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Old 06-23-2006, 08:30 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Canoe stream
I have stock GM extendable mirrors and an 8'6" wide Safari -- that isn't nearly as nice as tow-package extendables when I pulled my 7'9" or so Argosy. I could really see what was going on with the Argosy. I currently can't see the curb side of my Safari while underway. My GMC manual actually says the tow-package extendables are not for trailers over 8' wide (a little C.Y.A. there...). Having convex mirrors on both sides of your tow vehicle also adds a lot!
BTW - the tow package mirrors I have do have the lower panel convex mirrors. I just went out and measured. From the outside edges of the mirror glass while extended it measures 106" -- this on an '06 GMC 2500 pickup.

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Old 06-26-2006, 12:34 PM   #22
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Tow Mirrors

This morning I ordered two sets of McKesh Mirrors including the convex.
Suppose to arrive on Thursday, this Friday we take delivery of the 2007 Safari at Colonial Airstream. Hoping the delivery goes smoothly and my first time trailering goes well.

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Old 06-26-2006, 12:56 PM   #23
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Great choice, we would have bought the 23' if the bed was a bit bigger, really just a personal preference.
Getting good mirrors is as important as a good hitch, visibility is everything while on the road and during parking.
You are gonna love it.....have fun.
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Old 06-26-2006, 02:32 PM   #24
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Mikleton, the best advise for new trailer owner is to take your time with everything.
Prior to hitting the highway you should become familiar with the "LOOK" through the mirrors, of your overall length.
A little time in an open parking area off in a corner of a big shopping center will help you become more familiar with the turning radius of the rig.
Begin your backing education in a straight line. Learn to back straight. Small corrections and pulling forward to straighten out are key.
Once on the open road the simple lesson of all driving instruction is to, "look ahead and drive there."
Best of luck on your maiden voyage.
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Old 07-12-2006, 03:57 PM   #25
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recommendation for what a reasonable size trailer is for a family of 5

Originally Posted by campbell
I am in the same boat as Larry - I just started looking for a good trailer to travel with my family (2 adults, 3 kids under 10), and Airstreams seem wonderful. I have a preference for older, quality craftsmanship, especially if it lasts and can be fixed up! I think I'm in the right place.
Does anyone have a recommendation for what a reasonable size trailer is for a family of 5? Other recommendations?
I have seen 25' Safari models that are described as sleeping 6.
You can see floor plans for current models at the Airstream company web site.
If that looks OK, then start your search for an older, more affordable year.
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