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Old 07-20-2007, 09:02 PM   #21
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Regarding Bates....

They will save you MOOO-LAAA, but look your rig over. That would apply at any dealer. I bought a new Safari 30 last July from them and found much corrosion on the rig (probably due to thier location).

They have a good inventory, good price. The delivery process was kinda like being in a cattle drive.

Enjoy that new rig
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Old 07-21-2007, 05:25 AM   #22
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Old 07-21-2007, 06:26 AM   #23
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The one thing I'd worry about with the Sport is no rock guards -- how will you protect the front lower body from road damage? Beautiful little unit though -- looks easy to pull too.
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Old 08-26-2007, 11:46 AM   #24
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Safari Sport 17

Time for an update. We drove to Orlando last weekend, then to Bates RV on Monday to pick up the Safari Sport 17. Returned to Louisiana via St. George Island State Park Thursday night, then the Airstream Only camp near McDavid FL on Friday night. I will post my thoughts about the new model and being a "first-time" airstreamer over on "On the Road". Look for Safari Sport 17 or something like that. Thanks to lewster for the pre-delivery advice, I almost looked like I sort of knew what I was doing when I arrived at bates rv.

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Old 08-29-2007, 05:10 PM   #25
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Was at Oasis RV Center in Tucson today for other things, but we saw the Safari 17' Sport. Very sweet...full bath across the back with vanity sink...front had an L-shaped couch that makes into the bed...nice stovetop and sink with glass covers the you lift up to use...on the sink, the fixtures "fold down" into the sink when not in you decent counter space. Interesting that there is no back bumper... I'll be interested in hearing how you like it, JD... I think it will definitely have a market...

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Old 09-09-2007, 10:50 AM   #26
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I went to Bates and looked, fell in love with a 2008 28' Inter, then reality set in and I bought a 2006 25' Safari. These things are so cool! I am looking forward to this grand adventure.

I am parked around the corner until mid or end of September so, if anyone vistits Bates stop over for a burger~michael (my second post)
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:02 PM   #27
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Congrats jdthor,
Check the closet tag for weights of the trailer. Especially, if it has all options: a micowave, patio ZipDee awning, A/C TV/DVD.
Last week, I looked at the 22 Safari Sport. Dry weight with no options was 3,545lbs. If you carried water that was additional 217 lb, plus 40lb for propane. The tag stated there was 198 lbs carago carrying ability. The options total weight adds 189lbs. So, I had to subract that weight from the CCC, 198 lbs ( or Cargo Carrying Capacity). In doing so, by design this trailer with options, fluids, has a net carrying capacity of 9 lbs before you over load the axle which is rated for 4,000lbs
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