Originally Posted by dannyo
Kevin and Bob,
Thanks for the inspiration. To answer your question, Bob, the truth is I just don't have time. How long will it take me to drop the belly pan? I have a friend that's a welder, so if there is a problem, he can help me. To me, things usually boil down to a time and money issue. Between 56hr. work weeks, watching my 2 year old on my days off, and cooking/cleaning, I'm left with very little time. Just like Kevin, I am not a do-it-yourselfer, at least not for big things. To me, the difference in cost between the 2 trailers would offset any mandatory work needing done on the Safari. I'm just in a sticky spot. I'm really still torn. Thanks again. Anyone else with some insight? I'll look for a place in/near Austin to have it evaluated.
Whatever you do & with whichever one (I'd go with the '98), DO NOT USE the service center at the Airstream place in Buda (don't want to use their name)! The work is shoddy, extremely overpriced and they are not honest in what they say they do. This has been talked about quite a bit here on the forums.
Since you do not have the time to do repairs, modifications, etc., go with the newer one, get to know how they are and take your time getting to know the beast. When you feel you've got a handle on all the systems, how they work and fit together, you can always sell the Safari and then venture into the restoration world.
Save you alot of heartache and might even keep you from getting overwhelmed and burned out on it all. Good Luck!