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Old 06-24-2006, 11:54 AM   #1
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Airdreaming in Santa Barbara

Hello Fellow Airstream Dreamers!

Today marks my 5th day as an Airstream owner. Just returned from a road trip to Denver with my husband and two little munchkins to pick up my airdream, a '67 Safari. I'm so happy to have joined the ranks of vintage airstream enthusiasts, but a little overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead of me. I'm jonesing to get going, but I'm not even sure where to start - inside? outside? The girl's bones, plumbing and electrical appear to be in good working order (so far) but she needs some TLC and updating. High on my priority list are replacing windows (many are cracked or plexiglass replacements), repairing non-working exterior lights, and, of course, polishing! The girls also needs window coverings (considering aluminum blinds, but need to research a little more...), new cushion covers, an awning and updated flooring. I'll be scouring airstreamforums for advice from the master airstreamers. Thanks in advance for all that you share!
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Old 06-24-2006, 01:25 PM   #2
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Old 06-24-2006, 02:09 PM   #3
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HI Meredith and welcome. We're now fellow west coasters (San Francisco). We went for the alum mini-blinds for our 79'. Love the look. Good luck with your restoration work. joe
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Old 06-24-2006, 04:16 PM   #4
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Hi Joe -

regarding the mini blinds, can you tell me how they fit on the rounded sides of the trailer? Where did you get yours? Did you need any special hardware to install them? Do you tie yours down?

Thanks for the extra info,
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Thanks in advance for all that you share!
I'd be happy to share knowledge and advice as I've owned 2 '67' Safaris. I'm also only 40 miles south. PM me if you wish and welcome aboard!
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Old 06-24-2006, 05:13 PM   #6
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Hi Murray -

So nice to meet you! I'm sure you are a wealth of information. I'm so new to the forum, I don't know what "PM" means!

Murray, did you ever have to replace the exterior Grotelite reflectors on your Safaris? Most the 10 red and amber ones on mine are cracked and don't work anymore. My husband wants to replace them with LED lights, but I'd like to find something as close to the original as possible.

Also, any suggestions or advice on window replacement?
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Exact replacements for lights and many other things on your trailer (including windows) are available from VintageTrailerSupply.com.
PM means 'private message' and is how a lot of discussions take place person to person ' offline'. You'll find that option on the Forums by clicking on the individual's 'handle' i.e. Creampuff.
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Hi Meredith (also my grandaughter's). I'm not where the info on my mini-blinds are located. I'll get the info to you in a week. I used the brackets to hold the ends to the wall when extended. joe
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Old 06-26-2006, 07:03 PM   #9
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Hi Meredith!

I just joined here too, we just got a 1969 Safari and brought it home last weekend with our two little girls. We are up in San Mateo. Congratulations!

I have the same overwhelmed feeling - ours is in very good shape too but needs odds and ends (new tires, new curtains, some cracked veneer needs fixing, etc.) whoa! I think Im going to start with vacuuming the rug. I can handle that. haha.
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LED's are the BOMB!!!

Meredith -

Consider the LED's for the outside marker lights. I just replaced the marker units on my '92 with LED's and they are a ZILLION times brighter, they use 1/50th the eletricity (if you boondock this is important!) and they just look WAY cool!!!

Also they are sealed units so they don't leak and ruin the bulb.

Try the "search" button in the upper right corner and look under LED's. "Superbright" is who I ordered from. NO interest in the company - just a customer.

You have a zillion things that you are considering for your TT right now, just a thought about the LED thing. The main thing to remember, is that you really should be having F-U-N!!!! with your AirStream!!!

There is a great big camping world out there! Enjoy it all.

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Old 06-27-2006, 06:52 PM   #11
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Hi Axel -

Thanks so much for the info on LED's. My husband will be very happy for the tips as he wants them very much (not my department as he's an electrician) And, you are right, they do look cool. We noticed many on newer trailers and trucks when towing ours home from Denver last week.

I'm sure this overwhelmed feeling I have will dissipate after I've made a little progress on the trailer. In the meantime, I will remember your sound advice...enjoy and have fun!
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Hi Meredith!

I just joined here too, we just got a 1969 Safari and brought it home last weekend with our two little girls. We are up in San Mateo. Congratulations!

I have the same overwhelmed feeling - ours is in very good shape too but needs odds and ends (new tires, new curtains, some cracked veneer needs fixing, etc.) whoa! I think Im going to start with vacuuming the rug. I can handle that. haha.
Hi Jenna! Nice to meet a fellow girl-streamer! Before we left Denver with our "new" trailer, we got new tires, new brakes, the axle lubed, and added an equalizing hitch with anti-sway. My husband also had our '04 V8 Explorer upgraded with limited slip and a class III hitch (he thought it would be a good idea since our first hurdle on the ride home was the rocky mountains!) It pulled like a dream the whole way home. Since we've been home, I've been making a list of all the stuff that the trailer needs and then trying to prioritze each one. It's taking all my will-power not to run out and buy window coverings and upholstery fabric but instead to focus on the getting the exterior lights and the windows put into good working order first! Ack! I guess it will all come in good time. I'd love to see a picture of your 69. How do you like your sleeping arrangements?
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Thats quite a first trip you took! Sounds like you were prepared for it though! We only had to go out to the East Bay to get ours so the new tires and brakes go on next week. We have weight distribution on the hitch and we are (barely!) pulling it with a 98 Jeep Cherokee for now. We will probably get a new tow vehicle in the fall.
We havent slept in it yet, but our girls are 2.5 and 7 months, so they will fit just fine on the dining area couches for now. We are rigging up 2 little guardrails so they dont fall out of bed.
Here are some photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glamara...7594168922458/
I'd love to see yours too!
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Oh, you have little babies! How fun to be airstreaming with them at this age. So many of us feel glued to homebase with the little ones, we forget to live. Mine are 6 and 4, and ready for adventure. My mom and dad were big tent campers so I always thought that is what I would do with my kids, but then I married a man who doesn't like to be too uncomfortable. Our airstream was a perfect compromise.

Your airstream is beautiful. It looks so new and well cared for. Ours looks a bit more tired, but we're going to put some elbow grease into it and make that baby shine. The attached picture was taken about 10 minutes after we bought.

Keep me posted on your adventures with the little ones, and if you're ever in our neck of the woods, be sure to look me up!
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