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Old 07-22-2017, 09:52 PM   #1
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1976 Safari Twin - saying hello!

Just saying hello from Saskatchewan Canada... I picked up my family's first airstream this week. 1976 safari twin. This coach has been in the province since birth. I'm the fourth owner! Good shape from what I can see. Certainly a lot better then some others I looked at.

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Spent the day getting my plates and registration as well as sorting out some issues with the umbilical wiring between the Trailer and TV. A previous owner had at some point purposefully created a short in brake wiring that rendered them non-functional. That short combined with some other weird stuff gave me some headaches but in the end success! Some help from google and other forum members helped me sort out all the wiring.

Looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead!

If anyone needs 1976 service manual or owners manual info my coach came with a complete set! I'd be happy to send photos or such.

Happy camping!

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Old 07-22-2017, 09:55 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:01 PM   #3
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Congratulations! Looks you you found a good one.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:07 PM   #4
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Nice looking Airstream, have fun! Congrats.
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:54 PM   #5
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Really nice! Enjoy
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Old 07-23-2017, 03:12 PM   #6
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She's beautiful! I have a 1971 I just restored and I'm in LOVE! Are you making any changes to the inside?
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Just saying hello from Saskatchewan Canada... I picked up my family's first airstream this week. 1976 safari twin. This coach has been in the province since birth. I'm the fourth owner! Good shape from what I can see. Certainly a lot better then some others I looked at.

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Spent the day getting my plates and registration as well as sorting out some issues with the umbilical wiring between the Trailer and TV. A previous owner had at some point purposefully created a short in brake wiring that rendered them non-functional. That short combined with some other weird stuff gave me some headaches but in the end success! Some help from google and other forum members helped me sort out all the wiring.

Looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead!

If anyone needs 1976 service manual or owners manual info my coach came with a complete set! I'd be happy to send photos or such.

Happy camping!

Matt
Good find! Your 1976 has the same wall covering in the bathroom as my 78 had, I painted it over! I think these trailers were built a lot better then the new AS's. My old tin can has had only one small leak at a roof vent. I hope you have many years & miles of enjoyment with your Airstream!!
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:39 AM   #8
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Looks like a nice one! And thanks for sharing the pictures!

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She's beautiful! I have a 1971 I just restored and I'm in LOVE! Are you making any changes to the inside?

Tonight I'm taking out the dinette that the PO had built... really small and not that useful for me.

We are going to camp in it as is for the rest of the summer and just get to know the airstream and of course fix any critical systems, redo some window seals etc.

If we end up enjoying the layout as it is then we will build a queen sized dinette at the front and put in bunk beds over the mid twins.
If the exact layout doesn't work then we will consider a larger renovation.
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Tonight I'm taking out the dinette that the PO had built... really small and not that useful for me.

We are going to camp in it as is for the rest of the summer and just get to know the airstream and of course fix any critical systems, redo some window seals etc.

If we end up enjoying the layout as it is then we will build a queen sized dinette at the front and put in bunk beds over the mid twins.
If the exact layout doesn't work then we will consider a larger renovation.

I did a pretty major overhaul on my safari!
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:36 PM   #12
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1976 Safari Twin - saying hello!

I thought I'd update this thread with progress so far in two months of ownership.

We have been out for two long weekend trips to local provincial parks and had a good time and good warm weather. After two trips we decided it was time to get the bed situation under control.

Two weeks ago I painted a good portion of the walls that separate the bedroom and kitchen and bathroom a nice white and then built bunk beds over the twin beds for my four kids. The bunks fold back flat against the wall when not in use and should support a decent average teenager or adult though I have tested that yet. They are built from repurposed surplus army medical stretchers. I've got another thread in the restoration forum about them but here's a quick photo.

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This evening I finished a bed platform in the front of the camper for my wife and I. It's a "cozy" double bed. I'd rather a queen but there isn't the space until I rework the kitchen cabinets. I built this platform sort of as a test. We will probably keep it for a year and see how it works and if we like it then I'll plan a proper rebuild with nicer materials. The bonus with the platform is the huge storage space gained under it for light bulky items and the plus of shoes that come in the door at night.

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So there you have it. A '76 23ft Safari that comfortably sleeps a crazy energetic family of six. We are hoping to get one or two fall cool weather short trips in to test them all out soon. If not well we will just camp out in the driveway!

Aside from the small renovations, I've been slowly learning about the systems and making small repairs and much longer lists of bits and pieces that I need to order for repair various.

I need to rebuild the lights on the ceiling. All three switches have just about seen their last days. I'll probably switch to LED lamps when I rebuild the lights.

One roof vent crank is stripped and won't open - likely a candidate for a fantastic fan replacement.

Baked a tray of nachos in the magic chef oven on our last trip. If the stories I've been told are true that was the first thing ever baked in the 40yr old oven.!!

Found that my grey water tank leaks if filled more than 80% full.

Fixed the umbilical cable to the TV and replaced a bunch of missing and burned out towing lights.

Had a trailer tire puncture on my last trip so had to get a patch job on that one after getting home. Thankful for tandem axles that let me roll slowly to the closest town for air. 20PSI of air in the punctured tire wasn't going to get me very far!

Fun adventures so far! And many more to come.
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Great work, love the bunk beds.

I found rotary switches that worked for the overhead lights in the electrical section at ace hardware. They were in little buns with lamp and ceiling fan parts.
I also replaced the bulbs with LED strip that come in a role from amazon.
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found rotary switches that worked for the overhead lights in the electrical section at ace hardware. They were in little buns with lamp and ceiling fan parts.
I also replaced the bulbs with LED strip that come in a role from amazon.


Thanks for the tip on the rotary switches. I've read a few other threads and posts on that subject and heard that lots of the rotary switches found in hardware or Home Depot's are not rated for DC current. There was substantial discussion about whether or not the non-dc rated would stand up to the current of the incandescent bulbs in those lights. I may still go that way especially if I switch to LED lamps and grab something locally even if it is just temporary till I can order DC rated ones.
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