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Old 06-05-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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Anyone with an FJ Cruiser & Bambi?

hello everyone...i'm new to the forums and have the Airstream bug.
i own an FJ Cruiser 4x4 automatic and am weighing between the 16' & 19' Bambi's.
i've been doing my research on these forums and have learned a lot about weight, wheel base, safety, etc...but there still remains a grey area(maybe becuz i really prefer the 19' CCD over the 16'!)...

for those of you with an FJ & 19' Bambi or an FJ & 16' Bambi... how has it been? are you "fully loaded" on trips, etc? how does the FJ's engine handle?...etc.

based on what i've learned so far...it looks like the 16 Bambi would be the better choice for the FJ...but i'd like to hear from those with experience.

btw, the posts i've read re: the FJ/Bambi combo are almost a year old...so i thought i'd rekindle the fire on this subject...

thanks for any input....from anyone....on this matter.
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:20 PM   #2
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Howdy and welcome to the Forums! We did discuss this earlier last week - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...mbo-42298.html. An Airstream will instantly depreciate the moment you drive it off the lot. You'd find out once you get something you don't want and try to trade. Make sure the first one you buy is really what you want -- you'll have it a lot longer than your FJ Cruiser. And then you can face physics as it pertains to your tow vehicle.
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:51 PM   #3
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thank you Bob. i actually did see the post you mention, and learned from it that the 19' Bambi could be pushing it w/ the FJ...but Joyce and Jim have yet to post what they ended up doing with their situation! can't wait to hear from them....
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hi anni' and welcome to the forums...

as with many 'marginal' towing combinations it depends on...

-your towing experience

-your comfort level with handling this combo

-your expected usage (where, how much, how far)

-your driving style

-your willingness to 'overtax' some of the gear

-your perspective on safety and 'extra margin' when the scat hits the fan...

-and so on....

my suspicion is that a LOT of folks are trying fj combos and with lots of OVER capacity trailers....

but they won't post much HERE about it, because of the backlash and brewhaha it causes...

but i see these folks out there doing this, while traveling myself.

you might get MORE feedback and DETAILS on one of the many fj enthusiasts' forums...

the folks who own and use this vehicle are pushing the limits and telling about it!

just not here.

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Old 06-05-2008, 07:19 PM   #5
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thanks 2air...
all of those things you mention are exactly what i'd LOVE to hear from people who are actually pulling an Airstream w/ their FJ.
i've belonged to the FJCruiser Forums for quite some time and that was my first stop for info re: FJ's towing Airstreams....but there really wasn't much there...so i joined the
AirForums....which by the way is SO great! and set up exactly like the FJ forums.

i'll keep doing my research...(which is a lot of fun when it comes to Airstreams)...not to mention: how all of you feel about your Airstream is how i feel about my FJ...it's a super fun SUV... but maybe they should also make a V8/5.7L w/ a longer wheel base!
i didn't buy my car knowing that one day i'd want to pull an AS...so.......i'm learning as i go....and want to make it work. i just LOVE the 19' CCD way more than the 16'.

rock on y'all.....the more input the better....
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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Anni---The June 9 edition of Autoweek has a short story on new options for the Toyota FJ. The suspension is beefed up and the engine has been supercharged for a 25% increase in torque and hp. These kits are from the TRD parts bin and can be installed by the local dealer. This step preserves the warranty.

Welcome to the forums and have fun with you FJ and Airstream.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:53 PM   #7
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wow.....VERY cool!....thanks bob.
i just read about the 4.0 V6 supercharger you mention at Toyota Racing Development

there's a fit kit for the 2007/2008 FJ's. now i need to check into how much of a difference it could truly make in towing a 19' Bambi

you Airstream people ROCK!
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Agreed that the trailer is more important than the TV. Once chosen, then the TV can be the best one for all uses, solo and towing.

My folks had but one trailer over 26 years, and two tow vehicles for it. Another car for groceries and the rest, both TV's were sold in excellent shape with about 190,000 miles each. The trailer didn't move some years (backyard), some years for a few weeks, others it was permanently at a campground, and then it traveled widely over a fifteen year period. Still around somewhere in Houston I believe, over thirty years and counting.

Take your time, life changes around, but a good trailer can be there until your final years.
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thanks Rednax.....that's probably the main thing i've learned so far:
"tow vehicles come and go, but the Airstream could be around forever...choose wisely."

i never knew that one day i would want an Airstream...but some friends who own one
recently came to visit......and...well....based on my lifestyle....it could work out quite nicely. free time to travel whenever...yay!!!....

there is no denying that i have been infected with the harmless, uncurable Airstream virus!

i love my FJ and don't want to upgrade to anything more grossly SUV than that! (in these recent times anyway)....if a Mini Cooper could tow an AS...well then....yeah.

at this point, if all else fails....a 16' CCD it will be. but the 19' CCD is my destiny, one way or another. for now. keep it comin'.
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Have a read through all posts by Andy Thomson of Can Am RV, a long time Airstream dealer, here and out on the Internet. His Canadian dealership has set up many, many OTPUT tow vehicles (Other Than Pick Up Truck); he is a believer in a widely-stanced, independently-suspended, low-center-of-gravity tow vehicles.

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Perspective is everything. Be aware that some think this way of doing things heretical (really, on other sites he's been hit quite hard, so to speak), so there is grumbling around here. But the future is this direction, as some have PM'd me of their satisfaction with this way of doing things.

I think that a V6-3.7L Dodge Charger would make an excellent choice in some trailer sizes for towing as it has the verities of fully independent suspension, long wheelbase, wide stance and Mercedes underpinnings (and the 4Matic AWD, adapted). In size it is much like the cars we used in the 1960's and 1970's to tow trailers up to 7000-lbs; some fulltime, some not. (The Hemi is also available). That it has been widely adapted for fleet use (police, and other) makes it even more attractive; these cars tend to get some beefy parts.

Of course there are some really slick M-B SUV's out there, as well as from other manufacturers. The drawbacks may be reduced fuel range and load (extra junk carrying) capacity.

Some good threads on alternative TV's on this site, have read some good stuff.
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again, thanks for the info. i'll check it out.
i DIG that Silverstreak brochure w/ the Lincoln. wow! that photo says it all...and why
i'm so confused on WHY today's vehicles (like mine) can be such a pain in the ass....
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If you're worried about the weight of a new 16 /19 ft Bambi, you could always look into getting a vintage unit. Cheaper and they weigh less too. You would probably want a restored unit if you're not into tinkering.

I love the FJs, one is on my 'must have someday' list
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thanks stephanie...
i love vintage guitars...but when it comes to Airstreams, i think it might be better for me to get a shiny, new (and heavy) Bambi.
great shots in your photo blog. i'll have to read more about them later.

thanks everyone for great input so far. and i'm still waiting to hear from those who are actually towing an AS w/ their FJ....where are you???!!!
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Welcome!
I am no advocate of marginal TV's, but wasn't there an article in TrailerLife recently with an FJ pulling a larger (22'?) AS?

Not saying it's a good idea...but some Folks will try anything!

Good luck, be safe.

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