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Old 02-10-2012, 06:17 AM   #1
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2006 Safari 25 Need Quick Advice

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I found a 25' 2006 Safari for sale. I have never been in an airstream with the covered walls and non panoramic window(s). The price is really good but I am not sure about the feature set and it is at a distance and probably will not last long. The layout has no dinette but a couch in the front with a credenza and twin beds in the rear. Does this model have outside storage like the newer twin models? What are the pros and cons to not having any pano windows besides light? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:29 AM   #2
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I have an '05 Safari, 25'. Great trailer, about 1,000# lighter than classic. Wall covering is not an issue and neither are the front windows. I prefer them over the wraparounds. I had a 34' classic and prefer this when traveling. Much, much easier to get in and out of tight spaces. Not much storage but you really don't want heavy stuff under the beds. Put it in tow vehicle.
My vote is "Go for it" and enjoy it.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:35 AM   #3
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THIS site may help with your decision....

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Old 02-10-2012, 07:13 AM   #4
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Not having the front panoramic windows indicates that it's a standard Safari and not the Special Edition Safari. It won't have some of the fancy stuff like the recessed lights in the ceiling, etc, but a lot of that stuff doesn't really matter.

However there are some more significant differences. The standard Safari comes with standard side RV windows where only the lower quarter opens. The Special Edition has the windows from the International and Classic where the entire pane of glass opens.

The standard Safari also won't have the vista view ovals above and below the side windows, in the kitchen and in the bathroom.

Back in 2006 the options packages were much more complex. If it has the "LS" package it will include a spare tire and upgrade the 11,000 BTU A/C to a 13,500 BTU unit. The Special Edition further upgrades the A/C to include a heat pump.

Hope that helps.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:33 AM   #5
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That unit sounds similar to ours only ours has a queen bed in the back. We are very happy with ours and prefer the sofa in the front vs the dinette. As some have pointed out the smaller amount of glass will reduce radiant heat and cold transfer through the trailer walls. This window configuration allows plenty of outside lighting in our opinion.

Check the floor carefully for soft spots or wet spots around the perimeter of the inside wall of the trailer. Do a search on this forum for a "buyers check sheet". The check sheet is very helpful when shopping.

Good luck.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:33 AM   #6
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I have a 2004 25 Safari that is exactly as you describe. It is accurately described by the other posters.
It is not as bright inside as the ones with panoramic windows but is pleasant because the interior has light colors. It does cool better in hot weather.
We ended up taking out the front couch, putting in a dinette and replacing the flooring which wore out with composite wood panels. That suites our needs better.
The couch and the twin beds are the issue. If you like that floor plan go for it.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:17 PM   #7
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Help. I contacted a salesman that said the regular 25 was not desirable, that the cabinet doors were made of foam and there was much more different than windows and lights as they knew I have been looking at the 2011-12 flying clouds. They said that the regular 25 was a sport but without the weight redesign. He made it sound awful. He concluded that it is nothing like a FC other than base looks. When I called him I expected to hear only critiques of the model year. Seriously, are the cabinets made of foam in the non SE models? This buying unseen is really diffucult. I am only familiar with the 2011-12 models inside.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:21 PM   #8
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The core of the cabinet is foam in the Safari, Special Edition and Flying Cloud and they're covered with a very nice wood laminate. It keeps weight down but certainly doesn't detract from the look.

There are no 25 foot Sports. It sounds to me like your salesman wants to sway you toward a more expensive new trailer. If you could post the listing it would take all the guesswork out of this whole scenario.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:25 PM   #9
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There are several non-Special Edition Safari models in the classifieds. Take a look at the photos any you'll see the difference in the walls and windows, but no difference in cabinets or furniture.

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I've a '05/25' Safari, and having looked at the other models and prefer the Safari vastly.

I'd go for it....any smaller model and you'll make sacrifices, any larger and all you get is a few more sq. feet and a harder to "dock" and heavier truck needed.

And ....IMHumbleO.....fabric interior is way easier on the eye than SST and constant finger print clean up.....shiny is for out-side.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:36 PM   #11
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It is not listed yet. They just got it in at a dealer and contacted me. I have been drooling over a 2011 FC 25 Rear BR model for a long time. They called me about it since it was a twin model and a 25 but I am now being told there are major differences.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #12
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Yes I looked at the pics of the ones for sale online and the cabinets look the same to me as the new ones as do the walls, with the exception of the white fabric on the walls.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:57 PM   #13
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...but I am now being told there are major differences.
The biggest difference will be the $25,000 that you will have saved by purchasing the used model. Other than that, the frames are the same, axles are the same, load capacity is the same, etc. There are far more similarities than differences.

If it turns out that you're disappointed that you didn't get the new Flying Cloud then you can trade up to that same trailer used in a few years.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:28 PM   #14
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The biggest difference will be the $25,000 that you will have saved by purchasing the used model. Other than that, the frames are the same, axles are the same, load capacity is the same, etc. There are far more similarities than differences.

If it turns out that you're disappointed that you didn't get the new Flying Cloud then you can trade up to that same trailer used in a few years.
We have 06 23 ft anniversary edition which is similar in finish w couch and we love it covered walls are fine
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:36 PM   #15
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The pano windows and aluminum interior give a sweeping view, more natural light, and a sense of spaciousness. The aluminum walls are virtually maintenance free and have a reflective quality like mirrors, freedom of space.

But affordability is the important factor so stay within your budget.

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Old 02-10-2012, 05:22 PM   #16
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I have the slightly smaller 06 22' International CCD... I'm not sure the pano windows are a huge deal... it does make it very airy though with all the light, and the bare interior adds to the effect. But, it's also a more complex front-end as far as leaks and potential rock damage goes. Having blown out a window on our Basecamp, I am much more aware of crap hitting the trailer. The pano windows have plexiglass covers, but on my 'new' trailer, one of those is cracked already as well...

I could never buy a non-aluminum interior Airstream... the CCD, Ocean Breeze - whatever they call it now - is just too amazing.
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Not having the front panoramic windows indicates that it's a standard Safari and not the Special Edition Safari. It won't have some of the fancy stuff like the recessed lights in the ceiling, etc, but a lot of that stuff doesn't really matter.

However there are some more significant differences. The standard Safari comes with standard side RV windows where only the lower quarter opens. The Special Edition has the windows from the International and Classic where the entire pane of glass opens.

The standard Safari also won't have the vista view ovals above and below the side windows, in the kitchen and in the bathroom...
Hope that helps.
TinLoaf makes some important points about windows.
We had the same windows in our 2000 Safari 27'.
We did not mind not having the front, panoramic windows, but we really disliked the fixed side windows with the tiny operating louver at the bottom. We became so distracted by this window design and the lack of air circulation we bought a 1976 with "real" Airstream windows and sold the 2000.
Indeed, our current Airstream, a 2007 has real windows, a very important feature to us.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:05 PM   #18
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I do love Colonial Airstream's website - this link shows what this Safari probably looks like, only with twins instead of queens.

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At dealer now the floor is good as far as I can tell there is a creak in front of stove when walking
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At dealer now the floor is good as far as I can tell there is a creak in front of stove when walking
I don't know if it is normal for the floor to creak.... but mine creaks some in several places. I tightened the floor bolts while my floor covering was removed and replaced a couple of broken floor bolts. The floor still creaks after the bolt tightening and replacement. I found that a really bad creak is a symptom of a broken subfloor bolt. Floor bolts are easy to replace if the floor covering can be lifted to give you access to drill and tap for a new bolt.
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