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I inspected this Safari, and it presents me with a dilemma.
It is a 12-4, serial number 74059 (1974). It has the toilet compartment immediately to the left of the door, a centre chest of drawers at the back, with a single bed to the rear left, the removable upper berth is present. It has a centre kitchen on the near side, with a "non-integral" gas hob. To the front are two sofas, that are only 4.5 feet so the double bed has to be across the front. The bed cushions certainly need recovering and may need replacing. The tow hitch looks to be in usable condition, tyres have good tread and are holding air.
It has stood for the last three years.
The outside is dirty but in very sound condition with only a few scrapes and dings, and should clean up.
The inside is a different matter. Some cupboards have been taken down and other doors are missing. There is evidence of damp penetration in the toilet room (timbers badly affected) and some staining to the roof panels at the front, but the owner's father tells me that work was carried out to the roof in the past and it does seem that the re-sealing was effective, as these areas are now dry, and there was no musty damp smell inside. The walls have been emulsion painted in a bright blue.
Two of the single glazed windows are cracked but not letting water in.
So if someone wants to do a total interior rebuild it is a reasonable project as the shell is so sound.
But if there are no takers it would not provide many spares that are in demand (perhaps the tow hitch, wheels and trims, cooker and sink are the most interesting).
As the owner is generously offering it for free, I think the fairest thing to do would be to see if there is any interest within a week or so from anyone who will rebuild the interior , otherwise I will remove it and break it for the parts.
If anyone wants any more information, I can be reached on 07961 170375, and I could go back at the weekend and take a load of pictures (I stupidly forgot to take my camera with me :
Brian Miller Group Founder 1978 Safari 15-4 and 1970 Volvo Amazon