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Old 10-05-2010, 06:17 PM   #1
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25-28' Safari Value Questions

Hello all. This is my first post here. Great forum, I've been reading a lot!

My wife and I are looking to purchase our first Airstream. I think we've narrowed it down to a ~2002-2006ish Safari. 25 to 28 feet in length. We do NOT want one with twin beds. What kind of $ range are we looking at here?

I understand there will be a lot of variability based on the condition/use of the trailer, but we're just trying to ballpark it at this point.

Asking prices on this forum and elsewhere seem to be WAY above NADA suggested prices. Where's the disconnect?

Thanks so much for the help!
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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it will depend on the floor plan, I have found. If you want a safari without the panaramic windows it could be in the 15K
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:44 AM   #3
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Take a look at the Classifieds here as well as Craig's List. You should be able to get an idea that way.

The length is one thing, but the style of the coach will be another. For some reason the front bed models are quite a bit more expensive and if you throw in the panorama windows you will be looking at the high 30Ks.

Good luck with your hunt.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:12 AM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your questions, you are probably looking in the high 20'/low 30's depending on many factors, such as condition, model, options, and accessories. Sometimes you will find an Airstream being sold with a Hensley Arrow hitch system. This will up the price one to two thousand dollars.

When it comes to Airstreams, the NADA prices are not very helpful. I have noticed this for long time. I can't imagine where they are getting their information.

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Old 11-04-2010, 12:03 PM   #5
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To add to what others have said, not all Safaris in this time frame are created equal. Some have fuzzy walls, some have aluminium. Some have fully-opening windows (CCDs and Safari SEs), some don't. These equipment variations can make a big difference in the interior "feel" and the value.

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Old 11-04-2010, 12:25 PM   #6
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Hi!

Do not worry about whether the trailer has twins or a queen. Several people on this forum (including us) have switched from queen to twins or twins to queen. It is not a big job.

Be more concerned with getting the windows you want!! I cannot imagine that adding panoramic windows would even be practical! And reversing a B model to FB (or the opposite) would not work as the front door would be in the wrong room.

Enjoy the chase!

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Old 11-10-2010, 09:49 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help everyone! I guess it's all about the windows and the floor plan, which makes sense now that I've looked at several airstreams in person.

The Denver area does not appear to have an active used Airstream market so I'm having a tough time so far. I'll probably end up driving halfway across the country to pick one up.
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We're looking for nearly the same thing, but WITH twin beds. I'm seeing 2003-5 models from $20-30K. I wondered about switching from a queen bed to twins. Seems like the heater vents need to be moved.??

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We switched out a queen for twins and the whole project was very simple.

Moving the heater duct was basic. We used the same vent, removed it from the wall and repositioned it to the outer edge of the new twin, where we had cut a new hole. There was enough vent ducting inside the bottom of the closet to simply reattach it where needed.

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If you want a queen you need to compare the 25 with the 28. You can easily walk around the 28 queen. Not so sure about the 25. You need to look at a lot of floor plans. I looked at a lot of 25's before going with a 28. Lot's more room and in the Safari model there isn't too much difference in weight, surprisingly. I am really happy with my queen and the layout.
Good hunting.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:53 PM   #11
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Hi Chole.

There is a 28 foot or longer, have not stopped to check, sitting on the south side of Titan Road. Take Santa Fe Road south to the Chatfield Reservoir/Titan Road exit. Go about five miles west (the road ONLY goes west from Santa Fe). There are horse properties on the south side of the road. The Airstream that is sitting there had a for sale sign in the window for a year or two. It was new when the owners were building the house and barns and they gave up trying to sell it and moved it away from the road. Looks new and sat there since new.


Does not hurt to check. It was there two weeks ago.
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Hi Chole.

There is a 28 foot or longer, have not stopped to check, sitting on the south side of Titan Road. Take Santa Fe Road south to the Chatfield Reservoir/Titan Road exit. Go about five miles west (the road ONLY goes west from Santa Fe). There are horse properties on the south side of the road. The Airstream that is sitting there had a for sale sign in the window for a year or two. It was new when the owners were building the house and barns and they gave up trying to sell it and moved it away from the road. Looks new and sat there since new.


Does not hurt to check. It was there two weeks ago.
Thanks Ray! I'll see if I can swing by there soon.
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