Originally Posted by mtbguy
Just curious- Why is the newer one better to sleep in? Is it true the safari windows don't open? thanks
The Safari was Airstream's entry-level trim during those years. It uses Hehr windows; found in some other RVs, they have a small inset glass window that hinges open. To be totally fair, there are advantages to these windows: owners report that the operating panes are inexpensive to repair and they can generally be left open in the rain.
Richhog and I own Safari SEs. That ritzier model has the same windows as the Classic/International CCD models. Big frameless pieces of glass that completely open. You get tons of ventilation and they look cool. But watch out for your head outside on the open windows, they're heavy to open (and stick on the gasket), and expensive to replace if they break.
1970s Airstreams have fantastic windows. They fully open and have frames around the glass, which protects them, plus they are easy to operate and rebuild if needed.
Looking at the picture of the 79, it looks like the axles are done. You can tell by seeing how far up into the wheel wells the hub caps are. If there is little tire sidewall visible above the hubcap beneath the wheel well, time for replacement. It's not a super-expensive or difficult job, and it pays big dividends. But it's around $600 an axle for the parts...