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Old 12-13-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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Does Anyone Know of A Bambi for Sale in Arizona ?

Hello,
I am new to the forum and to Airstreams. I am looking for a Bambi, or similar trailer, I would prefer it to be 17-20 feet, a 22 at biggest. Does anyone know of one in good condition and at a reasonable price in the Arizona or Southern California area ?? I would prefer a classic older one but, if it was a later one that would be fine as well. Any input and information about the Bambi's (pros and cons etc) would be great as I don't really know much about them.

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Old 12-13-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
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Hey Steve...welcome to the Airforums! There are several forum members in the Phx metro area and several in the Tucson area as well...and others throughout AZ...

Don't know of a Bambi or vintage smaller trailer available off the top of my head, but check out the classifieds here...


Also check out the sub formus on Bambis other smaller trailers to see what folks say about them...

The size of trailer you get really depends on how you want to use it and how many folks are going to be camping in it...we really like the 19' Bambi SE...good size for use (2) and 2 medium dogs...we like small spaces, though... Good to tow, able to go into just about any park or campground without length problems. Some don't like the corner bed in the newer 19' and others don't like the combined grey & black water holding tanks of the newer 16' Bambis...we are fine with the bed... One thing you should know is that newer Airstreams are heavier than older ones, so that may be a consideration.

There's a Four Corners Unit New Year's Rally at Picacho Peak State Park between Phx and Tucson...I'm sure they'd be happy to have you come by and check out the treailers...look at the bottom of the "portal" page for a link to that thread for deatils. (We're goinna miss that one, dang.)


Ask any specific quations you may have and there will be answers in no time...

Git on...git on down the road! See ya there!
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Old 12-13-2007, 11:21 PM   #3
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Hello T.B.
Thanks for the response. I really appreciate the input and information. I would like to be a sponge and soak up as much information as I can get as I am totally new to the game so to speak. I think a small one sounds like a good fit to me because I want it to be very mobile and I want to be able to get around with ease.

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I saw a Bambi set up at "The Lakes RV & Golf Resort" in Chowchilla, Californa that had never been used. It was in perfect condition and looked kinda sad, because it was a Christmas gift last year. I was told, that the wife was not interested. Understand, that this guy purchased the space, too. Nice resort very clean. The number is 559-665-6814 Sales office for The Lakes RV & Golf Resort. Hope this helped you in some way. Have a Merry Christmas.
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I am new to the forum and to Airstreams. I am looking for a Bambi, or similar trailer, I would prefer it to be 17-20 feet, a 22 at biggest. Does anyone know of one in good condition and at a reasonable price in the Arizona or Southern California area ?? I would prefer a classic older one but, if it was a later one that would be fine as well. Any input and information about the Bambi's (pros and cons etc) would be great as I don't really know much about them.

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Old 12-14-2007, 09:08 AM   #6
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We found our first Airstream (many years ago) on the Vintage Airstream Classified ads-- The Vintage Airstream Club.
When we sold it a few months ago, we used Craigslist. We found our current Airstream on Ebay. You have to keep checking, all the time, and the one you are looking for will pop up! Good Luck.
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:00 PM   #8
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Thank you guys for all of your information so far. I have a few questions. Is there a difference in years in regards to quility of manufacturing etc?? Is there a particular year range (old vs. new) etc. quality wise, construction etc? Are the underbelly of the trailers metal or wood ?
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:45 PM   #9
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Steve, that's all subjective information. If you search through the forums you'll find a lot of threads dealing with those debates.

Except for the bottoms of the trailers, which all have an aluminum "belly pan."

The "true" Bambis were only made for 3 years. I have a '62 & it's a fantastic little trailer. They're too small to have anything go wrong with them.
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The "true" Bambis were only made for 3 years. I have a '62 & it's a fantastic little trailer. They're too small to have anything go wrong with them.
I'd have to disagree with that! I had a '63 Bambi with a spare tire and ammo cans on the rear and it had rear frame separation issues, something you normally wouldn't see in such a short trailer, but all that weight on the back bumper apparently did the damage.

Any vintage trailer needs to be inspected very carefully, and if you have a chance to look at several, do it. You'll learn more every time you look at one. Most of your learning will probably come after you buy your first though! Mine was beautiful and usable, but I still ended up doing a floor repacement in it. If they're old, they will probably need something done. So long as you're prepared for that!
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well yeah, i recommend against adding a bunch of junk or weight to the back of any trailer.
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Yeah, a lot of people seem to think that will be fine, but after having that Bambi I'm convinced that is NOT a good idea!
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Especially since many of us with small trailers are using lighter TVs.

As you can see, Steve, you have a lot of research ahead of you.

