Originally Posted by AirWork
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