We spent two years restoring this vintage Airstream in conjunction with Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations, then we spent two years exploring the country. There is NOTHING like traveling in a vintage Airstream! (Would make a pretty cool guest cottage as well). Now that we have settled in Maine, it doesn't get used any longer and we are reluctantly preparing it to sell this spring. A few highlights:
-Interior gutted, including interior skin/walls. Aluminum shell removed from frame, which was sandblasted, reinforced, and painted. New belly pan.
-New axle/brakes/trailer lights + wiring.
-New insulation (Reflectix + fiberglass) and new marine-grade wiring.
-Fresh raw aluminum interior skin, with custom 13-panel end caps.
-New subfloor of 3/4 Nyloboard (made from recycled carpet fibers - unlike plywood, Nyloboard is unaffected by water and will never rot)
-New Marmoleum flooring
-Custom solid wood interior using re-milled western red cedar (from demolished west coast boatyards and factories) and redwood.
-Extensive use of vintage maritime lighting (all LED).
-High-end 400W solar package. Except for 110v outlets, entire trailer is 12 volt. All systems run off either battery power (charged by solar) or propane. Remarkably self-sufficient - perfect for boondocking in the really gorgeous places many RVs and trailers can't go. We rarely stayed in commercial campgrounds because we didn't need the hookups!
-AirHead composting toilet, great redwood-lined shower.
-On demand propane water heater. All new PEX plumbing lines, new fresh/gray water tanks.
-Propane cooktop and oven (all marine-grade appliances). Restaurant-quality fixtures. Very well set up for cooking.
This was technically a renovation, not a restoration, since we opted not to return the trailer to original condition. Our view was that 1968 Safaris had one of the most beautiful exteriors Airstream ever produced (rare curved Corning windows on this model year really enhance the aerodynamic appeal), but we didn't like the interior appointments of plastic and laminates. So, we chose to emphasize aluminum, rivets and beautiful woods - a really pretty contrast. Despite the nautical lighting, this isn't a "theme" trailer and the result, we think, is a tasteful, clean, light-filled space that is neutral enough to still look great if you wanted to change the curtains, paint or cushions to make it more your own.
If you're familiar with vintage trailers and their restoration, then you know there is a lot to know. No lurking surprises here. Every square inch of this Safari has been gone through. It's in wonderful condition now, but we are carefully going through it to make sure it's 100 percent ready for its next 50 years of adventures.
Traveling the USA in this Airstream was an adventure we'll never forget. Even if this isn't the trailer for you, we wholeheartedly encourage you to find one you like and get out there - it's a big, beautiful country and there is so much to see!
Please email, call or text me with any questions. Thanks for looking. -Ben
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