Let's hope I won't again be going out on a limb to say that, with a smaller, simpler (read: older) trailer, you will have less to muck around with than, say, a 32-footer with slideouts. One axle is cheaper to replace than two; 16 feet of polishing takes less elbow grease than 26 feet.
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Summerkid & Stefrobrts,
Thank you both for the additional info. I have been into classic cars for quite a while so I know exactly what you guys are speaking of when talking about who there is always work to be done on a vintage one that is for sure!! I know with a car sometimes you can get lucky and have one that treats you very well with little problems, or you can get one that is always needing constant work. I certainly would like to avoid that with a little trailer if at all possible. I am aming for complete simplicity, useability, and reliability, in a small package etc.

What separates (besides the look of them) Airstreams from other vintage trailers quility wise ?

Are the small trailers from the early to late 80's still of good quality ?
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A lot of the vintage trailers made from aluminum or fiberglass have held up quite well, and if the right one came along I certainly wouldn't turn up my nose at it. If you're looking at vintage, don't pass up the argosys either. Made by Airstream, they are painted, but just as nice inside, and they have fantastic huge wrap-around windows on the front.
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There are many questions and you will get necessary answers here.

When we were searching...we did not know about this forum. We thought we wanted a Bambi, small, easy to tow. We found a 20 ft Globetrotter and are very happy. Easy to tow and more space. Now we think the Bambi would be too small.

You need to decide. You did make the right choice Airstream. Have fun.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:59 AM   #17
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Check the thread "wow I'm stoked" Fyrzowt just got another safari to replace one that was wrecked and I think he is going to sell his 21 footer. He is in central california.
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Yep, soon.

Probably in the next couple of weeks. I want to do a couple of detail things to it first. You can PM me for any details.
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welcome, Steve, and if you're into classic cars (assuming you meant maintaining and repairing,not just driving/owning) you are a prime candidate for a vintage AS!

you already have realistic expectations. yes, vintage will always require some hand-work unless you pay megabucks, and even then sometimes.

I'd venture the majority of vintage (25 yrs & older) need some type of floor replacement. roof and window leaks simply slide down, invisibly, to the floor/frame within the cavity between ex/in skins. oh. that was an eye opener for me. these leaks wreak havoc. don't be too shocked. or a PO (previous owner) will simply neglect a leaking toilet valve for 10 years turning the back floor to compost. no, you can't go back and kill them ;-)

vintage usually means axle replacement, too, unless it's been done already. doesn't seem like that big a deal from what I see here. (Inland RV site has a very nice explanation of how the torsion axle works,check it) the PO may have left the trailer parked for another decade without bothering to use the leveling jacks. not everyone who OWNS an AS is qualified to own one. can we start some kind of certification with appropriate penalties?...

bottom line on vintage: they freakin' rock, dude!! if you can put in the sweat eq, you can end up with a lighter, hipper, more reliable trailer for a fraction of the cost of new. you'll pay for it in sweat. that's what beer is for...

everybody says "search" on this forum but here's a tip: the vBulletin/forum search feature is kinda...bad. who knows why? it doesn't work too well. a google search with "site:airforums.com" placed after your search term seems too work for me a whole lot better. my 2c.

sounds like you have the bug. it's not curable. you'll have to have one. sorry. you'll love it!

don't rule out the ole 23-footers. the diff that extra few feet of space makes is incredible. if you have kid(s) and spouse, i'd recommend them.
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Hello,
I am new to the forum and to Airstreams. I am looking for a Bambi, or similar trailer, I would prefer it to be 17-20 feet, a 22 at biggest. Does anyone know of one in good condition and at a reasonable price in the Arizona or Southern California area ?? I would prefer a classic older one but, if it was a later one that would be fine as well. Any input and information about the Bambi's (pros and cons etc) would be great as I don't really know much about them.

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Phoenix, AZ
Steve,

We looked for a very long time for the Airstream that best fit our needs. In the meantime we had other types of vintage trailers so we were out camping a lot, but we hungered for a vintage Airstream. We looked at a lot of them and found many to be in excellent condition but their lay out did not suit our needs. Others were clearly misrepresented by the sellers in terms of condition and it was only because of our own knowledge of trailers that we were able to properly check them out.

In the end we ended up with a pretty decent canvas to rework to suit our needs. The basic size, weight, and age suited us, but it needed some effort on our part to redo it. We tore into it and it still took 5 months of nights and weekends to have it to the stage where we were able to camp in it. There were still things to do, which we accomplished over the next two years during the non-camping season, and we redid a few things once we realized that our original thought about use changed.

Had we known about this Forum, or about Forums or WBCCI events in our area we would have gone to see, talk, and learn from folks who are passionate about their trailers, and can show what to look for, and give you tours of their trailers so you get a sense of what you like or need. There are some happening in the Phoenix area this month and over the next while so don't be shy about going and introducing yourself and asking for guidance.

Size counts. Small is nice, but for any extended camping for us, at least, we found we needed just a bit more room for those days when the weather is uncooperative. We had mostly 17' other brands and we find 21' of Airstream to fit us perfectly.

Good luck with your search. And don't be afraid to travel a ways to get the right trailer. If you are looking at vintage to start with and find one that's already polished consider that a bonus.

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