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Old 03-01-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Investigating used AS Bambi

I am a newbie to the AS phenonom but love their look. My wife and I sold our pop up trailer when kids moved on miss camping and are way beyond going back to the tent. Would love some advice about buying a used AS. What to look for etc...

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
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Don't have much advice since we are pretty new to this but will tell you that you won't regret it! We got ourselves a 16 ft. Bambi this summer and can't tell you how much fun we are having! Wish we would have done this years ago! Good luck finding one that's right for you!

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Old 03-01-2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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Thanks hope we have a similar experience. Any fear of buying used in a state where there is no dealer?
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
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I just got 16ft bambi

I have never camped in RV before I did watch some TV today in her. Was not planning on buying a Airstream but was watching Craigs list and no kidding a used bambi 16ft and jumped! There is one on Ebay at BatesRV not sure I like flooring though in quicksilver. This kind spoils my plans as I love my huge 15x20 tent with 6 foot door, I will still bring it along for extra square footage. The one thing I have found these require more money than you think to get on road in style. Just put new TV in,equalizer hitch $470,I want new tires as well,bearing repack,prodigy 2 brake controller $145. Just be ready for folks to come right up and ask questions about it.
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I am a newbie to the AS phenonom but love their look. My wife and I sold our pop up trailer when kids moved on miss camping and are way beyond going back to the tent. Would love some advice about buying a used AS. What to look for etc...

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Jeff,

As a newbie you probably don't realize that Airstream trailers talk. When you get close enough to see your reflection stand quietly and listen. You'll know when it's time to pop the rivet.

Your asking questions here which is the perfect start, this is the Rosetta Stone of all things Airstream.

It can be hard.... but patience is a wonderful ally.

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Old 03-02-2012, 08:18 AM   #6
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Jeff,
Just like you, Lin and I wanted our first RV last Spring. We looked around and fell in love, as Bob said above, with the look-and-feel of Airstream. We surfed both the Classifieds here and on RVTrader.com. We narrowed the search by bedroom type and price range. We found three-four good candidates. We looked at one and passed. We found our dream AS about six hours south of home from a private seller who took *wonderful* care of her. Since May we've put on about 24,000 miles; 29 states; 1 province. We're hooked and you will be, too. Just take your time finding the perfect AS for you. You'll know it when you see it. Welcome Home!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:32 AM   #7
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Jeff,
Our story is very similar to yours. We purchased a 19' Bambi 6 years ago and it turned our world upside down (in a great way). We average a couple outings a month and have made lots of wonderful new friends in the process. When looking at a used unit check out the flooring very carefully for signs of discoloration. Typically that indicates water intrusion on the plywood below. Not a deal breaker, but you mentioned a lack of dealerships so eventually you'll need to find a qualified repair shop. Other than that, you've found the best source for all things Airstream here at the Forums-best of luck in your search!
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Thanks hope we have a similar experience. Any fear of buying used in a state where there is no dealer?
Arizona is not without an Airstream dealer. I thought the same thing, but found out that Dillions RV in Mesa is an Airstream Authorized Service Center. There is also supposed to be a new Airstream dealership opening in Scottsdale this year.

While it appears that Oasis RV in Tucson is no longer a Airstream Service Center, they are more then qualified to do Airstream repairs. Also, not all issues need to be addressed by Airstream service centers.
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I have never camped in RV before I did watch some TV today in her. Was not planning on buying a Airstream but was watching Craigs list and no kidding a used bambi 16ft and jumped! There is one on Ebay at BatesRV not sure I like flooring though in quicksilver. This kind spoils my plans as I love my huge 15x20 tent with 6 foot door, I will still bring it along for extra square footage. The one thing I have found these require more money than you think to get on road in style. Just put new TV in,equalizer hitch $470,I want new tires as well,bearing repack,prodigy 2 brake controller $145. Just be ready for folks to come right up and ask questions about it.
Thanks Starcraft so expensive to operate and maintain I get that but do you like it?
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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Jeff,

As a newbie you probably don't realize that Airstream trailers talk. When you get close enough to see your reflection stand quietly and listen. You'll know when it's time to pop the rivet.

Your asking questions here which is the perfect start, this is the Rosetta Stone of all things Airstream.

