might be mass produced but my fear is that small differences in the curtain track spacing would make fitting it a trailer by trailer event.

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Old 01-19-2016, 11:21 AM   #17
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Would be great to see some detail on your shock install. Always wanted shocks for my 16. I've gotten no positive feedback from a couple shops I talked to about it. The little ones need a smooth ride too !!
PM if easier...
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Give Colin Hyde in Vermont a call... He has the brackets that must be added to the axel. It was pretty easy actually
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:06 PM   #18
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Radio wire to battery

I'd love to know how you got the wire to the battery. Is you radio in front or rear of coach. Mines in the rear but the reprogramming part drives me nuts. What subwoofer did you go with?

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Old 01-19-2016, 12:30 PM   #19
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Awesome 16' Bambi. Currently searching for a 16' Bambi in mint condition. I'll have to keep this info for the future. Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:38 PM   #20
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Hi from AZ. . .It seems like a Hensley for a 16' is a little overkill. . . I'm pulling a Sport 17 with no wd setup. Were you having problems with sway ? thanks, Craig
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:31 PM   #21
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I'd love to know how you got the wire to the battery. Is you radio in front or rear of coach. Mines in the rear but the reprogramming part drives me nuts. What subwoofer did you go with?

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Our radio is just above the battery disconnect switch. I simply snaked a wire from the switch (there is a terminal that is always live in the switch) and the radio. As I recall it took me most of a Saturday to accomplish!
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:57 PM   #22
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Hi from AZ. . .It seems like a Hensley for a 16' is a little overkill. . . I'm pulling a Sport 17 with no wd setup. Were you having problems with sway ? thanks, Craig
We bought our Airstream new. The dealer sold us an Equalizer hitch and showed us how to hitch up. It all seemed fine...
We went to our first WBCCI event and began meeting Airstreamers. Some really put miles on their trailers! Our group is a great unit with a fair amount of diversity. I noticed a fair number of pivot projection hitches there...
Then we decided to head to an Alumapalooza. Here I began running into people who had had accidents, towed with lots of different vehicles, had tons of miles under their belts etc., a theme was developing on the subject of hitches.
Finally I ran into an engineer from our local group who asked me how I liked our Equalizer. He listened to my answer and proceeded to talk about his own experience towing, first with an Equalizer and then later with a pivot projection type hitch (Hensley). He is the person who clarified the way it worked and best qualified the experience.

After a year of towing with the Equalizer and still feeling that it was probably just fine, I got curious enough to give one a try...

What can I say? the difference is like night and day!
If you are happy with your set up, that is great. I wanted to see for myself why people used the hitch and I was astounded...We will put on 6000 to 8000 miles in the next 6 to 8 weeks. I want the experience to be as comfortable as possible and the hitch makes a big difference. That is enough for me.
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:35 PM   #23
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Fabulous thread! Thanks so much for sharing!
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:55 PM   #24
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I love the shelf too! I could use one for by the couch. Very cool. Hubby makes coffee but not shelves so if anyone finds these are being massed produced please post it.
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Old 01-19-2016, 04:33 PM   #25
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Love the mods

As one who must change whatever I have to my personal preferences, i love the changes to your trailer. Now, what would be very nice would be more photos .....unless I missed something....
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Old 01-19-2016, 04:45 PM   #26
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As one who must change whatever I have to my personal preferences, i love the changes to your trailer. Now, what would be very nice would be more photos .....unless I missed something....
A lot of is has been posted one at a time here as I performed the modifications but... as we are about to leave with our Bambi for warmer climes, I promise to put together a little picture show as soon as we get to someplace warm!
Stay tuned!
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Really appreciate your post! We have a 2015 Bambi Sport that we would like to modify as well, starting with the bed. Would love to know how you had the bed rebuilt - would you mind elaborating on that? We are contemplating getting rid of the factory mattress soon and buying a full size memory foam mattress and cutting it to fit, but are really curious to see what you and others have done ... thanks!
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Really appreciate your post! We have a 2015 Bambi Sport that we would like to modify as well, starting with the bed. Would love to know how you had the bed rebuilt - would you mind elaborating on that? We are contemplating getting rid of the factory mattress soon and buying a full size memory foam mattress and cutting it to fit, but are really curious to see what you and others have done ... thanks!
We took the original mattress to our favorite boat interior shop. They deemed the foam "junk" and replaced it with some kind of memory foam laminate...
Whatever he used (I can call and ask) it is the same thickness, uses the original cover but it's incredibly comfortable!
That is the extent of the bed mods beyond closing some of the gaps between the bulkheads and the platform so that things like remotes and wallets do not fall into the nether regions of the trailer
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