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Old 04-29-2015, 05:51 PM   #1
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Arrow 1966 22' Safari Floor Plan

We are new to the forum. Just purchased a 1966, 22' Safari that had been gutted. We want to renovate, but cannot tell if it was a double or twin. Seems like the two floorplans are pretty similar in that year, but the refrig on the double looks to be directly across from the door while it is a little offset in the twin (IF drawings we see are representative). I ask because we don't know which Owner's Manual to order. The hole for the refrig vent in our unit appears to be offset from the door. Is this a valid way to tell?
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:45 PM   #2
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Not sure you'll find an owners manual for that vintage but lots of archive stuff such as floor plans and diagrams on Airstream Archives.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:08 PM   #3
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The floor plans are available. I've seen them for most years. Also in your serial number it should indicate if it was a twin or double. I'm sure there's someone on here more knowledgable than me who can direct you to the floor plan.
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:27 AM   #4
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We can order the manual from airstream.com for $48, but there are two options - one for the twin and another for the double - and I don't want to purchase both. That is why we are trying to determine if ours has a design feature that locks us into one or the other.
The serial number is S0226092 and per your suggestion, I googled how to decode the serial number. For 1966 models:

1st position S (California) J (Jackson Center, OH.)
2nd osition I (International Model) O (Overlander Model)
3rd & 4th position Length
5th position Model Year
6, 7, 8th position Sequential Production Model. (Over 500 Double Bed, Under 500 Twin bed.
So that's it - we have a Twin 22' Overlander Model built in California in 1966.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:25 AM   #5
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Will some pics help?

Here are a few shots of the interior of our '66 model 22' Safari. Ours is pretty much original. Let me know if I can be of help.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:28 AM   #6
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Follow these links to happiness!
http://www.airstream.com/wp-content/...00ca2d9aec.pdf

http://www.airstream.com/wp-content/...dab84d6da7.pdf

and there is always;
1966 Safari 22' - Vintage Airstream

I use these sites allot while doing my restoration. Good luck, I would suggest that you try and find someone or many someones close by to help get a look at construction for that vintage, Rallies may be the answer.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:15 AM   #7
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Pictures are much appreaciated! I have downloaded for reference. The rally suggestion is one we intend to pursue. We have seen those floorplans; however, we could not find them with dimensions (specifically distance from window to refrigerator to see if that was different between twin and double models. But now that we know it's a twin, we're good).
thanks for all the help!
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:57 AM   #8
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I have more detailed pics of how the gauchos work on our front dinette and rear bed. Let me know if you need them. Trailer is in storage about 60 miles from the house, so I'll need time if you want anything I don't already have on the computer.
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I would start by defining what you want to use your Airstream for. Back when yours was built, they were for "two men and a dog", or Ozzie and Harriet. Pajamas mandatory! If it's just for two recreationally-compatible people, I would want it to be an adult party-mobile that could host a fairly large group, and then throw them out when it came time to sleep. The design below probably wouldn't be too good for full-timing, but better for long weekends and week-or-two vacations. Composting wet-head, huge bed that converts to large dinette. Probably reduce the size of sink and cooktop.

This was just a Photoshop hack of a Safari plan, so verify sizes and measurements!
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:07 AM   #10
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We are just 2 recent retirees who like a good project and are in no hurry. mimiandrews, any pictures you have would be appreciated (at your leisure) - we have no idea how those beds work. I did order the owners manual, but don't know how detailed it will be. Right now we are in information collection mode.
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More pictures...

Here's the best of what I have on the computer. I'll try to get pics of the workings under the cushions next time I visit the trailer.

First, the larger bed across from the kitchen. In daytime mode, it's a long couch. Pull out at the bottom and it expands. As that happens, the cushion folds flat and ends up the approximate size of a twin bed. Keep pulling, and the bed frame expands to the approximate size of a full bed. The extra cushion tucked behind the couch is used to fill in at the back. I pity the person who has to sleep in the crack between the cushions unless some kind of mattress topper is used.

The two twin beds up front are the couches for the dinette in daytime mode. At night, the streetside couch simply pulls out to make a twin bed, with the round corner to fit the contours of the trailer. The curbside couch does the same, but it is shortened to allow use of the door. A pull-out at the end of the bed extends into the door pathway and supports an extra cushion. Daytime storage of that extra cushion is on top of the water tank cover under the dinette table.

Our table is screwed to the wall and not easily removed. The water tank cover is very lightly built and would not support much more weight than the cushion. I have heard of a Jackson Center built '66 Safari that had enough structure there to make that into a seat, but our California built does not.

I took these pics originally to help another forums member, Goshawks00, replicate the bed cushions in their trailer. They were fortunate enough to have the wooden parts of their beds intact. You might get in contact with them. Their trailer turned out very well.
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