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Old 11-06-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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Hi all. I've been around the Vintage Kin forum for awhile and shared a couple projects.
Yesterday I just brought home my first Airstream. Just starting my research but it appears to be a 1960 Caravel, which there is next to no information on anywhere. There's not even a section in the main forum for it so I thought I'd share it here. From what I've gathered so for, it's an Ohio built, typically un-named "18 footer" of which a few were given the "caravel" nameplate. I tend to collect the more uncommon trailers so this is the perfect "first Airstream" for me.
If any of you Airstream guru's can shed a little light on this please jump in!
This trailer has no paperwork or plate and hasn't been registered in decades, so I'm just going on what I've been able to find online. Here's pics!













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I can try to help.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:00 PM   #3
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Looks like one of these: 60_18foot

An early 1960 Caravel.

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Old 11-06-2009, 10:07 PM   #4
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Bill, Yep, that's the one I found to compare mine to. Mine has that little box on the front exterior too. Battery box???
Lee, Beautiful work! So how common are these?
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Bill, Yep, that's the one I found to compare mine to. Mine has that little box on the front exterior too. Battery box???
Lee, Beautiful work! So how common are these?
Yours is the only other one I've seen. The box in the front is for the battery.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:52 PM   #6
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The box in the front is for the battery.
And they seem to have been widely used through the end of 1962 - at least, I've seen them on quite a few. They're so shallow, I'm guessing they used some kind of tractor battery or something. We keep our wheel chocks and other odds n' ends in ours, but I'd like to come up with a more elegant use for it.
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Sweet find! That's a very rare trailer. Looks pretty straight too.

Lee, yours is gorgeous. I don't think I've seen it in person, I think I've only seen your Safari.
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wow

Great find!

What are your plans for it?
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She is unbelievable! What a perfect size.... I love her layout!
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:21 PM   #10
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Shower?

I've been looking at pics of other like models, many of which are restored. So far I haven't seen any with a shower. Mine has a factory shower and water heater under the bed. I wonder if this was a special order unit, hence the "Caravel" nameplate. Or maybe the restored ones I've seen had the shower stuff removed. It is just a bit cramped in there anyway..
To answer the "whatch'a gonna do with it" questions.. I really don't know yet. It would be a very easy restoration compared to my Spartanette, but every time I drag another cute little trailer home, the Spartanette gets pushed further back.. I hope this doesn't offend any purists, but I think this little gem would be awesome with a full birch interior and hardwood flooring. There's not much cabinetry and soomeone's already painted over the original interior finish.. I've seen others that have been done in birch and they are gorgeous. Whatch'a think? Cool? Blasphemous? Sell it?
In any event, I'll have awhile to decide. I've located the last registered owner and am just starting with the paperwork in two states. I figure I'll have a clear title by spring if I'm lucky.
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Must be part of the Caravel package. The shower is better then nothing.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:42 PM   #12
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Hey... My thread is floating loose in the Airstream Trailers Forum now. Will one of you mods create a 1960 Caravel sub forum before this gets lost? It was originally in Vintage Kin because there's no sub forum for a 1960 Caravel. Thx!
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Don't worry the thread will not float any farther. In the past there was no reason to have a 1960 caravel thread because there was only one. I'm not sure that two will get one ether but I'll look into it.
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If in fact there are only two of a particular year model known to exist, I'd think that would be all the more reson to create a sub forum for them.
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So rare..

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What do I think? A birch interior would be beautiful in a vintage airstream. Normally, I agree with the usual view that it's your trailer and it's your choice.

This one is just so rare and so intact, it is a perfect restoration candidate.
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Agreed..

Yes. I'll leave it alone. The birch would be really fun but I agree that this one should probably be restored back to original. It does seem so be a very rare trailer and I'm a big supporter of original restorations. I was just having fun thinking of the possibilities.
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I've been looking at pics of other like models, many of which are restored. So far I haven't seen any with a shower. Mine has a factory shower and water heater under the bed. I wonder if this was a special order unit, hence the "Caravel" nameplate. Or maybe the restored ones I've seen had the shower stuff removed. It is just a bit cramped in there anyway..
Hi ST131:

The shower and propane water heater came as part of the self-containment "Land Yacht" upgrade package your trailer has, documented by the large "Land Yacht" plaque adjacent to the door. Instead of 120 volt AC electric appliances, your trailer had propane appliances installed so it was self-contained and did not need to be plugged in to household electricity to be functional. It's rather unusual for such a short trailer to be ordered with the "Land Yacht" package in 1960, which is why you don't see showers in other 18 footers from the late 50s and very early 60s.

The 16' Bambi was a limited edition trailer built from 1961 to 1963 that came from the factory with a self-containment package. Beginning in 1963, the standard 120 volt AC base model trailer was discontinued and all Airstreams were built with propane appliances.

Very nice trailer you have there. I'd keep it as original as possible, get it functional and freshened, then preserve it. Have fun!
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The shower and propane water heater came as part of the self-containment "Land Yacht" upgrade package your trailer has, documented by the large "Land Yacht" plaque adjacent to the door. Instead of 120 volt AC electric appliances, your trailer had propane appliances installed so it was self-contained and did not need to be plugged in to household electricity to be functional. It's rather unusual for such a short trailer to be ordered with the "Land Yacht" package in 1960, which is why you don't see showers in other 18 footers from the late 50s and very early 60s.

The 16' Bambi was a limited edition trailer built from 1961 to 1963 that came from the factory with a self-containment package. Beginning in 1963, the standard 120 volt AC base model trailer was discontinued and all Airstreams were built with propane appliances.

Very nice trailer you have there. I'd keep it as original as possible, get it functional and freshened, then preserve it. Have fun!
Hi Fred, We meet in Bozeman and talked briefly about our Caravel. Nether ST131 or my Caravel has a ""Land Yacht" plaque adjacent to the door." I know when I tried to do research on this model I ran into a lot of dead ends. Do you have any more info on this model? Thanks
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Hi Fred, We meet in Bozeman and talked briefly about our Caravel. Nether ST131 or my Caravel has a ""Land Yacht" plaque adjacent to the door." I know when I tried to do research on this model I ran into a lot of dead ends. Do you have any more info on this model? Thanks
Hi Silversleeper:

Nice to "see" you again. ST131's "Land Yacht" plaque can be seen best in the photo below of what I assume is his trailer. It is just to the rear of the door, below the window and above the Caravel name plate. Ill have to look this weekend for more information.
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Nice to "see" you again. ST131's "Land Yacht" plaque can be seen best in the photo below of what I assume is his trailer. It is just to the rear of the door, below the window and above the Caravel name plate. Ill have to look this weekend for more information.
I did see that. Mine is no longer present. Thanks ahead of time for any info you can come up with.
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