Exploring the Bambi: Floor Plans and Features

May 30th, 2022 by

Exploring the differences, similarities, and things to ask as you’re shopping for a Bambi

We will explore:

  1. 16RB starting at $59,300
  2. 19CB starting at $62,600
  3. 20FB starting at $65,900
  4. 22FB starting at $69,200

The Bambi has been the quintessential Airsteam model for decades. It’s fun, sleek, timeless and it carries a 90 year history of excellence. While originally earning its namesake in Africa during the famous Cape Town to Cairo caravan in the early 1960’s, the Bambi continues to prove mile after mile that its strength and sure-footedness not only gave it its original name, but provides a way of life for those who travel with it across the globe today.

It’s possible you thought that all Airstream models that have a single axle are known as the “Bambi”. While the nickname was assigned to any model that had one axle for several years, Airstream made the official transition in May 2019 to having a dedicated badge for the Bambi family. We also reintroduced the Caravel back into the lineup and consolidated the single axle Flying Cloud floor plans (19CB and 20FB) to these new models. The Bambi and Caravel contain all of the same four floor plans but differ quite a bit with the features and options they offer.

With lengths ranging from 16 to 33 feet and quite a few floor plans to choose from with similar lengths, it can sometimes be challenging to narrow in on the right choice. Our travel trailer comparison tool will help with the first big steps in your decision process. It’s possible you’ve narrowed in on the Bambi model line and have yet to decide which floor plan is right for your lifestyle. We’re going to cover the differences, similarities, and things to ask as you’re shopping for a tiny Silver Bullet.

Exploring the Bambi Inside Out

How They’re Similar

Regardless of whether you’re visiting a Bambi trailer at a dealership or shopping for one online, you’ll notice that all Bambis share more similarities than differences. The similarities between each specific model line define the colors, materials used, fixtures, designs, and catalogs of features that are included inside and outside of the shells.

Aluminum, All Around

The engineering and manufacturing ingenuity of the iconic travel trailer has many benefits and it’s well known that the semi-monocoque Airstream shell is made of aluminum, but did you know that aluminum is intentionally used throughout several other areas of the trailer? The entry door handle, LP cover, door hinges, tail lights, entry and screen door, underbelly, window frames, wheels, roof, and mini blinds are all made of aluminum. This 100% recyclable and resilient metal increases product durability, reduces overall weight, and has maintained its glimmering appeal since the early 1930’s.

Other similar features include:

  • Steel entry step – Includes a slip resistant pad and is powder coated to help prevent rust.
  • Aluminum blinds
  • 2 Burner cooktop (LP gas)
  • JVC Stereo with quality speakers
  • An HD TV  – Enjoy a 12v/110V LED HD TV with a DVD player or switch to over-the-air channels with the omnidirectional antenna. When plugged into shore power the TV will utilize the 110V power, but when running on battery, the TV will be powered with the 12v outlet so you can enjoy your shows when disconnected from 110V power.
  • Air Conditioner with a heat strip – A 13,500 BTU air conditioner with a heat strip and manual controls is included.
  • Handcrafted Italian laminated cabinetry
  • Spare tire
  • Battery box
  • Convertible dinette – Seating for 4 and sleeping area for 2 children or 1 adult
  • LED interior lighting
  • Overhead storage with Tambour doors
  • Panoramic front windows with blackout shades
  • Refrigerator type – Full electric refrigerators  (2-way DC/AC)
  • Seamless vinyl flooring
  • 3M protective film- Bambi comes standard with a durable 3M protective film strip to protect the aluminum from scrapes and scratches.
  • Exterior Ports – 30 AMP shore power connection, water inlets, and cable connection
  • Exterior and Interior Width – The exterior width of the Bambi line is 8’ while the interior width is 7’ 7”.
  • Exterior and interior height with the A/C – The exterior height including the A/C is 9’ 3” and the interior height is 6’ 4”.
  • Moen faucets throughout
  • Interior Storage containers – in areas where there’s dedicated storage, we include plastic storage containers
  • 4 manual stabilizer jacks
  • Sleep Up to 4 People – All Bambi models sleep up to 4 people by having the master bed (2) and convertible dinette (space 1 adult or 2 children)
  • Tankless On Demand LP Water Heater
  • ZipDee patio awning with Weather Max Fabric – Manual extension and retraction

Interior Decors

The Bambi’s seat fabric is a fade and stain-resistant, durable Performatex material that can be spot cleaned with water or mild detergent. You can choose between Dune (tan), Ocean (blue), or Natural Wood (brown) for the color of the dinette seating.

