THE ONLY FORUM FOR ENTHUSIASTS OF CLASSIC SAFARI CARAVANS MADE BETWEEN 1948 AND 1982.
This group was started in 2003, with the aim of encouraging the preservation and enjoyment of all Safari Caravans made before 1978 and of the classic shape with the drop front side window made until 1982.
We try to assist owners in preservation, restoration, sales and purchase of these excellent Caravans. Membership is open to anyone who owns, has owned, or would like to own a Safari caravan, or is a supplier of products or services directly related to these Caravans.
The world's largest collection of photographs of Safari Caravans is now on the Facebook group.
Hi all - thank you for adding us, we have just purchased our first Safari having spent a few years using our sprite 400 and discovering the limitations when stopping over for more than 1 night ( very compact!) and couldnt bear to have a modern van, the safari offers us that retro look but with a few more home comforts and size! 'Sylvia' is a 15/4 serial 81030 with fairly decent exterior in white & teal but the interior needs a little work as a previous owner saw fit to leave some windows open!
We will post pictures as we embark on the interior restoration and hopefully gain new knowledge from the members on here.... if anyone can explain or show us an image of how/where the 4th bed/bunk layout works that would be a fabulous start plus if anyone has a nearside front double glazed window for sale we would be very interested as the outer panel has been removed at some point... no doubt there will be more items we will need to source as we progress! Can't wait to get cracking so we can use her!
Hi there and welcome to the group. I too have a 15-4 as my 14-2 proved too small as my grandchildren got older! Over the years I have broken 5 Safaris and so have a massive stock of spares. I think I have a d/g front side window but need to check my stores to look at its condition.
I have the parts for my bunk bed but I have removed the brackets from the wall so cannot really assemble it. Do you have the two wall brackets in place? And do you have the ironmongery and canvas for the bunk? The verticals go in the brackets with the "L" shaped pair at the front, thread the long pieces through the canvas and put on the spikes on the verticals. Obviously this will make no sense if you don't have the parts.
Have you checked the "hidden" locker across the back behind the rear seats. Other owners have found the bunk assemblies totally unused in there. Probably put in by the Factory!
Whereabouts in the country are you - I am planning a Safari meet for next year.
There are over 6000 photos of Safaris on the Facebook group, you do not need to join the have a look, open Facebook, search for Classic Safari Caravans and click on Albums.
Don't hesitate to post questions on here.
Brian Miller Group Founder 1978 Safari 15-4 and 1970 Volvo Amazon
Hi Brian, Thank you for the warm welcome! do please let me know more about the window when you have a chance to check, it would be a great start, we've already replaced the door lock and currently waiting on delivery of a jockey wheel, ultimately easier then the trolley jack we used.
We are in Maidstone in Kent, the prospect of travelling to a meet next year would give us plenty of incentive to work through the winter!
The hidden locker sounds interesting, we will investigate further tomorrow evening.... what we currently have is 6ft long centre hinged 'bed base' with the remains of a hinge assembly on it (we have little rear wall as disintegrated but can still see where fixings were in the now rotten frame either side of the window!) we also have 2 chrome poles.
I have found the facebook page and have joined already and will not be shy to ask any questions as we all have the interest here, We just hope we can do Sylvia proud!