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Old 08-27-2006, 10:09 PM   #1
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Help with new '69 Caravel?

Hi everyone,
We have just spent the better part of the weekend going over our '69 Caravel. We had it towed on a flat bed from Pensacola to Bayfield. CO. Now the fun begins! I have been pouring over all the useful information on the forums, amazing amounts! I have a few specific questions and would really appreciate any info:

1)I would like to replace the bathroom sink unit, does anyone know if I can buy a new one in that rounded shape? See the picture below

2) Does anyone have any templates for the interior wall panels?

3) Has anyone installed a tankless water heater?

4) I need some of the plastic curtain hooks for the C shaped channel, any resources for those?

5) I would like a polished metal propane cover, are they impossible to come by?


Thanks, I hope I haven't overloaded the quetion forums!
Krista
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Old 08-27-2006, 11:00 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome. Don't have any answers for you bt some one will. A number of folks have had old pastic sinks and showers repainted by pros with good results. contact a tub refitter.....

Funny you should mention the water heater.... we were just considering one as well....
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Old 08-27-2006, 11:18 PM   #3
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Safari Tim is installing a tankless water heater in his new Ambassador. Listen to TheVAP.com for information.

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Old 08-28-2006, 12:47 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forums!

Nice trailer! I am not sure about the interior template "thingy".... all the Airstreams may be just ever so slightly different. If you want to replace existing ones (say in the bath) take the old ones out and use as a pattern. If you don't have a pattern, or something to follow you should make one from cardboard or some other material that might fit. Fit and prefit and double check. Then cut and fit the final piece. Check out the search tool on the blue toolbar and key in phrases that will give you the information you seek. I am sure there is info on fitting the interior panels.

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Old 08-28-2006, 07:11 AM   #5
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4. Check out these sliders for your shower.

They are available at VTS...
http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...lts.asp?Cat=29
5. You can get the covers for your tanks, but the ones I have seen are for the larger tanks. They might look a bit out of place on your unit. You could always have one made. Any metal shop should be able to do it. Another solution would be to buy aluminum tanks and polish them. You can get them at VTS also. That is what I did and I am very pleased with the results.
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Old 08-28-2006, 10:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help, oh, and a what about beds?

Wow, I am so impressed that people actually take the time to reply and are so willing to be helpful. It's all good advice, I wasn't familiar with the VAP site, so that's another good resource.

I was able to remove the one big wood panel to the left off the door and will make a nwe one from that. Then I spent the day inspecting the rest of the interior wood, and apply a wood restorer, it cleaned up beautifully and I think I've decided I only need to replace one cabinet door.

I like the idea of the polished tanks and have looked at them on the VTS site, thank you (your trailer is beautiful).

Does anyone have reccomendations for bedding material? Ours has about 5" green foam, cut into various pieces, I was thinking of replacing it with something a little nicer..but don't know what? And does anyone have custom-made sheets or do you buy falt, double size sheets and just tuck them in?

Thanks again, Krista
PS, our 9 yr old daughter has christened her "Bubbles". Seems appropriate!
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Old 09-24-2006, 12:35 PM   #7
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Hi I just came across your post and noticed your awning. I have a 69 safari that has the same type of awning hardware minus the fabric.I would like to restore it but I can't find any maker's name on mine. Could you tell me Do you have any information about your awning that might help me? I would appreciate any information you might have. Thanks Carl.
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Krista, isn't it a Carefree?

Carl, see this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forum...ork-25499.html

They are still in business and may be able to help: http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:07 PM   #9
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Hi everyone,
We have just spent the better part of the weekend going over our '69 Caravel. We had it towed on a flat bed from Pensacola to Bayfield. CO. Now the fun begins! I have been pouring over all the useful information on the forums, amazing amounts! I have a few specific questions and would really appreciate any info:

1)I would like to replace the bathroom sink unit, does anyone know if I can buy a new one in that rounded shape? See the picture below

2) Does anyone have any templates for the interior wall panels?

3) Has anyone installed a tankless water heater?

4) I need some of the plastic curtain hooks for the C shaped channel, any resources for those?

5) I would like a polished metal propane cover, are they impossible to come by?


Thanks, I hope I haven't overloaded the quetion forums!
Krista
None of the original molded parts for your trailer are available, and have not for perhaps 20 years.

All 1969 Airstream trailers used a spring loaded drape tab.

They are available from Airstream dealers, only.

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Old 09-24-2006, 04:19 PM   #10
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Thanks Andy,
I have decided to replace the drapes with blinds, but thank you for letting me know.

Carl, we haven't even had a chance to roll our awning out yet! Sad, I know, but major remodeling has taken over our lives. Anyway, as soon as we do, i will check on the information and get back to you.
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Old 09-24-2006, 04:28 PM   #11
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Thanks Andy,
I have decided to replace the drapes with blinds, but thank you for letting me know.

Carl, we haven't even had a chance to roll our awning out yet! Sad, I know, but major remodeling has taken over our lives. Anyway, as soon as we do, i will check on the information and get back to you.
Krista

Krista.

Blinds do not cover the sides of the windows, since the shell is curved.

Additionally, if you do install blinds, you will need to install "end panels" so that someone cannot see into the trailer.

However, when you do that, the blinds cut the end panels to pieces, usually in short order.

Back to the drawing board????

Or, you could get a set of drapes.

Ah yes, Airstream does pose unique problems.

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Old 09-24-2006, 10:59 PM   #12
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Well, here's my idea on the blinds/drapes. I plan to use blinds on the flat windows and drapes on the 2 curved front windows...it's a learning curve!
thanks andy
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Well, here's my idea on the blinds/drapes. I plan to use blinds on the flat windows and drapes on the 2 curved front windows...it's a learning curve!
thanks andy
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What would some adults do without having an Airstream?

It's the only adult "tinker toy," besides those things that are supposed to float on water.

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I think mine may fly when it's all said and done!
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