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Old 05-12-2022, 02:48 PM   #1
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68 Caravel interior remodel

I have had my Caravel for almost 20 years. I did significant work the second year I owned it, and it has been very little trouble since then. The original layout was a dinette in the front, and a gaucho on the side.

There was one major thing that I was tired of, and that was folding the gaucho out into a bed every night, and folding it away in the morning. Often we would fold down the dinette into a bed and just leave it down for the whole trip, but then we didn't have a table to eat at. So I finally decided to remodel to a permanent bed in the front (using a matress from a modern Bambi 16) and a dinette on the side. My goal was to make it match what remained of the interior and make it look as original as possible, because I love the feel of the trailer.

While doing that remodel I decided to include a reversable install of a composting toilet, to help relieve the anxiety of camping with an 8 gallon black tank.

The only other major thing I included was an external power connection, because the old method of running a hose out through a hole in the side compartment was annoying, and a great opening for bugs and mice. I reused that hole to ventilate the composting toilet, and it is well sealed now.

All ready to enjoy for another 20 years, I hope! If you have any questions, ask away! You can see many more details here on my blog


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Old 05-13-2022, 04:38 PM   #2
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Nice updates and the new dinette location is a better use of space imo. I would love to hear your reviews of the toilet change after some time passes.
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Old 05-13-2022, 04:40 PM   #3
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Looks great!

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Old 05-13-2022, 05:27 PM   #4
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A great job of updating while still keeping with the original look.
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:40 PM   #5
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This was a very nice update to your trailer, it turned out beautifully. Your write up(s) in the "old timey" journal are very well written and explained.

This was my biggest complaint in our 19 ft 61 Globetrotter. I don't like making up a bed daily. When un rallies we do happy hour, potluck and then campfire. Coming back to the trailer after that to do the "make the bed" dance was not enjoyable.

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Old 05-14-2022, 06:39 AM   #6
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Steph, great work. it's nice to see your trailer again
i got so much inspiration from you to do my own trailer, thank you again for that.
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Old 05-14-2022, 09:30 AM   #7
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Thanks, all! My time spent during the pandemic taking the woodworking for mere mortals' online course definitely paid off! I was happy to finally have the skills to do what I had been thinking about for years.

We would be camping in it this weekend if our tow vehicle hadn't broke down two days before leaving, so now it's in the shop waiting for parts and we're enjoying a 'staycation'!

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