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Old 10-25-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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1966 Safari in STL

Hi everyone,

I recently registered on this site and wanted to introduce myself and the trailer I brought home last week: 1966 Safari 22'. Know everyone likes pics so hopefully I will post these correctly. I live in Saint Louis and this is my first airstream. I've wanted one for several yrs. Stumbled onto this trailer on craigslist and it called to me. Just couldn't pass it up. Retired guy 30 minutes away in Illinois had this stored for 10+ yrs and his wife was on his tail to get rid of it since he'd done nothing w/ it (too many other projects). Sounds like he had some local vultures that just low balled him and wanted to part it out. I promised to keep her intact and told him it was my dream to restore one of these. Guess it was his too because he let her go for a very reasonable price and even wiped a tear from his eye when he dropped it off. I've followed this site for some time and it is a great resource so I look forward to posting pics of my progress and chatting w/ ya'll, maybe bend an ear or two. I started stripping the clearcoat yesterday. Going to try to spruce the outside up a bit and get it watertight while the weather is with me. Not an original window left in this thing except the rear, it has all old plexiglass and the weatherstripping is shot. I know windows for these things is like finding hen's teeth so it will be replacement plexi for now....This trailer will require removal of interior and a new subfloor. The cabinetry is all there minus the curbside couch (PO put a twin frame in there that is terrible) and the fridge is missing. PO told me it was broken into while in storage and they stole the fridge and busted the doorknob. Luckily he ordered another knob and handed it to me in a baggy. Hope it fits but I'm sure that will not be the greatest challenge. Electrical works, plumbing not so much. After seeing a ruptured copper pipe immediately off the water pump and a missing black tank I have no desire to test the gas side so don't know if heater or oven works. That will come much later. I plan on repairing/refinishing all the interior components (keep original) and upgrading electrical/plumbing/appliances. I can't wait! Everything I need to do to this trailer is consuming me, even in my sleep! I can tell this is going to be a sickness...

Kim Kahl
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Welcome!

There are several owners of 1966 Safari's on the forums. We have one, goshawks00 has another.

Sharing information here has been very helpful to me, and I'll be glad to pass on the favor.

FYI, Inland RV has the glass for the windows. Pricey, but available.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks Mimi, I saw the Inland RV glass, they say silicone installation on '66 only presumably because it is too thick to fit in the glass bar? Have you used any of their glass? Has anyone been able to install it as originally intended in a '66? I don't know how I feel about never being able to open a window if I silicone them all. Guess that would stop the leaks though!
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:56 AM   #4
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Thanks Mimi, I saw the Inland RV glass, they say silicone installation on '66 only presumably because it is too thick to fit in the glass bar? Have you used any of their glass? Has anyone been able to install it as originally intended in a '66? I don't know how I feel about never being able to open a window if I silicone them all. Guess that would stop the leaks though!
Kim,
Are you missing windows, or do you speak of sealing against moisture? Pictures look like all windows are there.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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I have not installed windows yet, although I plan to do the one that has been replaced with plexiglas by a PO. Money has gone elsewhere, so far.

I have investigated the process, and Inland says the silicone is used to hold the top edge of the glass to the bar at the top of the window frame that allows it to open. The window still opens. These windows are designed so that a pane of tempered glass is literally glued to the operating mechanism of the window at the top edge.

You'll have to have the original frames for the windows, as those are unavailable. Inland sells only the glass.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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thanks, I misunderstood installation. I thought the 1/8" thickness from Inland Rv versus original 3/32 might pose a problem for fitting in the glass bar. I do have the frames just all the windows are filled w/ old plexiglass now and some of them are cracked and in my opinion ill fitting so no matter which course I take they will require new of something to stop the leaks.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:24 PM   #7
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I have installed these windows, the trick is to remove a small clip on the top edge of the bar holding the glass, this clip just pulls out, then you can slidge the glass or plexiglass out to the side, make sure the window is opened enough to clear window frame.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:04 PM   #8
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We had to take a dill bit and ream out the slot for the thicker glass to fit in our 66 Tradewind. The silicone holds it in the slot.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:17 PM   #9
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x2 for making the 'groove' bigger. Kim our interior is all done, if there is anything you need for yours let me know, I have several drawers of original 'stuff' we didn't re-use. Also feel free to call if you need any help or explanation.
Barry & Karen in Mi.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #10
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Well, I ripped out most the interior and I am in the process of replacing the front window right now. Got glass from Inland RV and picking up some more windows from a craiglist ad hopefully later today. Getting all the silicone out of the glass bar was a pain but not as bad as I thought. On another note: removed the old surburban heater yesterday and finally found a good use for the housing: A TRASH CAN!
I've read about people wanting to light these things or refurbish them as heaters. Please don't do that.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:44 AM   #11
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We have a 66 Caravel and have been having fun working on her. Y seem to be a patient as owner so take your time and do it right, as if you were paying 10k more than your confort zone by doing that you will enjoy the fun!
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