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Old 07-16-2007, 03:08 PM   #21
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barry, they do? any sort of time frame when that happens?
David,

It is my understanding that this can happen in several ways:
  • when the acquisition is made, regardless of the hassles involved, it's love at first sight (by pictures usually) and that's a wonderful thing , or
  • within the hour of the shiny object showing up on the driveway, and one realizes that all of the evils of the world are now being dealt with by others while you begin the incredible "Airstream nirvana" experience, or
  • over the course of several days or weeks as one delves into the new toy and realizes that it's going to take substantial "love" to get it to the next stage and having spent what has already been spent this is it, get 'er done and enjoy it , or
  • sometime in the distant future when it all comes together, the owner is out with it for the first time, and someone comes along and starts asking all kinds of questions about the trailer. During that process the owner realizes that they are speaking with love in their eyes and heart. Could it be any better than that? Sort of like finally recognizing that the girl you hung out with as a buddy in school is the lady you want to take to the graduation party and are going to marry and live with for the rest of your lives . Particularly now that she quit eating worms, and cleans under her nails...... , or
If none of the above happens you have a sad, lonely and hapless life. You'll probably go buy some hugely expensive SOB and watch and hear it rot right before your very eyes, and within two years you will be forced to go buy another one, and the cycle will continue (do you hear Elton John singing yet?) and you will never achieve your life's goals and never have a happy ending.....

There, how was that for an answer...

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HURRAY! The worry is over now let the camping begin!
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Old 07-16-2007, 03:27 PM   #23
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barry, great answer. i'd have to say yes to the first 3 and really look forward to the 4th one.

i've had some time lately to start thinking about my FC again which is great. i'm looking forward to working on it again as there is nothing quite like it. i've been getting absorbed in tanks, pex and the like.

by the way, to the original poster, i'm glad you received your caravel. you have a real gem. we can't wait to see pictures.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:25 PM   #24
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Thanks all! It was a lot like giving birth - so much pain the process but once I saw her pretty face all was forgotten (almost).
With it brought a whole list of projects, as you can imagine, but it's so fun. But next on my list will be learning to go in reverse and figuring out how to reconnect the brakes (PO disconnected the wires).
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:42 PM   #25
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Thanks all! It was a lot like giving birth - so much pain the process but once I saw her pretty face all was forgotten (almost).
With it brought a whole list of projects, as you can imagine, but it's so fun. But next on my list will be learning to go in reverse and figuring out how to reconnect the brakes (PO disconnected the wires).
If the brakes were disconnected it may be because they had problems with them binding. That has been my experience in the past when I've picked up trailers with the brake wires cut. If this were me I'd be pulling the drums off and inspecting the brakes at the same time as I was rewiring them. It's not very expensive to replace or repair them if they are not in good shape, and it also allows you to inspect and repack the wheel bearings while you are at it so you know that everything is in good condition. Better to do this at home than on the side of the road. These are all little things that as an owner of a new-to-you trailer you should do just to make sure it's all in good condition. The on-going maintenance is only a small part of the equation relative to when you first acquire it.

Have fun, this is all part of the "round the campfire" stories you can share when it's all done.

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Old 07-16-2007, 10:06 PM   #26
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PO said he disconnected because he had a powerful tow vehicle with antilock brakes and didn't want to get a brake controller so just disconnected them (he towed flat short distances to the beach). I have NO idea if this sounds reasonable but I'm hoping it's the case. If it is, is it an easy fix to reconnect? (If they're good that is...)
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:23 PM   #27
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Axle?

Does this have a new axle? 65's Caravels were know to have weak axles - so instead of spending $$$$ on brakes, looking into a new axle (that comes with new brakes) might be the way to go!
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Yes, the axle was replaced about 5-7 years ago...
My PO didn't have it long - 4 years or so. He got it to have a warm place to change and have coffee while surfing but the wife was't into it so he had to sell. His PO put on the axle and my PO disconnected the brakes.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:57 PM   #29
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It sounds like you are in good shape then. A quick inspection just to make sure all is well, some wiring (easy stuff to do) and you can get out and try that puppy out. Pictures, we love to have pictures.

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