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Old 08-21-2018, 08:26 PM   #1
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Hi all, I am close to deciding on a Safari Condo Promaster XL Flex, and I am looking for a bit of feedback. I visited their operation in Levis Quebec this summer, and was impressed with their product.
I have read a few posts from some current owners here, and I am wondering if their experience has been positive to date, and if there are any upgrades or options they feel they should have added or should not have bothered with? Currently we have decided on the full solar (385 W), roof AC, and Dimmer option for the lights.
What we are not sure about is the upgraded Webasto furnace (from 7950 to 1300 BTU's). We live in a fairly cool climate (Northern Ontario), but still not sure if we require the heat boost, as it is a $3000 upgrade. We are also considering the Truma Instant Hot Water system, but I have read that they are sensitive to cool temperatures to a greater degree than the standard hot water set up. This would be a $1500 upgrade. The last items we are deciding on include the Fiamma bike rack, rear promaster shower curtain, pur sine inverter (1000 upgrade) and the computer table.
Any feedback is welcome, thanks in advance,
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Hi all, I am close to deciding on a Safari Condo Promaster XL Flex, and I am looking for a bit of feedback. I visited their operation in Levis Quebec this summer, and was impressed with their product.
I have read a few posts from some current owners here, and I am wondering if their experience has been positive to date, and if there are any upgrades or options they feel they should have added or should not have bothered with? Currently we have decided on the full solar (385 W), roof AC, and Dimmer option for the lights.
What we are not sure about is the upgraded Webasto furnace (from 7950 to 1300 BTU's). We live in a fairly cool climate (Northern Ontario), but still not sure if we require the heat boost, as it is a $3000 upgrade. We are also considering the Truma Instant Hot Water system, but I have read that they are sensitive to cool temperatures to a greater degree than the standard hot water set up. This would be a $1500 upgrade. The last items we are deciding on include the Fiamma bike rack, rear promaster shower curtain, pur sine inverter (1000 upgrade) and the computer table.
Any feedback is welcome, thanks in advance,
Gary
Absolutely love ours. 32,000 miles in 21 months. No issues whatsoever. We live in a warm climate, but still got the larger furnace. It's done a great job when the outside temps have been in the high 20's. Not sure whether the smaller one would be adequate. Would definitely recommend the AquaGo, but also agree it may need TLC with freezing temps. The 2000w pure sine wave inverter works flawlessly for our travel Vitamix, InstantPot, and air fryer. Dimmer works well, but emits a subtle buzzing sound which is unavoidable apparently. It also gives you one master switch to turn off all the inside lights which is nice. Would recommend the full solar. We did not get the outside bike rack. We store all 4 bikes inside. Did not see a need for the outside shower curtain. What is the computer table you refer to?
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The dimmer could be omitted since there is enough under-cabinet/floor lighting/ceiling lighting combinations that you can control the amount of ambient lighting fairly easy that way too.
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Thank you Alex, that is great information, and will help inform my decisions. The computer table sits in the cab between the two seats. I am now leaning away from getting it. I have not noticed that sliding cargo tray before - is that an option ot aftermarket? I like your set up!

https://safaricondoacc.com/boutique/...-table-p78c35/
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Thank you Alex, that is great information, and will help inform my decisions. The computer table sits in the cab between the two seats. I am now leaning away from getting it. I have not noticed that sliding cargo tray before - is that an option ot aftermarket? I like your set up!

https://safaricondoacc.com/boutique/...-table-p78c35/
I built it myself. 5 foot, 500 lb, full extension/locking. Works great. We do not have the little table for the cab that comes off the center console. I don't think it was an even an option 3 years ago when we ordered. I can see it being useful for eating when in motion. We may add it when we visit Canada next year on vacation.
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I built it myself. 5 foot, 500 lb, full extension/locking. Works great. We do not have the little table for the cab that comes off the center console. I don't think it was an even an option 3 years ago when we ordered. I can see it being useful for eating when in motion. We may add it when we visit Canada next year on vacation.
Safari Condo now offers a sliding cargo tray too. The tray makes loading and unloading cargo so much easier.
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Thanks Alex, I will ask them about the sliding tray, great idea! Really nice work you did there,
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Forum member GeorgeB previously posted a series of modifications to their early production XL Flex Promaster:

http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f8...mods-4059.html

Most of those were of the aftermarket variety but some, such as additional 12volt outlets, were factory options/updates.

That's an awesome sliding cargo tray on AlexJ's unit. Four bikes inside and still usable sleeping/cooking/dining/bathroom space. That's an amazing feat in a 21ft Class B van.
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Does Safari Condo offer the Webasto hydronic furnace / water heater option on the Promaster chassis XL Flex?

That's apparently how Durango RV Rentals had their two Sprinter XL Flex units configured, as it allows single fuel source (diesel or gasoline) for both air and water heating.
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Thanks for the link to the mods, I really liked some of those ideas. The trimetric monitor was a great add. I didn't notice the webasto water heater option for the Promaster, only the truma upgrade.
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