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Old 02-23-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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Safari Door

What determined whether a door was hinged on the left or the right? My Safari has a left hinged door; just wondering.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:00 AM   #2
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On most trailers the door is hinged on the left when standing outside. If it were hinged on the right, it would block the front side window when open.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:37 PM   #3
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Does that make my Safari a suicide door style?
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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Another question - from back bumper to the hitch my 1954 Safari trailer is 21 feet; the shell front to back is 19 1/2 feet, what makes this trailer a 22 footer?
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:03 PM   #5
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Hello AirWork:

My 1967 22' Safari has the same suicide door as yours. My door would continually open, shut and bang about as the trailer flexed while traveling down the road. I made a wooden wedge that fits in the grab handle alongside the door. This wedge extends a few inches over the door and prevents it from opening. This is a common fix for this problem. Someone posted a drawing and explanation on how to make it on this forum sometime back. Perhaps someone remembers and can post a link to it.

I don't know why your trailer measures only 21 feet. I know the length is supposed to be measured over everything. I never thought to measure mine.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:10 AM   #7
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Another question - from back bumper to the hitch my 1954 Safari trailer is 21 feet; the shell front to back is 19 1/2 feet, what makes this trailer a 22 footer?
Up until 1953, the rear ends were "flat" pretty much vertical. In 1954 they switched to a "sloped" back end which added a little length in the "new & improved" and probably more expensive (read marketing ploy here) so they added a foot.

Beyond that, some years Airstream used "odd" numbers and others used "even". I think it was as much a marketing thing as much as anything….as the body lengths didn't necessarily change year to year. I believe they still do the same today….I recall reading that the 27' & 28' are the same length (or that the 27' was actually longer than the 28'?), only the interior configuration is different.

Regardless, I hope you enjoy your Safari as much as we have ours! Post pics please…I'd also like to add you to the mid-fifties owners list I am compiling…they only made this model three years, so there aren't too many survivors.

VIN #6001-6135 > 1954
VIN #6136-6299 > 1955
VIN #6300-6433 > 1956

Also check out the Archives for some great pictures, if you haven't already:

1954 Photo Archive
1955 Photo Archive
1956 Photo Archive

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:13 AM   #8
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Cannonball, thanks for the lead on the door latch tool; a very simple solution
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:35 AM   #9
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Inside Out, I will post some photos soon, thanks for the history lesson and information leads
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