When I first started looking for an Airstream back just after the turn of the century, I was looking for something small. Like Bambi small. Put off by the difficulty of finding one that was truly worth the money they demand, one that was still original, one that was ready for real camping, I expanded my search which led me to my beloved 1960 Tradewind in 2006. The Tradewind is an awesome trailer. I cut my Airstream teeth on it. I’ve made life-long friends traveling in it. It has taught me much about vintage ownership. And today I have the vintage Bambi of my dreams in my rearview mirror.
Late last week I went back to Milldale Hollow and the Waddell’s driveway where the Bambi was living until I returned. Sleeping in this little gem is, dare I say, more comfortable than the Tradewind. A tiny Vornado personal space heater on low keeps the whole trailer toasty even with outside temps in the 30’s. Lulu thinks it’s her personal giant silver dog crate. It’s perfect.
About as perfect as the Shenandoah Valley sunsets lately. This shot was one of those times I was glad I had my camera in the truck.
Friday morning, complete with new 5 1/2 inch drop hitch with sway control, the Bambi was hitched to the Titan. Paul helped me do a final check and I was on my way. I can barely tell the trailer is back there.
On the way to I-66 I stopped by Fairview for a photo op. This historic early Front Royal home has always intrigued me each time I drive past.
Doug and Terry Rowbottom broke out the Bambi at the WDCU’s Installation Rally about three weeks ago. My first Bambi outing would be a DOG at Jim and Regina Rogers’ place. More on that in a future post. I proceeded on the 6 hour drive to Dandridge, Tennessee. Even though about half the weight, I’m somewhat surprised that gas mileage towing the Bambi isn’t any better than towing the Tradewind.
Jim and Regina had a perfect spot for me behind their fishing cabin on Douglas Lake (drained for winter by TVA). I’m learning that this little Bambi can fit just about anywhere and can turn around in just a wide spot in the road.
Traveling with Bambi is not the same as traveling with the Tradewind, and I’m sure way far different than traveling with Elvis will be. Trailer travel is about thinking small, multipurposing, even economy of movement in a comparatively confined space. This is doubly true with the Bambi. Any item will have to prove essential to justify occupancy within a precious few square inches of space.
One thing that is absolutely essential. My vintage Atomic Brevetti Robbiati espresso maker. There will always be room on my Bambi stove top for this.
After a truly delightful weekend with good friends, I pulled on towards home this afternoon and backed it in alongside the Tradewind.
The Tradewind doesn’t look so lonely anymore.