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Old 10-14-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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Where in southern California can I get an old Caravel inspected?

I just inherited a '65 AS Caravel that has been sitting for a few years. I would like to have it looked over from top to bottom to see what works and what doesn't, what repairs are needed, etc., so I can get it ready for a road trip. I'm in the Southern California area near Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, etc. Some referrals to experienced, honest facilities or individuals would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Evans.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:21 PM   #2
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There's only ONE place to go... check out INLAND RV in Corona...

Ask for Andy or Greg...Airstream's are their business...I've bought lots of parts for our 78 AS from them. They have all the info and know what you'll need...

Check our their web site... InlandRV.com

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Old 10-14-2008, 09:36 PM   #3
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I would recommend C&G Trailer - I believe they're in Bellflower if I remember correctly.
You'll love the 65 Caravel - although I might be a little biased
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:44 PM   #4
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I've got to second Inland RV. I wish they were closer. While I've been unable to use their shop due to distance, I have bought parts from them and found them to be extremely helpful.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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I've used both C&G and Inland RV. They are both great and incredibly helpful. But if you are near LA C&G, in Bellflower, would be closer. However, if you're in Pasadena, even though Bellflower is closer it might be easier to shoot out the 210 and take the 15 south to the 91; Inland is within a mile of the intersection of the 15 and the 91 freeways.

They are both listed on the official Airstream site as dealers in So Cal.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:57 PM   #6
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since you have a vintage unit, my guess is inland rv may be a better match for you. i have a '56 flying cloud and was looking around to have a new axle put on and some frame work done. i called C&G and they were not interested in working on the vintage unit, i got the feeling they didn't deal with the frame/axle work i needed done. i ended having inland rv do all the work and greg was the guy who did the work. he put a new axle on with disc brakes, put on a new coupler and a few other things that escape me at the moment.

one final thought, you could check out uwe who did a 63 overlander remodel, he's a forum member here, and he's been restoring airstreams for awhile. he's in orange county, great guy and very knowledgeable. his website Area 63 Productions. if you're looking for some real person to person service, he may be the guy.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:22 PM   #7
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Evans.

We are the only southern California repair center, that does a 200 plus item safety check list, so that you will know everything that your Caravel needs, before you spend any money on any repairs.

We also replace original Airstream parts, with Airstream parts so that your airstream stays in the Airstream family.

We also carry over 3300 different Airstream parts in stock at all times.

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Old 10-15-2008, 12:05 AM   #8
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We highly recommend Uwe at www.area63productions.com/Area63/Home.html in Orange as well.

And we have heard good things about MEL Welcome to MEL Trailer also. MEL are the initials of 3 guys, I think. pj
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:10 AM   #9
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I was very pleased with the work C&G did on my vintage unit so don't let the age of your trailer keep you from giving them a call.
Hey - call a few places and see who you're most comfortable with.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:12 AM   #10
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We highly recommend Uwe at www.area63productions in Orange as well.

And we have heard good things about MEL Welcome to MEL Trailer also. MEL are the initials of 3 guys, I think. pj
Paula,

Yes, Mike, Erasmo and Lucas. They have done some work on my Liner and for other members of our unit.

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Old 10-15-2008, 10:37 AM   #11
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Thank you!

Many thanks to all of you for this great information. I now have several sources I can check out for future inspections, service and parts. Evans...
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Our Caravel is at C and G. in Bellflower Rod is very honest but slow as molasses. He has too much work. He did a check up for $250, then you can take her home and do some work yourself as the labor charge is 90 dollars an hour. He does not mind if you do things yourself. We are still waiting for our gal and it has been more than a few weeks. UGH WE want to get on the road and I want my husband to redo the floor.
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:22 PM   #13
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Gail,

C&G is a great place and Rod is great too but for if you want real craftsmanship on a vintage unit. See Uwe at area63. His work is stunning for the same rate as C&G.
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:20 PM   #14
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Agree with Goin. We highly recommend Uwe. He is completely restoring our 68 Ambassador and we are very pleased with his work. He has posted a thread here that showed the restoration of his own 63 Overlander. That thread speaks for itself. On top of that, Uwe has shared a great deal of restoration information on this forum for many others. He is tops in our book. paula
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