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Old 10-30-2004, 12:29 AM   #1
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Trip to pick up 1970 Caravel Successful

Hello All!
Thanks for all the advice on retrieving the 1970 18' Caravel I inherited.
We left Eastern WA headed for Lyman WY on Tuesday morning. Made it back today (Friday). For details, check out:

Once our budget has recovered from the trip, we will begin to get it in working order. As this is our first RV of any kind, we will have lots of questions .. . wiring, plumbing, propane valves, etc. etc. etc.

At this point, I don't even know enough to know what questions to ask!
Can't wait to take a LEISURLY trip with it some time next summer or fall!

Karen R.

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Old 10-30-2004, 02:00 AM   #2
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Congrats on your long and relatively uneventful trip. The Caravel looks like a real gem. I'm sure the owners manual will be a big help in getting the hang of how everything works, and someone here can help answer any other questions you have.

I couldn't tell from the pictures, but what is the layout like inside? It is completely different from my 68.


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Old 10-30-2004, 03:45 AM   #3
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Karen R,
'Glad your trip to retrieve your Caravel went so well! It looks to be a neat little trailer. With some creative updating you will have a nifty get-away unit! I enjoyed your photos and write-up of the journey.
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Old 10-30-2004, 05:04 AM   #4
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Karen.... congrats! Excellent Caravel. You did well. You'll enjoy it for many years to come!

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Old 10-30-2004, 05:26 AM   #5
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Congratulations on your very nice unit! Enjoy.
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Old 10-30-2004, 08:01 AM   #6
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What treasures: your Caravel, the eulogy, your friendship with a remarkable man. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 10-30-2004, 08:14 AM   #7
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looks like you got a nice one!

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Old 10-30-2004, 08:39 AM   #8
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Looks great - as far as where to start - the best thing to do is start from the bottom and go up in - so start with tires/axles/breaks - belly - skin/windows - leaks, then go inside the trailer furn/systems etc.

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Old 10-30-2004, 09:59 AM   #9
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What a great adventure! Looks like a gem!
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Old 10-30-2004, 10:11 PM   #10
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Hello Again,
Thanks for all your congrats! And thanks for the suggestions for how to get started on getting this cute little AS in working order.

Stephanie, I added some more photos
( ) that depict the interior lay-out a little better. The front is a dining room table (which I assume can be converted into a bed). Facing the back - on the left hand side - the door is next. Then the fridge. Next is a divider. Facing towards the back on the left is a bed which can be pulled out from a single to double. In the back right is a little sink - then the toilet/shower combination. Moving back forward accross from the bed is a closet. Looking forward after the divider is the stove and then kitchen sink before you get back to the table in the front again.
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Old 10-31-2004, 07:56 AM   #11
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Karen, your Caravel appears to be in remarkably good condition. As former owner of a '71, I don't mind saying that the '69 thru '71 Caravels are my favorite little vintage models.
Your LP tanks appear to be aluminum, which is a big bonus. If they don't already have now legally required OPD valves, a propane dealer can install them for about $30 each. In case you are not aware, there is room behind those tanks to mount a spare tire.
Be very gentle with that rockguard. That was the first thing that broke on mine. The frame is much flimsier than the newer ones and that plastic becomes brittle with age. Newer rockguards have lexan panels
Various floorplans were available. I am attaching a floorplan of a '69 which is very similar to yours except that yours has a front dinette rather than a gaucho couch.
Best of luck with your new treasure. For photos of my '71, see:
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