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Old 02-10-2003, 10:47 AM   #1
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Buying a 2003 Bambi

We are about to order a new Bambi. This size fits the two of us perfectly.

I know that my Yukon will pull the Bambi but what I don't know is the kind of hitch that I should purchase. Should it be a weight distribution hitch with sway controls? Can someone help me out.

Also, I was just going through some threads and someone wrote that they wished they had added a "black tank flush system". What is that and should I get one.

Finally, since I have never owned a trailer I have know idea why the trailer has to be level and what problems arise when it is not level. And, what do you use to level it?


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Old 02-10-2003, 11:17 AM   #2
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Ed & Nancy,

Leveling your trailer is important because the refrig works with ammonia and if it's not level, it can cause blockage within the tubing, causing your refrig to stop working. It's more important to level from front to back, as to side to side.

The black water flush is built into your back water tank and you connect a hose to a inlet(don't use your fresh water hose) and you refill the tank(dump valve closed) to flush out the waste. I fill mine about 3/4 full and then open the dump valve to allow a large volume of water to flush/push out any excess waste.

As far as a sway & weight distribution for you size trailer, I'll let someone with experience share this with you.

Good luck & happy trails-John

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Old 02-10-2003, 01:15 PM   #3
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I use a Draw-Tite hitch with 550# bars and a Reese friction sway bar with my 5000# International. There is absolutely no tendancy to sway with this setup. Don't let someone sell you 1000# bars. They are way too stiff for the weight of the trailer and will beat the dickens out of the trailer.

For side to side levelling, some pieces of 2x6" board work well. Better yet is a set of the Lego-type levelling blocks that you can get from just about any RV dealer.

Levelling does not have to be perfect. If you are comfortable living in the trailer, then the modern refrigerators are fine.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:40 PM   #4
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Buying a Bambi

We bought one Jan 17,2003 and had the same questions. I knew from the forum that I should get a weight distribution hitch and a friction sway control, clip on mirrors, and a electronic brake controller. Your Yukon is prob similar to my Z-71. I couldn't find any lightweight bars for the weight distributing hitch so I ended up with 1000# bars. Also at the time I needed it the available choices for brake controllers was limited, and I ended up with a Drawtite electronic. All the forums have been discussing the merits of the controllers, and I may not have the best set up. However, although that I haven't used it that much, this weekend will be the third time, everything works just great and the trailer is very well behaved with no trace of sway or any other nasty tendencies. The two quick stops that I have made have been just that- quick well controlled stops.

You will love the Bambi, it is perfect for the two of us and our well behaved but still a puppy 6 mon. old Lab.
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