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Old 10-09-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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1965 Safari-Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I am very seriously considering pulling the trigger on a 1965 Safari today. For this model and this year, what is the good the bad and the ugly? I would be doing a full restoration, which excites me greatly! Thanks for any and all input!

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Old 10-09-2008, 09:38 AM   #2
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The good - it's vintage! Major cool factor there.

The bad - you may pay nearly as much restoring it as you would buying a newer coach not to mention the time involved.

The good - you pay as you go instead of all up front.

The ugly - you may not know what you're getting into until you get it home.

The good - you will make it your own and will get major satisfaction from your work.

If you enjoy a project, then it's all good. I don't know much specifically about the 1965's, but Safari's are a nice size and well worth the effort. Good luck!
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:18 AM   #3
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In addition to what Sugarfoot said...

The good: looks like you have another trailer you can use while working on this one
The bad: it always takes longer and costs more to restore that you first expect
The ugly: things are going to get worse before they get better

It is very rewarding to have a trailer that's a total part of you when you are done...I'd say that good outweighs all the bad & ugly!

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Old 10-09-2008, 12:09 PM   #4
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1965 Safari My Favorite (my only)

I looked for a year before I got my '65 Safari (I’ve had it for a year now)
Mine is going through a full restoration also. I paid $4K for it and will easily add another $4K to it before I’m done. Heck the new 2 way frig was $900 alone. So, Sugarfoot is right there is a lot of cash to be invested. But the value of having it “your own” is worth it to me, and as I read this forum it’s worth it to many others as well.

The Good - A good skin, solid floor, and not-rusted-out frame are key factors in keeping the restoration work manageable. Most every thing else seems fairly easy to repair or replace.


The Bad – It’s a lot of work (you did mention “full restoration”). But for me, puttering on it as enjoyable as long as there aren’t deadlines to meet. The Wife and I wanted all new appliances so I actually looked for one that had non-functioning appliances, no reason to pay for something that was going to be history anyway.

The Ugly – This fits into personal preference. I very much like the looks of the mid-‘60s Airstreams the best. I like the clean simple lines of the one piece door (therefore post 1964) and narrower body (therefore pre 1969).

The only design feature I am not so big on is the plastic tail light housings. They all seme to crack, but can be fixed.

The best feature is the two big side windows, we are replacing the side gaucho with a dinette so we can look out those windows while eating. The front will have a queen bed.

Good Luck
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:26 AM   #5
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Thanks to all, but sadly I was too late on the purchase. 10 Minutes before I said yes it was sold. I will await the next one down the road. I would have turned it into a Safari Twin (it was a double), so now I will look for one that is already in that configuration. Such is life.
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:55 AM   #6
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I'm sorry you missed this one, but when that happens there is usually something better in store for you. You never know what will turn up next.
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