Airstream Travel Trailer Bambi 2023 Camping User Manual
Suggested Pre-Travel Check List
- Turn off the water pump switch.
- Check battery water level.
- Close windows and vents.
- Lock all interior cabinet doors.
- Latch refrigerator door. (Seal containers first)
- Hold down or stack securely all loose, hard, and sharp objects.
- Fasten sliding and folder doors.
- Drain the toilet bowl.
- Turn off the interior lights.
- Lower wall-mounted tables to be even with dinette seats. Place Pedestal tables in an upright position. .
- Pull up or retract the step.
- Lower blinds.
- Secure and lock the main door.
- Disconnect and stow the electrical hookup cord, and the sewer (flush out) and water hookup hoses.
- Turn off the gas at LP tanks.
- Retract stabilizing jacks.
- Check the hitch for proper attachment.
- Check safety chains and a breakaway switch cable. 6. Fully retract the hitch jack. Remove and stow the jack stand or wood block.
- Check clearance and stoplights.
- Check lug nuts.
- Check tires for correct pressure.
- Adjust tow vehicle mirrors.
- Pull forward about 50 ft, test brakes, and check site for forgotten objects and cleanliness
Trailer Equipment and Accessories
- Water hose, 5/8 in. high pressure, tasteless, odorless, non-toxic, (2 25-ft. sections)
- Y connection – water hose
- Sewer hose with clamp
- Drain cap with hose drain
- Holding tank cleaner and deodorizer
- Power cord adapter, 30-amp capacity
- 30-ft. electric cord, 30-amp capacity
- Woodblocks for leveling
- Wheel chocks
- Hydraulic jacks
- A cross-type lug wrench and a torque wrench
- Quality tire gauge
- Emergency road warning triangle
- Display the tow vehicle and trailer registration properly.
- Carry a driver’s license.
- In Canada, bring along a non-residence liability insurance card and your birth certificate.
- In Mexico, you must have special auto insurance.
- Carry an extra set of the ignition and truck keys in a separate pocket, or in your wallet.
- Keep an operating flashlight with fresh batteries in the glove compartment.
- Pack the trunk so that you can reach the tools and spare tire without completely unpacking.
- Keep sharp or hard articles securely packed, wherever they may be.
- Carry a first-aid kit.
- Carry your pet’s dish, food, leash, and health and registration papers.
Airstream owners have parked virtually in every place imaginable, from filling stations to farmlands. In time, you’ll develop a knack for spying on wonderful little roadside locations by turning off the main highway and exploring. There are many modern parks, including State, County, and Federal parks with good facilities where you might obtain hookups of electrical, water, and sewer connections. Directories are published which describe in detail these parks and tell what is available in the way of services and hookups. On overnight or weekend trips, chances are you will not use up the capacity of the sewage holding tank, deplete the water supply, or run down the batteries that supply the 12-volt current.
On a longer trip, when you have stayed where sewer connections and utility hookups were not available, it will be necessary for you to stop from time to time to dispose of the waste in the holding tank and replenish the water supply. Many truck stops and gas stations, chain and individually owned, have installed sanitary dumping stations for just this purpose. Booklets are available that list these dumping stations. When stopping for the night, your Airstream is built to be safely parked in any spot that is relatively level and where the ground his firm. Your facilities are with you. You are self-contained. Unless the tow vehicle is needed for transportation, it is not necessary to unhitch.
At each campsite, make sure you have not parked in such a manner as to block the operation of the escape window by being too close to trees, fences, or other impediments. Scenic views are one reason for traveling but don’t park so the beautiful lake or steep cliff is just outside your escape window.
Choose the most level parking spot possible. Stabilizing jacks or blocks may not be required for an overnight stay. However, if you put the jack pad on the hitch jack and run the hitch jack down to take the weight off the tow vehicle’s springs, it will provide some stability. If you must park on a slope, park facing downhill. It is easier to level the trailer this way. All you need to do to enjoy the self-contained luxury of your Airstream is to turn on the LPG and light any appliance pilot lights.
Before moving on, check your campsite, both for cleanliness and also, to be sure you haven’t left anything behind. Turn off the gas supply and make sure everything is properly stowed. Use your pre-travel check list and you are ready for more travel adventures.
Making a long trip in your Airstream is not very different from making a weekend excursion. Since everything you need is right at hand, you are at home wherever you go. When packing for an extended trip, take everything you need, but only what you need.
When you plan to stay in the same place for several days, weeks, or months, you will want your trailer to be as level and steady as possible. Check the attitude with a small spirit level set on the inside work counter or the trailer hitch A-frame. If a correction is necessary, you must level from side to side first. This can be done easily by backing the trailer up onto one or more 2 x 6 boards. We do not recommend placing tires in a hole for leveling.
Block or chock the wheels to keep the trailer from rolling. Level from front to rear by disconnecting the hitch from the tow vehicle, putting the jack pad under the hitch jack, and adjusting the jack up or down until you are level. Use stabilizing jacks at all four corners, as shown in the diagram, to eliminate the natural spring action of the axles.
- Stabilizing Jack Location
- Lifting Jack Location
Stabilizing jacks should only be used to stabilize the trailer. Do not use jacks to lift the trailer.
Whenever the trailer must be lifted with a jack, as when changing a tire, always place the lifting jack under the main frame rail. A label is provided to indicate the proper position for the jack. Never use stabilizing jacks to lift the trailer. For more information on jacking, see Tire Changing on pages 8-5.
Effects Of Prolonged Occupancy
Your trailer was designed primarily for recreational use and short-term occupancy. If you expect to occupy the trailer for an extended period, be prepared to deal with condensation and the humid conditions that may be encountered.
Moisture can condense on the inside surfaces of the trailer during cold weather when the relative humidity of the interior air is high. This condition is increased because the insulated walls of a recreation vehicle are much thinner than house walls. Also, the relatively small volume and tight, compact construction of modern recreational vehicles mean that the normal living activities of even a few occupants will lead to rapid moisture saturation. Estimates indicate that a family of four can vaporize up to three gallons of water daily through breathing, cooking, bathing, and washing. Unless the water vapor is carried outside by ventilation, or condensed by a dehumidifier, it will condense on the inside of the windows and walls as moisture, or in cold weather, as frost or ice. It may also condense out of sight, within the walls or the ceiling, where it will manifest itself as warped or stained panels.
The appearance of these conditions may indicate a serious problem. When you recognize the signs of excessive moisture and condensation in the trailer, action should be taken to minimize their effects.
Tips For Controlling Condensation
Allow excess moisture to escape to the outside when:
- Bathing, washing dishes, hair drying, etc
- Laundering, and using appliances and non-vented gas burners
- Cooking (always use the stove vent hood)
Avoid dead air spaces by:
- Using a fan to keep air circulating.
- Leaving closet and cabinet doors partially open.
To help alleviate cold weather condensation:
- Keep the temperature as reasonably cool during cold weather as possible.
- Allow your trailer to breathe; do not make it airtight.
- Allow some warm air to be removed and some cool outside air in.
- Do not allow the furnace to recycle humid interior air, and provide reasonable ventilation.
In hot weather, starting the air conditioner early will help remove excess humidity from the air while lowering temperatures.
Your trailer is not designed, nor intended, for permanent housing. Use of this product for long-term or permanent occupancy may lead to premature deterioration of the structure, interior finishes, fabrics, carpeting, and drapes. Damage or deterioration due to long-term occupancy may not be considered normal, and may, under the terms of the warranty, constitute misuse, abuse, or neglect, and may therefore reduce the warranty protection.
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