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Old 10-14-2019, 04:24 PM   #1
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Caravel shower question

Hate to ask such a dumb question - but what is the function of the "ring" attached to the shower wall adjacent to the shower wand? thanks y'all!
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:20 AM   #2
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Good morning. The ring is there to help control the shower hose and keep it from flopping around and scratching the sink when showering. Unscrew the shower head and thread it through the ring and then reattach the shower head.

Having said that, I am thinking of using this ring as a dual purpose to hang a hand towel...
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:40 PM   #3
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Yep! that's what I thought - but who knows - those Airstream engineers were pretty clever!

How's your trailer coming along?
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:32 AM   #4
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Well, it's been a busy summer and fall - in addition to the new water filter, water valves, new battery and cables, new tires, and a new axle, I have replaced the cushions and curtains ["so calming"], re-purposed an old aluminum form box into a utensil holder [love], installed two new "old stock" Scott paper towel dispensers [so handy!], restored all the original cabinetry, and sorted out a work space, which includes an ottoman that doubles as a bedside table and seating. I've tried to attach some photos, but it would be nice to know how to create a file with a link, so that I can document all the little details that really have made Flo[w] a home! Let me know if you can open them. Hollie
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:43 AM   #5
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Oh - how could I forget - I also stripped the exterior and sanded and lightly buffed her exterior to a beautiful satin finish...and then Walbernized her...
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:21 PM   #6
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Lookin' Good!
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:17 AM   #7
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Thansk, Argonaut...that means a lot coming from you. I've read the posts you wrote about completely restoring a '66 Caravel. Your knowledge about these trailers is exceptional. Did you ever post completed images of the '66 when it was all done? Did you and your wife ever camp in it? I see from your details that you are looking...for another restoration project???

I unfortunately lack the skills to do a shell off. But I am planning to take Flo[w] back up to Plattsburgh so that Colin Hyde and his crew can pick up where I fall short. I wondered how you winterize your Caravel? And especially, is there a bypass valve to the old hot water heater? Thanks for any tips you might have, and what model compressor you recommend. Thanks!
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Old 10-26-2019, 09:21 PM   #8
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Love what you have done in the shower! Is that a teak "bath mat"? Or is it built in to the shower floor? And repeating the teak on the door under the lav is really a nice touch. And in fact, I love what you have done with the whole thing! I am waiting to get my 67 Caravel from the guy fixing it up, then I can start with the decorating: the fun part.

Good luck with your Caravel, hope you enjoy it.

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Old 10-26-2019, 11:55 PM   #9
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Oh - how could I forget - I also stripped the exterior and sanded and lightly buffed her exterior to a beautiful satin finish...and then Walbernized her...
I've been hoping to find a teak floor insert for our 68 Caravel. Did you purchase yours from a vendor?
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Old 10-27-2019, 07:47 AM   #10
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Teak Shower Mat

Good morning Vivian and Silverwind. Thank you both for your kind comments. The shower mat is "new growth" teak [i.e., sustainable and lighter in color than older teak], as is the new sink cabinet door. The reason I did it is I wanted to create a finished look that carried the warmth of the cabinets that I restored right through the bath area, as I love having that back window open. I've attached a photo that may illustrate the sweep.

The cabinet door is actually slats of teak glued together with kerfs to create the illusion that it is separate slats like the mat. I used the original hardware and with a small gasket, fits quite snug.

The hardest part is sourcing affordable teak [kachink!] and making the template for the mat exact. We decided to run the slats horizontally [from left to right] to create the illusion of width. It also helps the flow of water into the drain, as do the 12 or so white rubber bumpers on the bottom of the piece. These also help keep the mat from jostling about and from scratching the shower pan while in transit.

Vivian, as you begin to think about designing your interior, let me know if you would like to kick some ideas around. I did a lot of research on designs from the 1960's as my aim was to design an interior that was in keeping with the era of the trailer. I sourced durable/washable fabrics (some from Sunbrella), all with the goal of keeping the palette calm and feet up kind of relaxing. I also have spent HOURS trying to source how best to set up the kitchen while trying to keep the 1960's vibe - I love to cook so the kitchen needs to function but also have room for some of my treasured "must haves" - like, who can trailer without a zester?

This is still a work in progress, and over the winter, I plan to build and install a butcher block countertop - my research shows that they first appeared in kitchens starting in the mid-to-late 1960's. I also am working on a slide out drawer for my printer and office supplies that will pull out from the dead space between the two gauchos...who thought it was a good thing to waste all that prime storage space! hahaha.

More Flo[w] updates to follow! Thanks again.
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Old 10-27-2019, 08:03 AM   #11
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With apologies, but I cannot figure out how to straighten up the photo - it is straight up on my monitor. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Spice Jars?

