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Old 03-04-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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1965 Caravel Table Setup

We bought a 1965 Caravel last fall that was stripped. We have most or all of the hardware and a lot of patterns. I've begun to rebuild the cabinetry in mahogany and it looks great.

One thing I can't figure out is how the table is set up. I'm not sure we have all the hardware. We plan to refurbish the trailer and hope to be able to use the table as originally designed.

Can anyone help us with drawings or pictures that explain how the table is set up in the down, then finally the up position?

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Old 03-04-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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Are you doing the front dinette layout, or the front gaucho with the pull out side table?
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:48 PM   #3
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Front Gaucho

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We're doing the front and side gaucho layout. We're hoping to use the table between the two gauchos.

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Best bet is to look in the Archives section of Vintage Airstream Home. The '65 Caravel had a couple options for the table arrangement. With the front couch that went all the way across the front of the trailer, there were two small tables that folded out from each wall leaving a gap between. With the L-shaped front couch, the table folded out from the wall next to the door. Best solution, unless you're stuck on originality, is to convert to a dinnette arangement with the table centered on the front window. Build it to convert to a large single bed. Darol
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:14 PM   #5
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Hello, I have the front couch and side couch set up. If I were you and had a blank slate I would design and build a front dinette. Purely personal preference on my part. I think the two side tables are a real pita.

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Here's what we had in mind

Chris and Darol-

Thanks for the replies. I forget where the attached picture is from, but this is what we had in mind. Both of you said you'd prefer the dinette. Is the pita problem in setup or comfort? Can you expand?

We've been torn between the two designs, but thought we'd have the best of both worlds with this table setup. Sounds like your experiences say otherwise.

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John, Table/seating arrangement is personal preferance. The arrangement in the photo is good for two people, each getting their own table and able to get in/out of the couch without disturbing the other. With the L-shaped wrap-around couch popular on the '66 and '67 Caravels, the first and second persons to sit down are there for the duration of the meal. A dinnette arrangement allows for a larger table and easy access for two people and three in a "pinch." Look at the archive photos for the '68 Caravel. The dinnette table of that year attatched to the front wall just slightly off-center and came out at an angle allowing a longer roadside cushion to accommodate two people with a third on the curbside. I've done two Caravels, '65 and '66, with dinnettes and the owners have been pleased with the results. Darol
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Hi, The pita I refer to is the lack of back support for the person sitting on the side couch. Plus my Caravel has a piece of wood that sticks up to the level of the cushion as well. That makes it tough on the legs.

So if, lets say, you and a couple friends want to play cards or something, having a large single table is good. I like to sit across the table rather than side by side too. I feel it is more conducive to conversation.

If you wanted to stay totally original. Keep the tables. They aren't that bad. I kept mine that way because I didn't have the time to design a new front dinette at the time.

Mine looks basically like the photo you posted. The other table would go on the other side. I can also hook both tables together and make one long one off the streetside.
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My 68 has the original dinette arrangement. It has the angled table. We really like it. It easily seats four, and folds down into a bed for two if necessary. It's very comfortable as a table, and we keep it set up that way most of the time.
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Thanks all

Chris, Darol and Stephanie,

We'll definitely rethink our front design -- dinette vs. gaucho. We're still a ways away from that installation. With tomorrow's forecast, I can finally start glueing in the bubble foil insulation. Maybe the New England weather will cooperate and this project can finally get started outside!

I'll start a thread on the progress once we get going.

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I have a 68 with the front table. Wouldn't want it any other way. We live in NE Ct should you be in the area and want a peek. Drop me a line.
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Check your PM

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Thanks for the offer. I think it would really help to see it in person.

Please check your PM's.

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