Airstream Travel Trailer Bambi 2021 User Manual
The Owner’s Manual for your new Airstream trailer is designed to respond to the most frequent inquiries regarding the operation, function, and care of the many systems that make modern trailering a joy.
Airstream realizes our customers possess varying degrees of expertise in the area of maintaining and repairing the appliances in their trailer. For this reason, the service information found in this manual is directed toward those with average mechanical skills.
We also realize that you may be more familiar with one area than you are with another. Only you know your capabilities and limitations. We want you to use this manual and hope you will find the information contained in it useful. However, should you ever feel that you may be in need of assistance, please consult your Airstream dealer for advice on service that may be required.
A brief explanation of the operation of the appliances such as refrigerator, furnace, water heater, and others, are explained in this manual. However, you will also find the manufacturer’s information, supplied in a packet included with this manual, to be more detailed.
All information, illustrations, and specifications contained in this manual are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication approval. If and when new materials and production techniques are developed that can improve the quality of its product, or material substitutions are necessary due to availability, Airstream reserves the right to make such changes.
A caution is used to advise caution when performing actions that could result in minor or moderate injury to persons and/or damage to equipment.
A note is used to address practices not related to personal injury. This applies to hazardous situations involving property damage only.
Optional items may be available on all, or particular models. Additionally, some optional items can only be included during the manufacturing phase and cannot later be added to the trailer.
The inclusion of optional items information in this manual does not imply or suggest the availability, application, suitability, or inclusion for any specific unit.
Many things can be construed as safety related, but the most important is your common sense. If you are careless with matches, cigarettes, flammable material, or any other hazardous material, you surely realize your potential for accidents is greatly increased.
You will find many safety recommendations in this section and throughout the manual. The following recommendations are the ones we consider to be the most important.
Transporting of Passengers
The transporting of people in the trailer puts their lives at risk and may be illegal. The trailer does not have seat belts, therefore, it is not designed to carry passengers.
Towing and Weight Distribution
Weight distribution is an important factor when loading your travel trailer. A recreational vehicle with the cargo distributed properly will result in efficient, trouble-free towing. Refer to Section 7 – Towing for more information.
Sway or fishtailing is the sideways action of a trailer caused by external forces. Excessive sway of your trailer can lead to the rollover of the trailer and tow vehicle, resulting in serious injury or death. Refer to Section 7 – Towing for more information.
Lug Nut Torquing
Making sure wheel mounting nuts (lug nuts) on trailer wheels are tight and properly torqued is an important responsibility that trailer owners and users need to understand and practice. Inadequate and/or inappropriate wheel nut torque (tightness) is a major cause of lug nuts loosening in service. Loose lug nuts can rapidly lead to a wheel separation resulting in potentially serious safety consequences. See torque pattern in Section 8 – Maintenance for tightening sequence, and follow torque specifications in Section 4 – Floor Plans and Specifications.
Properly maintained tires improve the steering, stopping, traction, and load-carrying capability of your vehicle. Refer to Section 8 – Maintenance for tire care and safety information. Also, be sure to read the Tire Safety Manual Addendum included with your owner’s packet.
Appliances and Equipment
The appliances and equipment (stove, hot water heater, furnace, etc.) typically can be operated on LP gas. LP gas is flammable and is contained under high pressure. Improper use may result in a fire and/or explosion. Make sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual as well as those in the specific owner’s manuals of the appliances and equipment.
Mold and mold spores exist throughout indoor and outdoor environments. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment, however, the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. Refer to Section 3 – General Information for information on controlling condensation and molds.
Chemical Sensitivity and Ventilation
Immediately after the purchase of your new recreational vehicle, and sometimes after it has been closed up for an extended period of time, you may notice a strong odor and/or experience a chemical sensitivity. This is not a defect in your recreational vehicle. Like your home, there are many different products used in the construction of recreational vehicles, such as carpet, linoleum, plywood, insulation, upholstery, etc. Formaldehyde is also the by-product of combustion and numerous household products, such as some paints, coatings, and cosmetics. However, recreational vehicles are much smaller than your home and therefore, the exchange of air inside a recreational vehicle is significantly less than in a home. These products, when new or when exposed to elevated temperatures and/or humidity, may off-gas different chemicals, including formaldehyde. This off-gassing, in combination with the minimal air exchange, may cause you to experience irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat and sometimes headache, nausea, and a variety of asthma-like symptoms. Elderly persons and young children, as well as anyone with a history of asthma, allergies, or lung problems, may be more susceptible to the effects of off-gassing.
Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance and is an important chemical used widely by industries to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes. Thus, it may be present inside the trailer and some individuals may be sensitive to it. Ventilation of the unit normally reduces the exposure to a comfortable level.
Trace levels of formaldehyde are released from smoking, cooking, and use of soaps and detergents, such as carpet shampoos, cosmetics, and many other household products. Some people are very sensitive to formaldehyde while others may not have any reaction to the same levels of formaldehyde. Amounts released decrease over time.
Your Airstream trailer was manufactured using low formaldehyde-emitting (LFE) wood products, use of which is typical in the recreation vehicle industry. Formaldehyde has an important role in the adhesives used to bind wood products used in recreation vehicles. The wood products in your trailer are designed to emit formaldehyde at or lower than industry guidelines and should not produce symptoms in most individuals.
While LFE wood products typically do not emit formaldehyde at a level that would cause symptoms in most individuals, it is possible, though not likely, for that to occur when the trailer is not properly ventilated. Ventilation is an essential requirement for trailer use, for many reasons. Any effects of formaldehyde can be greatly reduced by actions such as opening windows, opening roof vents, running the air conditioner, or some combination thereof. In addition, the emission of formaldehyde by these products naturally decreases rapidly over time.
Airstream strongly suggests you take measures to properly ventilate your trailer on a regular basis. If you have any questions with respect to proper ventilation of your trailer, please do not hesitate to contact your Airstream dealer.
To reduce or lessen exposure to chemicals from off-gassing, it is of utmost importance that you ventilate your recreational vehicle. Ventilation should occur frequently after purchase and at times when the temperatures and humidity are elevated. Remember, off-gassing is accelerated by heat and humidity.