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Old 07-14-2019, 09:37 PM   #661
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The other thing we have done is added Zip Dee awnings to both sides.

We found it was a "big deal" to install the pole awning we had - so much so, we rarely put it out. And the last time we did - a microburst came up and ripped the old vintage canvas. While I love the period correct, vintage look of the old awning...now I know why everybody loves their Zip Dees...much easier to put up/take down!

I had purchased a discontinued Sunbrella fabric way back when we started our restoration thinking I would make a pole awning with it - but once we had a pole awning and decided that we wanted Zip Dees instead, I sent it to Zip Dee for a "special order".

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Old 07-14-2019, 10:29 PM   #662
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Love the new curtains!

So glad to see you and Birdie are still enjoying life the shinny way.

Last I remember you and hubby were black as the ace of spades in polish residue.

After all my goings on with my 05, I sure am craving a vintage fix.
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:43 AM   #663
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Looking good......toastie
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Old 07-15-2019, 08:07 AM   #664
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Shari...those curtains are beautiful!!!
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:43 PM   #665
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Thanks guys! The new curtains make me smile...

05MP - we are about due for a touch-up on that polish job.

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Old 07-16-2019, 12:21 PM   #666
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Shari - you are very handy - nice !!
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:23 PM   #667
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Hi Shari & Rob,
I just made an unusual discovery today. I found a photo of a 1956 Airstream Safari without a front curbside window in the kitchen on the 1956 European Caravan.

Birdie obviously has this same feature, which I believe indicates the Safari was ordered with a propane (as opposed to electric" fridge), but there appears to be a difference in the fridge vent stacks on the roof. The 1956 European Caravan Safari wearing WBCCI #268 appears to have two round vents (or at least vent caps) side by side, but "as found" Birdie had a single larger oval vent. Could that have been changed over the years?

It would be cool if we could determine if Birdie is the Safari from the 1956 European Caravan. It might come down to close examination of rivet placement, etc. I could look for more photos of the Safari wearing #268 and maybe find other views.

But to not get too far ahead of myself, how many other 1956 Safaris without front curbside windows are you aware of? There is one on the Vintage Airstream Photo Archives that appears to maybe have slight differences to the 1956 European Caravan Safari and I think I've seen photos of one or two more, but I don't think I could find those now since I did not download copies of those photos.

P.S. Hope to see you in Loveland.
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:35 PM   #668
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Well it might be time to burst the bubble. The couple assigned #268 were from British Columbia and I see a later photo in your thread showing Birdie with #1904 on it which was originally assigned to a couple from Indiana. Seems unlikely that it could be the same trailer.
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:16 AM   #669
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Thanks Joe - but I doubt that 268 is Birdy. There is/was no evidence of any "double" stacks at the fridge or the "Wally Byam Caravan" sign on the front.

BTW, our trailer's original Krefft fridge is actually propane & electric. We run it on propane almost all the time, but it can be run on electric. To do so, you need access to the top (through the vent shaft inside) where there is a hole that you manually drop an electric heating element into the top and a switch that you flip from propane-to-electric.

The other 1956 Safari model trailers I have see that had "electric only" fridges have that small window located over it because there is no need for a vent to the roof without the gas fume exhaust. Generally, Safari's were park-models where they were able to be "hooked-up" all the time (no black tanks either), so a lot of them do have the window by the door. I believe it was an option to have the gas/electric version and the sacrifice is that little window. But with all the windows on the street side, it's not missed.

I'll be happy to share my documentation & let you check it out in Loveland.

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So it's been 9+ years since we finished our restoration...we haven't wanted to change a thing, except the curtains. The "old curtains" have been the vain of my existence every trip for a couple of years. They worked fine for the first couple of years, however because they are always in the sun, the elastic tabs started to degrade (sag) and the plastic glides began to wear down. The result was they became impossible to open/close easily. They would stick in the rail or pull out completely every time we opened or closed them. This became a very sore subject between my impatient husband & I (who has only slightly more patience) and could open/close them. Every morning & every night - it was a frustration on both of our parts.

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Old 08-18-2020, 03:08 PM   #671
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So it's been 9+ years since we finished our restoration...we haven't wanted to change a thing, except the curtains. The "old curtains" have been the vain of my existence every trip for a couple of years. They worked fine for the first couple of years, however because they are always in the sun, the elastic tabs started to degrade (sag) and the plastic glides began to wear down. The result was they became impossible to open/close easily. They would stick in the rail or pull out completely every time we opened or closed them. This became a very sore subject between my impatient husband & I (who has only slightly more patience) and could open/close them. Every morning & every night - it was a frustration on both of our parts.

So before setting out on a month-long trip, I decided to take that out of the equation of co-existing in a very small space - there was no way I wanted to deal with that twice a day for a month! So I made new curtains. We no longer care that they are "period correct" - we want to use our trailer not show it.

So, for the new ones - my goal was to make it so they wouldn't be dependent on "me" opening/closing them. They are very simple with cafe' rods I got at Home Depot (I had to buy a couple of extra sets to make a long enough continuous rod for the street side)and" grommets I ordered online.



The streetside rods are continuous and attached inbetween the windows. The curtains span over the bracket so we can't open them all the way - they stack in sections at the two window jambs & at both ends. But we LOVE them! I think I ended up using close to 200 grommets and they were pretty tough buggers to rubber-mallet install. But it was totally worth it - no more arguing over curtains!

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What great looking curtains!
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