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Old 11-13-2009, 04:26 PM   #21
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If the quote is too high wait till winter and take advantage of the discounted prices as 2air stated.
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:37 PM   #22
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Thank you for your service to our country.
Just out of curiosity do you know the details of what caused the roll over accident? What kind of tow vehicle were they using and was any kind of sway control being used? Good luck with the repairs.
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:55 PM   #23
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that should be a fun project, i am finishing up on a 1998 safari i bought,they are really neat units
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:14 PM   #24
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MGM - If you fix it as you describe (get the panels looking right) and there is no structural damage, don't let the salvage title worry you. Your motivation to be in your airstream at a good price sounds very much like our story. We bought our 07 (ebay) and had the exterior cosmetics sorted out and have cool plans for the interior. It came with and still has a salvage title. I had the frame, axle, wheels, brakes and any running components completely checked (it really wasn't at issue with the kind of damage ours had) and all was fine.
If this was a car with engine, transmission, steering (and all the alignment issues), I would never own a salvage vehicle. But this is a single axle frame (pretty simple) and a cool house bolted to it. We had the damage repaired by a well respected local shop and had all systems checked completely...now it may as well be new. We too plan on owning her (?) a while so resale isn't such an issue. If we ever do sell her and some buyer can't process the fact that it was completely repaired professionally but has the stigma of the title then so what.
California doesn't let us retitle as "restored" or "refurbished" or "rebuilt" or whatever once a salvage title is issued, but it doesn't matter to us. We had to go to a certified inspection station for a brake, wheel and running light inspection, but that was simple.
There is something satisfying about salvaging something and I suppose it takes the sting out of the inevitable first ding or corrosion spots (yeah you'll read about those) if your investment is a percentage of new.
Cool that you have the mother ship looking after you...hope they give you a good price.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:43 PM   #25
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Hey, nice find! You should make out fine with the numbers you've quoted. Now, get a nice dog and go camping. The dog is great company when you're in the woods, and a chick magnet when you're not!
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:38 PM   #26
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Welcome back and you are our hero! (and all of your fellow soldiers). Thank you.

Well, it looks like you have bought into what is going to occupy your spare time. Good luck with the Bambi, we enjoy ours.

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Old 11-13-2009, 09:44 PM   #27
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Welcome back!

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Old 11-13-2009, 10:59 PM   #28
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Do you have the air conditioner...or was it taken off?
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:22 PM   #29
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If the repair price is too high just tell anyone that asks it was damaged by pirates in Somalia.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:05 AM   #30
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I wouldnt sweat the Inspection. If its repaired and looks good it will be no problem. I brought ours from Indiana,of course it was not damaged. But the lady from the title bureau did come to my house,I think the inspection was under a $100 bucks. She walked around the unit,checked the serial number on the badge and the tongue and signed off on it. The she said "I have never seen the inside of one of these",wife gave her the tour and everything was cool..
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:23 AM   #31
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Well, still no numbers from the Factory. But i made some calls on the inspection stuff. It seems like a pretty simple process in Ohio. I just need to fill out some papers at my local BMV and get a temp permit and then take the trailer to an inspection office for the State Highway patrol to do what pretty much sounds like a once over, and then i can be back on the road.

So i'm excited. I just drove back from a week in Memphis, and passed so many things. I took the Music Highway- i-65 for about 450, from Tennessee to Indiana, crossing the Ohio River and Mammoth National Park, the National Corvette Museum and a handful of state parks.

I'm an outdoorsy person, and my Bambi will be my base camp for alot of travels, so everything i see now, i think about future trips and adventures.

I will keep you guys posted on any news or progress in my repairs
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:47 AM   #32
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Since you picked it up in Montana, you should go with the story of "The grizzlies are so big there this is what they do to trailers..." You could sure raise a few gullible eyebrows.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:11 PM   #33
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Alright, so the suspense is killing me. Tomorrow i'm gonna call and see if they have any rough ideas yet. I know they have alot going on and i feel bad calling, but hey....i won't lie. I 'm ready to give them some money and get the ball rolling.

