SALVAGED PARTS TRAILER

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The 1969 Airstream Safari parts trailer was purchased in late 2011 for approximately $1,100. In its “as-found” state, the trailer was mostly gutted, with significant floor rot and the chassis completely rusted through in areas. Due to the relatively high cost of a “shell-off” restoration of the floor & chassis just to make the trailer minimally usable, the previous owner had abandoned his project, and the trailer was a candidate for scrap or junk. Ultimately, the Safari was in an accident and was sold to the insurance company, who later auctioned it off. But before that I managed to strip it for a lot of valuable parts that I’ll either use in the renovation, or keep in my inventory just in case.

Salvaged parts include:

  • Entry & screen doors
  • All of the windows and window frames (except one damaged wing window frame)
  • All of the compartment doors and frames
  • Window hardware
  • Interior & exterior outlets
  • Air conditioner (original Armstrong)
  • Bathroom vent fan
  • Interior & exterior light fixtures
  • Signal light housings
  • Bath hardware
  • Airstream letters and badges
  • Entry stair
  • Copper pipe & a few pieces of sheet aluminum from the belly pan

 

NATURAL UPHOLSTERY, DRAPERIES & FABRICS

Primary use of 100% natural products without chemical treatments for upholstery. A possible exception is leather (chosen for aesthetics / durability), where the tanning / manufacturing process is unknown. Cotton and tweed were used throughout for seat & bed covers and curtains. The seat & mattress filling was made of:

 

WOODWORK RESTORATION

 

 

CLEANING / MAINTENANCE

 

For more information on products used on this project, please visit the Products page