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Old 01-03-2009, 04:06 PM   #15
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I do not have the crank out antenna and by the looks of it inside, someone drilled only one small hole through the inside wall to install a radio.
I have pics of axle and it looks tired and will replace this spring or sooner if and when the Argosy I have sells. ( Are they hard to sell as my asking $$$ is low?)Glad I have the 74 that is solid and ready to go.
I also plugged the little drill holes w/ some mechanical tape as suggested.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:20 PM   #16
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I Checked out the rear floor under the tub and sink for rot and it looks and feels solid , but I am kicking myself for not getting this trailer covered before these last few storms.
I found that the floor towards the very rear edge is moist. So I need to cover the trailer and find the best way to caulk from outside along the bumper storage ?.
Any advice is welcome from Caravel owners that have had to do this.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:45 PM   #17
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I Checked out the rear floor under the tub and sink for rot and it looks and feels solid , but I am kicking myself for not getting this trailer covered before these last few storms.
I found that the floor towards the very rear edge is moist. So I need to cover the trailer and find the best way to caulk from outside along the bumper storage ?.
Any advice is welcome from Caravel owners that have had to do this.
thanks,Ben
Ben.

Post some closeup pictures of the rear end, as the shell touches the frame, forward of the bumper.

Your Airstream could have "rear end" separation.

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Ok it looks like on the outside of our caravel we have a radio antenae. the Tv Antnenae was just removed and it had a crank inside near to the middle of the front. Outside we still have the antenae but radio does not work.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:50 PM   #19
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I Checked out the rear floor under the tub and sink for rot and it looks and feels solid , but I am kicking myself for not getting this trailer covered before these last few storms.
I found that the floor towards the very rear edge is moist. So I need to cover the trailer and find the best way to caulk from outside along the bumper storage ?.
Any advice is welcome from Caravel owners that have had to do this.
thanks,Ben

Ben, for sealing the rear edge I followed RJ's instructions and it worked great. Vintage Airstream Home follow the links to the restoration of his 65 Caravel
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:46 PM   #20
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:34 PM   #21
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Ben- see posts starting with #41 here re: water infiltration at the rear bumper. I am not doing the detail that somone posted here, but I am going to do what is described in the restoration of the '65 Caravel that is posted above in post #19 by StanZ...

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Old 01-07-2009, 11:16 PM   #22
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A break in storms means I got to get this done. Would home depot or the like carry vulcem? or a sealer thats on the shelf that is good? I also do not know what is bulb seal? I blew the area dry w/ my compressor also cleaned everything and want to seal Thursday. I did poke at the wood floor at the rear and it is still solid , but damp and in need of a fix.
Here are some pics.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:17 PM   #23
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A break in storms means I got to get this done. Would home depot or the like carry vulcem? or a sealer thats on the shelf that is good? I also do not know what is bulb seal? I blew the area dry w/ my compressor also cleaned everything and want to seal Thursday. I did poke at the wood floor at the rear and it is still solid , but damp and in need of a fix.
Here are some pics.
Thanks, Ben
Ben, I also had the 'wet edge'. I just filled the gap along the bumper cover with vulcem ( a lot of it) and skipped using the bulb seal as RJ describes. It worked out just fine. I guess it depends on how big the gap is on your trailer. I also sealed along the top of the belt line trim, but I don't think that was really necessary. I bought everything from vintage trailer supply. I don't know if Home Depot or other local suppliers carry vulcem, it would be worth checking.

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Old 01-08-2009, 07:01 AM   #25
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:23 AM   #26
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All this leak chasing your into now is not a bad deal. Just do it one step at a time and enjoy it. You have a great looking Caravel
Do not forget that the tail lights are a major source of water leak/damage to the back floor area. Check the gaskets and the attach screws.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:19 PM   #27
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My 67 Tradewind International has what I think is a factory TV antana. Mine has two mounting points in the same location as the holes in your picture. A bracket on top with a 1 1/2 inch hole through it, then a smaller bracket below with the same size hole. A three piece telescoping pole is fitted vertically through the holes in the brackets. The antana portion of mine is missing. The larger hole next to the top group of four holes has a two wire antana lead run through it. The antana lead comes out of the cabinet by the refer. The antana lead being run through the walls makes me think this is a factory installation. I use the antana pole as a flag pole. See photo at 1967 tradewind travel traivals. Adios, John
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:48 PM   #28
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I am Waiting on vulcem to seal up seams and started thinking about polishing, as I have a body man friend who is slow (economy). When polishing starts I will take pics. until then here are some of my family playing in our tradewind and testing systems for a hopeful Presidents day Holiday trip.
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