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Old 01-08-2008, 08:45 PM   #21
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SS 17 pictures

Here are some pictures of my Sport 17.

Just got done waxing it Monday and will post some more later this week.

I'm a new owner and did not know I was going to buy it until I looked it over.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-08-2008, 09:00 PM   #22
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SS 17 pictures with Sprinter

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going for a short two on narrow roads everything worked just fine.

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Old 01-08-2008, 09:41 PM   #23
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Hi Tom
Nice combo! I am orginally from Wilmington and found my 62' Safari while visiting family. I think you will enjoy your new travel pod. This seems to be a better idea then a Interstate as you have more room, options for storage, etc. Two vehicles for the price of one!

what's a tada? Inquiring minds want to know.

I have a 22' Safari with a rear bath and love it. My brother lives in Wilmington and is very interesred in the sprinter. Maybe I can talk him into hooking up a trailer to it.
I think Airstream is missing an opportunity to bring back the Caravel name to the 17'. Kind of small for a Safari. Good luck with your new toys.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:46 PM   #24
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Tom, that is a gorgeous set-up. Love the interior.
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:03 PM   #25
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Nice rig Tom,
You chose wisely...had a T@B, no comparison, Tadah with the AS. You'll be a happy camper.
I like the layout, euro finish and simplicity of this camper.
Airstream roots are here. Caravelle Sport name is a great idea.
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:06 PM   #26
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What is a Tada

Tada or T@da.... the trailer I all most got

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Old 01-22-2008, 03:53 PM   #27
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Andrew, nice set up. I also have a 17' Safari Sport pulled by a Jeep. The surprising thing is the Airstream tows much easier than a 12' enclosed motorcycle trailer I have. Looks like your over by Signal Hill too.

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Old 01-22-2008, 05:49 PM   #28
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You can pull the 17ft Safari Sport with a Wrangler? Which Wrangler do you have? That is cool!!!!
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:55 AM   #29
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Hi Tom I have a question, can you still use the door whilst the bed is down? Can you warn of any problems yet? Cheers! Bex
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:10 AM   #30
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re: LOVINGTAHOE, I've got a 2007 Rubicon with the V6 engine & manual transmission. The Wranglers from 2007 and on have a V6 with more HP rather than the old inline 6 of the previous models. The Rubicon also has a different drive train than the STD Wrangler (dana 44's rather than dana 30's and lower gearing). Also the suspension components of the Rubicon are heaver duty than the standard Wrangler. Week-end before last I drove to Vegas from L.A. via the I-15 over the El Cajon pass. Didn't seem to have any problem pulling the 17' Safari Sport.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:15 PM   #31
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Hi Tom I have a question, can you still use the door whilst the bed is down? Can you warn of any problems yet? Cheers! Bex

You can squeeze by the extended bed platform and use the door but it is tite.

I like the 22 SS layout better but it is just a little too long.

No real problems so far but I have not used it much. Some minor issues: I have one rough edge to a panel and I can see a sliver of day lite at the wheel wheel under the closet. The amount of aluminum chips and saw dust on and in the trailer would have been unexpected but I have read here it is fairly common. I have the trailer stored inside my shop and have been running electric space heater with the windows cracked to get rid of the nasty new trailer smell, I all so flushed all the chem treatment from the holding tanks as I will be dumping and flushing the tanks after every weekend.

Another tip, don't leave the key in the door, I have my first dent from doing that and leting the door swing against the door cath

I'm really happy with the trailer

Tom

PS: I used Ice wax ,a newer turtle wax product to wax the trailer and liked it. you can run the wax over the plastic with out leaving the white residue. Also the awning was a major trap for a ton of the alumium chips I would use an air compressor to dust the top if I buy another new trailer.

PPS: Oh yeah the tear drop lights all have water inside them, which is stupid, I would say that is my only real complaint. I want to replace them with sealed LED lamps but have not found a direct repacement.

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Old 02-15-2008, 02:36 PM   #32
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The amount of aluminum chips and saw dust on and in the trailer would have been unexpected but I have read here it is fairly common.
That's, as we say in the software business .. an undocumented feature!

Once you get all of the scrap metal and sawdust out, you'll have another 200-300 lbs of carrying capacity.
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Old 02-15-2008, 02:55 PM   #33
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PPS: Oh yeah the tear drop lights all have water inside them, which is stupid, I would say that is my only real complaint. I want to replace them with sealed LED lamps but have not found a direct replacement.
This is a long understood problem. I think Silvertwinkie & Lewster worked out the fix. cosmotini has done it. I've done it. Filling up with water is so *@#*&$(#*& common that you'd think the factory would inform their supplier. The screws are only chromed steel and will rust anyway. Take a screw out -- it's metric and you need to find a stainless steel equivalent. The ones I found are almost a quarter inch longer than what was in there but it worked anyway. Find o-rings to fit, slide one up on the SS screw & reinstall. You'd want to dry out the teardrop enclosure first of course.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:26 AM   #35
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Getting the most out of you SS 17'

How to maximize packing your SS 17':

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Step 3, Don't stop, (we put in 3 more bikes after this...)


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Old 01-13-2010, 12:27 PM   #36
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my 08 sport 17 a little to small

Sold it would have been better if it was a ss bought a 08 it is a great trailer just to small without a bed
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Post Wanting to upgrade to a 19' Bambi

My wife & I have a 17' 2008 Safari Sport that we love but we are thinking about upgrading to a 19' with the dedicated bed & optional table that converts to a bed. After taking a look at 2003 19' locally we really liked it. Any thoughts on the 19' foots?
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My wife & I have a 17' 2008 Safari Sport that we love but we are thinking about upgrading to a 19' with the dedicated bed & optional table that converts to a bed. After taking a look at 2003 19' locally we really liked it. Any thoughts on the 19' foots?
hi sac'

lots of threads on 19s, vs 16s, vs 20s and so on...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f365...bed-20767.html
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are u planning to use the same suv for towing?

v6 or v8?

base wt (empty) on a 19 EXCEEDS the rating.

the 19s are have a gvwr of 4500 lbs which is 1000 lbs MORE than the nissan rating.
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total payload for the nissan is ~1100 lbs?

the trailer tongue is 550lbs + lp gas.

that only leaves 500 lbs for people, gear and so on IN the suv.

while it may have the power and brakes to move/stop a 4500 lb trailer...

doing so is beyond the stated capacity and could be problematic.
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different tv? well that changes everything, get a bigga trayla!

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Old 04-18-2010, 09:20 AM   #39
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Yes, we actually upgrading to a new mid size SUV that will be able to handle the new weight.
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We purchased our 17ft on june 13 2008.we love it --i have some good info to help make your airstream better.plus some warranty items that you may not be aware of.---hargett
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