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Old 06-18-2010, 06:09 PM   #1
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Checking out a '68 tomorrow... things to look for? And how's this price?

Hey all! Need your wisdom.

I've found a '68 Safari. Checking it out tomorrow. Seller is selling for $2000. Is that reasonable? Here are some photos from the seller. What should I look for and what questions to ask before purchasing?

Description: Has new tires. 2 windows are broken (rear bathroom window and small kitchen window).

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Old 06-18-2010, 07:38 PM   #2
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For $2000...Id go for it...the interior doesnt look too bad...looks relatively complete...im sure youll want to replace cushions etc. Due to glass being missing, the floor in those areas may need some attention also...
I guess the other thing to consider, are you able to do any work yourself? That to me is a deal maker/breaker...If you can do the work, Id go for it!
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:41 PM   #3
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Looks good from what I can see. Only advise would be to price out those two windows that you will need to replace. That's a tricky year for windows.
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:01 PM   #4
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Hold on! Those curved windows are BIG BUCKS. Consider them. Don't plan for a cheap lexan fix.
The punctured panel ...not so bad. I think a well designed and installed patch would be great....and cheap/ Floor wood....that's a different story. Check for rot by the floor by the entry, the fresh water tank and under all windows. The body looks good. The price seems fair...but don't overlook those "surprises" that always pop up...like axles, tires, refridg, AC, propane tanks, electrical converter and batteries.
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:19 PM   #5
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My guess is that the rear window isn't curved, but the small kitchen window will be. Vintage Trailer Supply had curved glass replacements at one point, but I'm not sure about current availability.

The trailer looks rather good for $2000 and late 60s. But weren't you talking about full-timing at one point? A 22' Safari is a nice floor plan, but would be kinda tight full-time.

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Old 06-18-2010, 08:50 PM   #6
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Do a citical inspection of the frame at the axle mounting points, I say this as I've run across 3 late 60's Safari's with frame cracking in that area.
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:53 PM   #7
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Looks like a good deal to me. Inland RV has the curved replacement window. They are expensive ( I know I had to buy 4) but you want real glass and the cost of the glass is minor in the big picture of what it will cost. The rear glass is flat and can be purchased locally. I used tempered, gave the measurements to my local glass shop and they had them made in Memphis for around $25. Check the floor around the door, behind the fridge, inside the rear hatch and under the front window and under all vent stacks. All are places where water damage is common. Check the black tank and the pan it sits in. Most times the pan will be in bad shape but a local sheet metal shop can make you a new one. You can count on needing axles, good news is you only need one on the Safari and not two like I did on my Trade Wind. The fridge may be OK, but don't count on the furnace, the old NT-22's that came in the late sixties trailers had problems and can be dangerous. All that said, I think 2K is a very good price for a Safari such a complete looking interior and from what I can see nice exterior. if you have the skills and time to fix the problems that you will find I think you have found a really nice Airstream.
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:18 PM   #8
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Looks good to me so far!
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:36 PM   #9
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Looks reasonable and will probably still be resonable if you can justify another 2k for
axle replacement, gas tanks and othe misc. you may have to deal with. I paid 1,200
for my 65 Globetrotter that i had to gut completely and have an estimated estimated
budget of 3,500 to get it back in shape. The one your looking at appears to be in better shape. Mine was also missing a rear window that caused a serious hidden mold condition. I had to run an ozone machine for two weeks after developing respitory problems. I live in Fairfield CT you can contact me if you have anything I can help you with or if you want to see my project so you will know what your getting into.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:53 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone! We're going to see her today (if she's not already gone). I don't have my heart set on this one as I'm not sure a Safari is what I should get (since I do plan on fulltiming in it). But this will be my first time checking out an Airstream so it'll be a good learning experience regardless just to "scout" one, if you will.

JLGT5107, I would love to come see yours sometime!
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:17 AM   #11
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Be very picky

Probe floor areas with a ice pick to look for soft spots under windows. The glass is not a deal breaker. I bought all the glass for my trailer when VTS first offered it and the two flat glass windows I ordered from a local glass shop. Just get the best deal on the trailer by being critical of any issues you find and you may be able to pick it up for a little less. Depends on the seller and how bad they want to sell it. The trailer doesn't have Air Conditioner and is not a International trim model but those issues won't keep it from being a good camper. Good Luck... Ed
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Kiwi, we are all waiting for the other shoe to drop.........
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LOL... we purchased that Safari! Windows were pricey, but had them installed by an authorized Airatream dealer... oh... & we are going live in her FT... named her RAQUEL

the floors were in good shape... we are happy w/our purchase... will be doing all cosmetic work ourselves
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LOL... we purchased that Safari! Windows were pricey, but had them installed by an authorized Airatream dealer... oh... & we are going live in her FT... named her RAQUEL

the floors were in good shape... we are happy w/our purchase... will be doing all cosmetic work ourselves
The cost of windows for the 66, 67 and 68 Airstreams, is but a fraction of what windows cost for 1969 and up windows.

The exception being the latest "frameless windows" that are on the wide bodies.

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sounds like a deal! Best wishes for a great restore project.
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we are going to keep some orig interior, but will adapt it for FT living, the outside we'll keep 68 & have removed the antennea... she needs some more work before we can haul her to AZ & there we will do lots of cosmetic work before we head on... this is going to be quite the life adventure
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