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Old 11-19-2009, 05:47 AM   #15
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So rare..

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What do I think? A birch interior would be beautiful in a vintage airstream. Normally, I agree with the usual view that it's your trailer and it's your choice.

This one is just so rare and so intact, it is a perfect restoration candidate.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:45 AM   #16
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Agreed..

Yes. I'll leave it alone. The birch would be really fun but I agree that this one should probably be restored back to original. It does seem so be a very rare trailer and I'm a big supporter of original restorations. I was just having fun thinking of the possibilities.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:25 AM   #17
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I've been looking at pics of other like models, many of which are restored. So far I haven't seen any with a shower. Mine has a factory shower and water heater under the bed. I wonder if this was a special order unit, hence the "Caravel" nameplate. Or maybe the restored ones I've seen had the shower stuff removed. It is just a bit cramped in there anyway..
Hi ST131:

The shower and propane water heater came as part of the self-containment "Land Yacht" upgrade package your trailer has, documented by the large "Land Yacht" plaque adjacent to the door. Instead of 120 volt AC electric appliances, your trailer had propane appliances installed so it was self-contained and did not need to be plugged in to household electricity to be functional. It's rather unusual for such a short trailer to be ordered with the "Land Yacht" package in 1960, which is why you don't see showers in other 18 footers from the late 50s and very early 60s.

The 16' Bambi was a limited edition trailer built from 1961 to 1963 that came from the factory with a self-containment package. Beginning in 1963, the standard 120 volt AC base model trailer was discontinued and all Airstreams were built with propane appliances.

Very nice trailer you have there. I'd keep it as original as possible, get it functional and freshened, then preserve it. Have fun!
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:32 AM   #18
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Hi ST131:

The shower and propane water heater came as part of the self-containment "Land Yacht" upgrade package your trailer has, documented by the large "Land Yacht" plaque adjacent to the door. Instead of 120 volt AC electric appliances, your trailer had propane appliances installed so it was self-contained and did not need to be plugged in to household electricity to be functional. It's rather unusual for such a short trailer to be ordered with the "Land Yacht" package in 1960, which is why you don't see showers in other 18 footers from the late 50s and very early 60s.

The 16' Bambi was a limited edition trailer built from 1961 to 1963 that came from the factory with a self-containment package. Beginning in 1963, the standard 120 volt AC base model trailer was discontinued and all Airstreams were built with propane appliances.

Very nice trailer you have there. I'd keep it as original as possible, get it functional and freshened, then preserve it. Have fun!
Hi Fred, We meet in Bozeman and talked briefly about our Caravel. Nether ST131 or my Caravel has a ""Land Yacht" plaque adjacent to the door." I know when I tried to do research on this model I ran into a lot of dead ends. Do you have any more info on this model? Thanks
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Hi Fred, We meet in Bozeman and talked briefly about our Caravel. Nether ST131 or my Caravel has a ""Land Yacht" plaque adjacent to the door." I know when I tried to do research on this model I ran into a lot of dead ends. Do you have any more info on this model? Thanks
Hi Silversleeper:

Nice to "see" you again. ST131's "Land Yacht" plaque can be seen best in the photo below of what I assume is his trailer. It is just to the rear of the door, below the window and above the Caravel name plate. Ill have to look this weekend for more information.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:59 AM   #20
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Hi Silversleeper:

Nice to "see" you again. ST131's "Land Yacht" plaque can be seen best in the photo below of what I assume is his trailer. It is just to the rear of the door, below the window and above the Caravel name plate. Ill have to look this weekend for more information.
I did see that. Mine is no longer present. Thanks ahead of time for any info you can come up with.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:09 AM   #21
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Fred is correct. My Caravel has a large Land Yacht plaque just above the Caravel plaque. I didn't show it in the close-up photo of the tags, but you can see it in the pic Fred attached. The interesting thing is, my trailer has a 110v water heater and no signs of a propane unit. I know from research on my other trailer brands, namely my Holiday House's, that 1960-1961 was about when the term "self contained" was being defined and beginning to be heavily marketed.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:21 AM   #22
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Fred is correct. My Caravel has a large Land Yacht plaque just above the Caravel plaque. I didn't show it in the close-up photo of the tags, but you can see it in the pic Fred attached. The interesting thing is, my trailer has a 110v water heater and no signs of a propane unit. I know from research on my other trailer brands, namely my Holiday House's, that 1960-1961 was about when the term "self contained" was being defined and beginning to be heavily marketed.
Odd you should have a propane heater in the floor. I can see the grate in the floor. They were dangerous and maybe someone took it out for you. I made mine into a Wally floor and it works great. The wall heater might be an add on.
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The propane heater is still there and that's the only heater in the coach. I need to scare up some new tanks and see what works and what doesn't. The PO said all propane appliances worked five years ago before he parked it.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:37 AM   #24
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The PO said all propane appliances worked five years ago before he parked it.
LOL! I love that statement. Really, Don't use the floor heater. Everything I have read about them is bad. The Princess stove in ours cleaned up nice. Didn't have to worry about the toilet or water heater. Gone.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:42 PM   #25
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Smile More pics..

Here are pictures for those who requested them.
I mentioned earlier that it has an electric water heater, which was wrong. I'm obviously playing with too many trailers at once. I've been concentrating on window replacement on the Holiday House since it's snowing and any other time has been spent inside the Spartanette. I really haven't had any time to spend with the Caravel yet..
Anyway, it does have a propane water heater so I guess my little Caravel was equipped to be fully self contained.

























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Old 11-22-2009, 04:03 PM   #26
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Interesting...I only see one low profile vent on the roof in one of your photos, what is that venting? Is there a vent for the gas furnace and fridge?
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Interesting...I only see one low profile vent on the roof in one of your photos, what is that venting? Is there a vent for the gas furnace and fridge?
That's for the fridge. There is a sewer vent on the curb side rear.
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