we are writing from the UK as we have just taken delivery of our 1979 International Safari 23' which arrived in England from the states on Friday. We were told by the seller/dealer that this was a nice little rig and ready to roll but after a 7 hour drive to the port we found something entirely different and we are desperate for assistance/ help in giving us some light at the end of the tunnel as the trailer has used all our savings.
The Dometic fridge does not work at all gas or electric.
the concertina door is very badly burned and beyond repair.
The front end of the trailer floor is very rotten and needs replacing.
Univolt centre is completely burned out and needs replacing.
Pilot light on furnace will not work.
Broken water pipes under the floor in kitchen area.
Wasp nests in the bathroom fan and main ceiling lights which have damaged the fittings.
Sticky wood effect wall coverings have all peeled away.
Broken switch on an eyeball reading light.
Electric brakes didn't work at all during the 7 hour journey home (car wiring ok)
Broken tambour door which is completely detached.
All the plastic fittings throughout are brittle and today when removing a roller blind in the kitchen, all the plastic housing broke away.
Has anyone at all any advice on why the plastic everywhere is untouchable because it is so brittle? what could have caused this and are the parts replaceable?
Has anyone a Univolt centre they would like to sell which fits ours? Or indeed, any other part listed here in this message.
Does anyone know where we can obtain another door? has anyone any advice on how to test the fridge or if broken does anyone know where we can locate a repair manual for 1979 or are parts available?
The floor may be too bigger job for us to undertake.
Does anyone know where I can get the curtain tabs - part no 204-265 - they are all brittle and are the type that little pieces of elastic fits onto.
Does anyone have any idea why all the internal fabric is crumbling and hard?
does anyone know where we can get the wood effect sticky paper to match the rest?
Sorry if this is a tall order.. we have contacted the dealer who claims to be reputable but as yet we have not had a reply so if anyone can help we will be very grateful. Just by pointing us in the right direction will be a start as we have to now restore it, however the plastic fittings are a worry because everything we touch seems to disintegrate.
We thought we were getting a really nice trailer because that is what we were told - we had no idea the inside was such a disaster and was a sad and upsetting shock.
The outside however is very nice.
Hoping you can help us
Stuart and Jane