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Old 01-14-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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I got it: 1970 Caravel

Snowstorm and all we brought "Hanz" home today. 1970 Caravel. He has sat for 12 years, and will need lots of "fixin", but when we hooked him up to the PV all the lights, inside and outside, worked. Pics to follow, just have to rework them into a size I can post here. --Dwight
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:27 PM   #2
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Congratulations!!!
I bought one of those trailers that have been sitting for the past 10 years. Get ready to buy some parts!! Besides spending the money I'm having a lot of fun fixing it up.
One of these days when I figure out how to make up a web page I'll post all the before and after photo's.
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:27 PM   #3
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Congrats! That's a long time sittin', sounds like you might have your work cut out for you. Good news that the lights are working!
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:38 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums and Congrats on your Airstream!
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:03 PM   #5
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Welcome aboard, Nice to see another 70's hit the forum as well as an Ohioan. Mine also sat for awhile but wasent all that bad. After the rear 4' of ply and other things the old girl is pretty solid. Good luck Robert
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:45 PM   #6
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Bet You'll Like the Caravel

I own a 1971 Caravel model. Is your floorplan the one with a front dinette and a rear corner sofa? It also has a side wet bath. If it is, that model was the inspiration for the Anniversary edition in 2006. Enjoy the Caravel. It's a great AS.
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:50 PM   #7
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Thumbs up Congrads

Welcome!!
You are going to love it! Am glad to see another Caravel owner taking the leap to restore one of these little gems. Your wing windows are the more normal later C-shape so they won't be impossible to find if one breaks. Be sure to post pictures soon. Always liked the little sink that they added that year next to the rear gaucho. Do you have a dinette or gaucho up front? Be sure to use the forums check out other Caravel owner posts.

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Old 01-14-2008, 09:28 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the encouraging responses!

Wanted to get some photos, of Hanz, posted tonight but life got in the way, will do my best to get that done sometime tomorrow.

answers to some of the questions follow:

"Is your floorplan the one with a front dinette and a rear corner sofa? It also has a side wet bath." -- yes

"Do you have a dinette or gaucho up front?" -- dinette

"It also has a side wet bath." -- yes


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Old 01-15-2008, 03:39 AM   #9
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Nice vintage

Congratulations Dwight!

You've found quite a desirable AS that will be a joy to camp in. I obtained my '69 Caravel last year after it had sat for numerous years as well (can't begin to count how many bees nests I discovered in it). Both VTS and Inland Andy will be a great source for replacement vents and various other hard to find parts.
Hey Silver Steve, nice to see another fellow Virginian with the same model and year!

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Old 01-15-2008, 08:30 AM   #10
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Another congrats, Dwight!

I love those Caravel floorplans from the ~70's. Did you see the article in Airstream Life about the similarities of those trailers with the Dave Winick designed 75th Anniv. Bambi? Very cool!
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:35 AM   #11
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Finally got the first set of photos posted to the web, these were taken right after getting him home, I had to post them elsewhere since I'm on a borrowed computer and didn't feel right about downloading Irfanview to be able to resize and compress them (I miss my Mac...)

They are at: http://picasaweb.google.com/DevlorStudio

DPeakMD wrote: "Did you see the article in Airstream Life about the similarities of those trailers with the Dave Winick designed 75th Anniv. Bambi?" -- No, sounds like there is yet another magazine I need to subscribe to...

Hanz, my AS, has been sadly neglected, the good thing is that while he sat for all those years he was in a barn.

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Old 01-15-2008, 10:04 AM   #12
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I'm from Lorain! If your ever in the area, there are several of us out this way that would love to meet you. (and your trailer)!

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Welcome, Fellow 70's Fanatic! What's the color scheme in this little gem? You're gonna love the family here on the forums! Greatest people on earth...almost!
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:35 AM   #14
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Didn't run the link thru a text editor to remove the html coding/formating, hope this works better.

Picasa Web Albums - DevlorStudio

Think I have the beginnings of a restoration plan put together, will live, 3 season in it, while I build my retirement cabin here on the kids farm this spring/summer/fall. Will need to get a new range/oven in it, and working, and get the fridge working on 110V, no need to work on plumbing yet as it will be close to the house. Then will start a fairly complete restore, how much that takes will depend on what is found as I remove some of the furniture/cabinets.

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