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Old 02-14-2007, 03:23 PM   #15
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The amount of money required to make a vintage Airstream campable is inversely proportional to the square of the purchase price. $3000 is statistically the median point.
Meaning figure another $6000 to make it good to go? Paid $3500 for the Trade Wind, so far spent $3100 and I still haven't seen the inside! Some of us are born to restore others destined to be in the right place at the right time.
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:24 PM   #16
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So is there any reason a Caravel should take a back seat to a Bambi?
Nope...the Caravel is an updated Bambi.

Bambi & Bambi II up to 1961-64 and
Caravel after that 1965-71.

Essentially the same, Airstream's smallest model for those years

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What I do find very surprising is the low prices on the larger AS trailers right now. If I had a longer driveway you can bet I would be adding a 34' Excella to the corral.
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What would be the chances for survival of a mom and pop industry taking the middle out of Excellas, riveting them back together to make designer Caravels? Would you need to lighten the frame?
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Rick and Sandy, is that like a remuda? Always liked that word since the days of Rawhide back when TV was free and more show than commercials.
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Old 02-19-2007, 08:48 AM   #21
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Can someone please give me the overall height (with inflated tires) and width of a '65 Caravel. I presume 17 foot includes rear bumper and tongue.

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Old 02-19-2007, 09:38 AM   #22
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What would be the chances for survival of a mom and pop industry taking the middle out of Excellas, riveting them back together to make designer Caravels? Would you need to lighten the frame?
I think the frame sections were a bit lighter on some of the shorter trailers. You would also have to mess around with the axle mount points. But I think it is a grand idea, but suspect that the labor involved would kill the profit margin pretty quickly A bit off subject but due to the long cold winter nights and too much time on my hands (yeah right!) I have been playing with the idea of making my 80 model 31' Excella II a rear entrance FB with curved glass in the rear quarters Not the panorama stuff (can't find a suitable donor). Ahh the pleasures of dreaming

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Can someone please give me the overall height (with inflated tires) and width of a '65 Caravel. I presume 17 foot includes rear bumper and tongue.

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Yes, Airstream lengths include the bumper & tongue. Although sometimes they rounded the sizes "up" and other times they rounded "down", year-to -year it may change in their marketing. The best thing is to have someone measure their same model year as the one you are looking for...but even that is tough because they are round on top.

You may find this thread helpful...although the heights can vary quite a bit based on wheels, tires, age & condition of the shocks & axle, whether it has an air conditioner and what model if it does. If you are trying to get it in a standard size, residential garage door...it most likely won't fit.

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I want to get a price on transporting via flatbed trailer about 1200 miles and the maximum height is what is most critical. I think if I had the height of the aluminum shell I could work from there.

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Can someone please tell me what braking system I should expect to be on a '65 Caravel?

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Can someone please tell me what braking system I should expect to be on a '65 Caravel?

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Barry,

Electric drum brakes.

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Problem Posting on Yesterday's Tractor Hauling Schedule

I don't have the Title in my hand yet but will in a few days. Next step is to get a determination of roadworthyness by a knowledgeable member here, but I am also looking into having it hauled from FL to PA. I have been trying to post a "Need hauled" on the Yesterday's Tractor site but it comes up "error".

http://www.ytmag.com/cgi-bin/haulquery.pl

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Berry: You have my attention, did you buy a 65 Caravel, now you need to get it home to PA from FL? You know it,s not real until we see a picture
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