In the rack on the bulkhead next to the stove, are those Hoosier spice jars? And do they stay in that rack when jiggling down the road? They are perfect for the look you are going for, I think, if they will behave going down the road.

It sounds like we are on the same wavelength: I also want to keep the 60s thing going. Is the gaucho across the end of the trailer with the blanket/sheet on it the designated bed? Is it long enough for you to stretch out? My 67 is still being rehabbed in CA, so I haven't seen it and have no real feel for the size of things inside.

What is the basis for your utensil holder? or did you make it from scratch? It looks perfect for a reduced number of items for trailering. I also love to cook and am trying to figure out exactly what I can carry and what will have to stay at home, and that holder looks perfect to carry some larger and awkwardly-sized utensils!
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:11 PM   #13
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With apologies, but I cannot figure out how to straighten up the photo - it is straight up on my monitor. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
If you crop them slightly they with be right side up.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:57 PM   #14
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Sort of a late reply, Lake Maiden, but here goes...


I don't believe I posted photos of 'Button' when finished. We have taken her to Albuquerque a few times and up to Durango, CO when we wanted to ride the narrow gauge train to Silverton. Everything worked as planned (surprise!).

Winterizing is not a big deal here in the desert. I generally drain everything out then blow the lines with air until water stops coming out. With all the lines run with pex the risk of breakage from freezing is much less. I didn't put a cutoff for the water heater in the system. Thus far, not a problem, but the winters have been mild. It takes a while to get the water out of the tank when winterizing. I use a compressor in my shop for airing out the plumbing.



As for the 'Currently looking...', the forums seemed to think I should have that (read that as I couldn't get rid of it). I have another project going that will take a while to finish - a '69 muscle car.
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Button photos: (I have since changed the dinette table mount to a Lagun type. No leg under the front.)
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As in "Cute as a 'Button'!" Nice carpentry work, Argonaut! Thanks for sharing.
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Spice Rack and Utensil Holder

Cerberus - good eye on those spice jars! They are indeed Hoosier cabinet spice jars. I picked a couple up at a tag sale because I liked the bubbled glass and the aluminum lids, but not really knowing what they were. I then did some research to see if I could find some more of them...and by summer's end, my set was nearly complete - just need one more!

Though I believe these would stay in the spice rack during transit, I don't really want to take a chance because of their vintage quality. I have pieces of bubble wrap that I use to wrap them up, and I stow them in the sink - which I have lined with a white utility tray that once held the work papers I needed to shred! A perfectly fitted re-use [see photo]. It only takes a couple of minutes and they have been all over upstate NY without issue -- this summer they will make the trek to Loveland CO.

The utensil holder is an old aluminum form holder from the 50's. I got it at a tag sale for $1.75 [half price!] It fits tight to the flat part of the wall and holds just about what you need. I affixed it to the wall with small metal screws... it keeps the utensils away from that back burner and leaves that bit of precious counter-space free during cook sessions...very handy...exactly what you need, right where you need it. I've attached some close-ups.

I am working on a source to make one just slightly wider (by 1 1/2") to ease up the space between the utensils - but as it is, it is very functional because the utensils stay put during transit due to the ample height of the holder. If you are interested in getting one of these, send me a private message, and I can update you on my efforts to make some additional ones.

Dingo Girl - thanks for the photo tip...works like a charm, as you see!
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Front Daybed

Cerberus - I forgot to respond to your question regarding the front gaucho. I replaced the cushions, with the help of a great upholsterer. I wanted a set up where I could use the front gaucho mainly as a daybed/sofa - curl up in the corner and read or watch a movie. But I also wanted to use this as my primary sleeping space. So we designed the cushions (firm 6" thick) so that the curved section in the corner is one piece that is as deep as the non-movable section of the wooden gaucho platform. We put a softer, more flexible piece that runs along the back wall of this section - and I added pillows to create a nook.

For the section that has the front that pulls out, we created a back cushion that fits underneath the window. When sitting upright as a back cushion it goes from the top of the wooden platform of the gaucho to just underneath the window frame -- we then created the seat cushion so that it butts up against the back cushion. By doing it this way, I was able to maximize the width of the front gaucho, when pulled out into a bed, using as few sections (and thereby minimizing the gaps). When pulled out fully, the front gaucho is just shy of a double bed in width. And without the support cushion that goes along the curve, there is plenty of headroom for me to sleep there comfortably.

Hope this helps.
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I like your thinking on the gaucho. We did the two cushion thing there, not quite as wide, and did have one problem: the cushions seem to separate when used as a bed. I'm working on a solution.


One other thing I did that will likely earn me hate mail from originalists: I put shelves in the closets. Handy for clothes and towels and other essentials and you can access stuff while standing up. I had to 'fence off' the soil stacks so little items didn't wind up on the floor.
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