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Old 11-29-2014, 09:10 AM   #1
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Full timer, first time diesel, looking for a Safari.

Good morning!

43 year old Offshore Paramedic here. Ive been trolling for months now, time to get my feet wet.

My first RV was a 1974 Revcon in the late 90s. I loved cruising up the gulf coast of Texas with my Dad in that funky but pristine unit. I really caught the bug. I love the simple life and cozy spaces. I parked it next to a really distressed 7,000 dollar house while I rebuilt it. I think I prefered the RV.

I have had an older class a, a 5th wheel, a prowler low boy, and have been living in a cavalier FEMA trailer since I divorced a year ago... and I hate it! I hate everything about its stupid layout. I have it on a little 3,000 dollar lot i bought across from my dad in Woodville texas, but I hate Woodville texas. I like visiting my dad as often as possible, but for a fairly young single guy there isnt much to do socially.

I have decided on a class A, most probably diesel. I fell in love with every safari motorhome I have looked at. I mean all of them, the Trek, the serengetti, the hi tech edition. I am not looking for a fancy new model. I have found several of the smaller ones with the isuzu motor for 10-12k and quite a few of the early 90's 36 footers for around 15k, one with all the maintenace records, washer, dryer, icemaker, disposal, and a dishwasher.

I love the floor plans. I love the tasteful design, I love the way the coach looks. the dark brown or silver and black just calls out to me. But I am having a hard time deciding which model to pick.

I was recently asked to become a supervisor at work. I still work on my same 150 man rig for 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off, but I have ended up working sometimes a lot during my scheduled off time. With a 24 footer getting 15mpg i can easily drive that to the heliport from home and park it next to all the big trucks for free while I am out for 3 weeks. When I land I can have all the comforts of home right away. Fire up the genny, drink a beer, make a samich and take a nap. Or go visit with my Dad and hook up for free at his place.

I am single with no kids, but I like to tinker a lot. I am not sure if the trek will accomodate my extra stuff? For 5k more i can get a 36 footer with almost as good gas mileage and lots of other goodies. I would need to find a RV park in southern Louisisna with a dry storage lot and catch a ride to the heliport.

Im Torn... My dad says I need to just buy both and get rid of my car completely. Use the trek as a big van for the 250$ a year auto insurance.

If anyone has any advice, or leads on a safari... id love to hear about it.

Is anyone else here as crazy in love with the look of the safari as I am?

The only other RV i find appealing is an American Eagle, probably too much to bite off on my budget.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:29 AM   #2
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Look at PPL motorhomes sales. Do a search of "used motorhomes" and it will come up. Look under class A and there are several of both there. Good luck, I think the trek is great but it does have space limitations. Just need to figure out what works for you best.
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Welcome to IRV2! We're really glad you joined the crew here!

Hope you find the right MH for your needs. I don't know anything about the Safari so can't be of any help there.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:27 AM   #4
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Good luck with your search and choice.....

Safe and Happy Travels.
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:03 AM   #5
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As a matter of fact I am going to PPL Motors when I get back on land. Houston is just a little over an hour away. I plan on trying out all the safari models and see what feels right.

I would even consider buying frum them, but I wont pay a dime over NADA. There are two many well kept RVs from private sellers out there.

Heck I lived in and drove a 1974 revcon RV for 2 years and its still in use by a family friend now.

I just found a 2001 safari cheetah with 2 slides and 58k miles for 25k.

I think i need to find a Trek on the cheap as a toy regardless if I use it as my primary RV. My Dad has offered to help out by driving it on short trips while im away. Awful thoughtful of dear old Dad... lol
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:42 PM   #6
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Almost bought a Trek but the GM Hummer H1 engine turned me off on them. Watch out for the short ones, I read they drive squirrelly because of that. Love the Sahara models, great floor plans. Always some for sale, take your time and buy when you find the one you want...
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Would a trailer for your extra stuff work?
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We just bought a 1996 Safari Sahara after looking for about 6 months. There seemed to be a few in your area of the country. Like you, we like the layout and the amount of room without going to a slider. The CAT engine with the Allison transmission is a great combination.
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Old 12-01-2014, 03:26 PM   #11
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I have pretty much settled on a 24' Trek with the isuzu diesel motor.

Using regular perking spots and getting better gas mileage that most of the truck owners I work with feels like a plus.

I can see myself solving a lot of problems by having all my stuff right there at the heliport when I get off the chopper.

I have used ebay, craigslist, rv trader, ans rv online to find a few leads. i feel like I am on a SAFARI, hutnting down a SAFARI... lol

It feels like i am looking for a Revcon motorhome all over again ( google it, they are airstream awesome ).
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If you are set on a Trek check out Trek Tracks group. They have a great Forum I used when I almost got a Trek...

http://www.nwtfc.com/forum/login.asp...et=default.asp
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When you get that rig please post a picture. I hope you have a great time in your rig, I intend to when I get mine.
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