An Airstream Bambi. Here’s what to do when you want something really badly.

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I mean really badly.

Take for example the small matter of a small caravan. Oops, there goes my first mistake, fostered by the blinding desire to have an Airstream Travel Trailer, I’ve gone and called it a caravan. The absolutely wonderful man at Airstream just off the M6 at Tebay, Cumbria, called Michael Something-or-other was so gentle as he reminded my that this was a ‘Travel Trailer’ not a ‘caravan’. He was lovely about it, explaining that Airstream is just coming of age in Europe, with a range specially designed for this side of the Atlantic Ocean (which is not, I hasten to point out, a ‘pond’. We had one of those in the village and it had ducks on it. You could also see the other side.)

Oh, you are gorgeous.

Immediately, in fact before he even mentioned it, I could see the difference.  Not only that, so could my wife. This was no caravan.  This was something completely different.  and I wanted one BADLY, the whole shiny aluminium gorgeous thing, and I had several choices, from a ultra-gigantic version, to be pulled, I would have thought, by one of those tow-trucks you see at fairgrounds, all the way down (or maybe that should read ‘up’) to the sweetest little travel trailer you’ve ever seen.  It is even called ‘Bambi’.

The very nicest thing about it, well there were dozens of nice things about it actually, was that it would easily be towed by my car.  MY car!  Little Bambi was taking on new significance – she wanted to be in our family and come on holiday with us.  With our Airstream Bambi in tow, my wife and I could trundle up to some remote sun-strewn beach in Europe, pull down the beautiful red awning, pull up a couple of red chairs and, hey presto, our very own boutique hotel on wheels, complete with sea view.

Now let me take you inside. No squeezing through some scrappy little door as on a ‘white box caravan’. No, I mean this, A proper door.  I experienced a slight physical (and emotional) shock to realise that I had walked into Bambi and hadn’t banged my head. Nor when I came out again!  That HAS to be a first for me when it comes to carav…  oops. When the children were small we caravanned (yes, the right word this time) most years and the holidays were only marred by the sobbing that issued from their broken father as I hit my head on the top of the doorway … again. And I’m not joking, it reduced me (in my weaker moments, which on holiday … well, you can imagine) to real tears.

But not with Bambi. Room to spare everywhere. Even the shower was a decent size. I swear I could reach all the parts of my body that I wanted to wash in that shower – although of course I was a tad embarrassed to do that in the showroom to check it out. The shower was great. I suspect that my wife AND I could … no, we won’t go there.

And so we come to the living space. Think boutique hotel again. The lighting reflecting throughout the cabin (its made like an aircraft) creates a romantic atmosphere to lull one into the dinner-a-deux mindset, though the single red rose was missing. I noted that the central heating (yes it has central heating for the winter months) was off, but the rich red upholstery begged you to recline in comfort and either watch the telly, which we would never willingly do unless Dad’s Army was on, or read a favourite novel to the subtle tones of Rachmaninov on the sound system.

Needless to say, images of Bambi are now pinned up on my study wall, where my first BMW car was before I owned one, where my R…x watch was before I owned it,  and my 1200GS motorbikes (yes, I’ve had two) were displayed before I owned them – and in fact where the details of the house we now live in were pinned before we bought it.

I think you probably get the point. When you want something REALLY badly, pin it up on the wall in your line of sight where you’ll see it every day, and start to dream. Imagine having it, enjoying it, sharing it, playing with it (in it?) Or just call me on 07771631945. Or email me. Or visit the Powerchange website. Chances are we can help you GET IT.

I want an Airstream Bambi, never mind the fact that it is over £30,000. My car was nearly that price and I didn’t have the money for that either when it first went on the wall. My car will tow it and I want it.

What do you want?

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Andrew…I was delighted to read your VERY well worded and crafted blog re the possibility of becoming an Airstreamer…for sure,we have many Airstream Dreamers amongst our 10,000 database who we ebulletin each month!

    By the way, I checked out your very thought provoking website,but could not find any pricing…Does one have to phone in?

    Best wishes…Michael HOLD…015396 24141

  2. Andrew Sercombe! What a joy to revisit the Powerchange website and your blog…how amazing to see the progress Powerchange has made..loved the voices.
    Andrew, I so have missed you and the gang. Thank you for leaving the picture of me on your site. That touched me alot.
    I now have a BMW…YOU planted seeds at the Gold coach training…BMW this and BMW that!
    Now you have a bike. Hope you have recovered from the accident. I love [the Airstream] travel trailer too. Saw one two years ago, and have made it a goal to own one someday..the problem is someday is not on the calender..not the British one anyway!
    How is your art drawings doing?

    speak soon
    Andrew. regards to Sue and the family and Gillian…
    nina

  3. This really makes me want to get my old Airstream roadworthy (right now it’s parked, i live in it, love it) so i can go on holiday. Love the Aluminum Loaf!

  4. Aluminum loaf–love that! I have a t@b I’ll trade for a Bambi! I wanted to turn my trailer into a food truck but there’s not enough headroom to pass plan check, damn!

    Keep dreaming! My trailer dream started as a shed and progressed from there! Cashed out my life insurance–I’d rather live in the present, to hell with the future! The t@b was in my price range and fit better in my driveway but if I had it to do over, hmmm….

    Amy

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