How They’re Different

The primary difference between the floor plans comes down to the structure and location of where the main livi­ng areas are located within the shell. The size, length, tank sizes, weight, carrying capacity, and even refrigerator sizes may vary depending on the size and length of the bike. For quick reference, Airstream floor plan naming conventions are done by model name + length + bed placement. Front bed or rear bed? Corner kitchen or corner bedroom? Let’s start.

Bambi 16RB = rear bed

Bambi 19CB = corner bed

Bambi 20FB = front bed

Bambi 22FB = front bed

Bambi 16RB

Small but mighty. We designed every inch of space to maximize the amount of living areas so that you could have everything you needed in our most compact size, regardless of where you were in the Bambi 16RB. At the back of the trailer there are two separate sleeping quarters, one for the driver and one for the passenger. Between them is the kitchen and bathroom.

3 Ways the 16RB Stands Out

  • The shortest and lightest of any traditional travel trailer available. Measuring in at a length of 15’ 11” and has a GVWR of 3,500 lbs.
  • Includes a combination waste tank (merging the contents of the gray tank and black tank in a single holding tank).
  • For space-saving purposes, includes a wet bath.

Bambi 16RB

Small but very mighty. Every inch of space is thoughtfully used to maximize the amount of flexible living areas so that you can have everything you need in our most compact size no matter where you’re at in the Bambi 16RB. At opposite ends of the trailer are the front dinette and rear bed while the kitchen and wet bat are neatly placed in between.

2020 Airstream Bambi 16RB Interior Dune Decor Kitchen and Galley

3 Ways the 16RB Stands Out

  • The shortest and lightest of any traditional travel trailer available. Measuring in at a length of 15’ 11” and has a GVWR of 3,500 lbs.
  • Includes a combination waste tank (merging the contents of the gray tank and black tank in a single holding tank).
  • For space-saving purposes, includes a wet bath.

Bambi 16RB Ocean Decor

Bambi 19CB

With 11 windows, a corner bed and bathroom, and larger galley space, the Bambi 19CB takes several of the greatest features of the 16RB and makes a name for itself. The front entry and dinette are almost exactly the same as the smaller trailer but the rest of the layout is quite different. This floor plan is the shortest traditional trailer that has separate gray and black tanks as well as a separated shower and toilet.


3 Ways the 19CB Stands Out

  • A corner bed that is situated in the rear of the trailer to create a comfortable nook.
  • A corner bathroom opposite of the bed that includes a space-saving bi-fold door. While not using the bathroom, the door swings in to create more living space.
  • The standalone bedroom/bathroom sink and vanity.

Bambi 19CB Ocean Decor

Bambi 20FB

With yet another completely unique interior layout, the Bambi 20FB provides a floor plan that checks the boxes for quite a few shoppers. Featuring a master bed that is encapsulated in the front panoramic window, a 3-piece bathroom behind a door, and a vast kitchen space that spans almost half the length of the trailer, the 20’ 5” trailer is ready for just about any camping excursion.


3 Ways the 20FB Stands Out

  • The most kitchen counter space for cooking, plus a double bowl sink.
  • Seamless dinette conversion without needing to move all of the cushions.
  • The shortest traditional travel trailer with a fully enclosed 3-piece bathroom.

Bambi 20FB Ocean Decor

Bambi 22FB

The longest small travel trailer in our entire fleet. The Bambi 22FB has become one of our most popular floor plans due to the “just right” feeling. The nimble nature of the single axle trailer meets full luxury with the amount of space and utility that this floor plan offers. It’s also a close relative to the shortest dual axle travel trailer, the 23FB (available on the Flying Cloud, International, and Globetrotter).

Airstream Bambi Ocean 22FB Interior

3 Ways it Stands Out

  • The largest 3-piece bathroom that fills the entire end cap of the travel trailer.
  • The U-Shaped dinette that converts from a table to a bed.
  • The vast 54” x 80” master bed that fits perfectly in the front of the trailer with hampers on each side. The side and panoramic windows allow tons of light to roll in while the blackout shades block it out when desired. Plus, the bed can be lifted up and held securely by struts while you access the lower storage compartments.

Bambi 22FB Ocean Decor

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Bambi Floor Plan

Identifying the features and layout that fit your lifestyle are an exciting step in the RV shopping process. In addition to continuous product improvement, offering flexible choices while maintaining all of the comforts of home is one of our core objectives. Answering the 5 Ws (who, what, when, where, and why) will help with figuring out which trailer really fits into your life. Who’s coming along for the trip? What gear can’t be left behind? Where will we spend most of our time? What’s our tow vehicle? When and why should we winterize?


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