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Old 02-13-2007, 12:15 PM   #21
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Still haven't made a decision yet, but will read all replies again, and maybe again, to help with the decision.

I would like to see a 19', 23' and 25' wb lined up in a row and just go back and forth until a decision is made. Am leaning toward a 23' or a 19' with the sofa instead of the dinette.

If we buy one without a hitch, we will have to make another decision about what hitch to get. Am thinking about a Hensley or Equal-i-zer.

Thanks again for helping me think this thru.

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Old 02-13-2007, 12:25 PM   #22
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Go for the 25' FB and be done with it! What a great trailer and I just love the layout. Our Safari 22' is very cool too and they don't make it anymore so we are rather attached to it. If the 25' FB were available when we were buying new it would be in the drive right now! Good luck on your decision.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:02 PM   #23
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I have the 25' wide body. I tend to agree with those who mention the width being a problem on narrow roads or big city construction zones. It can be a handfull with a cement wall on one side and a semi on the other with an inch between the tires and the lane line. There are several narrow mountain roads in CA. I won't pull this trailer. I detour around some construction zones if I can. Once onto principal 2 lane roads or interstates, or newer suburban streets the width is no problem.

IMO just depends on how you intend to use it..what type of places are you going? Lots of urban driving on older roads, or less crowded rural driving?
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:20 PM   #24
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I would like to see a 19', 23' and 25' wb lined up in a row and just go back and forth until a decision is made. Am leaning toward a 23' or a 19' with the sofa instead of the dinette.
Is there a dealer nearby where you could do that? Like this?
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:23 PM   #25
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Wide body

To me the width issue is largely mental. (Not altogether) I have owned and towed both.
The wide body adds something like 3" to each side. To me the biggest thing it affected was my choice of mirrors.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:40 PM   #26
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Is there a dealer nearby where you could do that? Like this?
That looks like Skyriver RV...

You are right about the biggest difference between the two widths being mirros. Once I got the proper mirrors the width issue disapeared.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:48 PM   #27
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I may as well throw in my 2 cents...
We have a 25' Safari. It tows great and we have experienced no problems backing into any space. I've been towing horse trailers a long time and the Safari is very easy to handle. Larger mirrors help the rear view and wife/spotter helps into the more narrow spaces. Plenty of room on the inside, and the FB floorplan suits us.
Good luck, and enjoy whichever you decide on.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:05 PM   #28
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Looking tomorrow

We are going to look at all three tomorrow, but doubt if they will be lined up like I would like. They are all at one dealer, about 170 miles from us.

Will be back tomorrow night.

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Bates RV? They have a large selection.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:32 PM   #31
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:50 PM   #32
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Again it's really a matter of personal preference and what meets your own individual needs. How many people and pets do you travel with? How much space do you need? For me smaller is always better. I like to travel light and have the flexibility to turn around and park anywhere I want. And storage is easy for a smaller trailer. I did just what you are planning to do and it really helps. Go to a dealer and sit in each size (for a while) and imagine how you will use the space. Once you are in them you'll have a better feel for what fits for you. Good luck and post photos!
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the new 23 ft floorplan with the FB look but with the rear bedroom instead.

It's got a HUGE seating plan in front... seems really open. And will sleep 5-6. I love it.

colonialairstream.com has one (see cilantro interior) - I think it's the CCD Signiture edition.
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Old 02-14-2007, 02:46 PM   #34
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We did see one of the new 23' floorplans in Ocean Breeze. It was a really nice floor plan. Very light and bright with the white interior. It also has curtains on the bedroom windows, something I would like to add if we get the Safari.

We have decided (maybe) to get the 23' SE LS. Bates has a 2006 19' that I would buy in a minute, but my husband prefers at least 23' and two axels. I guess the 23' is a compromise between the 25' and 19'.

They suggest an Equal-i-zer hitch.

Will think it all over tonight and study all the information I can find, again.

Thanks for all the help, replies, suggestions, etc! Really appreciate it!

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Old 02-14-2007, 03:11 PM   #35
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We have decided (maybe) to get the 23' SE LS. Bates has a 2006 19' that I would buy in a minute, but my husband prefers at least 23' and two axels. I guess the 23' is a compromise between the 25' and 19'

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The 23' is a great choice. Being a tandem axle, it has a huge carrying capacity, I think it has greater capacity than the 25FB'. The 19' and 23' have basically the same bed/bath combo, if the bed and bath are big enough for you, go for the 23'. Make sure you try the bath and bed, if it doesn't work for you, go for the 25FB. Goin camping had a 19' and went to a 25FB in a few months, partially due to the small bath and tight bed.

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Old 02-14-2007, 03:24 PM   #36
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We bought our 23' SE LS from Bates in December. Ask for Debra. And, accept the Equal-i-zer recommendation--a great hitch for that size trailer.
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