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Old 04-14-2015, 10:40 AM   #1
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My Little Bambi!

It is our silver anniversary this June-25 years-and we thought-"Hey, Airstreams are silver!" Happy anniversary to us! Just bought a 19' 2002 Bambi AS from our friends. We love it-of course, and we have lots of work to do on it-of course.
Having read lots of info in the forums I notice that the "newer" AS's are "harder" to redo. For example, the exterior will never polish up to that mirror finish, and it is harder (read very time consuming and expensive) to get it cleaned up and somewhat shiny. Also, the interior, which has the "carpeted" walls and ceiling is hard (again read time consuming and expensive) to remove-and after removal apparently the interior walls have the "cheaper" walls, plus lots of glue, plus a lack of insulation. I'd love to hear more about this if anyone knows.
Also, would love to know if anyone knows of simple Ikea style cabinetry for AS to purchase and install ourselves, or have installed.
Having said all that- a little bit about us:
Me: Married to Steve, three kids ages 22,19,15-busy-live in Bend, Oregon.
Me: a teacher of Language Arts/History/Drama/Journalism
Steve: Lawyer.
Three dogs, one cat.
If there are any local Central Oregon AS clubs or associations I would love to know.
Glad to be a part of the madness.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:51 AM   #2
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Welcome! Always nice to have another NW As in the group. You should definitely check out the Oregon Unit of the WBCCI. Also, we have a fairly active group of folks who gather for unofficial rallys as well - there is a lot of overlap between those affiliated with the WBCCI, and those who are not - we all get along

Congrats on the new Bambi!

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Old 04-14-2015, 10:55 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by monainbend View Post
It is our silver anniversary this June-25 years-and we thought-"Hey, Airstreams are silver!" Happy anniversary to us! Just bought a 19' 2002 Bambi AS from our friends. We love it-of course, and we have lots of work to do on it-of course.
You're actually 15 years late— the 10th anniversary is the "aluminum" anniversary according to Hallmark, who ought to know. Anniversary Gifts by Year | Traditional Anniversary Gifts | Hallmark

But happy anniversary anyway, you lucky people! Welcome to the exalted ranks of Airstream ownership, and welcome to the Airstream Forums, your one-stop shopping place for all Airstream information.

Check out WBCCI, the "official" Airstream club. The acronym stands for "Wally Byam Caravan Club, International" a very pretentious name for a group of mostly non-pretentious Airstream owners. They have a Unit in Oregon; here's the link: It's not central Oregon, but don't let that put you off. After all, travel trailers are all about traveling…
I thought getting old would take longer!
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:59 AM   #4
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:34 AM   #5
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As a happy owner of 2002 19' Bambi since it was new, I welcome you to an exclusive group!

Some recommendations:
Leave the mouse fur on the walls and ceiling. If it is dirty, clean it. If you think cleaning is a lot of work, you wouldn't believe how much work it would be to remove it and clean up that mess.
Don't even think of Ikea cabinets. That is not because of problems with those cabinets, but because fitting them into the rounded shape of your Bambi would be nearly impossible.

Over the years, we have made many detail changes in our Bambi, but have found it actually easy to keep clean and a great pleasure to use without tying to change the interior style.

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Old 04-14-2015, 11:50 AM   #6
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Before you decide the mouse fur walls have to go, try cleaning with Folex professional carpet spot remover. This product will remove what can be cleaned and leave you with the best possible result. Decide if it is clean enough after everything dries. One bonus is the walls won't smell :-)
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