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Old 10-25-2013, 07:06 PM   #15
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Even though I can't sell or trade it, I do get and can appreciate the message that rideair meant to convey.

I agree with the fact that:

1) it was not handed down in a respectable condition. The first family-owner died about 7 years ago of old age. It was stored in an outside storage lot for years prior to his passing. If I had to guess, probably at least 15 years of storage. When he passed, my MIL received it. It was then stored inside a shop for the past 5 years with very little done to it. They just didn't have time to mess with it, and due to their age and health status, felt like someone younger should spend time (=$) on it.

2) it should be used and enjoyed. If we spend too much time and money worrying over the authenticity of it, it becomes a burden. Might as well have another kid in college.

I think I have my husband talked into updating it as much as possible while keeping the vintage look. Example: He is willing to let go of the toilet (well, not really, it will be stored in the attic). If one part is broken, what's to keep other fragile metal parts from breaking once it starts seeing frequent use again?

Your responses have been FABULOUS! Kevin, I printed your response to put in our file.

Okay, we'll have some fun with this little Bambi!

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Old 10-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #16
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Money is no object?

Before you answer that, start another thread ( somebody already did )and ask us how much we spent restoring our trailers, or ask the handy guys how much time they spent.

I bought mine, then spent 20 thousand restoring it, then did a lot of work on it, and it still needs carpet and a paint job. I doubt if I would trade it for a brand new one, and I doubt someone with a new trailer would trade for mine. Tons of people want to buy it though.....for five grand.

But if you CAN afford it, you could end up with a REALLY cool trailer. A magazine company ( or something ) renovated four trailers with 4 different themes. They were selling them for about $50 grand a piece? Who knows what they spent on them. It might have been a publicity stunt. You should see the pictures. I forget where to find them.

Overlander gave awesome advice. I would suggest two AGM batteries and a smart charger, LED bulbs as upgrades, if you are going off grid with it.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:32 AM   #17
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Thanks, billymyers56, for the offer of the furnace and water heater, I forgot to mention that. Very generous!

We will go with a new Atwood on the water heater. I want the combo one that also has electronic ignition. And we elected no furnace. We live in the south, and can use a small electric heater to warm the tiny trailer. We'll leave it to the future generations to outfit it with a furnace should they want one!

Okay, then for you vintage restore folks, what color combinations were popular during this time period for the Bambi? I've looked at a lot of pics, and so many have been customized that I cannot get a good color scheme that was present then. The original colors of this Bambi are blonde cabinets and walls, orange seat covers, cream curtains with orange lined accents, and cream colored speckled tile that matched close to the color of the cabinets. I do not want to go back to these colors, because...ick. Reminds me of the cheap old efficiency apartments I lived in as a broke young adult, minus the burnt orange or green carpet.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:43 AM   #18
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I didn't have the decision to make when I obtained my Bambi II....the interior was destroyed. I kept the exterior as original "looking" as I could, with the exception of the "Jack" TV antenna. The interior is completely new. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f147...ler-75011.html

This might give you some ideas of how to modernize some of the interior while keeping the look of the exterior. It was a fun project!
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:21 AM   #19
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EEWWWWW!!!! sorry vintage people

You asked..."Okay, then for you vintage restore folks, what color combinations were popular during this time period for the Bambi? "

To me....the color schemes for counters, carpets, cushions, sinks, and stoves were less than attractive in that era. Avocado, dark orange, gold. Shag carpets....really? The drapes were usually neutral though. It's hard to go wrong with neutral colors.

