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Old 07-28-2005, 09:55 PM   #29
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If you know someone selling a 19 or 22 to move up to a larger AS, let me know. Thanks again.

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Old 08-07-2005, 11:03 AM   #30
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Thanks again to all for the useful advice on AS ownership. My wife and I looked again at the 19' Bambi and 22' Safari and she is just not that excited about either model. She doesn't like the small 48" bed in the Bambi nor the wet bath in the 22. The new 23' coming out this year also has the small 48" bed. I had checkbook in hand when we took another look at the AS units, but the shorter models just didn't meet my wife's expectations of comfort. We just can't figure out what the AS designers are thinking by putting 48" beds in their trailers. We will finish out this season with our Mallard and perhaps shift our consideration to the 25' Safari models. Thanks again.

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Old 08-07-2005, 12:03 PM   #31
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Don't give up! Check out the new safari special additions The 25 FB has a queen sized bed, couch and a dinette! 25' isn't a long as you think -remember that the tongue is included in the measurement - most SOBs do not include th tongue in their specs. SHe will love it! Take the virtual tour online.
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Old 08-07-2005, 04:04 PM   #32
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Hello Bill,

I go back to Janet's earlier recommendation to go to a gathering. The variety of models will expand your horizons. Yes, the corner beds had me almost leaping for joy when I saw the Special Edition features plus the front bed (FB) Safari. We just about couldn't consider the Bambi, 22-footers or 25' SS because of that stumbling block.

I've gotta love the great air circulation of the open-from-the-top style windows compared to the small Safari windows. My Argosy has those and the trailer cools off to the surrounding air temps pretty quick! I started another thread on the topic but you can't beat the pictures (other models too!) at Colonial Airstream 25' Safari LS SE FB (yep, they have the wrong floorplan posted...).

With your current tow vehicle you are right to consider 19' and 22'. The Airstream website FAQs do a pretty good job beginning the explanation of weight capacities of tow vehicles, etc. -- probably nothing new with your experience. My wife's folks started with a Starcraft popup, then a 19' Mallard. They gave it up when their snowbird destination (Rio Grande valley) offered cheap winter rentals.

85MH325 Roger is correct about the much higher weights of today's trailers. At roughly the same length my new trailer will be about 1200-1300 pounds more empty weight than my Argosy. I'm staying on the prairies until I solve my tow vehicle needs!

I've got a high-capacity 1/2-tonner (Nissan Titan) and have been by a couple dealers today -- am thinking most about the Duramax/Allison 3/4 ton... My current transmission temp gauge scared me once already -- even with only my Argosy in tow. Minnesota auto dealers have lobbied to keep Blue Laws on the books and that makes Sunday a no-bother lot browsing day! Cool!!

We've got family camping trips behind us but are also thinking of transcontinental trips. You signed on to these forums but that doesn't mean you can't keep wishin' without your Airstream. Just keep planning -- and "do it" on some time schedule that works for you.


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