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Old 04-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Just bought 25' Safari

It is a 1999 and in very good condition. I think that there are only 3 things that need some work.
1. The vinal wall covering is starting to get loose especially on the ceiling. Any advise that you have about how best to reglue it would be appreciated.
2. The carpet is a little worn and stained. I don't much care for carpet anyway so was thinking about putting in some kind of hardwood. Again, any advise?
3. The refrig isn't working, will post more info on that when I get it home and can check it out.
I hope this is the right place to put this post, I am a newbie and trying to figure this all out. Any help that you are willing to share I will appreciate.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:34 AM   #2
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Greetings! It looks as if we are in the same state and also have the same model of AS. Congrats on your new purchase. I just got mine in February from Bates in Tampa. I haven't been camping yet, trying to get it "up to snuff" maintenance-wise and replacing various items.

I am far from an expert but on this forum is a person who had carpeting coming loose and ended up removing it I believe in all but the bedroom. There are pictures as it looks like the silver interior models after the work BUT they shared that it was a lot of work. I believe they also removed the vinyl on the ceiling too on all but the ends. You may not want to remove it but it appears to be an option.

I do not know if your refrigerator is like mine but there was a recall on mine which allowed me to have a repair guy test it in the process. Check their website on the recall.
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Give the refrigerator a chance. It takes hours for them to cool down. Try it both on electric as well as propane if it still does not cool. If you have an ammonia smell, you have serious problems...
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Great project and a great AS length to work with!

If you find that your refrigerator needs to have the ammonia tubing replaced, you might consider what we did. The AS was under warranty and we had a weld leaking the ammonia and the entire "cooling system" was sent to us for replacement.

When labor was added into the mix, it was decided that I replace the refrigerator and keep the extra system for when it is out of warranty. I kept the good parts from the old refrigerator, the entire replacement system in the factory carton and have a new refrigerator for not more money than the cost of labor for the repair, removal and replacement of the refrigerator.

The other items, like faucets can be "upgraded" to quality systems with water filters that can turn your water into better than bottled water for drinking! I would be resistant to using some factory replacement parts, as most are the bare minimum for use.

Build your own Airstream! If you are handy, you already have an idea what to do. If you are not, find someone who is. It will take months to restore this trailer by hiring the work out to craftsmen on their "off" days. You have the shell, the axles and the frame. Now... the fun begins!

Good luck and show this creation off when it is finished!
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:40 PM   #8
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If you have an ammonia smell, you have serious problems...
I had an ammonia smell in the cabinet above the fridge on my AS but then I found the issue with the recall and got it serviced. The workman tested it and it works on gas. I have not run it on electric yet. It took about an hour to "feel" the cool and about 5 hours to be really cool on gas. I hope it is working.
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Thanks

Thanks for all of the input. I don't have it home yet so haven't been able to go into the details. I will post pictures when I get it here.
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We have a 99, 25' Safari and love it. We have made over 225 trips since we bought it new. All the big things are still working; little things need replacing now and then. We replaced carpet with Duraceramic and so glad the carpet is gone.
Enjoy it all and welcome to Forums. If you can't find the answer here there must not be an answer.
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I see that the possibility of a failed cooling unit has been mentioned, but not the more common issue with the newer ones, a failed control board. Mine's old-school manual controls, no auto-relighting, etc) so I don't have first-hand experience, but I've read that lots of people have had to replace the 12v control boards in refrigerators, and the preferred part is the appropriate Dinosaur board rather than an OEM replacement from
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That said, hopefully it's just an issue of waiting long enough for it to start cooling. Welcome to the Forums and the joys and frustrations of portable-home ownership.
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It is a 1999 and in very good condition. I think that there are only 3 things that need some work.
3. The refrig isn't working, will post more info on that when I get it home and can check it out.
A friend of mine recently had the refrigerator leak ammonia and fail (his is SOB 5th wheel) while we were camping in Casa Grande AZ. He located a repair facility in Tucson AZ who actually replaced his cooling unit while he waited. Their website is Trailer & RV Refrigeration - Sales and Service Gas RV Refrigerators

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Old 04-06-2012, 09:52 AM   #13
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What about the vinal wall covering?

Thanks for all the comments. Does anyone have recommendations re the wall covering coming loose.
I am going over to Brandon to pick it up and bring it back to Altamonte Springs tomorrow. Will take pictures and do an update in the next few days.
Next I have to get a tow vehicle. I would be interested in opinions on that from those with experience. The previous owner used a 1/2 ton Tundra and said it did a great job. I hope to go out west and do the rockies, will 1/2 ton be good enough. What size engine, gas or diesel etc.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:49 AM   #14
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if it is a small area of the ceiling that is coming loose, GOOP makes several types of adhesives ie: shoes, automotive ceramic etc. I have used the automotive with great success. For larger areas, check with a auto repair shop for the products they use. For the floor, try Cork tiles and glue them down. I had a 98 and these were some of the idea's/ things I did.
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