Vintage is cool, but I would also want it to look nice IMHO

For the record..I went with a 50s diner feel. Burgandy ( almost red ) counter, and stainless steel sink and appliances. Check out my photos. They do make vintage looking boomerang formica for counter tops now.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:23 PM   #20
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Okay, then for you vintage restore folks, what color combinations were popular during this time period for the Bambi? I've looked at a lot of pics, and so many have been customized that I cannot get a good color scheme that was present then. The original colors of this Bambi are blonde cabinets and walls, orange seat covers, cream curtains with orange lined accents, and cream colored speckled tile that matched close to the color of the cabinets. I do not want to go back to these colors, because...ick. Reminds me of the cheap old efficiency apartments I lived in as a broke young adult, minus the burnt orange or green carpet.
The Airstream colors for the period reflected what was popular in the housing market . . . possibly a few years behind in some things and a few years ahead in others. There are two rather common color schemes for early 1960s Airstreams including the Bambi:

Avocado Green -- with this color combination the drapes were usually off-white, the range and refrigerator a desert tan, accents such as wall pads (beside sleeping surface) and ceiling pads tan vinyl, floor covering off white tile or carpet, with upholstery featuring tan/beige tweeds.

Tan/Beige -- with this color combination the drapes were usually an off-white, the range and refrigerator a copper tone, accents such as wall pads (beside sleeping surface) and ceiling pads tan vinyl, floor covering off white tile or carpet, with upholstery featuring tan/beige tweeds.

I am sure that there were at least three or four other combinations, but these are the ones that I have seen most often in un-restored 1960s Airstreams (my Overlander was the Avocado Green combination . . . I chose to modify with antique pewter for bathroom fixtures, blue/gray drapes, dark blue tweed upholstery, light blue/white tile, keeping original ceiling upholstery, blue and white comfort pads beside beds, and kept original range/oven, new Dometic refrigerator with wood grain front.

Enjoy your selection of the interior décor for your Bambi!

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Old 10-30-2013, 02:28 PM   #21
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I didn't have the decision to make when I obtained my Bambi II....the interior was destroyed. I kept the exterior as original "looking" as I could, with the exception of the "Jack" TV antenna. The interior is completely new. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f147...ler-75011.html

This might give you some ideas of how to modernize some of the interior while keeping the look of the exterior. It was a fun project!
Wow, excellent thread showing excellent work. Thank you for the reference. What brand of toilet did you get to fit in your Bambi?
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Greetings grayling!

I was browsing through some of my Airstream documents and found reference to early 1960s Airstreams with either a pink or an aqua-marine-blue. Those documents sparked my memory of the 1998 WBCCI International Rally (it could possibly have been the 1999) where one of the 1961 Bambis had the pink color scheme . . . it had a pink (think Mary Kay pink) front on the refrigerator, a pink cooktop and a pink porcelain sink . . . I believe that the porcelain on the toilet was pink, but I am less certain on this point. The Formica on the countertops and the drop leaf dining table was on off-white with tan flecks. Drapes were off-white and the upholstery was a medium tan tweed. The floor tile was off-white with gold flecks (I don't believe that the floor tile was original). I have never actually seen a Bambi with the Aqua-Marine color scheme, but in the larger trailers it usually included an aqua-marine refrigerator, range/oven, and sometimes a porcelain sink.

I think that you will find that most enthusiasts don't get overly concerned with the color scheme. My theory with my coaches has been that the original cabinetry and fixtures are worth maintaining . . . but I have chosen color schemes that aren't necessarily period correct. My Overlander's antique pewter color scheme has little relationship to what was popular in 1964, but features such as the comfort panels next to the bed were maintained with an upholstery to match my new color scheme. My original bathroom fixtures were professionally refinished in antique pewter (replacing the avocado green. I maintained the beige quilted ceiling upholstery in the bedroom and the light brown range/oven as they came from the factory.

I am enjoying following your planning thread for your Bambi's future. I am sure that you are going to have many years of memories with the coach!

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Wow, excellent thread showing excellent work. Thank you for the reference. What brand of toilet did you get to fit in your Bambi?
Thanks! I used a Thetford Aqua Magic II (I think) china bowl. The size is good, but we had issues with cross-threading the fitting (it's plastic into the toilet), so take care when plumbing it! I look forward to your progress!
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We left it the way we got it in 1989. Original owner re-did it in the early 70's.

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With the shower/toilet floor pan being canary yellow, the stove and fridge being brown, and cabinetry being blonde, I am thinking of a blue/yellow/blonde color scheme. Keep it light.

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