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Old 05-25-2004, 06:43 AM   #15
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Wow! I didn't look at the forum since yesterday afternoon. Great to see that someone set up a 2005 Safari group, thank you. To answer some of the questions I saw above...

- Depriciation was not that bad on the trade-in, yes it cost me some, but it was an amount I can live with.

- It looks like there are a few others on the forum who are in the New England area! I live in Norwood and have thought about trying out the local WBCI local It would be fun to meet some people who are active in the forum.

- I will be sure to keep you posted after we pick up our unit Thursday as to quality / features etc. So far we were very impressed with the quality of the unit. It's amazing how fast you learn what you want/need such as, larger black and grey water tanks etc....
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Wow! I didn't look at the forum since yesterday afternoon. Great to see that someone set up a 2005 Safari group, thank you.
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Old 05-28-2004, 06:31 AM   #17
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Picked Up our 2005' Safari ss yesteday!!

Well we traded in the Bambi and picked up the Safari yesterday. It's fantastic! I don't know if it is a change in quality between the units or the model years but this new unit's cabinets seem much more solid than the Bambi. I also like the new spring loaded hinges on the overhead cabinets. For the most part the unit was delivered in perfect condition, there was just a missing towel bar in the bath which they are going to send to us. Other than that I will have to get it out on a trip to get a full shake down. (I will post to the quality thread once I have more) It's interesting how quickly you come up to speed as to what is important. When we purchased the Bambi in December we were just trying to understand all that goes into using the trailer. In this review we truly knew what to check out to assure everything was in working order. All in all, It was easy to tow, even without having put my Reese anti sway hitch on it which I will do very soon. I guess my biggest problem now is getting a reservation at a campground in Mass/RI or Vermont this weekend. Any suggestions ??
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Old 05-28-2004, 08:33 AM   #18
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planning on checking out the wally club?
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Old 05-28-2004, 08:46 AM   #19
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I live about 15 mi west of Boston. We joined the WBCI (not tied to a local) and hope to get to the homecomming rally next year. Unfortunately we just couldn't fit it into our personal schedule this year. It looks like it would be fun. I have been receiving info from the local group and may switch to local for next year or even try to get to a local rally. But that little annoyance called "work" keeps getting in the way of all the fun out there.......
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Old 05-28-2004, 08:59 AM   #20
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Oh Stop please Stop - I'm drooling!!!!

We have not spent long enough in our little 21 footer but I know when it comes time for us to travel more extensively my dream unit is also the 25 - something or other.

For those reading this thread thinking about it and are willing to travel to get your dream - just found the Safari - Island Queen up for grabs - I think it was the one that was in that lottery I posted a while back. 2004 - 25 $55K Canadian - a real bargain for you guys south of the border - if you can swallow your gas prices for the pick up.

I know this should be in the for sale thread but I thought it was fitting for here to.

Anyone want to lend me the cash - or how about a straight trade for our 69 GT in imaculate condition - how many can say that about a 69

http://www.trader.ca/Search/Details....gory=504&CAT=5

You will also see a few long ones up for sale too. Note these are located in various areas of Ontario

Congrats to all who got new ones on this thread! Still a long time yet for us - but this is about the range we just dropped on our gorgeous waterfront property - pretty hard toss up and comparison
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I live about 15 mi west of Boston. We joined the WBCI (not tied to a local) and hope to get to the homecomming rally next year. Unfortunately we just couldn't fit it into our personal schedule this year. It looks like it would be fun. I have been receiving info from the local group and may switch to local for next year or even try to get to a local rally. But that little annoyance called "work" keeps getting in the way of all the fun out there.......
Damn that "work"!!

Well...since you're in the neighborhood...instead of that loooongg drive to Ohio, you might consider a short drive to Saco ME next weekend (NewEngland unit rendezvous). Although, I don't know...it might be full, but I was given the impression that it isn't going to be a huge gathering. probably because the "big" rally is this weekend in Freeport.
see http://www.wbcci1.org/ne for details.
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Old 05-28-2004, 01:35 PM   #22
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I'd be interested in knowing if others are having a problem with the dead-bolt lock. We were having a problem with the 02 Bambi & now with the 25 the same problem. Also has anyone noticed that they have dropped the mid-bumper rail? I really miss it as I felt it dressed up the unit. A/S said it was dropped in the early 04 Spring. During our first outing last week-end, I discovered a flaw in the shower wall. Actually it was a chip in the fiberglas coating. It was the same excat thing that happen to our shower unit in the new house. I called the mfc today & they said ---no problem--- with the repair. They have repair people on the road doing repairs of this type & had just finished up in Minnesota, so it might be a couple of weeks for them to return. Said it was caused by air being trapped when they layer the fiberglas & not to worry about using it, before being repaired. That was the same message we were told on the unit with the house repair. I have to believe this is most likely the cause. Can't see where the repair was made. I do feel the over all QC on this unit is considerably better than the 02. The best upgrade is the BWF.
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Old 05-28-2004, 08:13 PM   #24
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I didn't have a problem with the lock in our '03 Bambi, but the '04 Safari's deadbolt was binding. I was able to all but eliminate it by taking the two screws on the inside out, and taking it apart (very carefully) and taking it away from the coach, coated all the parts liberally with white lithium grease from a spray can type dispenser. I put it all back together and it seems to have all but gotten rid of the problem so far. I did bind once or twice after I did what I indicated above, however it is not anywhere near what it was like. I just got back from a week long trip and locked and unlocked almost 50+ times throughout the week and had no binding at all so far.

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Eric--I'm a little gun shy, if you know what I mean. One time with the Bambi, for a time we were locked inside. Couldn't for the life of me get that @%$@! door opened. That's when I discovered that I probably wouldn't fit thru that back escape window. It would have been quite a scene, towing the rig back to JC with me hanging out the back window.Talk about panic. Years ago I used to say " I'd die for an A/S. Thought I was close for a time. Several other times we were locked out until finally the lock figured it was time to work. We eventually of course, just quit using it. Wife wasn't to happy when going to bed at night ( course at my age, wellll), anyway now we're back with the same issuse, with the lock that is. Dealer said if I took it apart, then it's my problem, they are of course 150 miles away. Not sure at this stage which is harbors the most immediate danger---the wife or the dealer?. There are worst problems in the world, like not having an A/S.
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Old 05-28-2004, 09:04 PM   #26
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AE,

I was too...sent you a PM. If interested, I can walk you through it over the phone. Minus the screws there are only 3 very basic "caveman" type parts that make up the lock assembly....fairly low tech. The whole process takes about 20 minutes if you take it slow, otherwise, it can take about 10 minutes once you get the hang of it.

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