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Monday, March 27, 2023

SOLD - 1996 Safari Serengeti 38ft diesel pusher $27,000 in Wisconsin

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Yup, we are making a change! 

We have decided to downsize and sell our beloved Safari motorhome!  We are aging and decided that a small Class B might be better for our "Golden Years" of traveling. 

Safaris are well known
 for their back murals
Painted at the factory
by the Dame family

only 80,320 miles on the diesel engine

Here are the details:



1996 Safari Serengeti 

model M3730

38 ft

80,000 miles 


3126 Cat 300 HP 

Allison 6 speed MD 3060 transmission

Magnum chassis

6300 watt LP Onan generator

6 all new Toyo tires March 2022 less than 2,000 miles on them now

Torsilastic Velvetride suspension BF Goodrich

All maintenance current up-to-date. Meticulously maintained by owner for 16+ years. 

Oil changes both engine and generator, 

Recent radiator flush, 

New brakes, lines and calipers, and master cylinder

Headlights replaced with LED

Two new 12 v chassis batteries

Four 6 v coach batteries

500 watts solar, Blue Sky MPPT controller, Trimetric gauge, 1500 watt inverter

Progressive Industries hard wired 50 amp surge protection 

Silverleaf digital Intellidrive computerized readout dash unit

MCD powered windshield shade. Works VERY well as a full width driving visor!!!

Coated elastomeric filon roof

Supplementary heat with Olympian Wave 8 catalytic heater, and OEM Suburban propane furnace 

2 roof airconditioners

Koni shocks

HWH hydraulic levelers

Spare tire on custom front rack

Dual pane windows

Full basement pass-through carpeted storage

Extend-A-Stay propane device

18.5' A&E covered aluminum wrapped awning and three individual covered window awnings, silver fabric - all with customized Safari valences 

The technical weight info:

UVH rating is 18,600 (Unloaded Vehicle Weight) 

GVWR rating is 28,000 (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

GCWR-32,000 (Gross Combined Weight Rating)

The rig weighs in with full water, fuel, and propane tanks and 2 people at 22,000 pounds without our gear when we first bought the rig.

We have about 8,500 pound capacity available from empty. Even with all our tanks full, (propane, fuel, fresh water and waste water) we still have around 6,000 pounds of CCC cargo carrying capacity above that.


100 gal fresh water 

50 gal gray water 

50 gal Black water 

105 gal fuel 

50 gal LP

Beautiful exterior with high gloss Mercedes paint, never needs waxing! 

Stainless steel special coated compartment doors, never need polishing.

Ext length 38'

Ext height 11' 8"

Ext width 102"

Int length 36' 6"

Int height 6' 5" 

Int width 99" 


Original beautiful Western Alder solid woodwork. No painting or printed paneling. 

Solid surface Fountainhead countertops. 

Removed both jackknife sofas, replaced with a Lazy Boy wall-hugger reclining loveseat

Large 12.3 cu ft side by side Dometic propane / electric refrigerator with matching wood doors

Replaced two burner propane cooktop with four burner propane RV stove and oven. 

Extendable wooden kitchen table with two additional leaves.

10 gal propane water heater

Built in separate U-line ice maker

Splendide washer dryer combo

Large garden tub and glass enclosed shower

Taller porcelain Sealand toilet

Large walk-through bath with cedar lined closets. 

Original carpet and hardwood flooring in great shape

Laptop computer roll out desk in passenger dash 

Two LCD flat screen TVs on swing arms. Surround sound system. 

King Jack HGTV amplified antenna with built-in Sure Lock signal finder. 

King size memory foam mattress on a platform walk around bed. Platform raises for full access to engine compartment. Easy access that mechanics love. 

All 12 volt lighting converted to LED.

Five additional 12 volt sockets installed for USB charging. 

Negotiable accessories:

Portable Macerator +35 ft hose

Auxiliary water bladder

Extra 12 volt pump to use with bladder

Awning sun shade screen

Extra 100 watt Siemens solar panel matches others on roof. Could be added.

Two extra front wheel chrome simulators

Five drawer heavy duty tool chest

Extend a climb telescoping ladder

Extra 50 amp heavy extension cord

Assorted leveling planks and boards

Wheel nut torque converter tool

Our rig is really in top notch operating condition, and all service and updates are lovingly preformed by Steve and myself. Every single item is well-documented with a complete set of manuals, parts, costs etc. I have a file of well over 5,000 photos of step-by-step repairs or modifications that can be included either on a CD or a jump drive. We are honest people and will be upfront on all features and modifications that we have done. Willing to do a facetime or zoom video tour for interested buyers travelling a long distance. 

