I found a 23ft Safari listed in RV trader in Florida. I have a 1500
extended cab Silverado so I wanted to ease into airstreaming. My uncle introduced me to the "lifestyle" in 1970 when he traded in a single axle Avion for a 31 footter. He stopped at our house in NC on the way back from Jackson Center Ohio to his house in Ft. Worth. He had worked his way up the RV ladder all the way from a 1948
So, anyway, I was getting ready to go to Florida to look at the 23' Safari when I noticed a 25' Caravanner very close to my destination. It was much more complete than the 23' model and was advertised as being "road worthy". After looking at it, I decided it was the better deal. 4 years newer, more complete, 2ft longer and it did have fairly good tires. The other one was a gutted static unit.
Luckily my nephew took pity on my little truck and volunteered his F350 crew cab dually for the pickup that we arranged in GA.
Good news, the more I look at it the less modifications I plan to do. And the AC and refrigerator apparently work. Gas system needed lots of work so I am not sure about those appliances yet and haven't gotten it "wet" yet.
Disappointments so far are some tailight malfunctions and the fact that we have only had one brake to move so far (thank God for the Dually). And the fact they is no way to get it into my shop without taking off the AC.
I have sent the tanks off for revavling and recertifying and have new gas lines ordered. I have also eliminated all the tongue rust and primed that part. I am still deciding the final tongue color. Any suggestions?
I have already learned a lot from these forums. My trailers original WBCC number was 2828. The background of this particular trailer is very sketchy. I think the guy I bought it from got it at an auction and then just flipped it but there is no way to know.
My plans are to get it safe, usable, and decent looking and then see what happens next.