I haven't posted much since, with my '65 Caravel
, I have learned most of what I needed to know just by searching the forums and I'm not great with computers. On Saturday, however, I became the proud new owner of a little gem - a 1949 Trailwind #5034. There isn't as much info on this older aluminum tent so I thought I'd throw a few questions out as I continue to search. Oh, and thanks Fred for all the wonderful initial info!
I may have met some of you at the Four Corners Unit's rally in April. I was "Vanna" during the auction
So... her name is "Zephyr" - I realize its the wrong model for the name and may be a bit confusing to people, but it's actually from one of my favorite songs:
Fly away on my zephyr
I feel it more than ever
And in this perfect weather
We'll find a place together
In the water where I center my emotion
All the world can pass me by
Fly away on my zephyr
We're gonna live forever
The basics - she is 18', skin would be in excellent shape if it weren't for her scuba mask of a back window, which will be coming off soon - a previous owner wanted a functional rear window. She is gutted, but I have the original, stainless 2-cabinet-with-an-icebox-and-sink unit and the aluminum upper cabinet frames. I also have the wheel well exterior skirts, exterior lights (though only two intact glass lenses) and one original hehr vent. I don't think the other vent is original - it has a yellowed plastic fan with lights around it.
The tube frame is in excellent condition with no significant rust and all fins still attached. I'm in Utah and it's been here a while, but I don't know where the trailer spent all of it's 61 years. The floor is out but the belly pan is still attached and in remarkably excellent shape! Paid $4000. So, questions...
1. There is no floor channel, only aluminum tabs attached to the exterior skin which (I guess) were screwed into the floor every foot or so. The floor was out when we bought her, so I don't know how the old floor was attached.
2. Why are there two different colors of rivets on skin which does not appear to have been changed? Some yellowish, some normal aluminum.
3. Where do people put water, grey and black tanks on these old beauties and what sizes? Its for us plus 2 kids (sometimes
) 60/40 boondocking. There's a lot of room vertically with that big pipe, but since it's in the middle, it seems the grey tank and the pipes into it would have to be on the same side. I'm thinking remove some of the aluminum fins and replace with shallower steel channel/angle so I would have a bigger space. I'd rather not do a full frame replacement since it's in such good shape, but I would if I needed to.
4. Is the skin still 2024 .025 alclad like the '65 caravel
5. What aluminum is the interior skin?
6. Any suggestions or links to threads on adding a side bath? I'm thinking a fixed bed in the back and a wrap-around dinette up front with a street side, small, aluminum wet bath. How small is too small for such a creation? I'll be replacing that side panel anyway due to old cutouts, so I can move the window which is in the way.
7. The belly trim is badly corroded. What have people done to replace these?
In contrast to the caravel
, I'll be bringing Zephyr back more in a resto-mod style rather than perfectly original. I will be using the SS galley, but I'm actually thinking of putting two tip-out window 'eyes' in the back, a la the 1937 Clippers.
Since space and finances control, we'll be selling the caravel
and just when she's at the fun stage of refinish! I'll post something soon, but she's a '65 with new axel, floor, exterior side panel, custom black tank, fantastic fan, etc. We're into in it more, but are thinking $7000.
Looking forward to any and all comments/suggestions!