I looked into the tank from the head (not been used yet). I guesstimated that it is larger than 8 gallons. When it warmed up I was going to do the gallon at a time test since no one including the people at A/S could answer it, nor have I been able to receive any return emails on the subject.
They did tell me when I called A/S that the upper bunk was discontinued after the '02 Bambi run. '03 has no upperbunk even as an option and A/S updated their website after I called with the question.
I'd also like would like to make the comment that I agree with Jack's comments, but I still find it hard to believe and accept the sign of the times stuff, even though it's true. For example, Cisco Systems, like A/S has historically been more expensive than competitors, way more expensive. Yet calling Cisco for questions or support is one of the most plesant and complete events one could ever expect from a company from a customer's perspective. Cisco is like the Zen of support and info on their products! When you call a company and only seem to get a straight answer at times on a product, and that they authorize some dealers, not all, that are somewhat clueless, I feel that it is a area that needs improvement. I can't accept the comparision to buying a VCR or a car. Although I don't support that these vendors for VCRs and cars shouldn't know the products either, there are a thousands more options. Additionally, when I call the manufacturer, Chevy for example or email, if they don't have the answer, they get it to me. This happens only 90% of the time w/ A/S. Maybe Cisco went through this too at some point. Bottom line, is that I think quaility and correct info in customer communications as well as dealer selection (which Cisco also is very picky about too) is what you make of it as a company.
The Reader's Digest version of this saga is that A/S communications through it's phone, web and dealer is an area that needs improvement. I looked into the Bambi for almost a year and found this issue consistantly throughout the process and contiuning after the purchase. Would using a different dealer have yeided a different perspective? Perhaps, but as most of us know there are not a whole lot of games in town when it comes to buying or repairing A/S rigs.
Was I or would I ever consider anything besides an A/S in the future? Not sure, but it would have to be one heck of a rig for me to even think of not buying that 6 sleeper Safari next if and when the time comes as we get to be a larger family. Right now it's just the two of us and the pooch!