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Old 03-24-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Hello all!!!
I have long dreamed about owning an Airstream and have been hunting one for sometime but the ones I find are usally too big or was gutted.(I prefer to start and finish my own restore projects.. Can not stand picking up where someone left off) Never finding that one sweet trailer I almost given up but now it looks like I may have found the one.. It is a 77 Safari that I put a deposit on today and I going to look over/ Pick up this Saturday.
The original asking price was 5k and I was able to get them down to 3900.00 but I am not still 100% certain this is a fair price.. I guess I will know more when I inspect it but from what little I can see from the pics it seems like it could be well worth it.. Any pointers on inspecting the trailer (common weak spots etc etc) would be fantastic.. looking foward to being an active member of this forum and chatting with you all.. Scott from the Adirondacks
P.S Check out the pics of the trailer and let me know what you think.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:37 AM   #2
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:25 AM   #3
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Scott, what is there to think about. $3900 is a gift.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:11 AM   #4
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Hi Scott,
Congrats on your purchase! The first thing you want to check is the floor integrity. Grab yourself a sharp screwdriver & go around the complete perimeter of the trailer poking the floor next to the wall, inside every cabinet & under the bathroom components. The amount of rot you find, & they virtually all have it, will determine the starting point for your restoration.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:32 AM   #6
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your new baby. She looks great in photos. Hopefully, any floor rot will be minimal. The skin and the interior look super. Please keep us posted on your progress.

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Old 03-24-2011, 07:50 AM   #7
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Scott It looks great. Body looks to be dent free. Minor,minoe ding in the front curbside banana wrap and small bend in the roadside rear bumper but tha't nothing at all to worry about. Newer A/C unit. All original interior and the bathroom looks to be in excellent shape. It's hard to tell but the axle height looks good, not really sure though. I suspect it's ready to camp in as it sits.
Like colin says check the floor for rot, look under the belly for corrosion of the aluimnium for signs of frame rust out. The axles need to have good ride height and movement ( travel up and down) for proper ride. If the floor/frame and axles check out then check all window and door seals, seal up the roof vents and stink pipe lids on the roof and go camping.
If you don't want it give me the contact info and I'll give them the $5k they're asking.
It's a no brainer at that price . great find .
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Hi Scott,
Congrats on your purchase! The first thing you want to check is the floor integrity. Grab yourself a sharp screwdriver & go around the complete perimeter of the trailer poking the floor next to the wall, inside every cabinet & under the bathroom components. The amount of rot you find, & they virtually all have it, will determine the starting point for your restoration.
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Thanks for the tip Colin... I am praying the floors are solid and decent but I am sure that after 30+ years something is spongy.
I am hoping to do the polish/some restoring myself but if anything major presents itself I cannot tell how happy I am to see how close your business is to my job. So if your plate is not too full you might have some winter projects coming your way otherwise we will have to meet up at Crickets for a cold one
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:05 AM   #9
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Agreed = $3900.00 for a good one is very reasonable. In our area, trailers that nice are rare and can easily sell for twice that amount. Let me know if you need an owner's or service manual for the 1977 models - I can send you a CD copy.

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Scott It looks great. Body looks to be dent free. Minor,minoe ding in the front curbside banana wrap and small bend in the roadside rear bumper but tha't nothing at all to worry about. Newer A/C unit. All original interior and the bathroom looks to be in excellent shape. It's hard to tell but the axle height looks good, not really sure though. I suspect it's ready to camp in as it sits.
Like colin says check the floor for rot, look under the belly for corrosion of the aluimnium for signs of frame rust out. The axles need to have good ride height and movement ( travel up and down) for proper ride. If the floor/frame and axles check out then check all window and door seals, seal up the roof vents and stink pipe lids on the roof and go camping.
If you don't want it give me the contact info and I'll give them the $5k they're asking.
It's a no brainer at that price . great find .
Hey Chris thanks for the info, I plan to take the tires off and check the axles/bearings before I take the 4 hour trek home, I had an axle fall off a snowmobile trailer on the Jersey turnpike when I was younger...NEVER AGAIN!!! What a nightmare!
I am pretty much certain that the trailer is coming home with me but if for some reason it does not work out I will make sure you will get the info.
Otherwise I am really REALLY hoping that she is ready to go, I would love to do what Zigzagguzzi said and just get right to camping!!!

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome!!!
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Scott I have a couple of questions and comments for you. Does your TV (tow vehicle) have a brake controller? You will need to have an electric brake controller to apply the brakes in the TT (travel trailer).
What type of umbilical connector does your TV have? Most likely it will be the seven pin blade type. The A/S (airstream) if original will have the 7 pin round type umbilical so you will need to change the TT end of the umbilical to use it on your TV.
Contact the PO (previous owner) and ask him if he rewired the umbilical to meet todays wiring pattern. A/S used there own pattern for wiring the umbilical and you will need to move two wires on the TV end of the umbilical to match todays standard.
Once you know what the PO has done to the umbilical I can assist you further. I'm trying to avoid any problems you might have for the tow home. Searching for RV parts in a strange town on a Saturday may be difficult.
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Well. I'm with Chris. You'd better buy it if you want it. It looks like a very clean usable trailer. I'd pay the $3,900 you said you talked them down to. I know for a fact that trailer would easily sell for $7,000 in central Texas.
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Hi Scott,
Your trailer is a real beauty. What a find! I think the price is great too. The interior looks so clean. Also, orange is quite a trendy color right now, so you may want to just accessorize to work with the current interior. Welcome to the Forums.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:46 PM   #14
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Hi, Scott. We are happy to see the picts. of the '77. Looks like it was well cared for. It's fun to see the original features, especially the front lounge; ours had been pulled out by a PO & replaced with a convertible seating bench/dining bar. AND, love that orange (our color, too)! Also great price! Looking forward to hearing & seeing more.
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