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Old 08-21-2007, 08:05 AM   #1
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My wife and I are the new owners of a 1967 Safari. We live in Amarillo, Tx. and have never RV'd in our lives. I've never even been in a travel trailer. We'll both retire by next summer and will hopefully be able to try it out. (RVing and the trailer) We'd like to spend more time in the Texas Hill Country, the Costal areas, and Southern Colorado. I've spent a good deal of time reading the many posts about every aspect of A/S's and don't mind telling anyone that I wished I had happened on this site before I made a purchase. Good info for any new people! So many styles of the same model and year. Seems very confusing. So far, I'm way into gutting the unit for at least a complete interior redux. I haven't come across any of the horror stories I've read about yet, so maybe I've plain ol' lucked out. That'll be a novel thing. I do want to replace the water heater with a new unit just because it looks easier to do while I'm down to the floor. Would anyone give me a comment on that? Old one looks very nice and clean, but I haven't tested it. Just don't want to replace it later. Also, anyone with knowledge of how the entry steps are supposed to work I would greatly appreciate that. I don't know if this is Kosher or not, but a big Thank You to Inland RV for the positive attitude and help so far. I hope I can be of some help to someone in the future.
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Old 08-21-2007, 08:12 AM   #2
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:04 AM   #3
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Thank you. Can you tell me what WBCCI is. I see that a lot and can't seem to figure it out.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:30 AM   #4
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Welcome! As a fellow '67 Safari owner, I must congratulate you on your excellent taste in Airstreams.

Initially, our hot water heater worked, then decided to die on us while we were out on a week-long trip. We ended up replacing it by pulling it out through the exterior rather than ripping out our closet. If we had known it would die when it did, we would have replaced it before we built the closet back in over it.

Good luck with your renovations. Remember, you're not doing this alone - you have a big community here to help you out.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:32 AM   #5
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Thank you. Can you tell me what WBCCI is. I see that a lot and can't seem to figure it out.
That stands for Wally Byam Caravan Club International. Wally was the founder of Airstream. You can find more info here.
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:42 AM   #6
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Thanks Mel! Photos are great. That's why we wanted an A/S. Your water heater problem just solved mine. Any short answer on how the steps work?
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:05 AM   #7
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With our step, there is a little lip underneath the door where you pull straight out and the step pops down. When we first bought our Safari, though, the seller told us the step was missing. Turns out, it was frozen in place. I believe some PB Blaster and some gentle persuasion with a hammer knocked it loose. It has since been cleaned up and painted with Por15 (rust inhibitor).
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:18 AM   #8
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I think I have the same set up. No movable levers, springs, etc? Just that solid metal lip that takes a pry bar to move it?
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:27 AM   #9
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Yep - when it's working correctly, you just pull the lip gently with your hand and the step flips out from underneath. Let me know if you want some pics.
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:45 AM   #10
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Pictures would be most appreciated when you have time. I was sure that someone "fixed" it at some earlier time, but your description sounds like what I have. The exterior metal bar with the lip is solid as a rock, though. It will move with a large screwdriver or pry bar. It has a piece of thin flat metal welded on to it on the inside that slides into the step that releases the step when pulled. Am I close? Seems like an odd little deal to me.
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Welcome to the forums 10brink. You might try spraying a little silicone onto it and let it soak for about 10 minutes or so and try pulling on it then. My steps on our new unit were so hard to operate my wife couldn't open or close them. A fellow forum member recommended the silicone for use on my stabilizers since it wouldn't attract dirt and I also used it on my step hinges and they work almost effortless now. The silicone does seem to evaporate though so I have to re-lube before each trip, but it isn't hard to do since it is in a spray form. Hope this helps.

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Old 08-21-2007, 02:06 PM   #12
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I'll hit it with the spray tonight. Thanks to everyone for the help and welcome!
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Old 08-21-2007, 07:01 PM   #13
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Your description matches what's happening on my step. If everything's operating correctly, the step slides down in one smooth motion after you pull the handle and the clip releases the step.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:18 AM   #14
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Thanks very mucho for the excellent pics. I have been under the impression since I bought the safari that the split in the metal bar was a tear in the metal from being pulled on for so many years. I haven't been using the step because I didn't want to flex it any more than I had to. ( so I could have it welded up later) I thought that nobody would design something like that on purpose, because everything else I've run across seems so state of the art for the 1960's. No doubt about it, I have a lot to learn.
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