You could say she was born to bring a smile! At the Airstream factory she was ordered for the specific purpose of being Little Debbie’s Million Smile Mission giveaway trailer! She traveled the west coast from Seattle to San Francisco gathering smiles and passing out Little Debbie products along the way. After 6 months she was awarded as the Million Smile Mission’s grand prize – and was sent to Ohio. Somehow, (we haven’t pieced together all of her ramblings yet!) she ended up on Chilhowee RV lot in Alcoa, TN – just a few months old and looking for a forever home!
After camping for 7 years in our little orange teardrop TAB trailer, we were seriously looking at Airstreams. We loved the small trailer style of camping and didn't want to go much bigger; we were just ready for a change. When an internet search found a 16’ Bambi on an RV dealer lot in Alcoa, Tennessee, I made immediate plans to meet sister Johanna at Misty River campground for a Vintage camper rally -- conveniently 18 miles from the RV dealer!
Chilhowee RV had a large variety of Airstream trailers to look at starting at 16’ and working up to 25’ and longer. We knew we wanted a 16’ or 19’, and I wanted to compare the two side by side. One look convinced me that we didn’t need the extra length of the 19’ which was given up mostly for a large bathroom. The 16’ had a wet bath and room for 3 to sleep comfortably, and was only 4” longer than the little teardrop we were used to camping in. Only 4” – but OH SO MUCH MORE!
A quick phone call to Tom on Wednesday, September 8, 2011, directed him to get on the phone, set the wheels in motion, and to come on down Friday to help wrap up the purchase and bring it home.
Christened “The Silvermine . . . and His”, our little 16’ Bambi is as fat as a little blimp, and offers us many new camping conveniences, not to mention the security of the iconic Airstream quality. She pulls easily and hooks up quickly, and fits in just about any campsite we would want to choose.
Stream along with us as I recap our camping adventures in
“The Silvermine . . . and His”.
Tom & Ella Brown
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown