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Old 10-20-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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Found a '68

I found a '68 Safari, for 4000, its basically gutted. Its is still on the road. Brakes, tires, etc all good. According to the pricing guidelines, this price is a bit high.

Are these in higher demand?

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Old 10-20-2008, 02:25 PM   #2
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First of all, welcome to the forum. The prices that you may find ie: NADA RV and others will give AVERAGE prices. The condition is extremely important to include newer tires, brakes, improvements, extras, exterior coating, etc. I know that I would pay higher than average for a good condition unit. Best of Success.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:42 PM   #3
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Gives me a cold chill

ctdadof3g,

Would you happen to be a Connecticut Dad Of three Girls? If so, and there is a SO in the picture, do you REALLY want to be in something as small as a Safari?

Four grand for a gutted, 40 year-old coach is something I would pass on no matter how many campers were involved.

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Old 10-20-2008, 04:05 PM   #4
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Yeah, thats a lot i paid $5000 for mine and it wasn't gutted and in good shape.. Well till I started getting into it... and mines a 28' we have 2 kids...
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:08 PM   #5
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I'm not planning on camping in it. My wife is a firm believer in tents. When I find one that is right I'm going to convert it to a mobile bakery/kitchen.

If we were going camping, I'd be getting that 31' that I looked at the other day.
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:24 PM   #6
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Later, dude.

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... My wife is a firm believer in tents. ...
Your wife appears to be a young person.

Both of us felt that way until her mid-thirties.

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Old 10-20-2008, 04:26 PM   #7
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Yes, that is true. My wife is a little over 30.... If it was up to me, We'd be camping in an Airstream. I'm hooked on this idea....
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:41 PM   #8
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Maybe

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Price is a bit high, but you need to weigh it vis-a-vis your other options. You could pay more for a trailer with an interior, but it sounds like you'd trash it. The parts aren't worth much, except for the few gems. Why pay for stuff you won't use?

The other thing to consider is how close it is. People get great deals but sometimes forget to mention the time and cost to get it home. That's also worth a few bucks.

Some have reported success by printing out the price/condition report and using it to negotiate -- you may have already from the sounds of the discount so far.

I will be near the trailer on Sunday morning and can check it out, assuming that's not too late.

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Old 10-20-2008, 08:37 PM   #9
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Thanks for the offer John. I'm actually going down there tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully I can get the price knocked down a bit. I totally like the idea of finding a trailer that is local rather then something further away.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:03 PM   #10
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yay some more Connecticut people. I look forward to hearing about this one. I love when things get used for a completely different purpose. Good luck.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:05 PM   #11
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Soft floors

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Then please be sure you understand the amount of work involved in a floor replacement.

If the floor is soft where it goes under the walls, the trailer has a structural problem. You'll have to replace the plywood underneath. It's no simple task.

I'm not on my computer, so I don't have the link. Search for "Major Restorations" as a title to get to some of the better links.

Good luck!

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Old 10-20-2008, 09:10 PM   #12
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Thanks. I've been told by the current owner that he's replaced the floor and its pretty sound, so I'll have to check near the walls.

One question, how much weight can I stuff into this?
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:25 AM   #13
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floor repair

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Note in the attached picture that the floor is a critical part of the structure. You'll want to quiz the owner and/or assure yourself that the floor wasn't fixed up to the wall without repairing below the "c-channel" at the base of the inner and outer shells. If the floor is still soft below the bolt in the picture, you'll need to do a lot of work!

BTW - I think this picture was drawn by NorCalBambi in his restoration thread.

Weight? All depends on the condition of the axle. If it hasn't been replaced, you need to plan on it. The rubber in the axle degrades over time and can't be repaired. Cost is 6-800 to do yourself, 12-1400 to have it done.

According to the weight file at airstream.com, your trailer originally weighted about 3490 pounds dry. You can weight the gutted trailer at a stop on I-95 to see the difference.

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Thanks John. Still going out later today to check this one out. I'll be sure to ask questions. I'm still thinking that I want two axles....
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