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Old 04-14-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Velvet-Ride suspension questions


I'm a complete novice considering the purchase of a 1997.Safari Ivory 4050 diesal pusher.

The rig appears to be in good shape with 26,500 miles. I'm worried about the suspension, I've searched the Internet for places that work on the Velvet-ride suspension or even sell parts for it with no luck. After calling several places and asking questions, I'm finding that almost no one knows anything about this kind of suspension, I like the motor home, but I'm getting to the point of passing up the deal because of the RV's age and the lack of parts/mechanics for the suspension. Can anyone help me to find either parts or people who have some experience with the Vevet-ride suspension?

Any help or advice from people who "have been there done that" will be greatly appreciated



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Old 04-14-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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Try Safarifriends.

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:35 PM   #3
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I looked at 1 last summer while in the "hunt". The suspension was just 1 of the reasons I passed. You can springs and air bags just about anywhere...not those specialty bushings
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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First, please join either or both Safari Websites:

Safarifriends : To promote the exchange of information regarding SAFARI MOTORHOMES.


SafariCoaches : Sharing about Safari Coaches lifestyle

almost forgot


There is a guy Ralph Anders (Club Officer in Safari International) who is The Expert in all things Safari Suspension. Adjusting the Safari suspension is no biggie, and parts are AVAILABLE if you know where to look and Ralph Knows Where. Brazels RV, I-5 north of Centralia, Wa Exit 88 has shims available and knows how to do it. My 97 Serengeti M-4040 was in need of tires and shocks and got some very good advise from Ralph, i.e., New Koni's and Toyo's. Sure solved any ride wander problems. Also in the first two websites referenced above in the files section (must join -- free) are downloadable PDF's on how to measure and adjust the Safari Torsion bar style suspension (Velvet Ride).
1997 Safari Serengeti M-4040
& 2007 Ford Sports Trac
& 2004 Ford Exploder TOAD's
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