Originally Posted by flash729
My apology if there's something posted that will answer any of my questions -- please be patient with me. (smile)
I'm looking at purchasing a 1970 Airstream Safari. I'm looking for the following information:
* Current price estimates on these models
* Manufacturer Spec information (at time of Mfg.)
* Any discussion on how to either find a certified appraiser,
to be used to purchase through bank
I've found a neat little Safari and am working with the owner to discuss price. In talking to my bank for pre-approval, they've mentioned that they need two appraisals since NADA stopped publishing value for these units in 1975. I'm really at a quandary as to what to do.
I do know that the previous owner remodeled the unit, pulled everything out and replaced it with some art-deco style furniture. In looking at it
(through the windows) I see that it has a banquette table and benches that also double for couches, cabinet, sink, microwave, stove, AC unit. I've also peered into the back of the unit and see a bed and a toilet that's mounted in the back corner. (Sorry, it's dark and I can't see with any detail.) There may be more, but I'll not know until I've been given a chance to look inside.
Does a remodel change the value of the unit? (Up/Down?)
Does anyone have a 1970 Safari that they've redone and would be willing to let me see picture.
Any tales about living in the 1970 Safari... if you like it, or what you'd change.
Thanks for your patience!
It's near impossible to establish even a ball park price, without photo's and/or personal inspection.
A large cost item, the axle or axles, you can check out yourself.
Dura Torque Axle
What's the condition of the exterior metal, the clear coat, the entrance door gaskets, the window gaskets, the sewer vent pipe gaskets, the access compartment gaskets?
Are the LPG bottles in date? Any LPG leaks? Any rain water leaks? Any rotted plywood?
Does the trailer have a rockguard over the front 3 windows?
What brand AC is on the coach? The original was an Armstrong.
Condition of the water heater, original or new? Furnace, original or new? Refrigerator original or new? If original does it work on gas and electric? If new, does it work properly?
When were the water pump valves replaced?
Is there any leaks relating to the black water system?
Does the entrance door fit the opening squarely, or is the door leaning to one side?
How about the converter called the univolt? Original or a replacement?
Tires and wheels? Are the wheels rusted" Is the running gear properly balanced? Are the tires new?
Condition of the brakes? When were the bearings packed and the grease seals replaced, and the brakes serviced?
Does the coach have rear end separation?
Any internal water system leaks? Was the water system ever frozen?
These are just some of the questions that must have good answers, "BEFORE"
any value can be established.
Experience dictates that you should have satisfactory answers to at least the above questions, before you buy. If not, then be prepared to spend tons of money, simply correcting problems.
Ask those that have been there and done that?