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Old 01-11-2017, 12:48 PM   #1
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Found this for Sale 2005 Safari 24''?? Advice sought

Found this by accident in an RV park in Texas. Its been sitting by the ocean as a rental for the past 5 Years & Clearly has salt water corrosion. Owner is motivated to sell, so not sure what amount to offer?

The inside looks fine.

Elderly lady showing wasn't sure of the details, can anyone identify the year- model as it doesn't match the ones I can find online and its certainly not a 24 ?? Has no Dinette just a credenza and corner shower at the back by the double bed.

Due to sitting for that long in the Salt Air: What do I need to look out for & what would I need to spend/ fix to get it back on the road full time??

Especially concerned with mechanical/galvanic corrosion plus the amount of time it has been sitting.

On the Outside it Looks like it was clear-coated, its OK in most spots just going around the seams. Is there a cheap fix for that or does it need a complete strip and re-polish and how much does that cost if its been coated first?

Is this doable or should I just wait for a clean one to come along?

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Old 01-11-2017, 01:07 PM   #2
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Yes, that model also came with a "booth" dinette option vs the folding table. We owned a 2006 Safari model with the dinette and an "L" shaped couch behind the dinette in the picture, for 2 years. Our model also had the wraparound windows in front. We loved the layout but the bed was only 48" wide and bath was small for us. I would caution that AS had some issues with the outside seam on some 25' units, I believe 2004-2008, where the bottom skin was not sealed properly on lower "belt line" and could fill with water, and floor rot would occur. Not easily detected except by an experienced technician familiar with the issue. Perhaps someone on this thread can share more accurate details. I loved the layout especially with the dinette and couch combination; like a 28' but shorter!
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:02 PM   #3
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There should be a vin tag down on the roadside lower front corner it will show the year mfg and length . it does have a lot of corrosion that I can see in your pictures . When I was looking for our last one I asked a refinisher about stripping one of these later ones and he wouldn't touch it . That finish is applied at the Alcoa factory and not the old type clear coat like Airstream applied in the early years . It looks like a Upper level safari as it has the better windows . It also may have OSB sub floor if it got wet it really goes bad fast . frame rust is something to look for also . hope this helps .
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:52 PM   #4
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Sadly those frame pics are not surprising. You can fix most of that from the bottom and also fix the inside the wheel wells pretty easily.

In my case the rear was facing the water so the back 3' of the frame (full width of the trailer) needed repairing, along with the inside of the wheel wells.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:38 PM   #5
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:57 PM   #6
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That frame looks trashed
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:37 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Super helpful. One of the members has offered to inspect it for me so should have a better idea soon.

1, How do you detect the floor rot?

Especially if the floor has been re-covered with laminate which I suspect it might have been. How do you know if your model has a strand board floor vs plywood??

2, How much frame rust is too much?? can it be sand blasted and repainted or is the metal too thin and it a replacement job.

If so how much might it cost to repair the frame?

Thanks Again.
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:56 AM   #8
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:58 AM   #9
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The floor rot usually starts around the outside perimeter a moisture meter will help made by Sonin . Look under a bed or inside some place under cabinets for the bare floor to see subfloor I think they used OSB in some models beyond 2000 year . The frame metal isn't very thick take an ice pic with you and poke around . I'm sure it will need tires if it sat that long . Open all the outside hatches and look inside for leaks .If it isn't rusted out and you can live with the corrosion on the outside and buy it right thats up to you.
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:10 PM   #10
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Another place to look for rot is just inside the rear hatch outside. You'll be able to lift the floor covering enough probe with a moisture meter or small screwdriver. If the driver goes through the floor right where it meets the wall then it's got rot. Next step would be to determine just how much, but that's more invasive. Having just bought one with lots more rot than I expected, if I found any I'd be walking away from it.
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Old 01-12-2017, 03:05 PM   #12
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I hope the inspection turns up good news - looks like a nice unit and it sounds like you can bargain on the price. Good luck
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