Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-16-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
3 Rivet Member
wagnerda's Avatar
2006 19' Safari SE
Central Part , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 161
Smile New to forum - 2006 Bambi SE 75th Ed

Hi there,

Just finally figuring out how to join into the forum, so greetings to all...

My name is Dave, and I retired back in the fall of 2005 and as a present to myself I ordered a new 19' Bambi SE 75th Anniversary edition Airstream and picked it up in Feb 2006.

My wife & I have made a bunch of 3~4 day trips around the area (we live in Maryland) and one long road trip last summer -about 4,000 miles- out to Colorado / Wyoming. We have had a wonderful time with the 19 footer and it works out just right size-wise for the 2 of us.

My tow vehicle is a 2001 Ford Ranger extended cab 4x4 with the 4.0 liter V-6. It is rated to tow up to 5,600 lbs and does just fine towing the 19'. I normally drive 60 mph or less (I'm retired so what's the rush?) so it works out fairly well. I also have the Reese equalizer hitch and that works great.

I wouldn't want to have any bigger trailer though, because with just a V-6 it is a little low on horsepower when in the mountains. Last year in Colorado/Wyoming we were about 6,500 ft altitude and on the long Interstate uphill grades we were over in the slow lane with the 4-way flashers on at 40 mph grinding up the hill... But, on the bright side we were still faster than the big Class A's towing their dinghys who were doing about 35...

At any rate, heading out with the Airstream again in a few weeks -- Maryland to California & (hopefully) return... Taking a southern route down thru the Carolinas, then across thru Georgia, Arkansas, -- picking up I-40 -- to Oklahoma, Texas, and then plan on following along parts of old Route 66 starting in New Mexico and eventually end up in Barstow CA. According to Mapquest, the route we have mapped out will come to 7,429 miles so that will be a nice run...

I'll be on the highways, so if you see me give a wave...

best regards, Dave...
Dave&Shari Wagner
2006 Bambi SE,
2008 Ford F350 Diesel 4x4
" I am lost and have gone Airstreaming to find myself, If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait..."
wagnerda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2007, 11:28 AM   #2
Rivet Master
SilverCabin's Avatar

2014 27' Flying Cloud
Viera , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,276
Hi Dave and welcome. Sounds like a great trip coming up. I'll be retired too and just another few weeks then we are heading out to catch some fall color in Michigan. Sounds like you have an okay combination with the 19' and the Ranger. We went a little bigger, but looked hard at the 19' before making our decision.

See you on the road,

Randy & Pat Godfrey
Florida Airstream Club (027)
ACI# 1212 - AIR# 17017
2014 27FB Flying Cloud - SilverCabin II
2018 F-150 Platinum - unnamed

The best part of any trip is when you pull away from home.
SilverCabin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2007, 11:37 AM   #3
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,477
Hi Dave...welcome to the forums and enjoy retirement...looks to me like you're off to a great start!
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2007, 11:38 AM   #4
moosetags's Avatar

2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 12,681
Images: 5
Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Keep us posted on your travels with lots of pictures.
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2020 Silverado 2500 (Vivian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2007, 12:10 PM   #5
Rivet Master
TBRich's Avatar

2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,624
Images: 64
Welcome to the "Air Heads", Dave...

We have hte very same trailer as you! ....And we also pull it with a V-6 ('07 Toyota Tacoma Quad Cab)... and it does just fine...

Have a great trip..sounds like a wonderful itinerary. We'll wave at you if we see you on the road passing through our neck of the woods!

Take lots of pics!

Happy Trails,
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2007, 01:41 PM   #6
3 Rivet Member
wagnerda's Avatar
2006 19' Safari SE
Central Part , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 161
Thanks for the Welcomes !!

Hi again,

Thanks for the welcomes... I have been busy perusing through the various forums and there are endless hours of wonderful info in here.

I also have a new Verizon broadband wireless card now in my laptop which I will be trying out on my next trip cross-country... Hopefully I will be able to take a bunch of photos and post a couple of the more memorable ones.

Here is a photo I took on my last road-trip. I had dreamed about getting this shot for years (if anybody remembers the old Alfred Hitchcock movie - I think it was "North by Northwest") anyway, there is a similar scene in the movie and I have always wanted to get my own version. Anyway, I was finally able to get it last July when we went thru Mt. Rushmore... (Also, in response to one of the other forums somewhere, I stayed at the KOA at Mt. Rushmore and it was an excellent park).

Hopefully there is a photo attached. regards, Dave
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Rushmore.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	91.7 KB
ID:	43584  
Dave&Shari Wagner
2006 Bambi SE,
2008 Ford F350 Diesel 4x4
" I am lost and have gone Airstreaming to find myself, If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait..."
wagnerda is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1961 Bambi '16 (Serial #16TDSS1728) Andy R 1961 - 1963 Bambi 32 08-01-2021 11:03 AM
Forum Navigation thenewkid64 Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 0 03-20-2002 10:36 AM
Bambi II is a Caravel... VintageRV 1964 Bambi II 0 02-24-2002 07:55 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:12 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.