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Old 04-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #15
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From the pictures it looks really well done. It will be neat to find out what exactly is going on there
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:40 PM   #16
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Good looking trailer

Congrats on a great looking Caravel!

We replaced the same panel on a '65. Obviously, it requires removing the furniture and inner skin. When done -- and if you are careful -- it can be replaced for a reasonable cost. The materials aren't outrageous. Search "renovation of gutted caravel" and you should find our story. PM me if you want more details, with the understanding that I frequent this forum every so often.

As Steff said, patches work well and they don't have to be permanent. I love the ideal of getting out camping first and -- if you are like us -- fall in love with your Airstream and fix it up well.

It's too easy on these forums to get caught up in the restoration and forget the enjoyment. Caravel's are surprisingly comfortable and well designed. We spent 4 months in one last year and are still married!

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Old 04-30-2011, 07:54 PM   #17
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The title shows it as a 1968 and on the front and rear it says, Robert Crist and Co. Chicago Ill.-Mesa Ariz. The title has the vehicle id. # as 0718J164
It was a long day, I left at 6am and got back just before 12 midnight. I inspected it today and I need window cranks for the kitchen and screw top for the propane tank. The guy painted the sink, shower stall and took out the toilet. I do have the toilet but not sure if it works. Is there a place I can find the sink and shower structure. Other than that it's just old and needs TLC.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:58 PM   #18
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John and Steff: I should say the airstream pulls nicely and didn't have a bit of trouble with it. Johh, I agree, I'll work on the inside getting drapes and cushions so it is more livable, take it out for a weekend and enjoy it. I also realize it has a converter but no battery and not sure how to hook it up. bob
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:09 PM   #19
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You'll have to post some pictures and see if we can help you figure out stuff like where the battery goes. Mine was located behind the gaucho, in the side compartment, next to the Univolt (the original charger, mine was a very heavy blue box).

The bathroom insert is hard to find, though they come available occasionally when other folks gut their trailers to rebuild them. They are one big fiberglass piece.

Congrats on getting it home safe!
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Steff: I'll get pictures soon, my computer will not allow me to open files and folders, so I will have to get a Norton;s disk to find the virus. It's nice to be home with the silver bullet.
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I see "Jetco prodcuts" is listing their polish kit on line for 127 dollars. Is this the right product to use? Also, is there an on-line auction other than ebay where I can bid on parts? thanks for all your help! bob
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