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Old 03-01-2011, 09:22 PM   #1
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Just bought a 1980 Caravelle 20'.

Hi all,
I've been lurking on this site for months reading about all of the fun you all are having. I finally pulled the trigger on a 20' Caravelle. I've never seen it except for a few pictures but It seems like it will be great for my family it has a funky bunkbed above the front gaucho and it has some stuff built out of 2x2s and PVC pipe but Mark says it is roadworthy with a good body I am going to pick it up or have it delivered from 1000 miles away. I live in UT and the trailer is in Kansas with Mark Evans who seems to a standup guy. Am I totally crazy? I still can't believe my wife went along with it. I hope that I'll be able to camp without too much work and then I'll start really working on it after I finish all the projects I have left in the house.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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Hi all,
I've been lurking on this site for months reading about all of the fun you all are having. I finally pulled the trigger on a 20' Caravelle. I've never seen it except for a few pictures but It seems like it will be great for my family it has a funky bunkbed above the front gaucho and it has some stuff built out of 2x2s and PVC pipe but Mark says it is roadworthy with a good body I am going to pick it up or have it delivered from 1000 miles away. I live in UT and the trailer is in Kansas with Mark Evans who seems to a standup guy. Am I totally crazy? I still can't believe my wife went along with it. I hope that I'll be able to camp without too much work and then I'll start really working on it after I finish all the projects I have left in the house.
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You're probably crazy. That just means you belong here with the rest of us.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:29 PM   #3
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I finish all the projects I have left in the house.
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I'm calling B.S. on this...

Welcome to the forums and I hope your Airstreams trip home is uneventful.

Please, keep us posted.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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That would depend on which member of my family that you asked. As of now, I am sticking with my statement especially if my wife would happen to read this.
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Welcome.. .. Yeah I'll just start camping with it then work on things over time . . . .oh whats that spot on the floor. . . hey is that leaking. . .honey help me drill out all these rivots holding the shell onto the trailer. . .pass me those jacks to raise this thing up . .. why did I buy this??

Welcome to the club. Hope you enjoy your new hobby.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:53 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forums and the wonderful world of Airstreaming!

As you may know your Caravelle is kind of a rare bird. They only made the Caravelle series for one year and only about a hundred of them.

Caravelles are narrower than other Airstreams of that era (about 7 ft as opposed to 8 ft) which has its pluses and minuses. The plus is that they are easy to tow in tight spots--I love ours for that reason. The minus is that the center aisle is on the tight side.

Bottom line is, we love our 1980 Caravelle 22 ft.

Notice if you scroll down to the bottom of the main page, you will see that Airforums has forums for every model, so there's one for us Caravelle owners to talk about things unique to this model.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:34 PM   #7
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Thanks for the tip on the Caravelle page. I will check it out! I sought out the smaller size for ease of towing, storage, and drive through cheeseburgers. I had thought about an Argosy too, but this one came up and the stars aligned. I like sleeping in tents so this baby looks like the ultimate luxury to me. If the fridge works, I will be in absolute heaven! If not, you guys can tell me how to fix it right?
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Welcome to the Forum!!! I own a Sister to your trailer! I Love her and call her Suzie Belle. If you want any more pics e-mail me. Don
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