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Old 04-30-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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Our '67 Caravel (with issues)

Well we did it
Drove to Madison WI from the Bay Area and picked up our new
home. We drove back through MN then Rapid City, over to Casper
then into Wendover NV. Stayed at a KOA ran into a nice couple with a new
22ft AS.
Nothing works in our Caravel other than the stove. Lots to do
We really need a manual or something to shorten the learning curve.
My guess is that we will have to pull the flooring up and inspect the frame.
Everything seems somewhat intact just that nothing really works.
Bit overwhelming but all doable.
Right now I am polishing the outside and clean clean clean everything I can get my hands on.

One issue is that I don't know what is original and correct and what has been messed with. The PO didn't do much to it since 2003 so the past PO's have
not been that kind to her.

Is there a good source in the Bay Area?

My first mechanical repair needs to make the refridge work or replace it.

What to do next?

Van
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Every question you might have about how to do something on the Caravel has most likely been discussed here many times. The forums are better than any manual ever written on tips and how to's on the older trailers. I would suggest that the first thing to do will be to make sure you don't have any leaks. Fix all the leaks first, then move on to the mechanical stuff. Secondly, I would check the axles. Unless yours has been replaced, count on doing that before any road trips. The suspension on my 68 was "frozen". It had zero wheel motion on either axle. Good info on Inland RV site on how to check them. Finally, if the floor is sound do not try and take it up to look at the frame. Drop the belly pan and go at it from the bottom. The fridge will be way down the list on what needs fixing. I would go : 1) fix leaks 2) axles (tires too if older than 5 years) 3) plumbing (water lines, water tank, pump,black tank, toilet) 4) electrical, both the AC and DC systems 5) Fridge
Finally, have fun. Take it a step at a time. Get the mechanical stuff all done so you can enjoy camping and then polish it. Don't get discouraged at the amount of time it takes to do the work. It will be a lot more hours than you think (and money), but hey it's an Airstream and there isn't anything more fun to work on.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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Well we did it
Drove to Madison WI from the Bay Area and picked up our new
home. We drove back through MN then Rapid City, over to Casper
then into Wendover NV. Stayed at a KOA ran into a nice couple with a new
22ft AS.
Nothing works in our Caravel other than the stove. Lots to do
We really need a manual or something to shorten the learning curve.
My guess is that we will have to pull the flooring up and inspect the frame.
Everything seems somewhat intact just that nothing really works.
Bit overwhelming but all doable.
Right now I am polishing the outside and clean clean clean everything I can get my hands on.

One issue is that I don't know what is original and correct and what has been messed with. The PO didn't do much to it since 2003 so the past PO's have
not been that kind to her.

Is there a good source in the Bay Area?

My first mechanical repair needs to make the refridge work or replace it.

What to do next?

Van
Ther e more than likely will be a long list of things to fix.

It's best to make a complete list of them, with prices, best you can, so that you can better budget your time and money.

Your photo shows two things that if your going to tow that Caravel again, that you should address.

Reading the following will help you in one area.

The Dura-Torque Axle

Secondly, that trailer can very easily cause you to lose control of your entire rig. Have a good full sway control load equalizing hitch installed. The back end of your vehicle is already setting low.

In the meantime, waterproofing the trailer is the first thing to do, so that you at least protect what is left. Gaskets etc, are almost always a must on older Airstreams.

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Old 04-30-2012, 10:52 PM   #4
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Van, If you have already polished make sure to seal all exterior areas where water can get in. That would include seams of panels, area around any roof openings, any mounted letters, all running/marker lights and taillights, openings on panels, all rivets on beltline mouldings and where front/rear frame goes thru skins. But don't forget to seal the areas around windows and be sure they don't leak. Are all windows glass? If not replace plexi with heat tempered glass (you can get the curved glass from InlandRV.com). The front and rear (flat) glass can be ordered from a local glass shop. Just be sure to order heat tempered auto safety glass with pencil sanded edges and rounded corners on the bottom corners. All door and window seals need to be checked for leaks and replaced as needed. (I did all mine at once)! PITA but worth it. Then once it is leak proofed start to think of your interior repairs. Hope this helps! Post pictures of you progress and be safe. Good Luck! Happy Trails, Ed
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Well we did it
Drove to Madison WI from the Bay Area and picked up our new
home. We drove back through MN then Rapid City, over to Casper
then into Wendover NV. Stayed at a KOA ran into a nice couple with a new
22ft AS.
Nothing works in our Caravel other than the stove. Lots to do
We really need a manual or something to shorten the learning curve.
My guess is that we will have to pull the flooring up and inspect the frame.
Everything seems somewhat intact just that nothing really works.
Bit overwhelming but all doable.
Right now I am polishing the outside and clean clean clean everything I can get my hands on.

One issue is that I don't know what is original and correct and what has been messed with. The PO didn't do much to it since 2003 so the past PO's have
not been that kind to her.

Is there a good source in the Bay Area?

My first mechanical repair needs to make the refridge work or replace it.

What to do next?

Van

In case you haven't found a manual, I have one for the fridge I had in a 67 Caravel. I got it online. If you need a copy send me a private email, and I'll send it to you.
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