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Old 04-14-2005, 01:51 PM   #1
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Post 2006 model year quality.....

Here we are again, near the beginning of the next model year, 2006. If anyone picks up a 2006, please post any of the good, bad or ugly that you may find.

It is important that you provide the build month and year. You can find that info on the streetside front of your coach on a little metal plate that is riveted to the outside shell. On that plate you will also find your GVWR and serial number. All we need off that plate is the month/year of manufacture.

Remember, this thread is ONLY for units that are titled as a 2006.


If you have a 2004 comment to share, please post it here:

http://www.airforums.com/foru...95627#post95627



If you have a 2005 comment to share, please post it here:

http://www.airforums.com/foru...95627#post95627


Hopefully we can continue track the quality improvements, identify trends and continue to share the information.

Thanks in advance for your participation.
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Old 06-15-2005, 05:03 PM   #2
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Just thought I'd unearth this thread to see if there are any folks out there with some feedback on a titled 2006 Airstream....anyone...anyone....
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Old 06-23-2005, 06:15 PM   #3
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No reviews yet, but my wife and I are ordering a 2006 Safari 25 FB with the LS & new SE packages next week. This will be our first RV, we're moving up from car camping and we're excited. I have E shopped various dealerships for the last two months and wound up with what seem to be deep discounts below MSRP.
I do have a question for the veterans. The FB model does not have a seperate microwave. There is a stove drop in with a convection/microwave oven as an available option. Neither of us have any experience with a convection oven but we use a microwave fairly often for the usual things. Any thoughts on this? Little off the 2206 review topic but I promise one in about 8 or 9 weeks.
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Old 06-23-2005, 08:48 PM   #4
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We have a convection oven and my wife likes it. We plan on purchasing a 2006 30' Bunk Safari. It does not have a built-in microwave either so we plan on ordering the micro/convection. My wife actually does plan on using the oven as well as the microwave. She plans to make biscuits, quick-breads, cassaroles, etc. Knowing her, she'll also bake bread in it, too.
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Eric, I would start a 2007 thread but I'm sure the moderators would claim this territory is yours!

Visited a dealer this morning and they couldn't even figure out if the Safari 25' FB came in Special Edition. (comment deleted before I even typed it!) Interesting news is that the entry door has been switched to front hinges from now on. I saw a newly-delivered 'sold' 2005 25' FB LS that has this change.

I looked at a rear hinged 2005 25' FB and the mechanism to keep the door from running into the awning strut needed to be operated manually -- nothing to keep the door from swinging -- even into the awning at up position! This manual hook fits into a bracket on the door only inches from the hinge -- not very good mechanical advantage and the bracket rivets were already worked a little loose.

Anybody know if the Vista-Views are over the front bedroom area or back in the living space? Colonial Airstream in New Jersey looks like it may be getting a Safari 25 FB SE delivered next week -- the site's reference is confusing, calling it both a SS and a FB. Colonial does a very good job with photo views and I can't wait for pictures!!
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Old 07-03-2005, 07:21 AM   #6
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The FB model does not have a seperate microwave. There is a stove drop in with a convection/microwave oven as an available option. Neither of us have any experience with a convection oven but we use a microwave fairly often for the usual things. Any thoughts on this? Little off the 2206 review topic but I promise one in about 8 or 9 weeks.
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We have the combo convection/microwave oven in our '05 and we think it is works very well.

I see that on the '06 models that there is now a 600 watt inverter, so that you can run the LCD TV on batteries. Darn, I wish we had that.
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Old 07-03-2005, 10:13 AM   #7
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Where have you seen this info, and is the inverter included with the 19' Bambi?
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The Vista View windows for the 25'FB/SE come installed in the rear around the dinette. The dealer that we have purchased from did not know, so I called the factory to confirm. For an additional $ 1050.00 +/- they will add Vista Views to the front also. Let there be light!!
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The Vista View windows for the 25'FB/SE come installed in the rear around the dinette. The dealer that we have purchased from did not know, so I called the factory to confirm.
Thanks Alan -- good job there! That's the right place for the Vista Views. I'm hooked...

I've read it on these forums that Airstream wouldn't get away from the suicide door on front entry trailers because of the awning arm. It's nice they re-thought this issue and applied the same logic to the rear entry FB trailer and are moving the hinge to the front edge of the door.

Don't want to trouble 2005 owners but the door had to be parked at 90 degrees to the trailer body with the described hook and bracket -- believe it would be troubling even in a light breeze! The now-revised door does latch forward along the body in a mirror image of any other Airstream.

I heard from the nearby dealer again today and they said the Special Edition package will soon be expanded to the 28' Safari and will become a constant offering in the line. (Special Edition = CCD-like: Aluminum interior skin, Airstream Vista-view & Wraparound windows, Brushed aluminum blinds, Decor lighting. The windows hinge from the top and allow a much better air circulation through the trailer.)

We're off to check a different dealer Saturday (poor 'Beluga' the Argosy... not room enough for two) -- I'll be contributing again to this thread!
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Looking at an 06 Bambi CCD in the showroom a few days ago (sorry, no date of production). It was missing several rivets from the roof sections. The cabinets were starting to delaminate in the head on the toilet pedestal. Also, I noticed the light switch next to the stove was standing off the wall with a color matched panel of trim depth. I had never noticed such a stand off in the 05 I was looking at. Upon closer inspection from the closet, they had cut the hole for the switch way too big and crooked, and the stand off was covering the hole! Add in the burned out lights in the overhead fixtures and the patio light, and I was immediately turned off. I'm sure if I kept looking, I would have found more.
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:01 PM   #11
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I have a '06 28' Safari LS and...

... have had not major issues so far (Cross fingers). Built 6/05, I just picked it up this past saturday from an AWSOME dealer in Arkansas. {Plug}

Compared to my 2005 19' CCD, this is far better. The only issues I have had are as follows:
  1. supply line feeding toilet was loose. Caused minor puddle on floor, fixed within 15 min and no more leak.
  2. driain pipe fitting was loose under kitchen sink. Tightened fitting and all is well now.
  3. Curbside amber clearance light has some gasket failure, condensation in light, part ordered.
  4. step light has some gasket failure, condensation in light, part ordered.
  5. Refridgerator does not want to cool past 45 deg. Not fixed yet... still playing around with the thermostat adjustment on the "Fin" in back as well as the controls up front to see if I am missing something. This may be the only issue that needs to go to a dealer.
By far, a much smaller puch list than on the '05 that I traded it it for.

Anyone else chime in on their '06
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:31 PM   #12
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Anyone else have any data to share on a 2006?
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Maybe in a couple weeks

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Anyone else have any data to share on a 2006?
I pick my 25' FB SE on the 6th of Sept. I'll be sure to check back here with any issues.

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jimlegs -- We do the same on the 8th. Sorry, first thing I do is not report to the Forums. We'll be checking it out in either SW Wisconsin or SE Minnesota thru that weekend...

Are you having it delivered or are you going out east?
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