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Old 07-08-2006, 12:18 PM   #1
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Hi: I'm interested in the new 25' Safari series (undecided on the exact model just yet) and am wanting to hear someone's "overall ownership experience" if that's possible. I'm brand new to this and will be mostly tooling around Florida. I'm particularly interested in the AIR CONDITIONING!! Is it good or just adequate? The tow vehicle will be a 5.7L,1995 GMC K1500 Suburban with a few mods (h/d radiator, 160 degree t-stat, K&N FIPK, and probably headers down the road). Will I need the weight distributing/anti-sway hitch system? Any historically chronic problems with Airstreams?....Any additional major expenses I'll have to look forward to (trailer not tow vehicle)??? Anything to avoid? I'm nervously looking forward to this and appreciate anyone's comments. Thanks. David
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:20 PM   #2
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I believe a 25' Safari is a good choice for many reasons. After looking at all of the AS models fom 16' to 28', we decided on the 25' Safari Front Bed, SE, LS Package, Audio/Video Package and Panoramic windows both front and rear. The LS package upgrades the AC from 11,000 to 13,500, which in my opinion does the job. We took a 9,000 mile tour of the US and traveled in a big loop which tooks us through all weather types. Nevada was the hotest, at 105 degrees, the AC cooled us down to mid 70s with no problem. The higher humidity states, like Florida, didnt get over 90 degrees when we were there, again, the AC worked great.

We have had only minor issues, all being taken care of by Airstream during a visit to the factory in Ohio. Overall, I would rate the AS quality as 8 1/2 out of 10, with the industry average being 3. Really, an 8 1/2 is good when you compare it to everybody else. But it just isnt the initial quality control that counts, its the lifetime quality that As is known for that can not be equaled, at almost any price by the competition.

Your tow vehicle (TV)is probably on the line for its capability, (sorry any other 1/2 Suburban owners, I mean no disrespect), a loaded 25' Safari weighs in around 7300 lbs, so look at your TVs towing capacity and go from there, that will tell you if it works in general. And yes, you will need a WD/Sway control, I use an Equalizer and a Prodigy brake controller and they work effortlessly. Everybody has their favorite hitch, the Equalizer is used by many AS owners.

Read the forums, use the search function and many of your questions will be answered.

Glad to help,
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:51 PM   #3
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We second John's recommendation on the FB model with the LS options. Just look at the LS list and you'll see several useful items in addition to the higher capacity A/C. A spare tire, an electric front jack, and the black tank sprayer are all useful. And, don't forget the his and hers hats and jackets!!!

You can get the non-SE model for considerably less money but you do forego the aluminum interior and the rear pano window. We actually prefer the softer interior of the non-SE and the reduced heat gain from the vista windows. Sure wish we could have had the rear pano windo at the dinette though. I expect that someday AS will make this an option.
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:17 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Airhead360
Any historically chronic problems with Airstreams?

One problem you should be aware of.....your obsession will only grow... and it is chronic. But not to worry it is a good thing.

I would second the AC comments the 13,500 works very well in high temperatures and ours is 30'. I would strongly recommend the LS package it has some nice features worth the extra money. Keep researching, use the search function and ask questions. Welcome to the forums.
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