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Originally Posted by knishiya
Hi, I am about to buy a gutted 1967 caravel
. The price is $1000. It is out at a lake house in east texas. It does have a title. Body not too bad, there is a crease/scrape going down one side. sucks. They said no leaks. some glass needs replaced. window cranks all there. door good aside from scrape on bottom. one problem, wife said rim came off wheel? Does it have a 2 piece wheel? Is $1000 a decent price? I will probably have to create a new layout with ikea furniture and mid century modern it out.
Keep in mind that replacement glass for the windows on 1966-1968 Airstreams is quite expensive. Corning tempered glass was the original material and factory replacements aren't available, but reproductions are available at a cost . . . Vintage Trailer Supply
and Inland RV
are two of the vendors offering the reproduction glass. Be forewarned that some of the window latching hardware is also becoming difficult to find as well which impacts the cost when replacements are found. The only windows on these Vintages of Airstreams are the front and rear windows that utilized flat rather than the curved glass of the side windows.
Also, keep in mind that any body damage that you can't live with can be expensive to repair. Panel replacement becomes expensive very quickly.
Even with the windows that need to be replaced, the Caravel
is a very popular size so the price is within reason particularly if the floor is sound and not in need of replacement . . . and even then, the price likely isn't that much above the salvage value of the aluminum and steel in the trailer.
Good luck with your deliberations!
P.S.: I am not sure what is meant by " rim came off wheel?" . . . . while there are many insonsistencies with regard to when certain features appear and disappear from the Airstream equipment list, but it was my understanding that 1964
was the last year for split-rim wheels . . . but in those years Airstream was known for catering to customer desires so it is possible that a 1967
may have been so equpped. The other thing that did occur to me was that the whole wheel departed the trailer as in a spindle failure . . . something that has been noted with some of the 1960s small single-axle trailers. The other possibility that I can think of would be having all six lugs fracture permitting the wheel to fall off.