It can be hard.... but patience is a wonderful ally.

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:27 PM   #11
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Jeff,
Just like you, Lin and I wanted our first RV last Spring. We looked around and fell in love, as Bob said above, with the look-and-feel of Airstream. We surfed both the Classifieds here and on RVTrader.com. We narrowed the search by bedroom type and price range. We found three-four good candidates. We looked at one and passed. We found our dream AS about six hours south of home from a private seller who took *wonderful* care of her. Since May we've put on about 24,000 miles; 29 states; 1 province. We're hooked and you will be, too. Just take your time finding the perfect AS for you. You'll know it when you see it. Welcome Home!
Thanks looking forward to the adventure of finding the perfect one for us. Hope our experience is as positive as you're has been.

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:28 PM   #12
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Jeff,
Our story is very similar to yours. We purchased a 19' Bambi 6 years ago and it turned our world upside down (in a great way). We average a couple outings a month and have made lots of wonderful new friends in the process. When looking at a used unit check out the flooring very carefully for signs of discoloration. Typically that indicates water intrusion on the plywood below. Not a deal breaker, but you mentioned a lack of dealerships so eventually you'll need to find a qualified repair shop. Other than that, you've found the best source for all things Airstream here at the Forums-best of luck in your search!
Thanks this is excellent advise greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:29 PM   #13
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Arizona is not without an Airstream dealer. I thought the same thing, but found out that Dillions RV in Mesa is an Airstream Authorized Service Center. There is also supposed to be a new Airstream dealership opening in Scottsdale this year.

While it appears that Oasis RV in Tucson is no longer a Airstream Service Center, they are more then qualified to do Airstream repairs. Also, not all issues need to be addressed by Airstream service centers.
That is great news thank you. I wonder when the one is Scottsdale will be official? Again appreciate knowing about Dillion's.

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #14
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Yes it is very cool

What is not to like, turn on stereo blast some music and take in splender of shiny alum interior and lighting. Only camping I have done so far is spend 2 hours in driveway lol. If your a person that likes old german cars,50's chevrolets, old harley's you know real classic type items the AS is right there with it. I personally prefer the newer trailers over older ones unless it is something really special. Ebay has new listing for I think 66 bambi 16, mine blows it away would not swap units plus absurd amount of cash.
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"Only camping I have done so far is spend 2 hours in driveway lol"

Nothing wrong with driveway camping We couldn't take ours out for three weeks after we bought it this summer...I'm sure our neighbors got quite a chuckle watching us run back and forth in our pj's in the a.m.!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:35 PM   #17
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We is also new..... I found this beauty, AS Special Edition 19' 2006 that was used once--most equipment still in wrappe. We purchased in
December and haven't been out of our driveway yet. It's winterized and don't want to have to do it again when we return. However, I am getting very itchy. WE, repeat, WE have made a wonderful decision. Also, I might mention, I have never met a greater bunch of people that are ready to help when you ask---believe me, I know. Just wait and see............
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We started as you did ... looked on RV lots and decided that we really wanted an AS. We made the mistake of buying several SOB TT (because on the surface, they were less money) and lost huge amounts of $$ because of depreciation. Several used AS units surfaced and we looked, but in the final anlaysis decided to buy a new one locally - it is just a bit longer than we planned and wifey really loves it ... due to the immense (by comparison to most other AS and SOB) food prep area and nifty bath/shower. Whew, finally we had her baby and my porsche all in one aluminum "can".

AS stand the test of time. Although you will find some who argue about build quality, we find ours to be superior to anything-YES, ANYTHING - else on the market!!!

WE are very happy with the AS purchase (still paying) and the great folks we have met on the RV road. Be prepared to be mobbed by folks with questions about your AS whenever you stop. It is the middle of winter around here and we are still EXCITED>
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Valmog you need to keep us posted on Oregon

I was thinking about heading down to fish for King Salmon bring trailer. My only problem is how do I take the boat. Have you camped at Humbolt park
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Red face Hate it when that decision comes up.....

......how do I take the boat?

We still put the "SS Weeny" on top of the Burb for our trips to the Adirondacks, but it would be nice to tow "Ally" places, I'm sure she would Love Camping.
Not to mention how much more comfortable it would be when it's time to get your worm wet.

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