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Old 04-10-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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What should a 'Newby' look for

We just bought a '71 Safari 23 Twin that has been sitting awhile (4-5 years), Besides a good cleaning, what should we expect to need repair or reworking?

I plan to throw out the cushions, drapes and such, replace the tires, replace the gas tanks, and inspect the electrical, plumbing, and break systems.

Wish me luck.............
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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For a 1971:

Axles, furnace and black tank are three that are worth doing searches for on the forum. All of them have potential issues that are far too detailed to go into on one thread.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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One question before you throw out the gas tanks. Are they aluminum or steel? Aluminum ones are quite pricy and well worth updating. Steel ones, yeah, go ahead and replace them.
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Axles for sure. I would suggest trying to get a look at the frame (pulling back a few sections of belly) and make sure there are no huge frame rust issues...
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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We just bought a '71 Safari 23 Twin that has been sitting awhile (4-5 years), Besides a good cleaning, what should we expect to need repair or reworking?

I plan to throw out the cushions, drapes and such, replace the tires, replace the gas tanks, and inspect the electrical, plumbing, and break systems.

Wish me luck.............
Congratulations on the '71 Safari twin! I also own a '71 Safari twin dual axle.

You'll want to carefully investigate the items mentioned in the thread such as axles, brakes, refrigerator, furnace, water heater, water pump, univolt (if it hasn't already been upgraded), black water tank and fresh water tank. The Armstrong air conditioner is a good one and shouldn't be tossed out needlessly.

Be careful throwing anything out before you've had a chance to fully investigate what it will take to replace the items. You might want to use the existing cushions to measure for new ones. Unless the drapes are trash, you might be best off having them dry cleaned.

Take care and have fun with your Safari.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:15 PM   #6
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Don't throw your curtains out just yet! You might need them for a size template for new ones if you plan to make them yourself. That's what I'm doing right now.
Congrats on your new rig! Post some pics, whydontcha?!
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:48 PM   #8
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I have checked the frame, there are 2-3 rivets missing on the underskirt, and it is painted black and looks to be in good shape.

I am not picking it up until next week, tomorrow I am going by to remove the hub caps and spray the lugs with P-B Blaster. I will remove the wheels Monday and have new 7.00X15 tires installed. Figure that will be the best time to check the brakes and axles, I'm sure that it will need bearings repacked at the least.

I will send pictures as I get them

Thanks for all the advice.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:28 PM   #9
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I have checked the frame, there are 2-3 rivets missing on the underskirt, and it is painted black and looks to be in good shape.

I am not picking it up until next week, tomorrow I am going by to remove the hub caps and spray the lugs with P-B Blaster. I will remove the wheels Monday and have new 7.00X15 tires installed. Figure that will be the best time to check the brakes and axles, I'm sure that it will need bearings repacked at the least.

I will send pictures as I get them

Thanks for all the advice.
Absolutely get new tires - and make sure that the vendor isn't selling you old ones, i.e., check the date codes (I've seen 3 year old tires being sold as new in tire shops). As well, repack the wheel bearings and check the brakes *BEFORE* attempting to tow the trailer home. If you see that the axles look like they may be problematic, consider having the trailer brought to your place on a flatbed.

Good luck with your acquisition - enjoy!
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:44 PM   #10
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Do it just like you were eating an elephant. Fix everything as you discover it does not work. Get out the manual. Try the electric and replace light bulbs. Try to boil water. Then fix the cook top. Read the manual for sure. If you do not have a manual get one. In a year or two and lots of time and money you will begin to enjoy your work project. Do not take it to a dealer. They will crush you with their lack of attention to detail. After you figure out where the lights are try the 12 volt outlets. Then the water heater. Then the refrigerator and if it works thank god. After you open and clean all the closets you will have a n idea where thing are. Try staying in it in you driveway.

Read read study and don't believe everything you read on this site or any book. It is worth every minute.

I would not ever buy another one but I plan on being burried in my Excella. After redoing an argosy I knew enough to try a bigger and prittier full size. It is alot like getting married. Need patience curiosity and a loving wife.
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is it possible to tow a 27 ft eddie baurer with a porsche cayenne
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Trailer inspection checklist

Start with the trailer inspection checklist at:

Air trailer inspection.pdf (623.2 KB, 3781 views)

Fix leaks, then replace window, door, and sewer vent gaskets. Repair any damage. Upgrade brakes, tires, 7-way, breakaway switch, battery, and alarms. Then repair/replace appliances and fixtures.
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