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Old 07-08-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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I'm new here, and have a few questions

My folks have what I belive is a 1967 Airstream Caravel Overland. This unit hasn't been used in awhile, and they are thinking of selling it.
Can you share any guidance on what a unit might be worth?
Also, is there a seperate section in the forum for items that are for sale?

Thank you
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:41 PM   #2
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Can not answer about the value but yes there is a classifieds section. Button is at the top of the page.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:31 PM   #3
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Caravel or Overlander?

Can't be both.

Look here for book ... 2014 Airstream Travel Trailer/5th Wheel Prices, Values & Specs - NADAguides

but they sell way different than that and it can be seasonal.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:55 PM   #4
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You might look here for ideas about price vs condition:
Price vs. Condition - Vintage Airstream
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Interesting. The badge says Caravel, but according to this http://www.airstream.com/wp-content/...s-pre-1980.pdf

Since the VIN starts with a O, it is an overlander?

VIN O17 7J2xx
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:16 PM   #6
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Value has a lot of variables. If it hasn't been used in a while, the systems may need work. Smaller trailers like the Caravel and Bambi are more valuable, but they have to be in good condition to bring the most money. Study the value guides mentioned above, but don't rely totally on that as they are somewhat dated. If you post more information here you may receive more help. We will need to know more about the condition, specific model, etc.
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The key difference between a Caravel and an Overlander is about ten feet in length. Which is it - big or little
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:41 AM   #8
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Thanks, next step is finding the key!

It is 17', so I guess its a Caravel. Thanks for the help on that as well.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:46 AM   #9
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I think the "O" indicates it was built in Ohio (as opposed to California).
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:33 AM   #10
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Built in Ohio, 17 ' length -> O 17
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The J in the vin number is for Jackson Center, OH where all are made now.

See attached link
www.airstream.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Reading-VIN-Numbers...
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Old 07-11-2015, 05:41 PM   #12
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This is from Airstream.com
1967 /1968
I267S158 / I288S133
I287J555 / I308J554
O267S141 / O268S560
O247J157 /O178J151
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ST Position I (International Model) O (Overlander Model)

2
nd & 3rd Position Length

4
th Position Model Year

5
th Position S (California) J (Jackson Center, OH.)

6, 7, 8
th Position Sequential Production Model. (Over 500 Double

Bed, Under 500 Twin bed.



Maybe it just means US or international. Either way, thanks for your assistance.

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Old 07-11-2015, 06:29 PM   #13
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Post a few photos, that will help folks comment on the condition! Does the Caravel have the original electrical wiring? How is the floor, any soft spots? What about the shell, is it in good condition or are there dents? All of this will be important in determining the value. How about the water heater and water storage? New, old, original? Do the appliances all work?

The good news is a Caravel is a often sought after model, so if in original condition it might be just the project someone is looking for!
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:39 PM   #14
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Guess???

My guess is that the "Overlander" vs "International" is a series badge as International is usually a premium item with more "features".
Confusing that they also offer an Overlander model.

As for value, it is what someone is willing to pay for it and what you are willing to settle for. Condition and usability are everything and everybody has an opinion about each that is specific to them. We paid a grand for ours about 8 years ago. It needs a full Monty (Frame off restoration) to be used. On the outside it looks pretty pristine. Water and rodents have done considerable damage inside. I wouldn't even use it as an aluminum tent in its current condition.

If it smells like rodents have lived in it then it will probably need similar treatment to be usable. Being its from Texas you need to be even more careful because of Rattlesnakes. If there is water damage then that will make it even more likely to need the full treatment. If it is all there then it is worth more than if it is not,even if it is in poor shape. The last thing you want to do is gut it to make it more sale-able, as you will actually damage its real value. Just like cleaning/shining up an old coin...

Just my opinion after having done one (68 Tradewind) and about to start another (67 Caravel).
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