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Old 04-27-2014, 05:57 PM   #113
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Your family has many skills, and it takes many skills to build an Airstream. Now we know why they are so expensive. The photos show the work of crafts men and women enjoying the hobby. We enjoy seeing your progress in this thread. I only wish mine looked as good.


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Thanks David,
It was good to have our daughter here to help and to make some key decisions on a number of things like where the microwave goes and what is the look for the curtains. She is already safe and sound at home in MN and probably glad for a rest from the Safari.

I cannot even imagine what this would cost if we weren't doing the work ourselves. That is also part of the fun to see what you can do and make it uniquely your own. Or theirs i guess
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:08 PM   #114
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I wish I could get my wife and kids to help with the work on the trailer. You're very fortunate!
Your trailer is looking great.
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We have turned into a crazy Airstream family that you read about on the Forums. Now we all look for them, compare notes on what we have seen, and plan little family caravan vacations. We do all enjoy working on them together and helping each other get them to the point we want to camp in them.

Soon we will have three of the four done and a little birdie told me there is one nearby I didn't know about....
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:45 PM   #115
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What did the original 1966 Safari curtains look like?

Daughter and I have some ideas on how we are going to make the Safari curtains but would like to see what the originals looked like in style, construction, and width. The tracks are really long and the windows are small so it seems rather odd.

She has some very nice fabric here all ready to go once we get the plan together. Looking for leads anyone! Thanks.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:52 AM   #116
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Mine are a linen/grass mat material. They snap in place on the wall where the runner ends and have the typical plastic slides with metal curtain hooks. I have tried to upload pictures for you but cannot seem to make it work.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:19 PM   #117
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Freckles pictures

Pictures of Freckles that I snapped this week when I was back home - now I'm back to piles of laundry (I guess my household doesn't know how to do it without me around!) and soccer practices for the girls as soon as all this rain lets up!
I think the flooring will be really nice, it snaps together and floats on the floor. Was pretty easy to install once you get the hang of how the different sides lock together. And it's hard to see any dirt on there so that'll be perfect!
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:28 PM   #118
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Where is the cushion?

I was waiting to see a photo of the one cushion we got done so far....do you have one?
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Curtains from 1966 Safari

Someone asked about curtains and thought I'd share.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:08 PM   #120
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Photos with some work done

Only about three weeks until our daughter and family come to pick up their 1966 Safari aka "Freckles". The youngest granddaughter who is 7 told her mother that if Grandpa didn't have their trailer done by the time she is ten, then they are not paying for it.

I am not sure we will be 100% done with it by the time they get here but it will be campable anyway. DH has been working non stop on it for the last month taking off six days to work at his consulting job. He is driven. He has completed most of the kitchen, has some work to do yet on the cabinet above the fridge, installed the gas lamp, made the table, installed new tires on the new axle with new baby moons, and the cushions and curtains are coming along but not done yet. He is moving towards working on the bathroom next in hopes to be ready for their arrival before we know it.

As you can see, our daughter is using a soft gray for the interior walls, charcoal color for the cushions and table, aqua/turquoise color in the curtains, and orange as an accent. Funny now that she picked that orange color I keep finding more stuff that is just perfect in there. Got a vintage orange trash can (still had the guaranteed for one year label on it) that is just right, orange drawer organizers, matching orange pot scrapers, and even an orange fly swatter. I am on a hunt!
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:02 PM   #121
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That is one cool Safari ! You folks have done so much work on it. The cabinetry looks great. I like the slide in cook top with a microwave underneath. I'm no cook, but we have never used our oven in the 86. My Trade Wind isn't getting an oven, only a microwave. We'll get a dutch oven if we need a pot roast while on vacation.

Thanks for the update. I hope to see the Safari on the road some day.

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Progress looks great! The girls and both of us are getting so excited about getting to see the trailer in a few weeks! B asked how many nights in a row she gets to sleep in the camper. :-)
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:59 PM   #123
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As many nights as she wants

Tell her as many nights as she wants and as long as she can go to sleep before 2 AM!
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Old 06-27-2014, 05:41 PM   #124
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Finished the curtains!!

I finished up the curtains today other than the final hemming on the roadside bed and bathroom windows. DH is installing the shelf behind the bed so I don't know what height to hem the curtains to just yet. I think I will let our daughter decide that when they come in two weeks and it won't take long to hem them.

DH got the interior door painted gray like the interior walls (it looks funny in the pictures because I was sideways when I took the picture...) and has started working on the closet/bathroom area. The last cushion was a nightmare due to an oversight (I don't want to talk about it) but I think I will have it sort of fixed by the end of the weekend. Then my part on Freckles is done....except for.....finding these in perfect condition vintage Tupperware containers in ORANGE!
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:20 PM   #125
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No more peeking!!

Dear daughter and family will be here on Thursday and we are going to keep a few things under wraps until after they have seen it. I will give a few hints that involve electricity, water, and air. That is about all I can share for now.

The bathroom is about done now and DH is building the closet. He has about 20 things to do before he can say it is ready to go and he is checking things off as he goes. Of course we find a few to add to the list as we go too. DH would like to get it polished before it leaves but then he won't be able to sleep any more so that one is out.

The first photo is a surprise for them in the bathroom closet even though it looks like a body bag. The second and fourth ones are the scare light up and running and the last one is the kids' bed with the curtain up and just above the shelf.

We are in overload working to get this Safari ready to roll by Sunday. Little girls will be with us through the weekend and then off the Safari goes to MN. We are going to miss her but she is going where she will be loved and used to make tons of great memories. I can't wait for them to get here and see the "finished" product. Well, maybe not finished....but closer to finished than in was in April when our daughter came to help for a few days. We hope they love it.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:49 PM   #126
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We almost passed inspection!

Daughter and family here for the weekend and we almost passed inspection. Have a couple of issues to resolve and some other jobs to complete before we do the hand off in another week.

Some photos of a door patch and the screen guard along with some other fixes. The back window was a bugger to get in and we all tried various times until much puttering with the channel and window frame finally resulted in success. Toilet surround turned out pretty nice given the disaster it was before.

Our daughter looked over the Pacer awning and is going to go with a vintage one for while. I got the fabric already and just need some time to get it done up this week. I think they will eventually go with a more modern one but for now this is good enough.

Getting closer to done!
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