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robbve 02-11-2007 08:49 PM

Wounded '61 Bambi Rescued in Texas!
We did it. My wife and I took possesion of a '61 Bambi in very poor condition. Towed it from Fort Worth to Austin without a problem. We can't even get into the unit because all of the original interior is dismantaled and shoved inside. Can't wait to get it cleaned out so I can see if I really have to do a shell off floor or not! Missing skylight and windows for years doesn't give me much confidence... y'all will be hearing my pleas for help soon! :) I know y'all will be asking for pictures, so I will try to get the gory shots posted soon.

Looking forward to making friends on this forum!
~Robb & Teal

maxandgeorgia 02-11-2007 09:05 PM

Robb and Teal, you have friends already on this forum. You just didn't know you had them! Welcome, and congratulations on your Bambi adoption~G

moosetags 02-11-2007 09:11 PM

Welcome to the Forums, and congratulations on your new baby. Thank you for saving the wounded Bambi.

Goin camping 02-11-2007 10:44 PM

Rob & Teal,

Welcome, How cool to get that trailer and now you get to make it perfect.

Ask all questions and wear out the search function and you'll get more info than you will ever need.

Lets get the gory before pictures goin and soon we'll be seein you at Rallies.

BIGED52 02-11-2007 11:07 PM

Just wanted to say...
Howdy Robb and Teal, Ask all the questions you want! We are here for you ever step of the way. Hope you're wrong about the shell off but chances are if skylight and vents/glass have openings that isn't a good sign. The above posts suggest to get with the search function ... it is located on the blue tool bar on the top of each page. Use key words to describe what it is you want to learn about, click the search tab and you will be amazed at the information that awaits you. Remember the only dumb question is the one not asked. WELCOME to the forums and Happy Trails, Ed

pinkflamingoes 02-11-2007 11:20 PM

Congratulations, have you done an airstream rehab before? Pictures, we need pictures!!

Silverhobby 02-12-2007 05:50 AM

Bambi Rescued
Welcome Robb and Teal,
Looking forward to seeing pictures of your "new" Bambi. Being one of the smallest trailers built by A/S, the Bambi is an "attention getter" wherever you go. You have lots of friends here, that you just haven't met yet. Good luck with your Bambi.

Royce 02-12-2007 06:02 AM

Robb and Teal,

Congrats on the new purchase and welcome. Rescues are very rewarding.

Sugarfoot 02-12-2007 06:48 AM

Welcome robbve. Its always heartwarming to see a good rescue. Good luck and keep us posted.

rickandsandi 02-12-2007 06:53 AM

Greetings Rob & Teal, not like it hasn't been said before, but welcome! You are now official members of the Save A Bambi Club! Pictures! Everyone is lining up to help you here.

Pahaska 02-12-2007 09:38 AM

Greetings Fellow Austinite
I live on FM1826, near the Salt Lick. If I can help in any way, let me know. I have woodworking shop tools.

You might want to contact member emo59, who lives in Bastrop. They have 4 (count 'em) vintage trailers. One usable and 3 to be restored.

We have one beautifully restored 61 Bambi in our WBCCI unit (Texas Highland Lakes Unit) who lives in Bryan. They went through a restoration and polishing. I can get you in touch if you would like.

urbanfood 02-12-2007 09:41 AM

robb & teal,

welcome to the forums! sounds like a great purchase.

judging by the condition you described (missing skylight, windows) you'll most certainly have to replace the entire sublfoor and inspect and possibly repair the frame. the trailer is 46 years old. whether you decide to do shell on vs shell off will be up to you. most people who go through an extensive renovation prefer to take the shell off. it is possible to do a shell on as some members have done, but it really depends on the particular airstream and what needs to be done. check out member norcal bambi and his shell off, member uwe's "63 for me" for a great reference, and i've just took off the shell on my flying cloud so there's some good pix there as well.

looking forward to seeing pix and your progress.

NorCal Bambi 02-12-2007 09:44 AM

Rob & Teal, welcome aboard. Great find. We have a 63 Bambi CA model. There is another person in the West who has Ohio model. Let's all know if we can be of any help in your adventure.

GStephens 02-12-2007 12:09 PM

As Pahaska noted, we already have one beautifully restored Bambi in our Texas Highland Lakes Unit of the WBCCI. We are the unit that has hosted three Vintage Rallies in the past three years. We're extremely vintage friendly. We have a number of folks interested in vintage trailers with several of them possessing extraordinary knowledge in helping you with the various problems you will encounter during restoration. Many of those members live in the Austin/Wimberley area. I'd like to extend you a personal invitation to come try us out. You will thoroughly enjoy these folks. They are a truly fun group of people. Our next rally will be in Schulenburg Mar 1-4. If at all interested send me a PM and I'll get you in touch with the man who can make it happen.

robbve 02-13-2007 01:33 PM

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome. My wife, Teal, will try to post some picutres today.

robbve 02-15-2007 05:23 PM

Pictures are up...
I just posted the Pics of her condition when we picked her up.

You can see that all of the interior (along items that aren't A/S related) is piled up on the inside. We have gotten her home and have emptied her out. I will take and post those pictures when I can.