And now, because you know I love to take pictures! Here are many many pictures for you to look at... 

Custom-made spare tire rack and cover

Super large custom fabric awning (not rubbery vinyl)

10,000 lb hitch, easily tows our Saturn Vue

It's a real "looker" that turns heads whenever we pull into a campground

We have been all over the country with this rig!
(Elephant Butte, New Mexico)

Solared up with 500 watts of panels, MPPT Blue Sky controller
and we have one more matching panel if you would like to add it.

6300 watt Onan LP generator with only 507 hours, recently serviced

Awning stretches out over most of the rig, and 3 window awnings as well

Steve maintains all roof seams and joints,
we may include this telescoping ladder that reaches to the roof

Steve made a handy tool cabinet that could be included

Light and bright and airy with big windows
these photos are NOT stretched on wide angle,
this is really how it looks! 

Original hardwood flooring and original berber carpeting in great shape

Galley kitchen with plenty of room
LED overhead light plus under the cabinet lighting

I have never had a kitchen this big in an RV before. 
Fountainhead (like Corian) countertops and sink covers
undercabinet LED touch sensor dimmable puck lights added

We did away with the little 2 burner cooktop,
adding a nice 4 burner propane stove and oven instead

Very deep sinks made of molded one piece solid surface material with heavy covers.

Dometic 12.3 cu ft  RM7030
side by side fridge/freezer with SO much room! 

unique wooden table with TWO leaves! 
can be 30 inches
40 inches 
or 50 inches long! 

Original thin bladed metal miniblinds all in great shape,
We added the flat screen TV on an articulating arm for better viewing position 

Front smoke cabinets over cockpit,
old tv cabinet was shortened to add more light

Cockpit area can be darkened down on hot sunny days
MCD powered windshield shade across the front
and two manual room darkening pull down shades for the sides.
Works VERY well as a full width driving visor!!!

Can be closed off with darkened shades and blinds for comfy nights
or to help keep out the heat on hot summer days.
Rig is insulated and has dual pane windows for climate control comfort.
Also heated bays and tanks for those cold nights. 

Heat sources are OEM propane ducted furnace or
this great non-battery draining Olympian Wave 8 propane catalytic heater.

So much room for a motorhome with NO slides! 

We removed the two uncomfortable original jack knife sofas.
This made for a lot more space in the livingroom. 
I would take along my table loom on a stand and weave in this space. 
Also a great spot for a dog crate or a baby portacrib.
Grandkids slept on a queen size inflated mattress in this space.

Removed the other uncomfortable jackknife sofa and replaced with
 this Wall Hugger Lazy Boy love seat recliner. 
Seats automatically scoot forward to recline to make more room,
and less gap needed behind the seat to the wall.
Not mounted down, can be moved to the opposite wall
or moved crosswise bus-style. 
Original seatbelts were removed, but could be mounted back into the floor.

Sealand porcelain toilet on riser for comfort with wooden residential seat, 
vanity sink plenty of under counter and overhead storage

No lie, I am going to miss this the MOST! 
Full shower and quite roomy tub, with glass surround
(no curtains or folding doors!)  
Great for showers or a sitting down bath with a bath pillow,
 Also useful for washing up dirty doggie paws,
 or sticking in the grubby grandkids
with tub toys and no worries about
 splashing outside of the tub!
Oxygenics shower head. 10 gal water heater so nice longer showers.

2 full length closets, 1 shirt length closet
all cedar lined. 2 deep drawers
and washer/dryer combo cabinet in the middle

Large walk-through bath area to bedroom,
both entrances close off with solid wood sliding pocket doors.

Splendide vented washer/dryer combo 
Also handy to dry the grandkids wet beach towels and bathing suits
before packing them up to go home

with 12" memory foam mattress

I had to "stretch" this photo on wide angle to get it all to fit.
If you talk "real nice" to me when buying this coach,
I MAY throw in my own handmade quilt
and the lovely framed print of a favorite lake
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Rear flat screen TV over vanity area,
on articulating arm to access back connections

Tripp Lite 1500 watt inverter on a timer control
(so when boondocking, you can play the tv
till you fall asleep and not have to get up and turn the inverter off!)

HUGE access to the engine area (mechanics LOVE this) under the king bed platform.
We added stronger struts to hold up the bed safely

So much roomy storage!  8 different doors, but don't let that fool you,
 the basement space is all one HUGE pass-through carpeted area. 
Enough room for  on this side for 6 lawn chairs, totes, a huge tool chest and yes, even a big air compressor! 

