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Old 11-26-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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Question Need help with my "new" 66 safari

Not sure if this is the correct thread but it's hard to decide which thread to start. I think I might be in for some fun. I just had my safari checked by our local mechanic and he noticed the trailer is missing the water pump, fresh water is no longer hooked up, and the toilet has been reconfigured. I need to find a new water pump, any recommendations? I've ordered a manual but now I'm thinking I may need to get a service manual if it exists. I think I also need to find pictures of how the plumbing looks on the toilet and in the back so I can work on it this winter. the good news was the floor looks gook and it doesn't seem to leak.

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Old 11-26-2008, 10:14 PM   #2
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congrats on your new airstream! we are proud new owners also. I do know all about the up and down feelings of having to fix all these issues. The owners manual will have drawings of what and where the plumbing goes. the toilet in ours was a house toilet that they had re plumbed and it turned out our blackwater tank was broken and a mess(I guess that's why they re plumbed a cob job). water pumps don't seem to be very expensive (we need one of them also) and you can shop around. check out vintage trailer supply, or inland rv, or out of doors mart. This site VintageAirstream - Restoration Resources has been so helpful to our learning so far.
good luck, and best wishes!

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Old 11-26-2008, 10:35 PM   #3
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They all leak! If you open the rear hatch and get some light in there, you can get a pretty good look at the subfloor beneath the toilet/tub/sink area. Use a icepick or a screwdriver and poke the subfloor to see just how solid it is. Most, but not all, subfloors can have some amount of water-damaged area which usually means rusty frame underneath. That's to be expected in these beauties and is fixable, but it also will require some interior removal, etc.

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Old 11-27-2008, 09:13 AM   #4
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Congratulations on the purchase of your '66 Safari! I just love mine! Mine still has the original water pump and it works (amazing!!). I plan to switch it out for a new one though.

Make sure there are no leaks around the rear hatch door. You may need to add a gasket there. It's an easy place for leaks to occur.

Post some pics when you have a chance....
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:42 AM   #5
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congratulations on the new trailer. If you take a picture of the toilet area we could probably help you figure out what has been done. Guessing someone has switched out the toilet for a newer one. If your 66 is like ours, the toilet was recessed in the bench part of the bathroom fiberglass panels. good luck with the project!
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:21 PM   #6
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Pictures of 66 safari toilet.

I went out this morning to get the pictures of the plumbing and got a little sidetracked. Did however find out the awning is working--needs a good cleaning though. I can't get the front awning/rockgaurd to release I have a rusty screw to deal with. Maybe a case of wd-40? Here are the pictures, as you can see the lines have been cut but the toilet looks like the original. I'm hoping it can be fixed. Thanks for your help.
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