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Old 07-18-2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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Identifying the Caravel

I just purchased my first Airstream. It is an 'as is' unit and needs everything. I plan to begin the project in the next 10 days. I'm towing the trailer from Southern California to Amarillo Texas.

There is no longer any registration information on the trailer. I identified the model and size by comparing it with others online. The triple rear lights was the primary giveaway.

Here is my question. This trailer has dual axles. This apparently came with the trailer new. I can't find anywhere where this was an option on an 18' Caravel. I wonder if I am missing something and maybe am mistaking the model. There is faded lettering that says Airstream and the lights and other items prove it is actually an old Airstream.

Any suggestions on coming up with a hidden serial number or other identifing marks would be helpful.

The trailer was basically abandoned at a storage lot and was used to pay the past due storage bill. It was stripped of the interior and the rear panel changed to have a door so they could use the trailer as a utility trailer. the windows were removed and a new piece of aluminum put in place on the sides. I plan to restore the trailer...but not to original...but to very usable and nice condition for my own camping fun.

I'm not sure how I will get a title for the trailer...I was able to obtain a 'one time' towing permit calling it a 'homemade' trailer.

Input will be appreciated.

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Old 07-18-2006, 09:51 PM   #2
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how cool for you!
pix would be most helpful, though

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Old 07-18-2006, 10:10 PM   #3
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Welcome Monte,

I don't think you have a Caravel , they only came with a single axle.

Go to and look in the photo archives and see what you can come up with. Also, you can post the serial number here and someone will let you know what you have.

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Old 07-18-2006, 10:32 PM   #4
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Hello Monte & welcome to the Forums!

There originally may have been a metal plate riveted to your trailer with a serial number. If that is missing there also may be a serial number embossed into the A-frame up front -- probably partly covered with old paint, load-leveling gear, etc. Do you find anything there?

Many experienced heads here will help you in a heartbeat if you find a serial number in either location.

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Old 07-19-2006, 03:53 AM   #5
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Greetings Monte, welcome to the forums. You may have a 25' "Caravaner" or "Tradewind". You can see a couple of pics here, great site, BTW:

Airstreams are measured from the "tongue to the tail", meaning not just the interior, but the entire length of the trailer. At the bottom of the page above, there is a pic of the nameplate that is mounted next to the door. The VIN should be stamped just below where it says "Land Yacht". There is an example of the number shown at the top of the page. My '73 model has a small, approx 3"x4" plate riveted just above the a-frame on the front of the trailer that has the weights listed on it. This plate also has the VIN stamped on it as well.

Good luck with it and let us know what you find out.


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Old 07-19-2006, 04:36 AM   #6
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Triple tail lights suggest it is a 1969 or newer model. Tandem axles suggest it is actually a 23' or longer model. The 23' Safari was a single axle thru 1970 and I beleive became a tandem for 1971. 25' and longer Airstreams were tandems from 1969 forward.
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Old 07-19-2006, 09:02 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by 66Overlander
Tandem axles suggest it is actually a 23' or longer model. The 23' Safari was a single axle thru 1970 and I beleive became a tandem for 1971. .
for several years in there, the 23 footers were available as either a single OR a tandem axle. not sure exactly which years, but I believe there are examples of both versions, in several model years, on the website.

my '73 service manual lists specs for both versions on the factory weights page.
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Old 07-19-2006, 10:19 AM   #8
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I have seen one tandem axle Safari from before 1971, it is a 1968 Safari custom built for a local WBCCI unit. It had finished walls, ceiling, and floor, but no appliances or cabinetry.

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