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Old 06-03-2004, 05:47 PM   #1
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I stopped in at Ace Fogdall yesterday in Cedar Falls. They're moving to their new facility this week, so it was a little hectic.

I had the opportunity to see a 2005 Safari 25' with a rear queen island bed and a 2005 Bambi 19'. I am pleased to report that both trailers showed substantially better quality control than I had seen in the 2003 models. The fit and finish on both were excellent. The quality of the materials seemed to be excellent, and much improved over the 2003s. Unfortunately, I haven't had an opportunity to tour 2004 models, so I couldn't compare to them. I noticed specifically in both models that the curved cupboard doors were fitted much better and of better quality, and that the closet and 'rectangular' cabinet doors were now laminate rather than pressed board with contact paper covering. I couldn't find ANY fit or finish issues in either trailer. They both just looked great.

The Bambi also had a slightly larger bath with the shower separated from the commode. I believe that the original 19' Bambis had a wet bath... am I remembering correctly?

There are also some brand new allow wheels that really look sharp, and LCD taillights that are round with hoods that look very different as well.

Anyway, the overall impression I was left with is that the early 2005s seem to be very impressive. Fogdall also has a 28' CCD and a 31' Classic on order scheduled for a late July delivery to their dealership if anyone is interested.

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Old 06-03-2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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I believe that the original 19' Bambis had a wet bath... am I remembering correctly?
I'm not sure what year you are "remembering" back to, but my 2002 Bambi 19' has a separate shower.
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Old 06-03-2004, 06:38 PM   #3
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I'm not sure what year you are "remembering" back to, but my 2002 Bambi 19' has a separate shower.
I couldn't remember whether the commode was IN the shower (like my '61 Bambi and '70 Safari) or NEXT TO the shower in the 2002/3 models. It's been since last summer that I was inside a 19' Bambi. I now stand corrected... obviously the floor plan hasn't changed. Thanks Yukionna!

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I'm at the Homecoming in Jackson Center OH this week ... there are a line of 2005s all around the manufacturing building, and we've been watching them come out. The big excitement seems to be around the Vista-Views -- yes they're back!

Right now they are only available on the International and Classic lines. They really add a lot to the interior light.

The other very cool thing here is the 2005 Sprinter Westfalia, which is like magician's magic box with secret openings and clever things everywhere.

I've got pics but can't download them from my camera until I get home. If there's anything anyone wants to see, post here and I'll try to get a shot tomorrow.

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Old 06-03-2004, 09:58 PM   #5
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One of the really nice things about vista view windows (at least when they are not fogged) is that you can see out while standing. A non-leaking, clear vista view would be a welcome addition to my '85.

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Roger: Did you happen to look at a used unit they have at Ace Fog. 1992 29' Airstream. Looks nice on the pictures but price is $28,000 but some room to move.
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