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Old 08-06-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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Hi everyone- Iím the proud new owner of a 72 Safari. At least I think itís a 72. I know from research it was build in Ohio. Anyways - Iíve been an admirer for a long time and bought this from another forum member in West Point va. I have never owned any form of camper or RV. Myself and my family are really excited to adventure our and learn all about this community and our Airstream. Any tips are totally welcome. Especially great places to set up camp in VA.

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Old 08-06-2019, 08:35 PM   #2
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Nice - looking good

Nice looking rig. Welcome to the forum. Hope to meet you down the road. Pat
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:25 PM   #3
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Welcome to the new world of Airstream ownership. Your new trailer and TV look terrific.

Lots of great places to camp all over Virginia. Some of our favorites are North Bend COE CG on Buggs Island Lake- possibly the best lakefront camping in the state, Sherando Lake NF CG, Lewis Mountain in the SNP, Grindstone Recreation in the Mount Rogers area. We tend to prefer no hookups.

Looking forward to meeting you sometime.

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welcome to the wonderful world of vintage AS ownership! loof forward to seeing pics of your trips. kurt
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Welcome to the new world of Airstream ownership. Your new trailer and TV look terrific.

Lots of great places to camp all over Virginia. Some of our favorites are North Bend COE CG on Buggs Island Lake- possibly the best lakefront camping in the state, Sherando Lake NF CG, Lewis Mountain in the SNP, Grindstone Recreation in the Mount Rogers area. We tend to prefer no hookups.

Looking forward to meeting you sometime.

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Dan - North Bend sounds like a great start to get our Airstream legs under us. I see they offer sites with electric hookups. Do they also offer water and sewage hookups as well?
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Old 08-07-2019, 11:10 AM   #6
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Joe, lots of good camping in Central Virginia. Pocahontas State Park has water and electric and a dumping station when you leave. Cozy Acres in Powhatan is a nice campground. We also like the KOA in Williamsburg and if you call ahead James River Winery along Route 1 south of Ashland will let you stay the night at no charge, just buy a bottle of wine.
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Old 08-07-2019, 11:39 AM   #7
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Nice rig! Welcome and congrats!

We had never owned a camper of any kind when we bought our first AS used. We loved it and have since upgraded.

Have fun and be SAFE!
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If you'd like to rub elbows with nothing but Airtreams, about 3 hr W of you is Virginia Highland Haven. All things Airstream. Get a reservation, set up camp and ask away.

Welcome and safe travels.

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Old 08-07-2019, 11:12 PM   #9
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Dan - North Bend sounds like a great start to get our Airstream legs under us. I see they offer sites with electric hookups. Do they also offer water and sewage hookups as well?


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Most sites have electric, some have water and electric. Attached is a map of area ďBĒ. This is a huge campground with about 300 sites total.

It is not always possible, but we always try to have the front of the trailer pointing north. This helps for managing the sun in the summer.

I recommend getting the AllStays App especially if you have an iPhone. There is a one time charge of $10-period. It is well worth it.

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Hello from Colorado: Welcome to the vintage Airstream hobby. Thanks for posting the great pictures of your rig. Some interior shots would be great too.

I'm no expert, but your new Airstream might be a Tradewind 25'. I say this because I believe the 72 Safari 23' was a single axle trailer. Double axle Safaris came along right about 72 or 73. Anyway, Safaris had a rather open layout, where Tradewinds had a rather seperate sleeping area, either double or twin bed.

Your trailer looks like someone put a lot of time and money into renovating the thing. It looks quite nice. I see new wheels and a new air conditioner. Good deal.

I have a 75 Overlander 27' that I am renovating. I used to have a 66 Trade Wind 24' similar to Touring Dan's. Here is a photo of my Overlander for your reference.

See ya on a mountaintop someday.

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The early Safari's 1969-1974 could be ordered from the factory with double axles, so there is a few early 23' Safari double axles out there. If you can find one, congrats. I own a 1970 Safari Special (single axle) with a dry weight of about 3,500 lbs. By the time you load it up, it's a bunch of weight for one set of tires!
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The early Safari's 1969-1974 could be ordered from the factory with double axles, so there is a few early 23' Safari double axles out there. If you can find one, congrats. I own a 1970 Safari Special (single axle) with a dry weight of about 3,500 lbs. By the time you load it up, it's a bunch of weight for one set of tires!


rideair- Sorry for the hyjack, but I have Goodyear Endurance tires on my Tradewind and they are doing great- 15,000 miles and no problems. They have a high load capacity. High enough so I donít bother carrying a spare tire since just one axle will carry the weight of my Tradewind. We actually had real low pressure in one of the tires (10 psi) from a leaking valve stem and didnít even know it towing. I noticed it when we stopped to get coffee.

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I was excited to see my Safari 23' came with two axles. And it's definitely a Safari per the badge on the side of the trailer. Nice to know it's a bit of a rarity. I'm going to do some cleaning this weekend and will post some interior shots as well as some outside details. Loving talking about it and telling people about our new purchase.
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Nice find! We have an 89 32 Excella 1000 that we got about 3 years ago now. I live in the Western half of the Great state of Virginia, about 10 miles from Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park. While we have not camped there yet we have gone tru and talked to a lot of campers who were so darn helpful! Also most of the State Parks are great to be in but make sure you make reservations first. Yeah, we found that out the hard way. We love Douthat State Park, and there are several more here in the Western part of Virginia. Also don't rule out the Virginia Beach areas for camping. We were just in VB at First Landing State Park. It was OK, but getting woken up at 0600 revieille with the Army right next door kind of floored me the first time. I spent 16 years in the Navy and have heard all kinds of wake ups but that was a first on an Army base. Lots of fun there too, go into Norfolk to the seaside place or down to the beach to the aquarium. All were fun for us and a lot of kids down there enjoying themselves. Then too, Williamsburg has some great places to see also. If you haven't been to the Colonial Williamsburg you should definitely take the kids. When we took out the first time so very long ago now they seemed to enjoy it. Take a look at the State campground list and do as we did, check them off one at a time and see what they have to offer. Maryland and North Carolina have some great places to camp also.

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