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Old 05-06-2019, 04:42 PM   #1
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Purchased a 1961 Bambi the other day. Lapsed registration will increase the in vestment considerably. Anyway it is all there in good shape but has served as a mouse hotel for quite awhile. Don't know where to start but have cleaned it up pretty well. I suppose wiring will take a priority. Sure hate to rip this thing apart.: Any suggestions on the trailer are invited.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:07 PM   #2
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Hello from Colorado: Welcome to the vintage Airstream hobby. Cute little Bambi s are well, cute! Lots of folks love them in the "tiny house" perspective.

You need to do a thorough analysis of your trailer as you clean it and learn all about it. A vintage trailer needs "good bones" such as brakes, bearings, axles, frame and body. Southwest trailers usually fair better as the ones that sit in the rain a lot. Bad axles, rotted subfloor, rusty frame, leaky windows? Check it all.

Plumbing is usually more of a problem that wiring. But test both systems thoroughly. Then test appliances, lights, fans, water pump and the like. Your "project list" will grow.

Then decide what your end goal is. Renovated for fun traveling, or restore for fun rallies and the like.

Then take on one project at a time and make your Bambi better each week.

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If your coach truly served as a rodent hotel, you likely need to remove the interior shell and insulation. Given a rewire, you probably need to do that disassembly anyway.

A small AS is a great reno project. So, don't be overwhelmed. Be motivated to explore. Go slow. Do not break stuff. Look for the coach's history as you proceed. Use the forum resources. And enjoy the journey. Pat
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David hit the main points. The Bambi 1 ASís were neat trailers. Iím helping a friend of mine get started on his 63 Bambi. He just ordered the axle, the first on my list since they can take awhile to get. Take a day trip to Pismo in a week or so and talk to some of the Renovators to give you some insight on what to expect. Good luck
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We are out traveling in our 86 Limited 34'. A 2017 Bambi Sport 16' just pulled in next to us. The longest and the shortest side by side. As most Airstreamers, very nice folks in the Bambi. I told them their trailer will last 60 years or more.

Airstreaming is fun!

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