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Old 03-01-2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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Picking up first Airstream tomorrow Ė 1962 Safari

Iím picking up my first Airstream this Friday and I want take the necessary precautions to get it home safely. The airstream has been sitting and hasnít been moved for least 7-8 years. I have a 150 mile tow to get it home and I would like to know what I should do b4 the tow. The tires need to be replaced so I brought some new 15Ē trailer rims to replace the split rims on it but now but Iím not sure what brand and size tires to buy. Also, how do I repack the wheel bearings b4 the tow and what should I check on the brakes?
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums and AS ownership!! The adventure and journey begin!!

There is a current thread that will answer most if not all of your questions. You can find it here. Especially check out post #5 on that thread.

Good luck with the move and the Airstream. Ask lots of questions and post lots of pictures.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:12 AM   #3
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Take some pictures when you go pick it up, it will be cool to see before you get home and cleaned up
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:36 PM   #5
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Welcome and congrat's on the new baby.
we have a "62" Safari 22ft twin new to us as of 9-2010
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:58 PM   #6
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1962 Safari and newbieism

How did the tow go? I just purchased a 62 Safari as well. It hasn't been sitting quite as long, and the current owner thinks that even though the tires are weather checked, that I should be able to safely tow it 40 miles without replacing them and regreasing/repacking the bearings.

I'm curious about what you ended up getting for tires, how you went about checking the brakes, etc., as I'm a few weeks away from doing all of the above.

Also, have you had any luck finding paperwork on it? Since they didn't make manuals till 1966 (or something like that), I'm having a hard time tracking down info about that model. Since I'm an Airstream newbie, I thought it would be helpful. I've followed a few threads in search of info but have come up empty.

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Iím picking up my first Airstream this Friday and I want take the necessary precautions to get it home safely. The airstream has been sitting and hasnít been moved for least 7-8 years. I have a 150 mile tow to get it home and I would like to know what I should do b4 the tow. The tires need to be replaced so I brought some new 15Ē trailer rims to replace the split rims on it but now but Iím not sure what brand and size tires to buy. Also, how do I repack the wheel bearings b4 the tow and what should I check on the brakes?
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Sorry it took me so long to get back to you but I'm new at using the Airstream forum. My tow went fine. When I picked up the trailer I took two new rims and tires with me because the trailer tires were in really bad shape. I was also new to towing and I didn't check the brakes and also took a risk without repacking the bearings and luckily I didn't have any problems. I replaced the tires with ST225/&5R15D ST Radial tires and I can't remember the brand. I haven't been able to find a lot of information on the trailer other then information I have found on the forum.

I'm in the process of restoring the trailer now and having a lot of fun working on it.

Good luck with your new trailer and let me know how it goes!
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I am sooooooo jealous!!!! Good luck and enjoy!!!!!!!
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