Yeah the bug bit us bad! My wife keeps looking at the pictures of yours and really want's to get started on ours. Just been so covered up this year that I didn't have time. Heck where we inherited it we didn't even have a suitable tow rig. So we sold two vehciles and bought two vehicles to get the Tow rig and a car that was going to work out better for my wife.
Going to take a week off soon and try to get the floor redone. I want to spend X-mas break on the beach in the Keys!
We have a whole list of Airstream goodies we want to buy. I want the jack plate as soon as I can find a jack wheel. We want the key rings and golf shirts. Of course we have to get the door mat from www.airstream.com
I am going to get my buddy to make a Airstream sticker (owns a sign shop) for the back window of our burb that looks like the one on the camper. I'll have him put 1959
Caravanner under it. I'll get you a price if you like.
Should be pretty cheap.
My wife has a ton of stuff she wants to go with the theme we decided on. It's being renamed "Chili Pepper" (My wifes user name here as well). I had picked "Toaster" when I loged on gathering information because it reminded me of my mothers old Toastmaster toaster (that I found in her basement and still works and now goes with the camper) We are going with a bunch of stuff from www.tabassco.com
store to go with the theme.
Yeah its "addictive".
When I joined this board there was only one other Caravanner owner that I noticed. They have not been active here that I have noticed. They had a 70's ( I think 77). I thought we had a very uncommon model. In additin to yours another Caravanner owner has shown up this week. Bailey56 in this post
. So if your parrents get the other 58 then there will be 4 of us with 50's models.
From what I gather looking at www.vintageairstream.com
the Caravanner ran 56-59 then resurfaced 70-78.
I really think for the size the Caravanner has one of the best floor plans. It has outstanding storage space. I really like the perment bed. I plan to make the Goucho slide out to make a second full bed for my daughters to share. With the fold up table ours was equiped with it will give them some play room on the floor if the weather is bad. LOVE the amount of light the street side windows let in. Awsome amount of counter space when you see some of the other models lay out of the era. The 70's version is layed out more like a 60's Caravel
The wet bath really doesn't bother me in the least. It optimizes the available space so what minor inconveinces it will cause I can live with. I'll just get a rubber doormat for the shower pan that has good flow through. Keep the kids out when it's wet.