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Old 09-05-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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Wow, what a wealth of information! Iíve been poking around and am so glad I came here before starting any work on our new purchase of a 1966 22í Safari. My wife and I had our eye on her grandparents Airstream for a while. They were finally ready to part with it last month. Itís in surprisingly good condition for being parked at a church camp for 20 years. So much to do, so little time! My first concern of many are the wheels. Iíll be replacing the split rims and not sure if new hubs and brakes are typical? The brakes are rusted badly, any thoughts on this and where to get parts?? This will be the first of many postings Iím sure, look forward to learning from everyone!

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Old 09-05-2006, 03:09 PM   #2
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Don't worry the head spinning will stop, or at least slow down a little after a while. Congrats on your purchase!! Please post pictures!!

I would take it into an RV place or whatever and have everything checked out for safety. They can tell you what's working and not, and what's safe. It's worth the investment.

Are the windows original and intact?

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Old 09-05-2006, 04:17 PM   #3
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The brakes are standard issue, and if you wish you can get all new brakes, less drums, plus backing plates, for around $50 a set.
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:22 PM   #4
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Welcome & Congrats!

Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your Airstream!

I think you are wise to check out the safety issues first. Brakes, tires, lights... primary importance. Next try out the inside be sure nothing is leaking... if your trailer is "usable" (even in your driveway) I would "camp" in it for a weekend and see what works, what doesn't, how it feels... what is needed. By the end of a couple of days in your 'stream you will know what is next after the safety items.

If the tires look good but are more than 5 or 10 years old and have been sitting in one place, replace them. They aren't as strong as they look.

We are eager to see pictures of your Airstream, both inside and out! Now and later! Post away!

Again, welcome!
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