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Old 07-17-2003, 03:27 PM   #15
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Hey Rick.... if you think the 19' head is a bit croweded, I wonder how bad the 16 footer is. Doesn't the 16' have a wet bath too?

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Old 07-17-2003, 03:38 PM   #16
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Traffic stopper

I brought up the Airstream factory site a bit ago, and what should pop up in the random photo but the 16' CCD. That has to be a real traffic stopper. I'll bet you would get a constant stream of questions and "lookie-Lous" in a campground. I get enough questions and lookers on with the 22'.
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Old 07-17-2003, 05:40 PM   #17
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what size Bambi or CCD

I wonder if our local AS dealer is blowing smoke - he told me that the factory isn't making any 16 ft anythings! "they're in the brochure" I said. He, "Yeah, but they're not making them." True/False???
Also, when I looked at one earlier Bambi that was on the lot, used - I was told that the 16 ft did not have a bath/shower.
Wonder what's going on?
p.s. haven't checked in for a while but work on the '57 Bubble continues. Belly now off and frame restoration in progress along with floor. jw
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Old 07-17-2003, 06:03 PM   #18
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I took a picture of one on the production line on the factory tour we took.

Unlike the one in the brochure, this one has a wet bath/shower and an AC, but does NOT have the wrap-around rear window of the earlier prototypes. A cost trade-off for the shower.

So they are making at least a few.
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Old 07-17-2003, 06:10 PM   #19
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smallfry,

I live up here in Templeton ... about a mile from you-know-who. Their entire sales staff was hired from McCarthy Wholesale in SLO ... that's right, they are all used car salesmen!

I'll bet they pitched you on the 19 they have in stock.

I found their product knowledge to be just terrible .. they have a lot to learn.

Yes, the 16 is being made by AS.

I was at Toscanos in Los Banos last week .. I think I saw one but did not look as I was interested in the other end of the spectrum .. a 34. It certainly looked like a 16 from the outside.

Also, I do know the George Sutton in Oregon has at least one. So .. yeh, they are being made.
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Old 07-17-2003, 08:02 PM   #20
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Yes, Virginia, there is a 16 foot Airstream ...

Colonial Airstream in New Jersey has already sold a couple of 16 ft CCDs. They had one on display at the WBCCI International Rally in Burlington VT just a couple weeks ago. I checked it out and found the storage to be impressive (with a very cool outside access door to the under-bed storage), but I would agree with the others than it is not comparable to a 19 foot Bambi.

It depends on how you use it -- the 16 footer is not something I'd want in to inhabit for an entire rainy day, but it would make a great weekender and day-tripper. Kinda pricey, though, so the only way I could justify it would be on the basis that I could buy a lesser tow vehicle than I would need for a 19-footer. That wasn't the strongest justification in the world, and ultimately, we didn't see the economics of it ...

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Old 07-18-2003, 08:28 AM   #21
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Bigger is always better. (most of the time, anyways)

A permanent bed, as opposed to a couch you make up into a bed, would probably serve your needs better since your wife will probably be staying in the trailer while you are out fishing.
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Old 07-18-2003, 11:55 AM   #22
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permanent beds

I'm surprised that so many people are hung up on "made up" beds. Am I the only one who uses a sleeping bag and then just leaves it out or rolls it up if we need couch space?
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Re: permanent beds

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I'm surprised that so many people are hung up on "made up" beds. Am I the only one who uses a sleeping bag and then just leaves it out or rolls it up if we need couch space?
Surely you are niot alone, but the fact that all of the current A/S line and virtually any SOB trailer you name have permanent beds has to be a result of what sells.

In my case, I not only insist on a permanent bed, I insist on a double that is more then 48" wide. That is my personal preference, but obviously I'm not alone.
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Old 07-18-2003, 05:37 PM   #24
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Re: permanent beds

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I'm surprised that so many people are hung up on "made up" beds. Am I the only one who uses a sleeping bag and then just leaves it out or rolls it up if we need couch space?
Yes, you are the only one.

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Old 07-18-2003, 08:08 PM   #25
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Early on in my search for a travel trailer - even before I determined it had to be an Airstream - I was sure, absolutely sure that whatever I got would have a full size permanent bed. And my 25' Sovereign has just that.

Now that we have used it a couple of years, I am not so sure that a permanent bed is, in fact, a necessity. Not that I am wanting to trade, mind you.

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Bigger is always better. (most of the time, anyways)
Now, ANY good man will tell you that it's not the size that counts, but how well it's used. ahem...

Honestly, for a weekend or two here or there, a permanent bed isn't all that big of a deal. For any more time than that, I consider it a necessity.

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Old 07-18-2003, 09:10 PM   #27
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Made a decision

We have decided to go for the Bambi 19' CCD. The website doesn't list what is standard or optional equipment. Our usage will be mostly weekender with some extended stays. Should be able to get close to the steams and into those spots where my tent used to be. Now the tough part: Determining the options REALLY needed and getting the best deal. The possiblity of rookie mistakes are still high.

Any suggestions ?
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Old 07-18-2003, 09:51 PM   #28
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Check out my post on this thread. The option package, although having a very high list price, will have everything you need and should be highly discounted on an in-stock unit.
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