10th year wash, wax and treat!

This is the tenth year that our 2007 Airstream Safari has had a thorough washing, waxing and treating (filiform corrosion control and prevention), which has preserved its iconic beauty, even though it lives with us along the San Diego coast.  (Note: we routinely cover our trailer tires for sun protection.)

DSC_0061 Safari awaits 10th annual wash, wax & treat

As it awaited its big wash and wax job, it proudly flew the flag of the United States and the United States Navy.  I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman 1971-1975 and June 17 was the 119th birthday of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps!

DSC_0030 United States Navy flag

Last week I donned sun protection for my skin and eyes and climbed the step ladder to begin the attack.  A full report on how I wash and wax the trailer, along with a list of my tools, strategy, procedure, and the benefits, is seen in my post, “Wash, wax and treat II.”

DSC_0092 10th annual Airstream washOur three awnings were then deployed, washed and lubricated. See awning operation, safety, cleaning and lubrication in my comprehensive post, “Trailer awnings.”

DSC_0099 Awnings opened & washed

DSC_0101 Steet-side awning washedThe phenomenon of newer Airstream trailers (2001 through current year) being susceptible to filiform corrosion continues to be well documented in the AirForums’ 170+ page thread, “Corrosion problems with new Airstreams.”  The clear coated aluminum sheets can corrode beginning at the cut edges, rivet holes, and scratches where salt, water and air can enter. Early on, we limited the spread of filiform corrosion by washing and waxing the trailer regularly with a good quality wax and using corrosion retardants and protectants such as Boeshield T-9 and CorrosionX.  (See my comprehensive post Filiform corrosion.)

DSC_0114 Minimal filiform corrosion overallThis is the 10th year we have relied on Meguiar’s M20 Mirror Glaze Polymer Sealant wax to provide a beautiful sheen that feels silky to the touch while protecting the trailer. (See photos and details of the trailer’s first wash & wax job, June 2007, in my AirForums’ posts #182-188.)

DSC_0118 Beautiful wax shine & protection

DSC_0109 10th Annual Wax job!The Safari shine is an eye-popping, riveting experience!*

DSC_0130 Safari shine, an eye-popping experience!Airstream Travel Trailers: A Lifetime of Adventure*

Interested in buying this Safari?       Contact bill@airstreamlife.com

*This is a link to a YouTube video.

Safari’s L-lounge and storage space!

What sold us on this 2007 23′ Airstream Safari were the many space-saving components such as the versatile L-lounge that can be opened up to become a large bed while providing abundant storage space, a concept seen in Japanese space-efficient designs.*

IMG_0407 L-lounge, closed position

IMG_0418 L-lounge, open position

We strengthened the supporting construction by replacing staples with screws and bolts, and installing hinged fold-down legs for added support.  (See bedding details here.)

HPIM1451 Lounge, legs down Bamboo floor mats have a nice feel and have kept the floor in pristine condition.  Large storage space is provided below, above and on the side of the lounge.

IMG_0416 Under lounge storage, pristine floor

IMG_0426 Over lounge storage

15 windows provide scenic views as well as abundant natural light that makes this trailer seem more spacious. Next to the lounge is the credenza with 3 large drawers and storage area for the roll-out dining table seen here.  Copious storage space is provided throughout the trailer, including over the galley and below the lobster sink (we added the fold-down cutting board countertop). Seen by the stove is a wood dish rack from Ikea.

IMG_0429 Over galley storage

IMG_0441 Under lobster sink storage

More storage space is provided under the oven, pantry with roll-out drawer, and under bed and wardrobe closet.

IMG_0446 Under bed storage

We mounted magnetic knife strips on the inside of one of the wardrobe doors for holding kitchen utensils.

IMG_0436 Magnetic utensil holders on wardroom door

The huge double wardrobe closet measures 31 inches wide, 60 inches high, and 28 inches deep at the base.  We added a hanging shoe rack for holding clothing articles such as insulated vests and parkas.  In the closet are complementary hats and jackets that we received from Airstream upon purchasing this 75th Anniversary trailer!

IMG_0433 Double wardrobe storage    IMG_0453 Vanity sink storageIMG_0496 Bathroom with shower

Next to the wardrobe is storage space above and below the Vanity Sink.  The shower is pristine because we use it for storage rather than showers (seen in the shower is the original 75th Airstream Anniversary carrying case filled with Owners Manuals)!  Interested in buying this Safari?    Contact bill@airstreamlife.com

*This is a link to a YouTube video.           Note: All photos were taken by iPhone 7 Plus (except 3rd one down).