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Old 07-19-2007, 05:27 PM   #15
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What interior did you get?

Oatmeal, whatever that is. Brown/beige? I checked the colonial website, there are several good photos. My wife and I have 160 acres of very remote land a few miles from here, lots of trees and a nice river that cuts across the property. But the land starts about a mile from the last paved road. Very pretty, but often not accessible. At some point we will consider slooooowly easing the little trailer out there for a weekend. But I've got to learn what I'm doing first, towing-wise. I guess I'll know a little more after driving the 900+ miles from Bates to Natchitoches.
Check your air pressure before leaving the lot. Other than that take her easy and you'll do fine.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:02 PM   #16
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Hey JD,

Congrats on your purchase and welcome to the Forums. I purchased my 19CCD from Bates, and the PDI (pre-delivery inspection) was a total disaster! As an RV Tech, I wound up completing the PDI myself and Frank Bates paid me for my time, after offering me a job!

While I have heard that their service dep't is better now, please be sure that your service tech AND sales person go over every inch of that trailer with you and be certain that everything works to your complete satisfaction!

It's a long way back to Natchitoches.

BTW, I usually pass right thru there when I'm coming/going from FL to Oregon. Maybe I'll stop by and say 'howdy!' in Oct. on the way back.

Looking forward to your first use report...................
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:19 PM   #17
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Now I'm nervous. I am too new at this to even know what to look for in an inspection. That is good advice about having both the sales person and the tech person go through the checklist with me. But as a novice I am concerned that I will miss things I shouldn't miss. What else should I do in preparation?

Lew (or anyone else coming thru) you can reach me by calling the Sheriff's Office 318-357-7800 or 7801. Dispatch will patch you through to me.
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:27 PM   #18
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Your dealer should provide you with a pre-delivery inspection checklist. Ask them to email or fax it ahead of time. I added certain items that were specific to my trailer to make sure I didn't overlook them when doing the PDI.
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:34 PM   #19
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Now I'm nervous. I am too new at this to even know what to look for in an inspection. That is good advice about having both the sales person and the tech person go through the checklist with me. But as a novice I am concerned that I will miss things I shouldn't miss. What else should I do in preparation?

Lew (or anyone else coming thru) you can reach me by calling the Sheriff's Office 318-357-7800 or 7801. Dispatch will patch you through to me.
Hi JD,

Here's a link to a thread that has a great predelivery checklist. Read the first post and the checklist is a Word document link at the bottom...
http://www.airforums.com/forum...ome-28618.html

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Old 07-20-2007, 07:13 PM   #20
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Vaughan, I will be in Shreveport tomorrow meeting with a judge, DA, and a flock of Sheriffs to do some strategic planning. That means we will stay on subject for about 15 minutes and then go eat lunch.

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Hi JD,

Gotcha! I do economic development planning statewide. BTW, there is an excellent Mexican restaurant across the street from the Texarkana, AR city hall.

I’m sure you will be fine on your trip home. Your property sounds nice, but wait for drier weather to try that. When that will happen is anyone’s guess, I suppose. We are having the wettest July I can ever remember.

Be sure and post some photos.

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Old 07-20-2007, 10:02 PM   #21
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Regarding Bates....

They will save you MOOO-LAAA, but look your rig over. That would apply at any dealer. I bought a new Safari 30 last July from them and found much corrosion on the rig (probably due to thier location).

They have a good inventory, good price. The delivery process was kinda like being in a cattle drive.

Enjoy that new rig
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Old 07-21-2007, 06:25 AM   #22
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JD,

Feel free to PM me or call with any specific questions, or just for a quick rundown of what you should be looking for.

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Old 07-21-2007, 07:26 AM   #23
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The one thing I'd worry about with the Sport is no rock guards -- how will you protect the front lower body from road damage? Beautiful little unit though -- looks easy to pull too.
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Old 08-26-2007, 12:46 PM   #24
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Time for an update. We drove to Orlando last weekend, then to Bates RV on Monday to pick up the Safari Sport 17. Returned to Louisiana via St. George Island State Park Thursday night, then the Airstream Only camp near McDavid FL on Friday night. I will post my thoughts about the new model and being a "first-time" airstreamer over on "On the Road". Look for Safari Sport 17 or something like that. Thanks to lewster for the pre-delivery advice, I almost looked like I sort of knew what I was doing when I arrived at bates rv.

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Old 08-29-2007, 06:10 PM   #25
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Was at Oasis RV Center in Tucson today for other things, but we saw the Safari 17' Sport. Very sweet...full bath across the back with vanity sink...front had an L-shaped couch that makes into the bed...nice stovetop and sink with glass covers the you lift up to use...on the sink, the fixtures "fold down" into the sink when not in use...gives you decent counter space. Interesting that there is no back bumper... I'll be interested in hearing how you like it, JD... I think it will definitely have a market...

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Old 09-09-2007, 11:50 AM   #26
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I went to Bates and looked, fell in love with a 2008 28' Inter, then reality set in and I bought a 2006 25' Safari. These things are so cool! I am looking forward to this grand adventure.

I am parked around the corner until mid or end of September so, if anyone vistits Bates stop over for a burger~michael (my second post)
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Congrats jdthor,
Check the closet tag for weights of the trailer. Especially, if it has all options: a micowave, patio ZipDee awning, A/C TV/DVD.
Last week, I looked at the 22 Safari Sport. Dry weight with no options was 3,545lbs. If you carried water that was additional 217 lb, plus 40lb for propane. The tag stated there was 198 lbs carago carrying ability. The options total weight adds 189lbs. So, I had to subract that weight from the CCC, 198 lbs ( or Cargo Carrying Capacity). In doing so, by design this trailer with options, fluids, has a net carrying capacity of 9 lbs before you over load the axle which is rated for 4,000lbs
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