Monday, November 24, 2008

Hunting Season (Safari in the South Carolina Outback)

The air is crisp and the kudzu has been bitten by the killing frosts. The vines, leaves, and summer growth has released its grip on hidden away treasures.

My most recent find may well be my best find. It's a 1954 22' Safari with the front kitchen, rear twin bed floorplan. Far from perfect, the interior will be a custom challenge. There is some woodwork good enough for templates though. The exterior is nearly flawless as far as dents and dings are concerned. The bananna wraps have two, two foot long creases, but overall, not bad for a 54 year old trailer.

Getting it home was easier than some I have hauled. The bearings had been greased by the owner and the tires aired up. (tires on split ring wheels)(tires of "May-pop any minute" variety) I added the temporary lights, lubricated the hitch coupler, and was on my way for a relatively short recovery trip of 78 miles. Half-way home I stopped for lunch. When I returned to check the trailer over before leaving, I noticed that the streetside tire was almost flat. A quick tire change in the truckstop parking lot, gave me peace of mind again, and I continued home.

Have a great THANKSGIVING everyone.


the byamcaravanner said...


Cool find! If you decide not to keep it let me know. Our oldest son and his soon to be wife are expecting their first child in January. We are planning on getting our new daughter inlaw and grand daughter started Airstreaming ASAP and this would make a great Father-Son project. ;-)

I'm really hoping we get to cross paths this camping season.


utee94 said...

Great find!

But Steve, between the Ambassador and Charlotte, don't you think you have ENOUGH projects for now! ;-)