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Old 07-20-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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1966 Caravel - price check?

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We are brand spankin' new to the airstream world.
Trying to make an old dream come true.
From what I've found poking around here a bit, there are MANY variables to consider.
But still... can anyone weigh in on whether $12500 for a 1966 caravel is crazy?
I know, but the weekend is looming!
Thanks so much!
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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Has it been refurbished? Are the appliances original? What can you tell us about it?
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:57 PM   #3
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Condition means everything! More details - have you poked around it in person yet?
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:07 PM   #4
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I am so thankful to get a reply!
I cant tell you too much. We are going to check it out on Sunday...
But, so far know that it has an a/c, electric fridge and a good body.
I don't believe refurbished.

We just had a dealing with a scammer from MT on a Bambi, so don't know what to think anymore!
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If it's original condition with old appliances and a non-RV fridge, that price would be much too high for MY tastes, but free opinions are worth what they cost y'know?

As Stefrobrts said, condition is key. A well-maintained and modernized '66 Caravel with all the seals fresh, a solid floor and frame throughout, newish axles and no problems could be worth that. A polished, fully-updated trailer with all new fixtures and appliances and plumbing and floors and upholstery could command a lot more, but lots of sellers have their parents' trailer that has the original axles, obsolete wheels, iffy floors, ancient seals on windows and doors and hasn't been used in a decade and they are convinced it's worth a fortune because they watch American Pickers.

See the trailer and evaluate everything with a critical eye before you start thinking about traveling in it... first things first!
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #6
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I reply appreciate the info.
Again, we are new to this and don't really know how easy it will be to come across a little trailer.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #7
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66 is unique

First of all it has corning windows. I love 'em. Make sure all the window opening crank assemblies are there.... They are expensive. If there are any replacements with Lexan...that's a downer. The floor by the entry, the floor by the battery compartment, etc around the perimeter. Don't fall for a Pergo floor covering...it hides a lot. The underside of the upper cabinets will show water leak damage from the vents and stove fan area. The refrigerator plastic vent over the counter crack badly. See if it has a newer converter and a new battery....both are necessary and add up the cost. The the big one...on a 66 the toilet sits directly on the black tank. If the top is cracked, and you can't see it....(maybe with a flash light thru the closet) thats an expensive job and the leaks have probably caused frame and insulation damage. Air conditioning is usually placed in the old fan hole....thats a cosmetic nightmare. An awning is a plus. Make sure all the screens and frames are there too...remember the curved windows...same for the screens.
So, you can see that for 12,500 and you need to deal with some or all of those problems....your in it to deep.
Axle and wheel/tires is always a consideration too.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:50 PM   #8
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Thank you! That is a lot of very valuable info for me.

Can anyone share how "easy' it would be to find a reasonable one for a reasonable price?

And what would a reasonable price be?

At this point, be thankful you don't have to live with me. Round and round, only thing I talk about...
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Since your from NJ there are a few trailers for sale at the Airstream campground in Cape May County NJ (Jersey Shore Airstream Haven) might be worth a trip to check them out. Private sales by people that stay or use to stay there, last I heard there were 5 for sale I think 1 was a 199* 22' or 23' tandem axle for around $12,000.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:56 PM   #10
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Some good information for what to look for can be found here: Price vs Condition

Print it off and study it before you go look...but the bottomine is $12.5K sounds pretty high unless it is restored, everything is in working order & it's been polished - then the price could start at the $12.5K level.

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Old 07-20-2012, 01:59 PM   #11
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Thank you!
As far as goign to Cape May to check out, we would totally be up for that!
The 22 or 23 is too big for us, though. Hopefully there might be something smaller, too.
We wanted a Bambi, but they seemed to be too costly, so we thought we could go up to a caravel. but that's probably pushing the limits for us.
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What's pushing your limits? Tow vehicle? Storage space?

Bambi's & Caravels are basically the smallest vintage trailers - the newer they are, the more they weigh though. Small = more $$$

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There's a 67 Caravel on eBay right now, with a new bathroom installed by a dealer it says. Starting bid $12,500.

From the pictures, that one looks like it may be worth $12,500. But anything less would not be. Be patient, they are out there for a lot less, then you can make them your own with hard work. They mean a lot more to you that way. :-)
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:26 PM   #14
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Yep, tow vehicle, storage space and use..

I've wanted one for so long and now, have someone who actually shares my dream.
I dont want my bubble to burst!
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