So, my dad got too close to my airstreams and caught alumanitis. He recently purchased a 1970 Safari. This weekend we had the first opportunity to evaluate it. In just 8 years, (i have a 62) they made so many changes!
His safari is in very original, but fair to rough condition. (see note below) The only thing i can tell that is missing from the original trailer are some of the light lenses and the top curtain track (removed to install roller shades).
There are a few items that perplex me. First item;
what are these series of dots? They are mirrored on the other side of the window, too. all photos i see of same model year have curtains covering this area.
Next item; What you are viewing here is the rear streetside of the trailer, next to the wheel well. it is the edge of the frame outrigger purposely poking through the skin. it looks like the skin didnt close tightly enough and they slit the skin to make it fit. What else could it be? It doesnt look accidental.
Due to the rear of the trailer having not been sealed, or the seal not being maintained, water seeped into the rear bath ruining the floor. This seems very common in this and similar years, and i have seen A fix (flashing added under the skin and over the bumper box). Unfortunately, although this did rot the rear frame, i don't believe it would have caused the frame FAILURE I am about to describe. It is certainly what did it in though.
Below is a photo of what I am 90% sure is original work. They cut such a big hole in the frame to put waste pipes in, I can't imagine anyone's 1970 with a similar design NOT failing at this age. How was this ever acceptable?
The frame from this point and rear of it is flopping around, barely held on by a thread.
Now this trailer is the perfect length for my dad, however it seems his girlfriend is not thrilled with the layout. She suggested a rear bed in lieu of the jacknife bed which is quite small and leaves little room for middle of the night bathroom trips. I suggested since it was such complete condition, he might consider selling this one and finding one thats already been modified or gutted. However I did tell him he's have to fix the frame before selling it or using it , no one could tow long distance in this frames condition... So he said if he is doing the frame repair he may as well replace the floor too.
So the plan for now is to do the work and see if he gets attached.
Unfortunately , the rotted floor was under the bathroom and couldnt be detected upon initial inspection. On towing it home (30 min drive) he quickly figured out that the bumper was sort of flapping in the breeze and later discovered the damage.