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Old 06-21-2005, 08:12 AM   #15
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I was watching that baby! We have a 65 Caravel. What are your plans? Ours is in flux right now, working on it when I can. I bought it for the wife to get her into go out with her girlfriends....I just have to get it ready to go.
My Plans? Don't really know, other than my wife wanted it . . . not sure what her plans are. My general disposition/bias is to put things back to original if possible. I have some experience with restoration, but am a neophyte as far as Airstreams; so I will have to study up and get some good advice from everyone. I'm not even sure this one is a good candidate, since I haven't seen it yet. Maybe I'll have to sell it to that other bidder who was going to cut it up for "art."

I have an earlier VW Riviera camper which was built in the Pacific North West with what appears to be much of the same material Airstream used, birch wood and hehr windows.

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Old 06-26-2005, 07:41 PM   #16
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Hi Nitty,
My wife & I have a 67 Caravel and we really love it. Your woodwork looks like ours. I believe the veneer (plywood) is ash as is ours. Shouldn't be that hard to find if you need to repair it.
I have a general question regarding he axle. How can anyone tell it needs replacing from the photos on ebay? I looked at them & coudn't see the wheels or tires. I'm asking this to inform myself of possible problems.
I'm sure you'll have fun with your trailer.

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Old 06-27-2005, 02:58 AM   #17
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It is quite easy to tell if your axle is shot. Jack up one side of the trailer. If the torsion arm doesn't drop, ( even a little ) you've got a bad axle. If the top edge of the wheel rim is even or up into the wheel well. You need a new axle. I put a new axle under my Caravel and the difference is amazing.

Judging by your avitar, I say you need a new axle. How much bounce do you get when walking around in there with out the jackstands ?

Mt torsion arms were frozen in place. I could raise the whole coach off the ground and the torsion arms wouldn't even move. Bad Bad Sign. Just my .02

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Old 06-27-2005, 05:38 AM   #18
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Best thing I did for the Caravel was change the axel. The difference is amazing. Looks like you need one to.
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Old 06-27-2005, 06:52 AM   #19
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Well the most important thing I noticed that others have missed, is the 1970 Era Non-Slip Stick on Daisies in the shower.
Good luck with the project, it looks like you found a good one.
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Old 06-27-2005, 08:08 AM   #20
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It looks like the entire trailer has been painted silver, withthe exception of the roof, which was painted white. Let's hope they did not ruin the underlaying aluminum bt course sanding when they painted it, other wise when you strip it there will be awful scratches to deal with, leaving you with only the option to re-paint it at some point.
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Old 06-27-2005, 08:51 AM   #21
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My gosh, it does seem to be painted silver! I have a bit of problem with that too--though fortunately, they didn't paint much of our exterior. It looks like this was a fairly smooth job--I'll just my fingers that you don't face bad surface prep practices, as Uwe mentions...

I believe there is a special ring in Purgatory for the folks who go mad with silver paint. I understand it's close to the place for the folks who go crazy with latex paint and silicone sealer...

Pretty nifty little trailer, Nitty!

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Old 06-27-2005, 09:26 AM   #22
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Areas where the silver paint are flaking off have bright shiny smooth aluminum, no primer underneath. I'm hopeing it will all be like that, nice, well protected metal once that paint comes off. Hope springs eternal!
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Old 06-27-2005, 10:22 AM   #23
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Airstreams have been equipped with Henschen axles since 1961.

Regardless of the year, or wheel well design, you should see some of the tire "above" the wheel.

When you look at photo's then, it becomes obvious that the axle is shot, when the top of the wheel is partially hidden by the wheel well moldings.

If the axle or axles are good, you should see at least 1 to 2 iches of the tire, above the top of the wheel.

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Old 06-27-2005, 08:47 PM   #24
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Welcome, You are hearing from the experts. Their advice is the best. I got my 66 Caravel a couple years ago and the first major thing I did was the new axel. Well worth the time and $. Now mine tows like a dream and has brakes! If you have refurbished or restored anything before you will do fine with the Caravel. All the info is here in the forum or will be when you ask.
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Old 06-27-2005, 08:50 PM   #25
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I have read other sites or comments about axles which say you need a certain degree of angle when the trailer is jacked up which our Caravel has ( would have to search again to find specifics, but were ok at time I was looking). The ride seems to be good. It does not bounce or sway. I'm not sure what the down side is to our current situation. I certainly believe in maintainance to prevent problems.
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Old 07-07-2005, 05:59 PM   #26
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Well . . . just learned of the likelyhood that I will be relocating to Alaska, and now need to consider selling this! Any interest, please send PM. Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2005, 06:57 PM   #27
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I noticed something about Indiana in your post. I just inherited a Caravel which is in Indiana. Do you know anyone there who could look at it for me? I would like to get it up on wheels and in towing condition so I can bring it here (upstate, NY) to work on.
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Old 07-07-2005, 07:17 PM   #28
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Holy change-of-plans, Batman! Nitty, have you even got it home yet? You know, it would still be fun in Alaska, lots of camping oppotunities up there!


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