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Old 12-15-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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Question 1968 Caravel redo cost????? Need help?

I am Thinking of purchasing a 17' caravel and it needs a lot of work on the interior. I do not mind some hard work but there are many things I know I will need to purchase to make it a usable camper. What are the cost and availability of the following parts? I need to know what I am looking at in cost prior to purchasing. Any advice would be welcomed.

Water Heater
Water pump and fittings
Furnace maybe
Stove and oven maybe

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Old 12-15-2009, 08:07 AM   #2
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Hi morris423, For everything you listed it will cost you around 1,500-2,000. This is a very rough estimate. Take a look at the axle. The type of axles ( that come on Airstreams have rubber rods that harden over time. All Airstreams leak at one time or another look for floor rot ( You have special windows (Corning)( that were only made for three years 66-68 and can be expensive to replace.

Don't let the list scare you. It is best to be as informed as you can. Good luck!


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Floor rot is not a good thing, and the most common places for it are in the rear compartment, behind the toilet area, and by the front door. If you determine you need a new axle, and really want an OEM replacement, you should probably do it soon, as it's looking like the factory that makes them may be closing. If OEM is not hugely important to you, there are many places you can get a Dexter axle.
If the trailer needs windows, shop around, and try to find somebody that doesn't charge a 500% markup, they are still available from Airstream, but you either have to walk in to the factory store or purchase from an Airstream dealer.
Other things to look at are the fresh water supply system (the water pump is only one part of it), black tank and plumbing, and 12 volt system (usually a converter, battery, and some lights).
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:56 AM   #4
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Windows can be expensive, if the originals have been replaced with plexiglass you will want to go back to glass if you want to be able to get them to seal and keep the water out. They aren't cheap. I'd say plan on spending at least 5K on the project. Silverleeper listed the big stuff, but the little stuff adds up fast. If axles have never been replace, you must if you are going to travel. Tires are expensive, don't forget those. Paints, primers, tools, rivets, fixtures, hardware, plywood, it all adds up fast, trust me. Finally, if you are going to do the work yourself, be realistic about your ability and your time. It WILL take much longer to do than you initially think. Nothing on an Airstream is rocket science but you need basic skills in lots of areas: metalwork, woodwork, plumbing, electrical, 12V,etc.
Don't want to be negative, working on Airstreams is a joy, but knowing that it will take more than a couple of weekends is important for planning.
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Originally Posted by overlander63 View Post

If the trailer needs windows, shop around, and try to find somebody that doesn't charge a 500% markup, they are still available from Airstream, but you either have to walk in to the factory store or purchase from an Airstream dealer.
I think it's been a long time since 68 windows were available from Airstream. If they are there will be a big rush on them.
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I got mine more Inland. Vintage Trailer supply used to carry them, but as far as I know Inland is the only source.

If you do need new windows, be aware that the stainless steel edge banding on the old glass will not work on the new windows. The new replacement glass is thicker. I have not been able to fine a suitable replacement. I would be interested if anyone else has found a replacement source for the edging. VTS sells edging, but it did not work.
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Keep in mind though, it's like peeling an onion - the more layers you peel, the juicier it gets! The more you get into the project - the more you find you will want to do...


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