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Old 11-12-2006, 04:40 AM   #1
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My Ideal 23' Safari...

Help me build my ideal 23’ Safari.
(I like the 23’ Safari because it is the largest Airstream currently made that will fit in my driveway and has dual axles for safety in towing and ease in backing.)
Here’s what I’m thinking about ordering so far:
2007 23’ Safari SE LS
L-Lounge – (With roll-out dinette for creative, efficient and flexible use of space)
Midnight Sun interior color with graphite counter tops for rich look (and less visible staining)
Solar Package with second 53-watt panel and 2 AGM (Glassmatt) batteries (I like the notion of not having to top-off with water that could splash and corrode nearby metal).
600-watt inverter So that I can use my LCD TV when boondocking.
Audio/Video upgrade with 19" Sony WEGA HD LCD screen
Safari SE Upgrade package that includes the wrap-around front and Vista View Windows
Safari (LS) Upgrade package that includes the 13,500 BTU AC, and Fantastic Fan
2nd Fantastic Fan added –One to have reversible switch (to enhance air flow)
Full Awning Package(3 sides)- To maximize cooling options in the California sun
Omit Ext. Decal pkg.(Large stripe reportedly tends to peel or degrade over the years)
Add 12-volt dimmer switch to conserve power for overhead lights when boondocking
(See Rich Luhr’s recommendation on his 11-10-06 Tour of America blog post)

I’ve probably overlooked something…
What suggestions or modifications would you make for this ideal 23’ Safari AS?

Cheers’
Bill
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Old 11-12-2006, 09:52 AM   #2
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L.E.D. lights thruout? And why doesn't airstream offer them? low low battery drain.

Convection microwave, instead of gas oven, you get more space over the fridge.

Why not a special made 3000 watt L.P. generator under the front couch?
One of the very quiet ones? And don't tell me the vibration would be too much.
The only time you use it is when the AC is going, and that doesn't vibrate?
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Old 11-12-2006, 10:00 AM   #3
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Why not, just make the power source for the AC propane.
An 8-10,000 BTU unit just for the boondooks, special order of course.
Since you don't have to double transfer the power from gen to 110 to compressor, you could get by with a lot less motor. Mount the compressor/engine under the battery box, run hoses into the trailer for the cooler, done. Cute, quiet, small, and oh so stylish.
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Old 11-12-2006, 10:16 AM   #4
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Get a light installed over the door and Vista Views in the bedroom are really nice.., oh and generator prep. Click on the photo of my 25' Classic underrmy name.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:22 AM   #5
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You definitely want the built-in black tank flush. It usually comes with the SE package, but check to make su
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:27 AM   #6
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Sorry about the prior incomplete post; I had an accidental key strick.

As I was saying when I so rudely interrupted myself, You definitely want the factory installed blck tank flush feature. This option is usually part of the SE upgrade, but check to make sure.

I like the idea of an LP AC unit for boondocking. I didn't know such a thing existed for TT's.
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Old 11-12-2006, 01:28 PM   #7
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We are also very interested in a 23' Safari SE LS with almost the same options you are considering. Howver, a Safari equipped as we want it only has a cargo carrying capacity (CCC) of 509 lbs. We believe that is too low for our needs. Please see the thread I started on the subject: Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) of 23' Safari SE LS.

If it were not for the CCC issue, we would be ordering a this Safarai this week. Just like you this size Safari meets all our needs, other than CCC, pefectly.

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Help me build my ideal 23’ Safari.
(I like the 23’ Safari because it is the largest Airstream currently made that will fit in my driveway and has dual axles for safety in towing and ease in backing.)
Here’s what I’m thinking about ordering so far:
2007 23’ Safari SE LS
L-Lounge – (With roll-out dinette for creative, efficient and flexible use of space)
Midnight Sun interior color with graphite counter tops for rich look (and less visible staining)
Solar Package with second 53-watt panel and 2 AGM (Glassmatt) batteries (I like the notion of not having to top-off with water that could splash and corrode nearby metal).
600-watt inverter So that I can use my LCD TV when boondocking.
Audio/Video upgrade with 19" Sony WEGA HD LCD screen
Safari SE Upgrade package that includes the wrap-around front and Vista View Windows
Safari (LS) Upgrade package that includes the 13,500 BTU AC, and Fantastic Fan
2nd Fantastic Fan added –One to have reversible switch (to enhance air flow)
Full Awning Package(3 sides)- To maximize cooling options in the California sun
Omit Ext. Decal pkg.(Large stripe reportedly tends to peel or degrade over the years)
Add 12-volt dimmer switch to conserve power for overhead lights when boondocking
(See Rich Luhr’s recommendation on his 11-10-06 Tour of America blog post)

I’ve probably overlooked something…
What suggestions or modifications would you make for this ideal 23’ Safari AS?

Cheers’
Bill
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