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Trek 2003

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

Safari has successfully combined the luxurious features normally associated with a large,
high-end coach and put them into a small, easy-to-handle Class A package called the Trek.
The Trek is not new, but for 2003 it has been completely redesigned. Prospective buyers can
choose from a Workhorse chassis with a 17,000-, 18,000- or 20,700-pound gross vehicle
weight rating (gvwr), or a Ford chassis with an 18,000- or 20,500-pound gvwr. The Workhorse
chassis is powered by GM’s 8.1-liter gas V-8 engine and Allison five-speed automatic, and
the Ford chassis is powered by a 6.8-liter V-10 and a four-speed automatic transmission.
Each chassis is offered with a choice of six floorplans, ranging from 26 feet 7 inches to
30 feet 9 inches, but only Model 3011 is equipped with a slideout. Manual hydraulic
leveling is optional on all models. All Treks feature a new bus-style fiberglass front cap
with 1993-94 BMW 7-Series headlamps, a new bus-style fiberglass rear cap, smooth aluminum
side walls and a peaked aluminum roof with fiberglass insulation. The Trek comes partially
painted with tape graphics standard, but full-body paint is available. Hidden from the
naked eye are an aluminum-tube superstructure, fiberglass-batt and block-foam insulation,
laminated Structurwood flooring with aluminum framing, and one-piece polyethylene
pass-through storage compartments. According to Jim Mac, marketing director for Monaco
Coach, Safari’s parent company, the Trek is ideally suited for those who want to travel
where they can’t ordinarily go in a larger coach, but don’t necessarily want to sacrifice
overall livability. To that end, all Trek coaches are fitted with an ElectroMajic bed,
which descends gracefully from the ceiling just behind the cockpit in all but Model 3011,
where it is located in the rear. Mac says that, besides the cachet of ceiling-stored
sleeping quarters, the queen-size bed can be lowered completely or just to a point above
the sofa bed, thereby forming a large bunk-bed-style arrangement. “We like to say that the
Trek is a small coach that lives like a big one,” says Mac. “When the bed is stored, you
have a lot more living space to move around in.” The Trek is furnished with Alderwood
cabinetry featuring raised panel doors and brass-finished hardware, a solid-surface kitchen
countertop, vinyl flooring and miniblinds throughout. Oak cabinetry, day/night shades,
dual-pane windows and a vinyl Euro-Recliner with ottoman are available options in most
models. The appliances and electrical-system components are high-end, too. In addition to
the usual self-containment features, luxuries such as a digital satellite-TV system, a VCR,
a DVD player, a six-disc CD changer and a washer/dryer are optionally available. A 50-amp
power cord, a 55-amp converter, an Onan 4.0-kW generator, a 1,500-watt inverter and four
6-volt deep-cycle batteries are standard. Also among the standard features are vinyl front
seats with a six-way power driver’s seat, a four-speaker AM/FM CD stereo, a rear-vision
system, a one-piece fiberglass shower and a porcelain toilet with sprayer, a 13,500-BTU air
conditioner with ducted air and a wall thermostat, a 31,000-BTU electronic ignition furnace
with in-floor ducting and a 12-volt attic fan with a rain sensor. Capacities for the Trek
include 62 gallons of fresh water, 38 gallons each of gray and black water, 60 gallons of
fuel, 24 gallons of LP-gas and 6 gallons of hot water. The Trek retails at $89,110 to
$97,608 on the Ford chassis, and $91,140 to $102,935 for the Workhorse versions. Safari
Motor Coaches, (800) 432-2837, safarimotorcoaches.com

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