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Old 11-16-2007, 05:20 PM   #15
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We've come a long way baby!

Hate to break it to you guys...but most Airstreams were without tanks in the 50's...they were called "Park Models". They were hooked up to campgrounds plumbing systems or you used a "golpher hole". It wasn't until the late 50's that black tanks were even offered as an option and not until the early 60's that they became standard. Heck in the 30's & 40's they didn't even have bathrooms at all or it was a little more than a can with a seat.

My '56 Safari was a Park Model - it had no tanks black, grey or fresh. Push the toilet pedal and "drop-to-daylight". The PO retrofit a fresh tank and we are adding both black & grey. Al the modern conveniences...

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Old 11-20-2007, 01:34 PM   #16
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Hi. I'm new to this site. Just bought a '66 Caravel - will need complete new floor and interior. Anyway, it does include the original shower and bathroom floor and wall piece, which I won't be using since I don't plan to replace the bathroom. So if anyone is interested in purchasing this for a small price, I'd be happy to see it get used for a renovation.

The floor pan has been painted green, but otherwise seems to be OK. I can send pictures.

Thanks. I expect I'll be posting a lot of questions in the coming months as I get started on repairs.

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Old 06-12-2011, 10:53 AM   #17
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I have a '66 Caravel in the shop with a strange bath arrangement. Instead of the normal curbed shower pan in the center with the raised portion below the toilet for the holding tank, this one has no holding tank and the shower floor is esentially flat all the way to the roadside wall. There is a slightly raised oblong area where the toilet should be mounted (toilet is long gone!) with a direct 3" outlet through the floor to the hose connection outside. Underneath the rear of the trailer, there is a back-flow device to prevent black water from flowing into the grey water drain lines also connected to the 3" outlet. I'm wondering if Airstream ever used the Monomatic chemical recirculating toilets in these models. The serial number is SO 17 S6002, mfg date 65 so it must have been a fairly early '66 model. I've looked in the archives of Vintage Airstream Home at Caravels from '65 thru '68 and have not seen anything like this arrangement. Any guesses? Thanks, Darol
I'm bringing this one back from the dead, but I thought it was interesting enough. My 1965 Caravel (with curved corning windows) is only two numbers off yours in the serial number. The bathroom is the standard type bathroom. I would suspect as others have that it has been changed.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:41 AM   #18
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I'm bringing this one back from the dead, but I thought it was interesting enough. My 1965 Caravel (with curved corning windows) is only two numbers off yours in the serial number. The bathroom is the standard type bathroom. I would suspect as others have that it has been changed.
Love to see some pics if you have them. I think that with the curved Corning windows that your Caravel would be considered a 66. 66Caravel vs. 65Caravel
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:17 PM   #19
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I'm bringing this one back from the dead, but I thought it was interesting enough. My 1965 Caravel (with curved corning windows) is only two numbers off yours in the serial number. The bathroom is the standard type bathroom. I would suspect as others have that it has been changed.
Curved windows, of any kind, did not start until the 1966 models.

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Mine must be a late model 65 because it definitely has curved windows that say corning. The serial number plate says 65 and built in CA. Also interesting, the trailer has 65 interior parts like a hehr popup vent, round twist knobs on closet doors and other variances when compared to a 66. I wonder how many of these they built like this?
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:26 AM   #21
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Very interesting! I was at a rally in CA a few years back, and there were five or so Caravels there, and we toured around and checked out each others trailers, and every one of them had many individual little differences, and they each had their own 'feel' inside. I don't think you'll ever find two Caravels exactly the same!
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