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Old 01-18-2003, 12:48 PM   #1
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Safari questions

This is a re-post of our questions that we put in the wrong place here. Sorry for that. We're ready to enter your world. Web research has led us to think that the 28' Safari with a slide out will best meet our needs - and wants. But we notice that a number of TBDs are shown in the Airstream specs list for that model. Is this model available yet? Does anyone know roughly how much it either does or will cost? Since there is no dealer in Cincinnati, we'd like to have some "ballpark" sense of what we're in for before we travel to our two nearest dealers. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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Old 01-19-2003, 10:04 AM   #2
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Robin & Jerry,

I just picked up the new Airstream brochure at the St. Louis R.V. show last night. The only weight figure I see is the gross which is listed at 9,000 lbs. The dry weight is not listed yet. The dealer in St. Louis is Bill Thomas Campers. The sales manager says they do have a 28' slide out Safari on order. They are hoping it comes in soon because they plan to take it, and about 13 other A/S' to the Kansas City RV show. My guess it will probably have a list price in the $40 to $45K range.

A big plus is the dinette which is in the slide out. Looks like it has a rear bath area just before the bedroom which has the setup like the Classic line trailers (shower on one side, toilet and sink on the other). Doesn't look like it has the big double closet like the previous year's 27' Safari did. According to the sales manager even though the 27's aren't shown in the product brochure, he is pretty sure you can still order one if you wish.

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Just checked out the Airstream.com site and they now have all the particulars there.

Now I am in a real quandry. I just about convinced the wife to go with the 25C (6 sleeper) and Airstream comes out with the 28' S/0.

What to do? What to do?
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I have the 25C, which I really enjoy with one exception...the rear corner bed is nearly impossible to make up and will have you looking like a circus monkey with the contortions necessary to accomplish the task.

The new 28 s/o looks like an ideal rig, not too big for weekending, but big enough for longer trips.
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Originally posted by kamadeca
Just checked out the Airstream.com site and they now have all the particulars there.

Looks like A/S changed the site yesterday since all the stats were still TBD as of the last weekend.

Interestingly enough this trailer is a full 29' long. So much for calling it a 28' model. Its also seriously heavier. It must be a much beefier frame since its GVW is over 9,000 lbs. Hitch weight is 1,040 so from a towing standpoint we aren't talking about the same class of vehicle that can pull the rest of the Safari line.

Personally we really did like the 25' unit but didn't like the corner bed, and the smaller storage space so we went with the 27'.

This new Safari looks nice and as much as my wife would like the dinnette, it would mean a new tow vehicle. My 27' Safari comes in at a little over 6,000 lbs. with our stuff in it. Unloaded weight on the new unit is 6,600 lbs. so you could be approaching 7,000 lbs. once you load it up.

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I would expect a good portion of the extra weight can be attributed to the slide-out. Also, I wonder why they made the grey water tank smaller??
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I think it my be the logistics of where things have been rearranged. Maybe a weight and balance issue. I noticed a big increase in the fresh water capacity though. You think they figured that the owner may just have to do some late night grey water dumping???

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