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Old 08-28-2019, 04:57 PM   #1
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New 2020 Caravels

We have a new section of the forum to discuss the 2020 (and later) models.

The Caravel moniker has returned after an almost 50 year hiatus for 2020 with 4 floor plans in four lengths. New models include 16', 19', 20' and 22' and all are single axle models.

The Caravel name was first seen in 1956 and was in production in 17 and 18' models through 1971.
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Old 08-28-2019, 05:27 PM   #2
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Woo! Thanks for adding this section Janet!

We've just ordered our 2020 Caravel 20FB with awning package and should take delivery late October.

In the meantime, we keep watching Patrick's walk through to hold us over until we have our very own.

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When we get it, we have a few modifications we plan to make to the inside.

Looking forward to seeing the posts from other Caravel owners!
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Old 08-28-2019, 05:47 PM   #3
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Old 09-03-2019, 03:58 PM   #4
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Our first weekend trip went great with our new 16. We debated buying a 19 in exchange for the 16 sport we already had. However we always liked the 16s floor plan better. I think the new 16 Caravell addressed the upgrades that we needed. Mostly storage. It doesn’t seem like much but the cabinets are so much bigger that everything can be stored away. Now there is no shuffling boxes around at bedtime when we change the dinette to a bed. The ducted air makes it possible to sleep with the AC on at a preset temperature. The AC alone was worth the upgrade.
Basically it’s everything our sport was just better.
A few minor things need fixing but all in all very nice.
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Awesome! Congrats! Can't wait to receive ours and take that first trip.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:03 PM   #6
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Our first weekend trip went great with our new 16. We debated buying a 19 in exchange for the 16 sport we already had. However we always liked the 16s floor plan better. I think the new 16 Caravell addressed the upgrades that we needed. Mostly storage. It doesn’t seem like much but the cabinets are so much bigger that everything can be stored away. Now there is no shuffling boxes around at bedtime when we change the dinette to a bed. The ducted air makes it possible to sleep with the AC on at a preset temperature. The AC alone was worth the upgrade.
Basically it’s everything our sport was just better.
A few minor things need fixing but all in all very nice.
They look amazing. Was there any issue having no bathroom sink.
I love the 16 RB over the 19 SB
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:23 AM   #7
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They look amazing. Was there any issue having no bathroom sink.
I love the 16 RB over the 19 SB
Having a bathroom sink would be nice but not a big deal to us. It just means you canít leave dishes in the kitchen sink close to bedtime. Some on this forum consider the wet bath a deal breaker. We really have no issue with it at all. The bathroom stays nice and clean. Using the curtain offers plenty of privacy for a shower and access to the closet and bedroom area.
Outside of a separate shower we really didnít see any significant benefit to the 19 over the 16 and prefer the layout of the 16. The only upgrade we would really find useful would be a dedicated bed for the boy but that doesnít come until at least a 23 which is a different animal.
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Thank you,
We also preferred the layout of the 16 over the 19.
We are going to spend some more time in it to get a better feel for it.
Any thing else we should focus on when we view it again.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:54 AM   #9
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I canít really think of anything major. Stand in the bath and make sure your comfortable for a shower. We like it but as I said some seem to have an issue with it. The holding tanks are on the small side so if you camp without hookups and like long showers you could be limited. This can be negated by use of the outdoor shower and campground facilities.
We never really felt a need for anything bigger. We had a sport 16 and the only thing we needed was a bit more storage space. We had some clothing and food stored in baskets. Not such a big deal until bedtime when we had to shuffle things around to change the dinette into a bed. The larger cabinets in the Caravell remedied this perfectly.
The other thing we disliked on the sport was the noisy a/c. Now we can run the a/c and watch a movie or actually sleep.
If we really wanted or needed ďeverythingĒ in a camper we would go with the 25 for sure. That would require a new truck and storage space I canít accommodate nor justify now. The 19,20 and 22 I just donít see as any benefit for us.
Another thing to keep in mind is 17 mpg towing with my Grand Cherokee and the availability of last minute reservations at busy campgrounds.
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I picked up my Caravel 20FB last Saturday! Iím going to take her on our maiden voyage next weekend. Itíll likely be a dry run (literally) as she was winterized by the dealer prior to my picking her up. Excited for this new adventure!
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