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Old 07-22-2013, 01:10 PM   #183
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There is 1 mod that is going to happen! Putting a drop table in the center back and not using the orig slide in. All the rest same layout with different colors of course.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:21 PM   #184
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I love the layout of the Caravel too. My husband wants to redo one (not our current one) in the future, and I'll be sure to keep with the layout. Airstream did a really great job with designing this layout. I really feel like I have a huge amount of "living" room. I feel like all of the new Bambi trailers, with their dedicated beds, just seem so small inside. I mean you walk in the door and you can't move. It seems everyone wants a dedicated bed, so that's what they started mfg.
I agree with this as well. I think the Caravel design is the best I've ever been in. It feels roomy for some reason, and the bathroom design is really usable. For a tiny trailer, it feels bigger than it is.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:29 PM   #185
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Okay just called todd the welder and he is not finished yet and I must be patient because it has been hot and humid and I don't want to lose a welder because I am in a hurry! Besides of the new gov take my pay and still keep spending program I have to slow down anyway thanks whoever!!! Will post and include pics when I get the trailer (frame) back.
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Can't rush the welder Think how nice that frame is going to be when it's done!
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:24 AM   #187
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I used a welder on the back section, but when we got to the front I did it myself. Part of the reason was that I didn't want to wait on scheduling another session with the welder. Everything takes time with these projects. I agree, don't rush him. A good frame is the base for everything else. Make sure it is right first. I know your budget woes too. I keep placing orders for more parts from VTS and just paid for an axle. It's hitting hard, and I have to do it a little at a time. It's a good thing these projects take time. I couldn't afford it all at once!
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:43 PM   #188
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Thanks jewel65 and you too Stephanie I have had to really work on my patients but I do understand heat and rain delays so I will wait a little longer but a mig welder is on my Christmas list! I have to start working with the Fiberglas form making for my inside fridge vent and the door end end cap the po butchered. Now Fiberglas I can do and since VTS got the plumbing vents in I now have two of those.
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I just figure I can't have ALL the skills, so I try to stick to the ones I know, and suck it up and pay for the ones I don't! There's never enough money for these projects, but some day it will be done and you'll just be enjoying it (that's where ours is now) and that's when it's all worth while
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:34 PM   #190
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a mig welder is on my Christmas list!
If you are interested in a welder, this is the one I used. It was less than $100 on sale at harbor freight. It's probably not the best welder, but it's simple to use and did the job I needed. No bottles needed and runs on 110v.

Flux Wire Welder
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I had looked at them the last time I was at harbor freight but had heard that they were poor quality welders. I may have to try one to see for myself but right now uncle cut my pay so it will have to wait. If it does a decent job I would be happy. Thanks
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Got the frame back from the welders

Yes I am glad to finally have the frame back but there is more that it needs and yes I will do it myself. started cleaning the loose rust off and removed the axle. which as I said before is a hybred drum on one side (no brakes and just the spindle on the other. Okay I can not find the shock part number is there anyone out there that knows which shocks for the 66 caravel?
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okay i missed a few!
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:09 AM   #194
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okay i missed a few!
Nice work so far.

Since you have gone the extra mile, then convert the shock bracket so that it works with the Airstream shock that has been in use for over 40 years.

Simply cut the vertical bracket in half, overlap it and reweld it so that there is no more than 14.5 inches between the stud on the axle and the stud on the frame.

Then you will never have to chase for the proper shock again.

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The part number for the stock type axle is Monroe Gas Magnum shock #555003. They can be ordered from Amazon for about $27 each. This is what Colin Hyde recommended for the axle he shipped me. My shocks are on order now.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:21 PM   #196
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Thanks jewel65 and frank they have been ordered
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