Melody Ranch 02-15-2007 05:31 PM

Schulenberg get together
Has anyone mentioned that this is VERY CLOSE to the town of Shiner....home of Shiner Beer?....AND.....alas, close to La Grange...home of the "Chicken Ranch". Ahhhhhhh, those Texas traditions.

Pahaska 02-15-2007 05:34 PM


Originally Posted by Melody Ranch
Has anyone mentioned that this is VERY CLOSE to the town of Shiner....home of Shiner Beer?....AND.....alas, close to La Grange...home of the "Chicken Ranch". Ahhhhhhh, those Texas traditions.

A tour of the brewery at Shiner is on the rally agenda. I have toured there before, but I'll willingly go back for more beer!

Sugarfoot 02-15-2007 05:37 PM

Wow, that's lots of stuff in there. You have your work cut out for you. There is lots of potential to put your own personality into it and make it a showpiece. Keep us posted.

safari57 02-15-2007 07:24 PM

At least you have some templates for some of the cupboards if you decide to do it in a similar fashion. A walk through a new 16 foot Bambi might give you some great ideas. The important thing is to have the body and that you have. After that you can do anything you need to it to make it your own style. I look forward to seeing the pictures as you progress. Bambi's are great trailers.

Fyrzowt 02-15-2007 08:23 PM

That looks a little intimidating to look at, but a lot of the work in removing all if the fixtures has been done for you. You have a lot of work ahead of you, but a great project with potential.
Welcome to the forums, there are lots of people here who have been down your road before. Good luck, thanks for the photos.

enduroryda 02-15-2007 08:25 PM

Robbve, You might want to take a peak in at the February photo contest thread....There's a real nice pic of a 63' Bambi in there. Might give you a little incentive as to what kind of beauty your stream will become. Good luck with your restore...

SwampBillies 02-15-2007 08:27 PM

Wow! What have they done to her! I bet she is sooooo glad that you came to rescue her!

Fyrzowt 02-15-2007 08:27 PM


Originally Posted by enduroryda
Robbve, You might want to take a peak in at the February photo contest thread....There's a real nice pic of a 63' Bambi in there. Might give you a little incentive as to what kind of beauty your stream will become. Good luck with your restore...

Post #39 in the Feb Photo Contest.

str8strm 02-15-2007 10:42 PM

Oh my! Just saw the pix. Good luck, and have fun. The rewards of doing it, will make it well worth the effort.

CaddyGrn 02-15-2007 11:55 PM

Welcome to the forums!

My hubby (NorCal Bambi) said "hello" a while back. We just love our 63 Bambi, it is soooooooo much fun! We had to work hard to get all of our interior out so we could re-do ours... you are ahead of the game! If you have questions, just check out my husband's thread on "Floor Replacement 63 Bambi"... several items may be similar, but then others will not. It is worth it!!!!!

Mrs. NorCal Bambi (traveling in S Tardis)

airstreamers 03-06-2007 01:02 PM

welcome robbve. congratulations on your neww addition. i really wanted to see the pictures, but the site is down right now so i'll keep checking it out. you've come to the right place for any kind of help and answers. so many here have been there, done that! it might seem like a lot of work ahead, but focus on what you will have when you're done! good luck!

robbve 10-21-2009 04:02 PM

Well, It has been over 2.5 years since I made my first and last Post! I swear that I haven't given up, but I have had two Babies since I aquired our Bambi and it has been slow going!

I have not been completely dormant; I have managed to remove the shell and belly pan and have begun to start on the frame. I will post pictures soon. Now that I am starting back on the project, I have some questions. This may not be the best threat to ask, but I thought that I would start here.

The original interior is mostly shot or missing. So I am thinking about reconfiguring the interior. This would include moving the wet bath and adding a grey/black tank under the floor. My initial thought is to reconfigure like a new Bambi with a rear bed, mid-bath and dinette in the front. Any thoughts? What about the waste plumbing?? Can I purchase the bath fiberglass and walls and holding tank from Airstream for a new bambi and retrofit them into my '61?

Please comment and keep me sane!

VIKING 10-21-2009 04:58 PM

Size and shape of the shell has changed from '61 to '09. I doubt they are compatible.
Holding tanks are easily available from or ppg. You can make the walls out of plywood and cover them with fiberglass or aluminum or....
Read through the major restorations forum and see what some others have done there if you have'nt already.
Good to have you back.
Rich the Viking

tallytwo1994 10-22-2009 06:47 AM

Although the modern parts may not fit, your plan to reconfigure the layout could work anyway. It just so happens that the layout you describe is my favorite, and it was used on many many vintage trailers through the years.


Blue Pearl 10-22-2009 09:37 AM

I agree, that floor plan works great. Like many of the vintage sob's, I would consider putting a bunk over both the bed and dinette for the babies when they get bigger. right now they can each sleep on a dinette seat. That is what my granddaughters do now. Will are thinking bunk/storage area for the future. As Wally said, No changes, only improvements. You have a lot of improvements to do. Have fun and go camping in your tin tent.

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