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Old 05-03-2019, 08:12 AM   #1
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Spotted a Vixen on the road. And got the fridge fixed 👍

I was heading toward Panama City beach early yesterday morning. Going to camping world to see if they could get my new norcold fridge cooling better.

Coming the other way I saw an unusual yet familure motorhome going north, was able to hear it humming along nicely. It was the first BMW Vixen motorhome that Ive seen in the flesh. What a nice sleak looking rig. Small for an A class motorhome.
Seeing this rare rig made my 345 Le. Seem almost common. Not realy, but cool seeing one on the road.

At camping world as I checked in for my appointment right at opening time. They started out telling me I could leave the coach there and they could probably get to it in the next week or so. Just to diagnose the problem. They are that backloged

I was parked right outside their door, being the first one there, and as the service counter guys saw the Airstream motorhome sitting out there, all three of them went out to have a look. One of them used to have an airstream restoration shop, pulled out his phone to show me pics of the shop with 4 or 5 trailers in the works.
He called a tech buddy and got some tips about sliding the termister higher on the fins in the back of the fridge box. So we did that, and laughed about that being the kind of repair that I like. And I headed back home.
Woke up this morning to find the temp in the fridge in the mid 30s , Yoo-hoo what a fix.
Pretty sure that their interest in the old airstream motorhome turned the tide my way. Otherwise nothing would have happened.

And I got to see that cool vixen along the way too. Anyone ever had the chance to check one out up close?

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Old 05-04-2019, 05:46 AM   #2
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Richard

I have always been a fan of the Vixen as I have always liked BMW motorcycles and cars (owned some of each). I spotted this one in a Walmart parking lot 3 years ago.

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Old 05-04-2019, 05:46 AM   #3
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I dont know whats more rare - spotting a Vixen in the wild or a positive camping world service experience.....
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:02 AM   #4
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oooo, that is a sweet ride. BMW camper, what a concept. Makes you wonder what Haase or Beneteau could do with RVs like their beautiful yachts.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:51 AM   #5
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I dont know whats more rare - spotting a Vixen in the wild or a positive camping world service experience.....
Probably the latter, as there are now 2 vixen sightings here, and only one positive camping world experience

Never seen those before, very cool!
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:52 AM   #6
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I dont know whats more rare - spotting a Vixen in the wild or a positive camping world service experience.....
Bwahaha, too funny Scott, yet so true!
Glad I was'nt drinking coffee as I read that.


On reading more about these cool coaches I've learned that they were built here in the states for 4 years thru the late eighties.

The first model had the BMW engine and trans, and pop tops for headroom.
Then they built a limo model.
And the last ones built were RVs with a solid raised roof section, and a Buick V6 gas engine with auto trans.

Here is a video featuring the later model.


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Old 05-04-2019, 09:55 AM   #7
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8m pretty sure there is one of those for sale a couple towns north of me. It’s got kind of a remarkable look.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:59 AM   #8
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Nice, but not out of this world.
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Old 05-04-2019, 11:04 AM   #9
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I became obsessed with Vixens about 6 years ago, after I had spotted my first one. I joined the Vixen club as a "non-owner" member in the hopes that I would have better luck finding one for sale. I contacted a member through the registry who invited us over and took us for a spin and told us the good, bad, and ugly. What a ride! I love Vixens! After searching for a couple of years, I turned my attention elsewhere and bought a Chinook motorhome for adventures where we don't want to take our Airstream. I love my Chinook, but man, how I'd love a Vixen! Over-the-top coolness!
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Old 05-04-2019, 12:53 PM   #10
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We had a group of Vixen owners stop at Lake Kissimmee earlier this year. There were 5 or 6 of them traveling around Florida together. I talked to a couple of the owners, then did a search on the backstory of these classics. Itís a very interesting history and worth a look.
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Old 05-04-2019, 01:16 PM   #11
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The Vixen in the second photo is the same one I saw in the Bedford, Va Walmart 3 years ago (look at the rear window). They get around.

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Old 05-04-2019, 02:08 PM   #12
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I'm always looking to find a vixen on the road!
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I thought the exact thing about a camping world experience.... I always try to be positive!
Thermistor placement is the oldest trick in the book!
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I thought the exact thing about a camping world experience.... I always try to be positive!
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:02 PM   #15
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I've long been a Vixen fan, ever since there was a road test in Car and Driver.

A few years back, I had a Vixen pull into the row of campsites behind us while at a WBCCI rally. Great owner who was used to the interest - got a tour. Cool concept, but nowadays seems like a bit of a labor of love to keep it going.
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...Cool concept, but nowadays seems like a bit of a labor of love to keep it going.
...Posted to the classic motorhome section...

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