This is my first thread. So it will be an intro and hopefully some added info for those who one day may find it useful. Pay it forward....
I am a proud one year owner of a 23' '69 Safari. I am the youngest of 12 kids and was deprived of camping as a kid.
I had to watch old slide shows of my older family members in their Star Cruiser pop-up spending weekends in the Redwood forest and other great CA locations. When I showed up, my parents invested in a vacation home at the coast of NC so my weekends were spent there. I never complained, but always longed for some type of RV/travel trailer.
I could always recall my now late father joking to my mom that he was going to buy an Airstream and travel the country when he retired. My mom would roll her eyes and I would question "What's an Airstream?".
Years past, I met the woman of my dreams and she introduced me to camping. After a yearly trip to Kring Point in Thousand Island, NY her grandfather and I sat around the fire talking about Airstreams. Hooked, I got home from our trip and did like I always do and over researched. Ebay, craigslist, Ebay, size, prices, work involved... You know all the roads we all been down.
I decided that I wanted something vintage, knowing that it may require some work and in a price range that I was comfortable. Using sites like SearchTempest.com I scoured the lower 48 for a Safari. Many were too much of project and others were too pricey. Finally, I thought of doing a search by misspelling Airstream. You'd be surprised how many people do not have spell check. I found her in a field in TN. So a very long day and several tanks of gas I brought her back to NC. Like a father bringing home a new born, I was excited, scared and did not know where to begin. Luckily my hours spent on forum eased me into the process.
So here I sit, one year later and knee deep into another large project. See when I got her home I was unaware that the front fresh water tank had slowly leaked for umteen years. Rot and all the bad stuff was hidden beneath. A few long days I replaced the floor and addressed some other issues. I knew the back 4' had to be addressed, but it had to wait.
This past Friday, I began the back 4' tear out and redo. I'll post my photos of my journey and pre-thank everyone who has shared and will share their knowledge and insight and somehow try to pay it forward.
One thing to note is that Lady now sits about 30 minutes away from me in my buddies backyard, pool side. No really. Although I have the space to work on her here, I brought it there so I could dedicate more intense time when I'm away from my house. On Saturday I was able to remove all the bathroom and 90% of the floor and by Sunday I tackled some things I thought I never could and left eager to return.
Now for some of the ugly photos....