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Old 01-27-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Are there any 1964 Bambi II 17 ft. owners manuals available?
What is the difference between the Bambi II & the Bambi?
Why is it called a Bambi II?
How many Bambi II's were manufactured?
How popular is the Bambi II?

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Old 01-27-2014, 08:06 PM   #2
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Greetings mcaslaon4449!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstream ownership!

Originally Posted by mcaslaon4449 View Post
Are there any 1964 Bambi II 17 ft. owners manuals available?
What is the difference between the Bambi II & the Bambi?
Why is it called a Bambi II?
How many Bambi II's were manufactured?
How popular is the Bambi II?
The Bambi II was a one-year model. It was an extension of the 1961-1963 Bambi that was 16-feet; while the Bambi II came in at 17-feet. In 1965, the Bambi II would become the Caravel.

The Bambi II was a low production trailer, but as with most Airstreams, finding a definitive number of a particular unit that was produced has proven difficult. From the reading that I have done on 1964 Airstreams, I haven't found a definitive production number for any of the 1964 models. Today, the 1961-1963 Bambi as well as the 1964 Bambi II enjoy great popularity with collectors . . . in fact, in many cases, one of these Bambis will typically command a higher price than a similar model year Airstream 24-feet or longer.

Airstream didn't begin producing owners' manuals until 1964 so they were a brand-new feature in 1964. I do know that the same owners' manual was utilized with all of the larger 1964 Airstreams with the page identifying the model being the only difference in the original manuals. I have heard of at least two explanations regarding the 1964 Bambi II . . . one that it too came with the "standard" 1964 manual with the single-page model information referencing the Bambi II . . . the other explanation that I have heard is that the "standard" 1964 Airstream manual was provided with no specific model page, but a multi-page Bambi II supplement was inserted at the front of the manual. In either case, it is possible to purchase a copy of the 1964 manuals from the Airstream store, and while the 1964 Bambi II isn't listed . . . I suspect a call to Airstream might find that a copy can be had. Until quite recently, a company called Secretarial Services in Jackson Center, Ohio would (for a fee) provide copies of any Airstream manual from 1964 on . . . but the last that I heard, the owners were retiring and there was a question of whether the service would continue.

Good luck with your Bambi II!


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Old 01-27-2014, 08:40 PM   #3
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Kevin gave you great answers. I own a Bambi II- by serial number it was the second one produced. Becky has #3.

There is a strong following of Bambi II models on this forum.

I also have the original owner's manual. Much of it appears similar to those of the longer models, but there are Bambi II specific pages to be sure.

Good luck...welcome to the Bambi Club! It is an exclusive club indeed...
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