I'm just excited. I have looked into some sway bar options, i think the reese stuff is my best bet.

I want to keep her looking nice after my repairs, so u guys have convinced me that the sway bar stuff is not an option.

I will let you know what i buy
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:17 PM   #34
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MGM,

Welcome to the forums. As my wife and I are both 68 series, it is nice to see another 68W join the ranks. My unit just returned from Afghanistan and my wife is Active duty at AR Perscom. Also nice to see the median age drop a little more! Good luck with your bambi, and take lots of pics to document your repairs!

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Old 11-17-2009, 07:50 PM   #35
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Steve,

Thanks for the kind words. I'm so excited to get this thing on the road. I dunno, mabee all the time in the Army has given me some form of peter pan syndrom lol, but i have big plans to do some trips out west. I'm an east coast guy who has a lot to see.

Lucky for me , i live a mere 3 hours from the factory, so i'm hoping to take advantage of that and have them fix up my new toy. Just waiting on an estimate now, to find out how many months i shall forfeit my wages haha
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Love your excitement and enthusiasm...and welcome to the 19' Bambi-ites! We really enjoy our 19' Bambi...it's great for the type of camping it sounds like you are interested in doing...we like the size as it's easy to tow (we do ours with a 2007 Tacoma with a tow package and Equal-I-Zer Hitch setup), is totally efficient in space usage, and you can take it anywhere... Good luck as you get all fixed up and on the road to sheer bliss...
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:17 PM   #38
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Factory Update. The suspense was too much and i called today and to my excitement they were working diligently on assessing my damage.

The numbers came in , and to have my Bambi perfect, with all the labor and parts, it would be well out of my price range.

She has a alot more damage then i thought and to do everything perect, there is no way around it. $$$$$

I won't lie, the wind was taken out of my sails, but hardly my intent. I'm going to figure something out, I'm committed to have her on the road, that is where she belongs and that is where i will be come spring.

I will do my homework and the work myself. I will leave some dents for character and will learn along the way. I may outsource what i can, and the rest will be a challenge. But progress will be fun, no matter who does it. Jackson Center or Me.

I have been in contact with one other gentleman. 5 hours south of me in TN, called Creston RV. I will see what he thinks he can do...If he can work any magic leaving the interior intact as much as possible and only using buck rivets where we need to reinforce / replace the ribs, and utilize olympics rivets elsewhere. He may be able to do things on a level that the factory could never do, due to protocol and requirements/

So I'm flexible and if all else fails me....and his quote is too much. Then it will just be some long days and some longer nites, with me and a trusty radio, and a handful of rivets. Because, i can afford the replacement panels just fine...well for half of her at least. The driver side, will have some character for a little while and the new ac will be a birthday present for myself in Jan.

For the record I want the trailer to be safe and i want to use her for years to come. So rest assured, i promise you guys i won't cut too many corners. But i honestly believe i can come up with some ways to make her road worthy on my budget.

The other projects will be on hold....
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:49 PM   #39
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Mabee my new passion for this thing will be my un-doing but i just really want to be able to enjoy this thing. And i i know all the trouble will be worth it.

For crying out loud, this thing was brand new, and has never been used, so in my eyes. Its worth it.

I wish i had an extra 30k to throw at it, but even my bachelor budget can't swing that. And the banks won't loan my any unsecured funds for it, since it has a salvaged title. So it narrows my options.

I forget what the line is in a River Runs Through It, but its something to the tune of...no matter what, we love them lol.

So i shall apply that to my Bambi and make do with the imperfections i cant afford to fix just yet, and do what i can to make her road worthy again...instead of perfect
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mgm, have you considered buying or building an adequate flatbed trailer to haul your Bambi wherever you want to go? This would allow you to camp in the Bambi while you’re working on it.
It might not be welcomed at some campgrounds, but I’m sure you could find places to camp with a 2008 Bambi, wrinkles, flatbed and all. If and when you get the Bambi into roadworthy condition, you could sell the flatbed and go merrily on your way.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
I’ve seen much stranger things.
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