Drivers side storage doors, all one huge space! 
This photo was taken when we were in between houses 
so I took along enough fiber supplies to keep me happily weaving spinning and knitting.

passenger rear doors house the solar controls, the four 6volt batteries 
and the diesel mechanical filter bay and exterior controls for the levelers, also controlled inside on front dash. 

This pic is gonna make us cry.  
It's the first day we bought the motorhome in Rockford, Illinois. 

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Sunday, March 5, 2023

Ugh... What's Going On??

Five days ago, I had a nice little trip to the Urgent Care and also arranged for a cat scan. Kind of like this:

Lucky me--- I came down with 2 kidney stones! On top of it I also had a pretty bad bacterial infection at the same time. So after starting a course of antibiotics and the luck of being able to pass pieces of the stones (without needing surgery!) I am finally on the mend. I am feeling better and moving around now.

And of course the week before I had oral surgery on my gums and now a couple of the sutures are coming loose. I'm supposed to keep them in until Thursday.  I get to go back to the dentist tomorrow afternoon to see if they need to be retied or resewn, or if we can just leave things go as they are.

Lots of fun, huh?

But I'm looking forward to SPRING. Although we are forecast to get 3 to 5 more inches of snow tonight, today's temperatures went to the 42° high. The snow on the road and the driveway has melted down to bare pavement. Although we still have a couple feet of snow in the yard, and the snow banks up front are three plus feet high.

I stepped back across the street to take a picture of the house. Little Binney didn't want to go anywhere with Steve and wanted to wait for me. Stubborn little cuss.

We took a walk around the block in the beautiful sunshine this afternoon. 

We have noticed that we have flocks of beautiful red winged black birds that have arrived, and some of the neighbors have seen robins already. It's too bad that we're going to get lambasted again tonight with another snowfall. I have no idea what they are going to find to eat other than the bird seed and suet at our feeders. 

But the Sun was shining and there wasn't any wind so it made for a beautiful walk. Didn't even need to wear a hat. We got around to the back side of our block and realized that the rest of the road was not plowed. 

We've been hoping somebody might have driven through with a four wheel drive so we could walk in the tire tracks. Cuz we were only in shoes and not boots, we weren't about to traipse through the deep snow. Instead we turned around and came back the way we came. 

The neighbor girls were out and about... the oldest even took out a skateboard!  Spring Fever has begun. 

Binney suggested that we sit out on her favorite front porch for a while and enjoy the afternoon.  She sure loves it out there.  She got to give a few woofs to passerbys, and made sure they knew she was on duty to patrol the neighborhood. 

Steve chose to set back and relax on the porch swing. It's been a long winter, and this porch is really an extension of our living space throughout the spring, summer and fall.  We missed it. It's like an extra livingroom. 

We didn't stow away the rocking chairs this winter, instead opting to leave them out on the porch.  They have come in handy a few times to sit on,  or for UPS to leave a package on.  During the holidays we set things on them while decorating and un-decorating the porch.  They are made for all weather conditions, so why not?  Ahhhhh taking a break. 

I noticed my Valentine's Day flowers are going on TWENTY DAYS!  I plucked out a few spent blossoms, but the rest of the beautiful bouquet is still going strong. Thank you, darling Steveio. 

Before I got too sick, I managed to get the quilt backing, batting, and pieced quilt top wound onto my frame.  With this newest quilting machine and frame setup I got in January, it is a lot easier to get the layers all rolled on and loaded evenly with no gaps or wrinkles. I'm getting ready to start the quilting process.  

I'm not exactly sure what pattern I'm going to use or what design I'm going to fill in the spaces with. I asked on my online quilting list for a couple suggestions. Some of the gals took the time to actually draw on diagrams for me with photo editing to give me some inspiration!

or this

I have a doodle book notepad that I work out various designs after I watch inspirational YouTubes of other quilters and what they do. It's all a learning process.  Here I am practicing "feathers". 

I had Steve cut me a 16-in square piece of plexiglass that I can lay it right over the quilt block. Now I can draw on with a dry erase marker and kind of work out a couple different ideas before I start on the big queen size quilt. 

The weather is so pleasant that we are going to grill out a couple of steaks tonight and make up some yummy salads and maybe some baked potatoes. We will eat inside, but it's great to cook out on the grill. Tastes so much better that way. 

Tomorrow, Steve and his brother Pete are going to help their dad again with some more assistance. I'm glad that we stayed home from our vacation so we can help out more and more as his Dad needs all of us.