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Old 03-06-2023, 12:01 PM   #1
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Do you have a 70s side Wet Bath I can see?

I'm considering an airstream and have of course looked online at a zillion pics and at rallies as well. I'm intrigued by the 1970 Globetrotter/safari models. I'd love to "see" a wet bath in person and see if it's a fit. Does anyone have one in the southeast I could check out? I'm in Georgia and travel to Atlanta area often but would be willing to drive a bit to see one.
For those that wonder I what I like about that particular layout - I think the bed separation would work when my daughter or a guest camps with me we would not be "across the aisle" from each other. It's very similar to my current vintage camper, tho the storage will be less due to having a bath.
I'd like to add a gray tank so any tips on if that is feasible would be great.
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Old 03-07-2023, 03:35 PM   #2
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You could call Top of Georgia Airstream Park and ask if anyone there or in their club has one.
https://topofgeorgia.airstreamclub.net/
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Old 03-07-2023, 04:18 PM   #3
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Yarn,

I own a 1970 "Safari Special" with the rear side wet-bath.

The Safari Special is my favorite layout of all time, since it takes the backend of a Caravel/Globetrotter and puts it with the front-end of a 27" Overlander, providing a bunch of living space up front, with a tighter double rear corner bed/bath in the rear. If memory is correct, the side wet-bath was only available in 1969/1970. In 1969 in the Caravel and Globetrotter. In 1970 in the Caravel, Globetrotter and "Safari Special". I've personally never seen other years/models in the 1970's done with the rear-bed/side bath setup, though I could be wrong. I also seem to remember the "sink" was in the bath/toilet/shower area in the 1969 model. On the 1970 model year it was removed from the shower/toilet area and placed between the bed and bath under the rear window.

They are GREAT trailers, 1970 Safari Special is a very rare trailer. If you find one, buy it.

I'm sure you've seen this website, but just in case, here you go.
https://vintageairstream.com/photo-archives/

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Old 03-07-2023, 10:38 PM   #4
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Rideair - I don’t suppose you are in the southeast usa? I would love to see a 1970 safari tho I imagine there is little chance of finding one intact.
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Old 03-08-2023, 05:56 AM   #5
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Yarn,

Sorry, I'm in Virginia and the trailer is currently in Canada. As for the storage, you are correct, a little less storage, but we always got around that issue by using a Ford Excursion/pickup as the tow, which can carry most/all of the trailer stuff, grill, etc.. leaving plenty of storage in the trailer for human use items. Haven't seen one for sale in a while, but then again, haven't been looking.

A 1970 GT in the class-ads right now. Right up the road from you.
https://www.airstreamclassifieds.com...nnessee-367794


Another option, would be a 90's era trailer that also had the rear corner bed/side bath. A buddy of mine had one, and it too was a great trailer.

You might look at the different WBCCI rallies. The Region-3 rally is at the end of March in Myrtle Beach, SC

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Old 03-08-2023, 08:11 AM   #6
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I’ll do that!
My current trailer is a 1953 Vagabond. It has the same essential layout without a bath tho. Living room in the front, middle kitchen, 3/4 bed in rear corner. I find the separate bedroom situation really works for me, as does the ability to entertain guests/hang out in the living area.
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Old 03-08-2023, 11:55 AM   #7
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I also own a 1970 Safari Special Land Yacht with the side corner bath.* I agree it's a great layout for those that favor living space over bath space in a small trailer.* Admittedly the shower area is tight due to the curved walls but it is functional if you're average height.* The rest of the trailer is quite spacious.* The separation of sleeping areas is a nice feature in this corner bath layout.* The L shaped lounge in the rear can be used as a twin bed or pulled out to a double.* The front living area can be had with twin beds or a pull out sofa.

Sorry Yarnstormer, I can not offer you a tour of my trailer as it's currently stripped to the frame for floor replacement.* Plus I'm quite far from you in the northeast.* I'd be happy to provide measurements or pictures if that would help.* Good luck in your search.
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Old 03-09-2023, 01:49 PM   #8
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Admittedly the shower area is tight due to the curved walls but it is functional if you're average height.
What about a 6' person? I suspect we'd do like most folks and have the shower but use the campground ones unless we are boondocking.
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Old 03-09-2023, 03:18 PM   #9
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I'm afraid a 6' person would not be able to stand up comfortably. The ceiling curves upward from one side of the shower to the other. The height from the center of the shower pan is 6' and rises a couple more inches to one side. Airstream did provide a small fold down seat, presumably for tall people to sit and shower. Overall the wet bath including the shower pan and toilet area is 56" long. The actual shower pan is 30"L X 22"W.
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Old 03-09-2023, 08:52 PM   #10
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The 70s showers are designed to sit on the bench and not stand.
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Old 03-10-2023, 09:13 AM   #11
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Hey thanks for these dimensions! It looking like any small trailer bath is tight for a taller person. Luckily I’m short so my daughter is the only one that will suffer haha.
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Old 03-14-2023, 06:21 PM   #12
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Overall the wet bath including the shower pan and toilet area is 56" long. The actual shower pan is 30"L X 22"W.
Is that 22Ē a wall to wall measurement?
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Old 03-14-2023, 09:06 PM   #13
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The 22" is the shower pan width. The wall to wall width is 24", not counting the thickness (about an inch) of the sliding door.
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Old 03-15-2023, 10:55 AM   #14
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The 22" is the shower pan width. The wall to wall width is 24", not counting the thickness (about an inch) of the sliding door.
Thanks so much! I think that will work.
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Old 03-19-2023, 03:25 PM   #15
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Side bath 76 Airstream

Here is my side bath, conversion from a rear bath.
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Old 03-19-2023, 04:33 PM   #16
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1976 25' Airstream Land Yacht before and after video.

Here is a link to the complete renovation that will show the bathroom in more detail.

https://youtu.be/Ko3hlFuSLtc

https://youtu.be/2cnM7EYRZGg
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Old 03-20-2023, 08:27 AM   #17
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1976 25' Airstream Land Yacht before and after video.

Here is a link to the complete renovation that will show the bathroom in more detail.

https://youtu.be/Ko3hlFuSLtc

https://youtu.be/2cnM7EYRZGg
Wow! Beautiful work!
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Old 03-20-2023, 11:58 AM   #18
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Thanks yarnstormer.

Had a lot of fun with the build.
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