We bought a '66 caravel
a couple of months ago over the Internet from a guy in North Carolina who sells Airstreams (RichardT). It finally arrived at the docks on 28 August. Unfortunately we had to wait a week while the money cleared but just picked it up on Friday 4th Sept. from Southampton. We are really pleased with what we have found so far. It is really original and unmolested (missing interior heater is the unfortunate exception).
Have attached some images. There's plenty to do- water line is cut on the inside, Water heater rusted to extinction. Inside heater missing and how on earth do we adapt the black tank for UK caravan waster disposal? - hours of fun. Made a good start over the weekend. All lights worked on 12v
, as did water pump (well it was pumping fresh air) and the extract fan with some prodding. Upholstery original and undamaged. Fridge looks connected and undamaged but not managed to coax it into life yet. Few window openers missing (no big deal). Floor a bit soft around some edges. Missing Gaucho cupboard doors, missing battery hatch, butchered outside heater vent, kitchen worktop a bit spongy. External panels pretty clean and straight apart from one nasty dent on front top.
The race is on as we have a camping trip booked in 2 weeks- nothing like a bit of pressure!
Here's some images of picking the trailer up and at home checking out the interior (bit of a newbie so will post these next). I am sure we will have lots of questions. The intention is to have the basics working (Hot and cold water, heater, toilet, fridge) for a few camping trips and then make a full assessment of what it needs- eg axle, belly pan and one nasty dent.
We would love to get in touch with any local owners and will be regulars on this Forum.
All the best
Eddie and Miranda.